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General Mills Reviews

Updated 20 Jan 2020

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3.7
78%
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89%
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General Mills CEO Jeff Harmening
Jeff Harmening
257 Ratings
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  • "Work-life balance can be a challenge in our digital age(in 97 reviews)

  • "The only con I can think of is that decision making company wide takes a long time for things to be implemented(in 54 reviews)

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  1. "supply"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    culture, perks, career opportunities, people

    Cons

    not great business outlook, lack of clear processes,

    Advice to Management

    manage better the central vs local responsibilities

    General Mills2020-01-10
  2. "Avoid"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Half day Fridays, salary reasonable

    Cons

    Massive culture problems in this organization, never seen so many people resign in a short period of time. Bad behaviour seems to be ignored/not dealt with. Limited opportunities for development. Zero coaching and development by managers. Very critical environment, employees are not allowed space and time to learn and grow organically. Innovation is slow and years behind competitors/trends. Very unstable environment.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a strategy in line with the market, the customer and stick to it. Be tougher on bad behaviour. Grow those that are loyal.

    General Mills2019-10-29
  3. "Best working environment"

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    Pasta Operator in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at General Mills for more than a year

    Pros

    very friendly environment for work

    Cons

    not suitable for someone who is used to work in slow paced environment

    General Mills2017-09-10
  4. "Great culture & work life balance but going through a time of change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A great culture, flexible, half day Fridays, lots of opportunity to grow skill set with sideways moves, top talent is nurtured

    Cons

    Going through an immense time of change and restructure with centralisation to a regional team comes with its challenges.

    General Mills2017-02-01
  5. "good experience"

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    Marketing Business Analyst in Melbourne
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills for less than a year

    Pros

    lots of good brands, i had some great opportunities, they look after their staff as well

    Cons

    they has no budget to do anything interesting and the targets set were not realistic

    Advice to Management

    set more realistic targets, reward people for doing good work and stop focusing on the bottom line

    General Mills2015-09-11
  6. Helpful (3)

    "Think long and hard before you jump."

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    Former Employee - Sales in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Half day Friday's are awesome. Only there because they don't pay as well as other organizations.

    Cons

    General Mills Australia has totally misread the Australian grocery space by not adapting and developing brands that were once innovators and leaders in their categories as opposed to brands that now follow their competition with zero innovation. Head office in Melbourne has been turned into an uninspiring dog eat dog culture that has seen many good people leave. What was once a great culture of inclusion and common goals has been removed. WHY! Marketing is run by part time 'mums' who don't really want to be selling spaghetti in Chinese containers. Senior Management no longer have the respect of the teams due to the culture and divisiveness they he's fostered within the sales, marketing and finance teams. This business is not what it once was. It's running only on past reputation, and their once powerful brands are slowly being dissolved by the majors.

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    Advice to Management

    Bring back James Wright a truly great MD who knew how to motivate an organization.

    General Mills2014-02-19
  7. "Great place to work but culture is shifting..."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Melbourne
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great people at many levels of the company, flexible work attire, intelligent creative minds, family feel, half day Fridays throughout the year, fantastic products!

    Cons

    Salary is low, the culture is turning aggressive, low retention rate, junior employees are not protected and are expected to be agressive or get out, lack of "promoting from within".

    Advice to Management

    Protect your employees. Do not hire a lot of people who come from the same company that has a culture known for low retention rates due to breeding a culture of "if you can't take the heat get out of the kitchen" as this will continue to foster aggression and damage retention rate of current high-performing employees.

    General Mills2012-08-07
  8. "Review Rate a company"

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Best work culture, Growth opportunities

    Cons

    No specific areas of concern

    General Mills2020-01-21
  9. "Great experience, expect to work beyond your title"

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    Current Employee - Community Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great work experience, wonderful people, convenient campus. Generally fun business challenges.

    Cons

    Workforce reductions over the last 4 years means you'll work more hours and have a broader scope, but be under-titled vs industry peers.

    General Mills2020-01-21
  10. "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good & healthy working culture, transparent policies.

    Cons

    The brands are very good however due to slow decision & with untrained/un-experinced marketing staff, nothing is working

    General Mills2020-01-14
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