Cargill Reviews

Updated 20 October 2014
Updated 20 October 2014
496 Reviews
3.4
496 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 32 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 30 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good place to start a career if you are young, not so much if you are in your 50's.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Accountant in Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Accountant in Hopkins, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Need better training. Need to treat everyone the same and not have favorites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My advice to management is give opportunities to your employees, don't ever tell them to their face that they are doing a crappy job. If they are doing a job that is not satisfactory find out why they and offer them more training if they need it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Used to be a good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Senior IT Technical Analyst in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    Cargill is a gigantic company. This review is only about the IT function, which is larger than many other entire companies. All of the other BUs are somewhat independent companies, so it's difficult to rate them all at once.

    You get a huge amount of opportunities to grow, and there's a lot of internal movement. You just need to make sure you get a consistent development plan, and a manager who supports you on that. The IT infrastructure is tier-1, so you'll get real, hands-on experience on hardware that you just don't find on any other company, but the biggest ones.

    If you are a top performer, they'll give you freedom to work out your schedule at will, which makes it very easy to actually have a life. Compensation is not the best (usually right on the average of the market), but it beats many of the other companies that have tried hiring me in the past.

    Cons

    Working at the IT function at Cargill is very difficult. Every two years they change strategy, reorganize, or both. Most of the top talent has left, and outsourcing is only making it worse. Engagement is at the bottom. The IT function is VERY conservative, which on some areas make it very difficult to innovate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck with outsourcing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great values, high bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Lots of different opportunities, very ethical and supportive of the local communities. Pay is low to middle of industry for IT.

    Cons

    Consensus decision making, little empowerment at the right levels, senior IT managers talk about valuing people but don't really connect with their people, too far removed from reality when they are making decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    (IT) Give your people the ability to move forward, they know what needs to be done but their hands are tied in many cases by bureaucracy and they are punished for going around barriers and not following 'process'.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company has grown into a bureaucracy where politics trumps performance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job security, huge balance sheet, private company able to focus on the long-term

    Cons

    Far too many employees that would likely not cut it at other companies due to underperformance remain employed and in some cases in positions with significant responsibility, often stagnating earnings in business units particularly the energy platform which has lost many key senior traders in the past 2 years which had been large contributors to earnings over the past decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to work for with lot's of development opportunities if you seize them.

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

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Company likes to develop employees and it likes to hire internally. Flexible work schedule is great. High ethical standards and a sense of shared community responsibility.

    Cons

    Cargill is not a very lean company due to it being a private company. It has started to trim down some benefits. Nothing too bad but it needs to be weary of losing the awesome culture it has garnered leading to many working there for life. IT systems are somewhat old.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on streamlining IT services to save time and money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Cargill is a great place to work, could use more donuts.

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

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Be sure to be very pro healthy foods at the office. People take the company culture about feeding the world very seriously.

    Cons

    Again the issue is they buy into the hype more than is warranted. We're going to run out of usable water a lot faster than we run out of usable food.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good work, but could be a bit more realistic about expectations for performance. Might be worth using peer and subordinate evaluation methods.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    The work is extremely diverse

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Indianapolis, IN (US)
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Indianapolis, IN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Career advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Must be willing to relocate

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Best company I have worked for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Former Employee - Human Resources Manager

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    high values, respect for people, not just telling how important people are for them,but really taking care of them, very low turnover

    Cons

    little bit slow for some people, salary van be lower than average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep on doing as before

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist in Alma, NE (US)
    Current Employee - Sales Agronomist in Alma, NE (US)

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

    Pros

    the company offers good pay along with excellent benefits.

    Cons

    corporate hassle, annual meetings scheduled at inconvenient times of the year.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting Customer Service Representative in Cincinnati, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Accounting Customer Service Representative in Cincinnati, OH (US)

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

    Pros

    The business of agriculture is not going anywhere. It can't. People need food, and food needs land to grow. Typically willing to work with employees on Work/Life balance, ability to work from home occasionally, time off for regular doctor visits and children's needs.

    Cons

    The business isn't going anywhere, but the jobs are. Centralizing all admin jobs and most customer service. Farmers, Cargill's customers, are angry. Low pay - most of us have college degrees for a job the doesn't necessitate it, making well below the Market average for our jobs in our region. Not much room for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more input from different people/positions within the organization before making huge decisions. We recently closed a plant that local management had spent a couple years discussing and creating a viable long term plan for, but when centralized management came in, they saw what they wanted to see and completely dismissed the 2 years of analysis that had already been done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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