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Cargill Reviews

Updated 18 August 2014
Updated 18 August 2014
466 Reviews

3.3
466 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Intern

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Ottumwa, IA (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ottumwa, IA (US)

    Pros

    People are friendly and every co-worker is willing to help.

    Cons

    Far behind technology-wise. Not much organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a better balance between experience and education.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Overall Okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very employee safety oriented. Very high integrity on the product produced. Overall good working environment. Decent "open door" policy with supervisors/management at my site. Good benefits.

    Cons

    The site I worked at produced hard cooked eggs. When business demands were slow, the number of hours worked dropped, so this was frustrating. Some policies were difficult to understand. Hard to break into any promotions within the company.

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    Unmatched global business exposure

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst  in  Wayzata, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)

    Pros

    Motivating leadership, opportunities to take risks and make history with large deals

    Cons

    Culture can be very conservative and change comes slowly. Turning ideas around can take many months if not years at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please streamline some of the bureaucracy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Data Lead

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst  in  Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Data Analyst in Hopkins, MN (US)

    Pros

    True to their values, culture for growth, being innovative, reward knowledge, and senior management is solid.

    Cons

    Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs. Repeat Work-life balance and long hrs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Solid Present

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Accountant

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    Current Employee - Accountant  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Accountant in Chicago, IL (US)

    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
  7.  

    Senior advisor- finance function

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    Current Employee - Senior Advisor  in  Minnetonka, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Advisor in Minnetonka, MN (US)

    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
  8.  

    High ethical standard. Great culture!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance  in  Asia (Colombia)
    Current Employee - Accounting/Finance in Asia (Colombia)

    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
  9.  

    Was going great until the decision was made to outsource my dept. to India.

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    Current Employee - Senior Network Analyst  in  Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Network Analyst in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    Pros

    People were very nice and helpful. They would help you with whatever you needed to make you successful.

    Cons

    I left a very successful position at another company to get hired by Cargill only ot be told that I will be outsourced. It's been hard not to have regrets and be bitter.

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    The inmates are running the asylum

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    Current Employee - Production Technician  in  Dayton, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Dayton, OH (US)

    Pros

    The benefits are decent, and the pay is reasonable for the knowledge required to operate one of the technician positions.

    Cons

    Management has decided to take a hands-off approach to dealing with personnel. Bad employees will take "issues" to management and talk-down and defame other employees in attempts to promote themselves and get others in trouble. For the most part, management does not look into these statements, choosing rather to take them to be true. On the occasions when management is aware of real problems, they tend to push them under the rug. Management has stated that the quality issues are the concern of management, and that personnel issues should be dealt with among the technicians. Worst 24-7-365 schedule ever conceived, and the union chooses to fight to keep it for fear of losing overtime opportunities. Almost no opportunity for production employees to enter administrative or supervisory positions - employees can apply, but rarely are they considered.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Force your managers to deal with the problem employees, and to become involved enough to realize who the real problem employees are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company. Business units in silo's.

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    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    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

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