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Cargill Reviews

Updated 17 November, 2014
Updated 17 November, 2014
512 Reviews
3.4
512 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Excellent Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I worked at Cargill

    Pros

    overall a very good company to work for

    Cons

    little opportunity in Canada, only sales and marketing mostly

  2.  

    Just look at how many people they are hiring...if you are smart you'll get the picture

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Vermilion, AB
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Vermilion, AB

    I worked at Cargill full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Job can be interesting at times depending on your responsibilities. You will learn a lot in this job, sometimes too much. The global commodity market is ever-changing so grain marketing will be challenging.

    Rural Alberta can be a fun place in summer time. Your customer base (farmers) are usually decent people.

    Some very supportive colleagues, some employees have been with the company for a very long time and are highly experienced, although that's becoming a rarity these days.

    Cons

    Rife with cronyism these days. Because of exodus/retirement of experienced staff, you will often find 20 year olds in charge (even as general managers!). These gun-ho, "I am always right" people often mess up and everyone else EXCEPT them pays the price. I've seen experienced people being thrown under the bus for management's mistakes...REPEATEDLY. This has led to extremely high turnover. 100% turnover in the sales team within 11 month.

    I was at our national sales meeting and we were all shown the statistics. Cargill has a turnover rate of 50% in 2013. More shocking are the attitudes towards this. We were told that it is normal for agriculture industry...no more discussions, next topic.

    Performance & promotions are a joke. People with little relevant background and experience are put into various positions because they know the right people. If that's your game, then Cargill is the right place for you. If you are not into politicking, then best stay clear of this organization.

    Pay is THE lowest in agriculture industry for the employees (sales, support & operation staff), yet quite high for managers. The constant turnover means that you will often be doing other people's work, for no extra pay and sometimes not even recognition.

    Poor image among customers. A lot of initiatives are pushed by people looking for quick promotion at the expense of customer relationship. By the same regards, good ideas and deals for the company are left on the table because they didn't benefit some higher-ups personal fame and glory.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of useless managers and rein in the politicking

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Too much responsibility - not enough support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    When HR wasn't run by some young thinks-he-knows-it-all brown-noser, hourly employees mattered and were cared for by the company. Now money outweighs employees.

    Cons

    A lot of responsibility was put on one or two people and because information was always on a 'need-to-know' basis, employees were never sure of what was happening around them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try hiring qualified people for positions.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good salary/benifits

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, ON

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary, benifits, Vacation, bonus days, autonomy,

    Cons

    Demanding, very process oriented, too much time spent on paperwork

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Operations Summer Student

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    Former Employee - Operations Summer Student in Yorkton, SK
    Former Employee - Operations Summer Student in Yorkton, SK

    I worked at Cargill as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Training Opportunities, Management & Employee Benefits plans

    Cons

    Hard-work if you are not up for the task

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Coaching is the best way to lead your summer students, learn how to effectively coach them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    I learned to become more responsibility in life.

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    Former Employee - Fabrication Supervisor in High River, AB
    Former Employee - Fabrication Supervisor in High River, AB

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

    Pros

    It's a great place to work because it has very good rate,and you can learn a lot that you can also apply in life and at home.

    Cons

    Jobs are so hard..company is so cheap with supplies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep improving everyone's area in according to rules and regulations and try not to take some issues personally,and avoid politics.

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

    A very structured environment

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    Current Employee - Accounting Technician in Winnipeg, MB
    Current Employee - Accounting Technician in Winnipeg, MB

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    -Stable job
    -Great benefits
    -Will pay for outside courses for career development
    -Very flexible working hours, Very easy to get time off, or set non-standard hours

    Cons

    -Very monotonous work, you will be doing the same thing day in and day out
    -Pay is on the lower end of the scale for Winnipeg

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -Make salaries competitive with the marketplace
    -Have a better communication system in place, inform employees of changes and issues in a more timely manner

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great Company, Lot's Talent, Takes Awhile to Learn the Culture

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Huge company with many opportunities. Great talent to work with. Very clear about what Cargill does well.

    Cons

    Not easy to understand how things actually get done in regards to the decision making process. Can be difficult to understand and navigate across divisions and business units.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Help new employees understand the unwritten rules of the business and how to best make an impact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall great company to work for, unless you are in Information Technology

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    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Information Technology in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I worked at Cargill full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cargill places a lot of value on serving the communities in which they operate.
    They benefits are good, although, the health insurance benefits have decreased over the years.
    Depending on your manager and the team you work for, there are opportunities to work from home.
    It is a great place to work if you want experience working on a global team.
    They really work at being a company with a diverse culture. In many companies that I have worked for, the amount of women in IT was scarce. Cargill is the first company that I worked for that not only had a greater number of women in IT, but they had women in IT management roles.
    Great co-workers. People look out for each other and really have a desire to see their team and team members succeed.
    Excellent opportunities for advancement

    Cons

    Do not work here if you are in IT.
    There are a significant number of middle level managers that "manage up". They are more concerned with how they look to upper management, and are not as concerned about the people that work for them.
    IT is their policy to pay to industry standards, but I have found that they tend to pay lower. However, that could be just my experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive level management - Excellent leaders
    Middle level management - Boy, this level really needs some work. Really try to get a feel for how employees view their managers. You have seen the engagement scores, and the problem has, and continues to be this level of management. You have a few really good middle level managers, but not too many. Help this group of people learn how to manage people as well as business. Encourage them to be candid with their employees, and if they cannot, let the employees know that it is something that they cannot discuss. People appreciate that more than being lied to.
    Supervisors and direct managers really do a good job of pulling together great teams and accomplishing a lot. Take a hard look at your middle management employees and develop a true understanding of how they manage things. I strongly feel that this is the weakest area in Cargill.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill as an intern

    Pros

    Nice people and good culture

    Cons

    not moving in the same direction as competitors

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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