Cargill
3.4 of 5 391 reviews
www.cargill.com Wayzata, MN 5000+ Employees

Cargill Reviews

Updated Apr 19, 2014
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3.4 391 reviews

                             

85% Approve of the CEO

Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page

Greg Page

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69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance"
    in 23 reviews
  • "Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment"
    in 21 reviews
Cons:
  • "Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up"
    in 23 reviews
  • "I found it difficult to transfer between business units having a background in other companies besides Cargill"
    in 21 reviews
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Tumoil

Maintenance Manager (Former Employee)
Newcastle

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

ProsSystems very tight and very well deployed. HR especially.

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

Advice to Senior ManagementSay 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.

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Great company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood work life balance, autonomy, good colleagues

ConsDespite big company, limited career opportunities or slow to come by

Advice to Senior ManagementTalent retention and development

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cargill

ProsStable company, treats employees very well. A lot of opportunities for advancement and lateral moves.

ConsIT department is challenging due to outsourcing and lack of good leadership.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to make a career

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGreat culture; great people. Good benefits.

ConsNot strong in the I/T department

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great Opportunities

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at Cargill full-time

ProsAbility to travel, flexible schedules, ethics

ConsOutsourcing a lot of jobs
Low pay

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Building a great place to work in Fort Dodge

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Fort Dodge, IA (US)

I have been working at Cargill full-time

ProsCargill Corn Milling purchased the Fort Dodge location from Tate & Lyle and finished building using foreign technology. In many cases, it probably would have been easier to raze what T&L built and start from scratch. The plant started operations in fall 2013. The staff are full of optimism and enthusiasm, recognizing the opportunity we have - that we are starting our culture from the beginning. Many people are heard to say, "If this isn't a good place to work in two years, then it's OUR fault." The leadership team has a solid plan for building employee engagement and retention, and are very cognizant of their role in establishing and supporting the site culture. Excellent investment in hourly staff, including Covey's Seven Habits training for everyone. Focus on occupational safety and food safety is strong. Community outreach program was robust in the beginning. Cargill senior leadership visit twice a year, and Corn Milling Senior Leadership more often; very approachable and personable.

ConsMost of the salaried positions are filled by inexperienced personnel, who are in stretch assignments, PLUS the stress of starting up a new plant. Not enough focus on development paths and career investment. "Address it or drop it" slogan isn't working out as positively as it does on paper, still a lot of closed-door discussions. Not sure that the culture vision is shared with or supported by most recent leadership hires.
  Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up. Lower pay, less vacation than comparable companies. Too long between advancement opportunities. Experience outside of Cargill isn't counted the same. Not enough accountability for values deviations and repeat safety violations, leading to disillusionment among the management staff. Push for team building and community outreach in the beginning starting to fade in favor of operations challenges.

Advice to Senior ManagementSpend more time building the culture and talent now, instead of trying to fix it later. Change the organization structure to provide more opportunities for advancement in two-year increments rather than taking three to five years, even if it's just by adding "senior" to the same job title, to retain millenials, Gen X and Gen Y staff. Find the balance between responsibility and accountability. Don't get cheap around occupational and food safety just because we're over budget - there's fat that can be cut elsewhere. Value outside experience MORE than internal experience - need fresh ideas. Push for work-life balance.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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The people there are always willing to help you learn.

Accounting Associate (Current Employee)
Hopkins, MN (US)

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

ProsGreat atmosphere, great salary, and great benefits.

ConsMostly a younger based employee pool.

Advice to Senior ManagementI am from the old school where your manager and supervisor knew your job as well as you do. Unfortunately this not true with Cargill or basically any company I have worked for lately.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Sales Manager (Former Employee)
São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

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

ProsExcellent oppportunity for the application of knowledge
Promotions are merit most often
Excellent working environment
Clear policies work
ethical stance with employees, customers and government

ConsLack or ineficiente processes in all áreas and business
Chain of decisions very decentralized, which causes recurring erros
Leaders of business units d´nt Interact
Lack support for career guidance from HR

Advice to Senior Managementlook for local talents on base of Cia "with experience" on local market, they best know the issues of customer

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Above Average

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsFlexible work environment and reasonable hours

Consmanagement communication is lacking with staff

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Great global company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

ProsGlobal experience
Enterprise experience
Great development opportunities

ConsLacks innovation
Slow moving in regards to change

Advice to Senior ManagementFocus on middle management and the ability they have to develop talent

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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