Monsanto Company

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Monsanto Company Reviews

Updated 23 November 2014
Updated 23 November 2014
455 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • competitive salary; great work-life balance; flexible enough to grow career in the area of your interest (in 52 reviews)

  • Monsanto takes care of their employees from the standpoint of excellent pay and benefits (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is the motto but in reality business expectation do not align (in 32 reviews)

  • Tendency to work long hours, and lots of political games (the company calls this "networking") (in 17 reviews)

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  1.  

    Scrum Master

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Scrum Master in Bangalore (India)

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

    Pros

    Work-life balance, Freedom to operate, strong pipeline of work, job security, good work culture, very strongly promotes employee safety, very good for people grooming to become people managers. Very cool managers(only few Teams) you just need to come up with good initiative and drive it, people are very supportive. You will have lots of free time to study, learn anything new on your own, do offline courses and attend seminars (of-course with managers approval). Company is always up-to-date with latest technologies in the industry (Cloud, Big Data, Scala, etc) you name it people will be using it somewhere in their project. But you need to have the push within you to go and learn those technologies and use it in your project. They have innovative ways to encourage talent in the IT team with Innovation Day once in every month where you can showcase anything new you come up with.

    Cons

    Pay is good when you would have joined, later forget about good hike, lot of experienced people in the company with low upward growth, talented people who stay for long years cause stagnant growth. Lately the management keeps coming up with lots of org changes on yearly basic resulting in lot of confusions with roles and goals. Few teams do differentiate a lot between permanent employees and contractors so if you joining as contractor be aware. If you are technical guy you need to come up with your own career plan and work towards it, there is nothing much apart for that. Even when there is a good pipeline at work there is issue of business funding leading to joblessness and boredom for couple of months for IT folks, but on a good note company won't fire you, you just need to hang around and keep fingers crossed for good work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If people are doing great appreciate them with good hike with required promotions, else it will be difficult to retain hot talent. Lot of politics at the management level to take influencing positions resulting in people losing confidence over the leaders.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good experience in a global company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Monsanto Company

    Pros

    Really good working environment, really friendly employees. Boss was nice.

    Cons

    Did not really work on the stuff that I was interested in. Wanted to code, but was somehow assigned to a team that managed IT tools.

  3.  

    My very best working journey

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Buenos Aires (Argentina)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Generalist in Buenos Aires (Argentina)

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

    Pros

    Through Monsanto I had the opportunity to experience my very best working experience. Constant challenges; development opportunities; work life balance; great people and most importantly future in agriculture.

    Cons

    Too rapid & constant changes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Business Challenges, Career development Opportunities & Work life Balance at Monsanto

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Talent Management Lead in Mexico City (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Talent Management Lead in Mexico City (Mexico)

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

    Pros

    A great company to work for and build a long term career. Excellent focus on Work life Balance, great benefits and compensation and lots of opportunities for professional development. People is very respectful regarding others ideas, preferences, and ways of doing things and in addition you have the opportunity of Touching Life's of farmers and growers with your work and contribute to solve the food crisis on the world... quite noble purpose while growing professionally and economically

    Cons

    Despite the opportunities for professional growing and due to the flat org structures, when you reach a certain level of responsibility you may face difficulties when trying to keep advancing on the hierarchies, but not big issue if you are not obsessed with organizational power

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue strengthen the familiar feeling of working for Monsanto. Its really great to work with such warm global leaders

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Culture, Work Life Balance, Great Leadership!

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

    I have been working at Monsanto Company as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is the first company I've worked for that really supports collaboration, transparency and work life balance. People are friendly, supportive and all about teamwork, regardless of function.

    Cons

    It seems like a significant portion of the staff is hired as contractors, and it is difficult to tell how long it will take for an opportunity for conversion to a full time direct hire. Knowing that you don't get the benefits, bonuses and perks as direct hire colleagues who are doing the exact same work can be a bit demoralizing after a long period of time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    One of the best employers in the Greater St. Louis area

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Support Specialist in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Great company with competent leadership team. The LT is as up front concerning the state of the business as possible. Monsanto supports the Greater St. Louis area in many, many ways both financially & many volunteer hours. The company was just named #8 as one of the Best Multinational Workplaces. The total compensation package out shines other local employers.

    Cons

    Like with any company there are issues...none I to point out here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Review of IT Co-Op Position at Monsanto

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at Monsanto Company as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Company. Smart People. Can learn a lot if interested while doing the Co-Op. Latest Technologies are used so great exposure.

    Cons

    The kind of work really depends on luck. There is wide range of work an employee can do as a co-op from awesome software development to mundane system support. So ask what is your role as a Co-Op before joining. The chances of internship converting to full time is less when compared to other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing really.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A great company to work for with excellent benefits and promotions opportunities...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Stonington, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Management Trainee in Stonington, IL (US)

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Promotion opportunity come easy once you put your time in your position.

    Cons

    You will have to relocate to mostly rural areas... but relocation is generally paid.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Company that values its employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    In the 2 years that I have been with Monsanto, I have had more opportunity for training and development than I did in 10+ years with my prior employer. Proud to work for a company that is making such a positive impact on the world.

    Cons

    If you allow it, your work/life balance can easily get out of control. This is due, in part, to the developmental opportunities available.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    People are very agile and collaborative and also it has comfortable working environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - IT Co-Op in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Well paid. Manager really care about you and know what is going on with you and your team. There are lots of opportunity for employee to expose his or her skills and it is very flexible for a person who want to switch his or her job position. People are very friendly and love to collaborate with each other. Also it is not only a agriculture company but also a technique company.

    Cons

    Need to be very diligent and strong willing to learn new things because the company like to use the latest technique. Lots of thing need to learn if you new here but only give you a very short time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more chance for new employees to perform what they can.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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