Cargill Reviews

Updated 14 September 2014
Updated 14 September 2014
477 Reviews
3.3
477 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Cargill Chairman, President, and CEO Greg Page
Greg Page
313 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 31 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 27 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Was going great until the decision was made to outsource my dept. to India.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Network Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Network Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    People were very nice and helpful. They would help you with whatever you needed to make you successful.

    Cons

    I left a very successful position at another company to get hired by Cargill only ot be told that I will be outsourced. It's been hard not to have regrets and be bitter.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good first job in Quality Assurance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - QM Chemist  in  Eddyville, IA (US)
    Current Employee - QM Chemist in Eddyville, IA (US)

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

    Pros

    exposure to large scale manufacturing, food safety, and quality control work in labs. Easy to get along with technicians that run the plant, the engineers aren't as sociable though. Solid experience in chemistry and food and beverage industry. Many jobs available in many business units. Resources to learn about other manufacturing plants in the facility.

    Cons

    Eddyville, IA is in out in the country. Des Moines is the closest city (1 hour away). Not easy to get promoted unless you plan to live your life at work and stay here in the area. Job can get repetative. Pay raises do not really happen. No paid overtime. Shift schedule including nights.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Place to Start a Career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Wayzata, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Intern in Wayzata, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Cargill is very professional in terms of management style and, as a private company, takes a long-term approach in assessing its business strategies and plans. People are very helpful and the culture fosters collaboration and teamwork. The international aspect of the company's operations is a plus.

    Cons

    As with most large enterprises, decision-making can be slow. Also, as few employees leave, opportunities for advancement can be limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to share as much information as possible regarding the company's strategy and future direction with employees.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. We want your feedback – Are these company reviews helpful to you?  Yes | No
  5.  

    Intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottumwa, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottumwa, IA (US)

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    People are friendly and every co-worker is willing to help.

    Cons

    Far behind technology-wise. Not much organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better balance between experience and education.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Overall Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Very employee safety oriented. Very high integrity on the product produced. Overall good working environment. Decent "open door" policy with supervisors/management at my site. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The site I worked at produced hard cooked eggs. When business demands were slow, the number of hours worked dropped, so this was frustrating. Some policies were difficult to understand. Hard to break into any promotions within the company.

  7.  

    Unmatched global business exposure

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Wayzata, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Motivating leadership, opportunities to take risks and make history with large deals

    Cons

    Culture can be very conservative and change comes slowly. Turning ideas around can take many months if not years at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please streamline some of the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Data Lead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Hopkins, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    True to their values, culture for growth, being innovative, reward knowledge, and senior management is solid.

    Cons

    Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solid Present

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Accountant

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Cross-functional opportunities. Process-oriented. Very structured. Very stable.

    Cons

    Too structured? Too regimented? Work life balance can be a challenge during month-end close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Place technically qualified persons in management roles, not just persons who promote the company's agenda and philosophy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Senior advisor- finance function

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor  in  Minnetonka, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Minnetonka, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good work-life balance and relatively good benefits package if you are in the senior levels.

    Cons

    Too little difference in compensation between performers and non performers.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    High ethical standard. Great culture!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance  in  Asia (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance in Asia (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    Large company with great complexity in the businesses. People are nice and professional. Very ethical company.

    Cons

    Work life balance could be a challenge.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    People consider Cargill as a company who can provide long term career stability, though salary may not always be the best. It is important to keep such culture given the constant changes Cargill is driving.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

Worked for Cargill? Contribute to the Community!

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.