Cargill Reviews

Updated 22 October, 2014
Updated 22 October, 2014
497 Reviews
3.4
497 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 33 reviews)

  • Great people and team mates making a friendly work environment (in 25 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. 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
  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. 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
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    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
  6.  

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A very structured environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8.  

    Cargill Review

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Pros

    Good relocation package, a lot of opportunities for advancement, large networking, good culture

    Cons

    Financial sector paid less than other sectors, some locations are in the middle of nowhere

  9.  

    Great company, good atmosphere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Job security, good work life balance, interesting work, many advancement opportunities.

    Cons

    Training is lacking for new hires, organization is slow to adapt to changes in the industry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Cargill larges family owned company with great perspectives

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Amsterdam (Netherlands)

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

    Pros

    International Environment, great people to work with, great development opportunities, great diversity in the Job working with manufacturing, finance, trading etc. Good overall strategy for the business. Worked with very experienced IT professionals.

    Cons

    My concern is that Cargill is not an IT innovatied company but a great learning school as you will face a great scale of all kind of IT technologies due to all kind acquisition that take place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    IT is not Cargill's core business but an important pillar to improve business in the future don't take IT for granted it will help to sustain the growth of Cargill worldwide.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Opportunities, Bad timing

    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Associate Analyst in Wayzata, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good Benefits, great work hours, great co-workers (outside of a few bad apples), lots of opportunities, great experience, learned a lot.

    Cons

    About who you know,not what you know. Manager's advice to me was "fake it till you make it" which seems counter productive, but they are doing well and I'm going out the door.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let personal relationships sway who should be in charge.

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