General Mills Employee Reviews about "decision making"

Updated 12 Jan 2021

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  • "Work life balance is the best perk(in 382 reviews)

  • "All-around great people and company(in 126 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "The average amount of politics, not the best health insurance, inconsistent work-life balance in certain roles(in 104 reviews)

  • "Slow in decision making process(in 58 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Sales Manager

      4 Dec 2020 - Market Manager of Russia in Moscow
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Culture, Sustainability, Brand Equity, Product Quality

      Cons

      Slow in decision making process

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    2. 4.0
      Current Employee

      Good place to sork

      12 Jan 2021 - Bussnies Development in Toronto, ON
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Work atmosphere Salary, benefit, people

      Cons

      Not a fun place, slow decision making

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Fantastic Company Culture

      23 Jun 2020 - Customer Account Specialist in Orlando, FL
      Recommend
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      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

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    4. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Good Company

      22 Feb 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good work culture in GM

      Cons

      Decision making in US in GM

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    5. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      great place to work but shrinking and becoming like any other

      9 Oct 2019 - Senior Director in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommend
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      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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    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Culture, Management, and Business Environment are a Toxic Mix

      27 Sep 2019 - Consultant in Minneapolis, MN
      Recommend
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      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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    7. 5.0
      Current Employee

      Manager

      24 Jul 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

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

      Cons

      Management is sometimes slow in decision making

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    8. 4.0
      Former Employee

      Fantastic company, must work at!

      28 Feb 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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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    9. 5.0
      Former Contractor, less than 1 year

      Great Place to Work & Grow

      10 Nov 2018 - Anonymous Contractor in Uxbridge, England, England
      Recommend
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      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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    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Good company

      4 Feb 2019 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Standard processes are followed. Work life balance.

      Cons

      Work times No decision making ability

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