Cargill Reviews

Updated 25 August 2014
Updated 25 August 2014
470 Reviews

3.3
470 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 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)

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  1.  

    Good company. Business units in silo's.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

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

    Pros

    Great teamwork and some very good direct supervisors. Advance opportunities are there if you're in with the right people or business unit. You'll work with some very educated and market knowledgable people whom most are very willing to share their expertise with you and your customers. Micro management is low but expecations are high and there are rewards for hard work and collaboration.

    Cons

    Salary is low compared to the industry. You'll be low man with little advancement unless you get "in" with the right people. Manager turn over is high, so expect a new manager every year. Senior managers are not as open and transparent as they profess to be amd will withhold information to suit their needs. Doing the "right" thing will only be done if it benefits the business unit or a particular manager.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Solid and dependable company

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

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

    Pros

    Stable company, long term thinking, privately owned, global in scale and therefore opportunities. Average pay, good benefits, middle to lower level management has generally been some of the best in the business. Historically executives have developed from within the company and understood true long term thinking

    Cons

    Has never understood how IT benefits companies, newer top level executives introducing shorter term thinking. Spending huge amounts on unified applications trying to make the business simpler without understanding how to approach it. Repeated attempts at outsourcing, getting bad results, and then trying it again thinking a new contract will make the vendors better stewards of company resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go back to long term thinking. Trust your own employees, include them in decision making rather than listening to vendor sales people and executives who only joined the company a few months ago. Cargill's brand is trustworthiness, loyalty, stability. Move back to that model before Cargill's reputation is squandered. Learn from mistakes by not repeating them, rather than trying to perfect them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Not for me

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

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

    Pros

    Training, decent benefits, good start off point for entry level

    Cons

    compensation lacking, office culture can be unpleasant (dependent of location), very structured (not much room for individuality), not much say in where you advance to

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more forward with employees regarding compensation and promotion opportunities. Allow your employees to grow and develop in the path they want. Improve salary and compensation packages.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    About to make a very big mistake

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    none to speak of at this time

    Cons

    outsourcing everything with meaning leaving the company with no mid range salaries

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

    Change Consultant

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    Former Employee - Change Management Consultant  in  Minnetonka, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Change Management Consultant in Minnetonka, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    Pay was very competitive, benefits were very good, growth opportunities were strong as well. Lots of very smart people. There are a lot of opportunities to travel internationally.

    Cons

    Leadership and culture were very difficult. Great company to start your career - not a good place to come in mid career. I always got the sense that my experiences prior to joining Cargill didn't matter because I didn't have them at Cargill. Experienced hires were always treated as "second class" citizens.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open your minds to what others from outside the organization have to bring to the table. Almost all of the leaders grew up with Cargill and have never been "outside the family". Very narrow focus. Just because you're Cargill doesn't make you right.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Knowledgeable

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Commodity Merchant  in  Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Commodity Merchant in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Cargill full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    -Good place to learn
    -Good structure and work/life balance

    Cons

    - The Malaysian office works pretty badly.
    - Office politics are good, however, the works are cascaded unevenly between the employees. Thus, encountering a highly paid employee with less workload is normal. Meanwhile, the next to them are the lowly paid employees that are handling the bulk of the work
    - Career development are next to none, as the manager decides to approve or not which most of the time, your choice is not what they want.
    - Increments are around 4-5% if you have met your KPI/KRA
    - They do retrench people without much notice and real explanation
    - employees are very demotivated that the turnover was high.
    - Daily conversation of switching jobs are often heard amongst the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Please hear what the employees really want/need and not what the management thinks what they want/need.
    - Ensure the compensation package is reviewed. For example; the Malaysian medical benefit is capped at RM2500 for 30 years. Unchanged.
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Senior advisor- finance function

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    • 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
  9.  

    Accountant

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    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.  

    High ethical standard. Great culture!

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    • 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
  11.  

    Opportunity ... or NOT!

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

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

    Pros

    Cargill has been a great company to work for with amazing opportunity to network and advance, if you take part in that. As one of the outsourced IT team, I'm wishing I had done so much earlier in my career here.

    Cons

    There've been a lot of restructuring in the recent years to Global IT. Seems none of them have been truly followed through to completion so has somewhat left it destined to fail at providing stability and the ability to become the holy grail of that center of excellence now being sought.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hope your decision to move IT Infrastructure to Managed Services pays off. If not, many dedicated and talented people's lives were disrupted for naught.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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