Cargill Reviews

Updated 26 April 2015
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  1. Great opportunities but top management still in the past

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

    I have been working at Cargill (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Diversity of business
    Global reach
    Stability
    Great for acquiring experience in a variety of areas
    Ethics
    Strong values

    Cons

    Slow
    A lot of 25+ years top management professionals are elitists and micromanage (I believe they feel threatened)
    A lot of talk about being nimble not so much in reality
    A tendency to keep things as they are
    Few women in leadership positions

    Advice to Management

    Train your leadership (director level and above) better. I have been with the company for 17 years and have been steadily growing, so this is not a disgruntled employee review, just an honest one. I found that a lot of them still abide by the "old school rules" and this is not a compliment. There's a strong tendency to micromanage and hold information, decision making is extremely slow and leaders are hesitant and averse to change. At the position I am right now all they talk about is their retirement. Very hard to keep engaged.

  2. Fun global co

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Prefer Not to Say in Normal, IL (US)
    Current Contractor - Prefer Not to Say in Normal, IL (US)

    I have been working at Cargill as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like working for Cargill and the travel to South America. This is a great company to work for, and I enjoy the personnel.

    Cons

    The work life balance is not the best, but I believe the environment fosters personal growth. I have had to work some weekends and late evenings to keep up with my workload.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Great company!

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

    I worked at Cargill (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Leadership is awesome, really believe in continuous improvement and value their human resources.

    Cons

    Limited project life leading to short-term employment

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  5. Solid Values, Good People, Great Opporuntities

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The biggest small company you will find anywhere.
    People are almost all good, trustworthy, and apolitical.

    Cons

    Its still a big company and can be slow.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Interesting work and great people.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Wayzata, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources in Wayzata, MN (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Down-to-earth culture where the person matters more than the position title, such a diverse business means there is something new to learn all the time and there are opportunities to shift job focus and do something quite different without having to change companies. The people are great and it's a very collaborative culture. There are always opportunities for development if you step up and ask to be involved.

    Cons

    It's a big company with a long history and many 20+ year employees. There are some positive aspects to this, but change is slow and sometimes there are too many people happy with the status quo and without enough non-Cargill experience to know how to improve or make things different. Overall behind in technology and creating/following processes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep focus on bringing in new perspectives

  7. Helpful (1)

    Good benefits and secure, but slow and not very exciting.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Energy Market Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Energy Market Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    benefits, job security, retirement package, opportunities to work in different fields are supported

    Cons

    company is a lumbering giant, not agile and not evolving business models fast enough

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place to work.

    • 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to grow professionally

    Cons

    It's an absolutely gigantic company. Can be difficult to navigate.

  9. Helpful (1)

    OK place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - IT Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great ethics and values. Private company with great employees and who are really good at what they do.

    Cons

    IT is having issues. Infra work is being outsourced and there employee engagement is very low right now.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative
    Former Employee - Client Service Representative

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Strong company that treated employees well and offered lots of diverse opportunities

    Cons

    Questionable practices regarding GMO foods and environmental responsibility. Very big company, all about bottom line.

  11. Intern (less than one year)

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Had the opportunity ti be familiar with the whole process of production and broaden the viewpoint how the company gives the solid training to formal and selected employees.

    Cons

    Worked in Germany and most people cannot speak English, so it was difficult to get further and detailed knowledge from experienced technicians. Also, the factory didn't have real training program for interns, so you had to search for much information by yourself. There was no well-organized plan to help you gain that much.

    Advice to Management

    Manage a good plan and teaching schedule for interns.

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