Cargill Reviews

Updated 1 October 2014
Updated 1 October 2014
483 Reviews
3.4
483 Reviews
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Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 27 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 28 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Tumoil

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager  in  Newcastle
    Former Employee - Maintenance Manager in Newcastle

    I worked at Cargill full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Systems very tight and very well deployed. HR especially.

    Cons

    cut throat wages and will employ low paid workers to do higher payed jobs with promises of better things in the future.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Say what you are going to do and do what you say you are going to do. The values are great, but not adhered to at the local level.

  2.  

    "If Cargill only knew what Cargill knows"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Lots of different career opportunities, although most places you need to transfer to move up the ladder. Many locations you can transfer to, although most are in the midwest. Lots of very long term employees. Stable job.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is an issue. Everything is about following a process but the processes are always changing and conflict with each other. Lots of acronyms and buzzwords. Business is divided into units which compete with each other and refuse to share information. There is no one 'Cargill', there is Cargill Salt and Cargill Beef and Cargill Corn which all keep secrets from each other which stifles innovation and prevents collaboration.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on the plants instead of headquarters only. It does not promote engagement to see fancy meetings and gatherings that Minneapolis has, and then look around at plant site level where you can't even get broken lightbulb replaced. Remember the little people and they will work harder for you. Actually USE the information from the engagement surveys - the red flags are being waved but nobody seems to notice and instead many good employees leave the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Good

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    Current Employee - Commodity Trader  in  New York, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Commodity Trader in New York, NY (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Steady company, good work environment

    Cons

    Burocratic, bad work life balance

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Great company.

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    Current Employee - Department Manager  in  Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Department Manager in Houston, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Cargill is very loyal to their employees and provides great job stability, opportunities for growth and improvement, good benefits and safe work environments.

    Cons

    Not the top payor in the industries they operate in.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Culture is big! Great work/life balance, genuinely interested to develop your abilities. Company is strong and will grow for hopefully another 150 years.

    Cons

    Compensation is below average. Extremely strong in financial, trading, sales areas. IT is cutting back,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Very good

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    Former Employee - Finance Intern  in  Hopkins, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Finance Intern in Hopkins, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Everyone is willing to help

    Cons

    Tough to get a different job at Cargill right away if you interned in a specific area

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Ethical and strong company that values employees and work life balance.

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Hopkins, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    The culture here is absolutely the #1 strength of Cargill. People are always willing to help and if you show your value and skills people notice and help you move your career. The global presence of the company is exposed to every level of employee which is a great experience and helps grow your skillset. They are also open to travel and culture exchange - had several international trips in my first 5 years with the company and visited over 20 operational facilities across the country.

    Cons

    Global company comes with process that can seriously discourage creative ideas and more modern technology and applications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help bring new fresh ideas to the top of the pile and keep the knowledge in-house. Too much outsourcing when employees can see that specialization works for certain processes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Best employer with employee friendly culture

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    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Amazing company with great people and good leadership. Best place to experience the global cultures which make a brilliant work ambiance.

    Cons

    Need to pick up in some areas renouncing the age-old processes which gives an impression of 'slow-moving elephant' to the newbies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider proper skill evaluation methods and people identification process should be revised. Good that the recent initiatives are geared more towards the competitive markets.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Corporation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    There are several good associates. The Corporations benefits are great. Company's core values stand out.

    Cons

    Communication needs to be updated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider new ideas.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    When working at Cargill, I thoroughly enjoyed my time and all the other employees. A company that continues to grow.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Great leadership and opportunities to continue with a successful career path. Wide variety of co-workers and a great commitment to loyalty within the company

    Cons

    Onboarding seems to take a long time

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