Cargill Reviews

Updated 30 October 2014
Updated 30 October 2014
502 Reviews
3.4
502 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 34 reviews)

  • lots of opportunities to try new things, especially if you are willing to relocate (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 31 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    An excellent company with strong values and allot of opportunity for advancement.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    High level of trust and responsibility early on with plenty of chances to advance.

    Cons

    Much more difficult to move up if you are not willing to relocate rather frequently.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Trader in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Trader in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    Private company, no earnings pressure, doesn't lay off often
    Requires employees to have good work ethic
    Great work environment, lots of fun with coworkers
    Managers know what they are doing

    Cons

    Compensation is not very competitive
    IT is out sourced, can create some headaches
    Cafe a bit small

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More competitive compensation,

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Could have been better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Controller in Gainesville, GA (US)
    Former Employee - Production Controller in Gainesville, GA (US)

    I worked at Cargill as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay, told of expectations, decent training.

    Cons

    Poor monitoring of "upper level" managers. We had a warehouse manager that never went in the warehouse.They fired her but she had gotten rid of me for bringing safety matters up to upper managements attention after she refused to deal with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication between employees was horrendous especially between shifts. Ridiculous that it is not known till Thursday that you may have to work on Sunday.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not sold on the Cargill way

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor II in Sidney, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor II in Sidney, OH (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Very large organizational structure, many different business units, very diverse job opportunities. Large growth in many areas

    Cons

    To many husbands/wife teams, not in same area but still with influence on jobs and projects. To many "chemical engineers" with no people skills. No movement to different business units. No flexability on people issues, not a very diverse work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from site, and not always from outside plant. Do not use sites as promotions for people that have need a promotion or have done a "good job". Get a training dept established again, quit placing all other job functions on indidvual persons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 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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    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
  7.  

    Used to be a good place to work

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    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
  8.  

    Great values, high bureaucracy

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    • 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
  9.  

    Moral and Ethical

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    Current Employee - Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Lots of mobility
    Plenty of oppurtunity to grow

    Cons

    summer is a false representation of the frozen desolate tundra know as minnesota

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I had great time met lots of smart and diverse individuals who were very frank and open with me. In fact I met no one who had a negative mantra or told me a broken way was a Cargill way...you know like you would hear at the Post Office for example. So I think perhaps working longer than the summer I could find something. but I had a great time.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good Job Experiences in Cargill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Jakarta (Indonesia)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Jakarta (Indonesia)

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

    Pros

    Frankly this is the best Company i joined so far in my career.
    the best thing about this company is their culture and their guiding principle.
    people in my team are the best talent that is available on the City, they are quite helpful,honest and easy to cooperate with.

    Cons

    challenges are sometimes the project timeline quite tight.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    i can not think anything of right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    • 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

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