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General Mills Reviews

Updated 17 Oct 2019

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General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening
Jeff Harmening
225 Ratings
  1. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Employee centered policies and protocols. Collaborative culture which fosters new ideas. Encourages work life balance. Meaningful work.

    Cons

    Sometime a little slow to react to market changes.

    General Mills2019-09-12
  2. "Finance executive"

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    Former Employee - Finance Executive in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance and more learning opportunities

    Cons

    Nothing to specify as in particular

    General Mills2019-09-10
  3. "Good job with good people"

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    Current Employee - National Account Executive 

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good work life balance and opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Risk adverse company which can hinder results

    Advice to Management

    Move quicker to achieve results

    General Mills2019-09-11
  4. "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nyon
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Values, people respect, limited pressure but still ambitious

    Cons

    US centric, more opportunities when your are à US citizen

    General Mills2019-09-03
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Culture, Management, and Business Environment are a Toxic Mix"

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    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Half day Fridays and you get to work with very smart people.

    Cons

    Culture and Values - The relationship based culture is talked about internally as a great competitive advantage and differentiator to new hires. The truth is this results in decision making being overly-political and moves at a snails pace. It’s not about doing the right thing; it’s about what is in that person’s career interest. There is no balance of risk-taking vs. accountability to results. Therefore... decision making become very risk-averse. Similarly smart employees do not take on challenging roles; instead opting for roles that offer the most exposure, e.g. check-in meetings and coffee chats. Processes and Change - Company thinking is dominated by internal thinking and processes largely established in the 90s. External viewpoints and challenging the status quo are seen as negatives and are summarily dismissed. Change Management across board is the most common issue in the organization with many talented people and ideas wasted. The challenge of transitioning to act as more Global organization is exhibit #1. Offshoring of work while necessary to compete is not always thought through. For example complex work is not rationalized or worse yet given to non-qualified individuals often resulting in shadow work by US counterparts. Management – For the most part management and keys SMEs are dominated by people who have only worked at General Mills. That being said there are great leaders but they are minority and typically come from outside and struggle to bring positive change forward. Overall Managers are passive-aggressive, manage upwards/coddled, and are not receptive to critical feedback. For being a relationship-based organization, actual employee struggles are disregarded and employees are astrocized and subject to Midwestern-style reprisal by management and HR for speaking up. Organization launched a Great Manager initiative which is only window dressing on the underlying problem. Performance – The Organization due to the culture, size, and lock-in processes is unable to move fast enough to respond to the changing business environment. 90% of innovation the last few years has occurred via acquisition and in many cases we have overpaid per Wall Street. The organization will sustain itself through the strength of its historical brands and balance sheet but will continue to fade and struggle for growth. Work/Life Balance in certain roles can be atrocious especially with Mumbai-facing roles. To that end quality of work is not valued as much as who has or doesn’t have your back.

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    Advice to Management

    Value the people for the work they get done and the obstacles they overcome instead of looking for the same ENTJ mold. Stop the hubris; it’s no longer a special organization. Recognize real change starts from within and needs to cascade throughout the organization. You are losing both good people and on the business front.

    General Mills2019-09-27
  6. "Opportunities for long term career"

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    Current Employee - Bid Manager in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Fairly compensated, promote from within

    Cons

    Work Life Balance, yearly restructuring resulting in mass employee displacements

    General Mills2019-08-22
  7. "Still one of the great ones"

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    Former Employee - Executive 

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    good values, great brands ... this place is all about the people

    Cons

    Finding it's way back after the 3g threat. They will

    General Mills2019-08-22
  8. "It's okay"

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Above average pay in comparison to the rest of the STEM field. Company gives out to charity.

    Cons

    Hire/promotions are biased towards maximizing tax incentives. The company no longer rewards employees with outings / dinner like they use to. Just a slice of pizza for all your hard work.

    General Mills2019-08-27
  9. "Good Company, Great People"

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    Current Employee - Senior Vice President 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are the smartest anywhere. They challenge you to be your best everyday

    Cons

    Tough industry. Company needs to change more quickly m

    Advice to Management

    Be bold

    General Mills2019-08-12
  10. "Technician"

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    Former Employee - Technician 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This was a great environment

    Cons

    long hours, but it was worth it.

    General Mills2019-08-12
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