General Mills Employee Reviews about "decision making"

Updated 23 Jun 2020

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  1. "Fantastic Company Culture"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Account Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Leadership is as focused on culture as they are on business results, understanding the correlation between the two Pushing the food industry in the right direction

    Cons

    Sometimes slow moving in decision making

  2. "Good Company"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Good work culture in GM

    Cons

    Decision making in US in GM


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    "great place to work but shrinking and becoming like any other"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Director in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at General Mills full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great brands Great potential even with loss of many benefits, it is still very good

    Cons

    slow decision making short term vision unfortunately loss of innovation capabilities

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    "Culture, Management, and Business Environment are a Toxic Mix"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Half day Fridays and you get to work with very smart people.

    Cons

    Culture and Values - The relationship based culture is talked about internally as a great competitive advantage and differentiator to new hires. The truth is this results in decision making being overly-political and moves at a snails pace. It’s not about doing the right thing; it’s about what is in that person’s career interest. There is no balance of risk-taking vs. accountability to results. Therefore decision making become very risk-averse. Similarly smart employees do not take on challenging roles; instead opting for roles that offer the most exposure, e.g. check-in meetings and coffee chats. Processes and Change - Company thinking is dominated by internal thinking and processes largely established in the 90s. External viewpoints and challenging the status quo are seen as negatives and are summarily dismissed. Change Management across board is the most common issue in the organization with many talented people and ideas wasted. The challenge of transitioning to act as more Global organization is exhibit #1. Offshoring of work while necessary to compete is not always thought through. For example complex work is not rationalized or worse yet given to non-qualified individuals often resulting in shadow work by US counterparts. Management – For the most part management and keys SMEs are dominated by people who have only worked at General Mills. That being said there are great leaders but they are minority and typically come from outside and struggle to bring positive change forward. Overall Managers are passive-aggressive, manage upwards/coddled, and are not receptive to critical feedback. For being a relationship-based organization, actual employee struggles are disregarded and employees are astrocized and subject to Midwestern-style reprisal by management and HR for speaking up. Organization launched a Great Manager initiative which is only window dressing on the underlying problem. Performance – The Organization due to the culture, size, and lock-in processes is unable to move fast enough to respond to the changing business environment. 90% of innovation the last few years has occurred via acquisition and in many cases we have overpaid per Wall Street. The organization will sustain itself through the strength of its historical brands and balance sheet but will continue to fade and struggle for growth. Work/Life Balance in certain roles can be atrocious especially with Mumbai-facing roles. To that end quality of work is not valued as much as who has or doesn’t have your back.

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  5. "Manager"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    Awesome and best place to work. Great culture and environment with amazing facilities.

    Cons

    Management is sometimes slow in decision making

  6. "Fantastic company, must work at!"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at General Mills full-time

    Pros

    General Mills is embodies an environment for learning, growth, and success. One of my favorite companies to work for hands down. A true work / life balance and plenty of opportunities for growth and personal development.

    Cons

    The only con I can think of is that decision making company wide takes a long time for things to be implemented.

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    "Good company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Standard processes are followed. Work life balance.

    Cons

    Work times No decision making ability

  8. "Great company to work with"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Mumbai
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at General Mills full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Flexi time for working, good work environment

    Cons

    All Decision making is normally done by US counterpart .

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  9. "Great Place to Work & Grow"

    5.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Uxbridge, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at General Mills for less than a year

    Pros

    Highly collaborate Well resourced Great genuine people who work for each other Low level of politics

    Cons

    Decision making tension between region & local markets hasn't been fully resolved yet

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    "Sr.Business Anlayst"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mumbai
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Guranteed Promotion if you are in good books of Manager and Higher Management

    Cons

    Lack of Management decision making, no exposure ,political ,highly obsessed and lack of knowledge of US management

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