Cargill Reviews

Updated 29 April, 2015
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Pros
  • They offer a flexible work environment for easier work life balance (in 34 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 33 reviews)

  • IT is seen as overhead and the business units do not feel IT is responsive (in 29 reviews)

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  1. Excellent Company

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    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. Helpful (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 a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Get rid of useless managers and rein in the politicking

  3. Helpful (2)

    Too much responsibility - not enough support

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cargill

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Try hiring qualified people for positions.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good salary/benifits

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, ON
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in London, ON

    I worked at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benifits, Vacation, bonus days, autonomy,

    Cons

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Operations Summer Student

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

    I worked at Cargill as an intern (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent Training Opportunities, Management & Employee Benefits plans

    Cons

    Hard-work if you are not up for the task

    Advice to Management

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

  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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  8. Try something else first

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    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Toronto, ON
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Toronto, ON

    I have been working at Cargill

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with

    Cons

    limited opportunity, restructuring, bad pay, low on recognition

    Advice to Management

    Need a leader to run the office

  9. Helpful (1)

    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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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

  10. SAP and Business Objects deployment lead and education consultant

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    Current Employee - Education Design Supervisor in Hopkins, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Education Design Supervisor in Hopkins, MN (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Flexible work environment, Multiple locations and opportunities

    Cons

    Have not come up with a plan on how to manage Corporate central ideas with External business units.

    Advice to Management

    Trust what your employees are saying, not what financials are wanting you to do.

  11. Bio tech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cargill full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Good job with decent pay. Enjoyed working with my fellow techs. Supervisors were ok but don't know as much about the job as the people they are supervising.

    Cons

    Lazy people would do nothing leaving more work for others with no consequence. No extra pay for training new guys. Overachievers get paid the same as underachievers.

    Advice to Management

    Better pay based on performance . Hold employees accountable for doing their jobs . Communicate with each other and with your employees.

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