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ADM Chairman, President, and CEO Pat Woertz
Pat Woertz
89 Ratings

    Good Place To Start Your Grain Trading Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Merchandiser
    Current Employee - Merchandiser

    I have been working at ADM full-time (more than 5 years)


    - Very hands on work, learn as you go
    - Access to market movers. "Why did soybeans go up 10 today or why did the spread firm 3?" Answer: "Because we did X and Y".
    - Plenty of experienced people to help answer questions and lead the way
    - Plenty of opportunities to move around the country and world, see new places, meet new people
    -Benefits such has health and 401k matching are great, probably some of the best around
    - ADM is very respected in the agribusiness world, always gets good remarks from the competition and customers
    -Moving packages are generous, covers the cost of moving and then some
    -Starting salary as a merchandiser can be bleh, but if you do well, several raises will come your way over the next couple of years.


    Really, only cons are salary, hours, and technology. Salary is OK, one can definitely be comfortable with what is earned, but still lags behind the industry standard. You could argue though that this lower salary is traded for job security. Other firms if you don't do well, you get canned. Here, you would stay on and get several chances before being fired.

    The other con is hours, and I mean the sense that if it's dead in the office, you're still expected to stick around. With technology today, much of your job can be done outside of the office. However, it seems there's still the attitude that if you're not in the office, you're not working.

    Finally, technology. The systems we use to track contracts, contacts, A/R, everything is decades old. And I mean decades. Information is not easy to access. Even the simplest things like looking up a contract balance can be a daunting task if you don't have the right permissions or know what commands to type. However, this is a known problem in the company, and millions of dollars are being spent to get us updated. By the time this gets rolled out though, the tech will likely be outdated. I won't hold my breathe.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing to really add here. It would be nice if Pat would show her face every once in awhile. (I've never seen her on the trading floor. In fact, I don't think I've ever seen her in the Decatur office.) However, it's understood that ADM is heading more towards a value-added business, and not just grain handlers, so would make sense to spend time with that unit.

    Positive Outlook
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ADM Interviews

Updated 15 Oct 2014
Updated 15 Oct 2014

Interview Experience

Interview Experience


Getting an Interview

Getting an Interview


Interview Difficulty


Interview Difficulty




    Operations Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university – interviewed at ADM.

    Interview Details

    Initial interview was after a college career fair. I was offered a second interview in a few weeks. They will fly me to Decatur, Illinois for that and pay for my housing/food/etc. The interview was not very hard, pretty much the typical questions you would expect. Get to know you questions.

    Interview Questions
    • Mostly behavioral... What is your weakness, what can you bring to the table for the company that others cannot, what do you know about the company, etc.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Easy Interview

ADM Awards and Accolades

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America's Top Companies, Forbes, 2009
Barron's 500, Barron's, 2009
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Additional Info

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Headquarters Decatur, IL
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 1902
Type Company - Public (ADM)
Industry Agriculture & Forestry
Revenue $10+ billion (AUD) per year

Archer-Daniels-Midland (ADM) knows how to grind and squeeze a fortune out of humble plants. It is one of the world's largest processors of oilseeds, corn, and wheat. Its main offerings include soybean and other oilseed products. From corn, it produces syrups, sweeteners, citric and lactic acids, and ethanol, among other products. ADM also produces wheat flour for bakeries and pasta makers; cocoa and chocolate products for confectioners; animal-feed ingredients for farmers; and malt for brewers. It operates one of the world's largest crop origination and transportation... More

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