Cargill Reviews

Updated 25 October 2014
Updated 25 October 2014
501 Reviews
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501 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 34 reviews)

  • lots of opportunities to try new things, especially if you are willing to relocate (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work/life balance; people are getting burned out after start-up (in 31 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 28 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great opportunities and freedom to innovate

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    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Production Management Engineer in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Excellent leadership that are open suggestions from their reports and keep an open door policy. There are many career opportunities that exist through networking within the company. The work-life balance is in the top 10% of all companies and most managers are very flexible about taking time off. I had a very positive experience working here and keep in touch with most of my former colleagues.

    Cons

    The businesses are a little silo-ed, which limits the flow of ideas and best practices. This makes establishing an internal network very important.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Family Values

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to move around through your career across business units and functions.

    Cons

    Internal networks are very important
    Slow to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work-life balance is a topic that is not consistently supported across legacy businesses.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was satisfactory.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Nice people; hands-on learning experience

    Cons

    Slow progress; great imbalance in work load between different departments/positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more flexible.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for but not sure about third party managed services and new IT leadership regime.

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    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - IT Manager in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and good people.

    Cons

    Limited IT career growth with everything outsourced now.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost vs. quality. Hope you achieve cost reduction goals for business units but quality will suffer.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Hard Working Spirit

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Caracas, Capital District (Venezuela)

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Hard working brilliant people, with tons of resilience.

    Cons

    Minor setbacks on leadership, poor guidelines

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global IT in Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Global IT in Hopkins, MN (US)

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

    Pros

    This company takes the time to personally grow its employees and offer a wide range of opportunities to fit every employee's interests.

    Cons

    Being such a large company, it moves slowly and is very behind in the technology area and it takes a long time to get decisions made

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on retaining young talent!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to work for!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Memphis, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer in Memphis, TN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Size of company provides stability. Locations all over the world, so many opportunities to live where ever you want. Competitive salaries. Management that seems to care about their employees.

    Cons

    The biggest hurdle, which many companies have, is change management within our company. It is a VERY difficult process and great ideas are usually dropped.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great Opportunities Within Limited Area

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    Close-knit and professional team.
    Great trainers (non-dedicated position - so they are taking time out of their day to help)
    Opportunity to learn a wide spectrum of skills.

    Cons

    Work is very regionally dependent for such a large company. If you want to work in the corporate side, you will likely have to be okay working in MN.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    All the Pluses and Minuses of Being a Part of a Family

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Team Leader In OE in Wayzata, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Team Leader In OE in Wayzata, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Cargill has a lot of heart, including a company culture of warmth, belonging, spirit of service and ethics. You feel that you are part of a community that has embraced you. Within that circle of support you can have as much challenge and freedom to act as you want.

    Cons

    Cargill's strengths are also its weaknesses at times. You are either "in" or "out", and the strong ties that make up the company culture also create a set of unwritten rules and an informal network of information that can be hard to decipher. You can have all the challenge you want, but make very sure you deliver exceptional results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to walk the talk when it comes to appreciating and including a diverse set of personalities, thinking styles and skills.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    An excellent company with strong values and allot of opportunity for advancement.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill full-time

    Pros

    High level of trust and responsibility early on with plenty of chances to advance.

    Cons

    Much more difficult to move up if you are not willing to relocate rather frequently.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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