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Monsanto Company Research Associate Reviews

Updated 5 January, 2017
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  • Finance organization is very lean which leads to difficulty managing work life balance (in 59 reviews)

  • More interns than full time jobs available (in 33 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Springfield, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Springfield, IL (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Get to use cutting edge tech

    Cons

    Pay is good based on a 40 hour week, but that never happens. With no overtime the pay isn't great.

    Advice to Management

    Salaries should be higher


  2. "temporary"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Glyndon, MN (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Glyndon, MN (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It was easy work, very good training personal. Had very good safety meetings. They had the safety of all their employees in mind all the time.

    Cons

    There is a lot of corn dust floating all around, so If you have allergies it is a must to take allergy meds.

    Advice to Management

    In this day and age with all the costs of medical, it would be great if you offered Medical insurance even to your temporary employees.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Pretty good, except for one issue"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    You get to work with some awfully intelligent people that do some amazing work. I've learned a ton since I've been with Monsanto. The benefits are good. The work/life balance for me is great, but I know it's terrible for others. Flexible hours. Management for the most part has their act together.

    Cons

    It is impossible to figure out how to move up from one RA level to another. Impossible! HR tried to explain 1-2 years ago, but it was conveniently vague and muddied the waters even more. And trying to get a bonus level increase is an act of Congress. They do just enough to make it hard to leave the company.

    IT systems are a joke.

    Advice to Management

    If someone has exhibited that they are doing the work of a level that is higher than what they are currently set at for an extended period of time, reward them for it. And actually develop people instead of developing the people that management wants to develop.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Mostly good but..."

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Middleton, WI (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Middleton, WI (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great bene's and salary. The people I worked with were great and always willing to help one another. We innovated and fixed problems for other sites and our own. Always learning. Would have stayed if site not closed.

    Cons

    Downsizing, if you were at a remote RD site your job or site is not stable. Limited opportunities at the remote sites.

    Advice to Management

    Don't underestimate the importance of location size or the location itself. There is/was a reason many people did not relocate when they were given the opportunity.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Love the work, iffy on the job"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chesterfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chesterfield, MO (US)
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, smart coworkers, impactful projects, cutting-edge research

    Cons

    High pressure, long hours, rudderless leadership

    Advice to Management

    Stop burying employees with exponentially increasing workloads, tightening deadlines, and endless "culture change"; let their passion drive innovation.


  7. "Excellent work environment"

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    Former Employee - Technology Development Manager & Research Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Former Employee - Technology Development Manager & Research Associate in Bengaluru (India)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Monsanto Company (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Main focus on work freedom and feel good work environment with great work life balance . Safety is the priority above all .

    Cons

    Consultants future is not promised

    Advice to Management

    More visible csr acitivities and awareness needs to be made to the society and the future generation


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, a very good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate IV in Woodland, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate IV in Woodland, CA (US)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, many career development options, flexible schedule, casual atmosphere, good benefits package

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy at headquarters, leaders slow to react to necessary changes, politically motivated promotions.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce number of levels of hierarchy to increase speed of communication and strategy adjustments, drastically reduce focus on high-throughput screening research to focus valuable resources on ideas that emerge from in-depth discovery stage research.


  9. "Research Associate"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate III in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and company has a great vision and pipeline to match.

    Cons

    Not too many to list.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Research Associate"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Redwood City, CA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are great! Worked with some really nice people.

    Cons

    Pay rate is low and hard to move up unless to move out of state/country. Always restructuring.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits with low salary"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chesterfield, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Chesterfield, MO (US)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Monsanto Company full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, flexible timing if you are in St. Louis. Great benefits

    Cons

    Salary for some of the positions is way too low. if you are in research then there is a huge difference between PHD and MS but not between BS and MS.

    Advice to Management

    doing a great job. Let HR be more empathetic towards employees.