General Mills Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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General Mills, Inc., is an American multinational manufacturer, marketer of branded consumer foods sold through retail stores. It is headquartered in Golden Valley, Minnesota, a suburb of Minneapolis. The company markets many well-known North American brands, including Gold Medal flour, Annie's Homegrown, Betty Crocker, Yoplait, Colombo, Totino's, Pillsbury, Old El Paso, Häagen-Dazs, Cheerios, Trix, Cocoa Puffs, and Lucky Charms. Its brand portfolio includes more than 89 other leading U.S. brands and numerous category leaders around the world.

An employee left this review, "Annual raises average $.30, (at that rate it would take you 40 years to get to top pay $23.00 (FYI some local food plants start at that their top pay)) Your hard work goes unrewarded, to get a decent raise you must do a lot of extra stuff (some of which goes unnoticed). They hire managers and team leaders out of plant then they use the position to pad their resume' then move on, never really taking the time to learn. Communication is extremely poor. No support from management for advancement (in fact they some time will put you under a microscope in hopes of finding something to be rid of you for)."


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"Laziness, complacency, lack of direction and deceit in the team. HR is full of themselves and there is a lot of favouritism. If you want to get promoted, it's about who you know, not what you do. Also, it helps to be an attractive Caucasian person."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"so many job cuts yet executives gave themselves a hefty pay increase. where is the logic in that?!"

Current Employee - Head of Sales Strategy Planning and Analysis says

"Too many changes organization without clear long term strategy"

Current Employee - Food Production Associate says

"Never sure that you'll get the hours you need. You show up and get sent home, but you have to show up even on weekends for mandatory overtime. Every weekend. 7 day work week; mayb e you'll get 40 hours after 7 days"

Former Employee - Associate Brand Manager says

"Horrible experience. The company, particularly within marketing, is extremely political and filled with toxicity. Lack of true diversity, and I’m not just talking race and sexual orientation; this extends to diversity of thought. There is nothing in place to promote good management. Everything is about cost cutting, no true innovation."

Current Employee - Technical Team Leader says

"Leadership has lost sight of what has always made Covington great. Our people and culture. Too many chiefs that seem to know it all straight out of college or other locations. Taking way too much away and trying to remain “competitive” in the local market as far as pay and benefits go, yet trying to claim a “World Class” title. Far from it."

Former Employee - Quality Assurance Analyst says

"Management bad, Not experienced"

Current Employee - Consultant says

"Culture and Values - The relationship based culture is talked about internally as a great competitive advantage and differentiator to new hires. The truth is this results in decision making being overly-political and moves at a snails pace. It’s not about doing the right thing; it’s about what is in that person’s career interest. There is no balance of risk-taking vs. accountability to results. Therefore decision making become very risk-averse. Similarly smart employees do not take on challenging roles; instead opting for roles that offer the most exposure, e.g. check-in meetings and coffee chats. Processes and Change - Company thinking is dominated by internal thinking and processes largely established in the 90s. External viewpoints and challenging the status quo are seen as negatives and are summarily dismissed. Change Management across board is the most common issue in the organization with many talented people and ideas wasted. The challenge of transitioning to act as more Global organization is exhibit #1. Offshoring of work while necessary to compete is not always thought through. For example complex work is not rationalized or worse yet given to non-qualified individuals often resulting in shadow work by US counterparts. Management – For the most part management and keys SMEs are dominated by people who have only worked at General Mills. That being said there are great leaders but they are minority and typically come from outside and struggle to bring positive change forward. Overall Managers are passive-aggressive, manage upwards/coddled, and are not receptive to critical feedback. For being a relationship-based organization, actual employee struggles are disregarded and employees are astrocized and subject to Midwestern-style reprisal by management and HR for speaking up. Organization launched a Great Manager initiative which is only window dressing on the underlying problem. Performance – The Organization due to the culture, size, and lock-in processes is unable to move fast enough to respond to the changing business environment. 90% of innovation the last few years has occurred via acquisition and in many cases we have overpaid per Wall Street. The organization will sustain itself through the strength of its historical brands and balance sheet but will continue to fade and struggle for growth. Work/Life Balance in certain roles can be atrocious especially with Mumbai-facing roles. To that end quality of work is not valued as much as who has or doesn’t have your back."

Former Employee - Packaging Operator says

"Work every other weekend Pay"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Pathetic leadership. They just scratch each other’s back. Very high favouritism all the time and it’s highly visible. Very Very limited learning and mundane work."

Production Operator (Former Employee) says

"This company does not care about its employees. Wasted 8 years working for them just to be shut down without warning they only care about a dollar not the products they make or their employees smh just terrible"

operador de maquinas (Former Employee) says

"crescimento profissional mas deixa a desejar em boa parte"

Packer/Machine Operator (Former Employee) says

"Sucks they need to pay more for the job that u do working in that environment...they do not try to move you up wven if u use to work there and u know what you are doing they have favs"

Lead (yellow hat) says

"verificar la asistencia del personal, dar brakes de lunch, saber cubrir todas las posicionesdirección de personalpagos"

SAOP2 (Current Employee) says

"You get one day off a week as long as you aren't drafted. Other employees are always against you. You will be very lucky to be able to use your vacation days when you want and pretty much when you can't take anymore the plant shuts down for a week or two and you don't get paid."

Operator (Current Employee) says

"Absolutely no opportunity for growth unless you're an MEA that the company has already spent entirely too much money on right out the gate. Reverse discrimination is prevalent with this company. Rules are bent for minorities while others have to jump through hoops and still not achieve the simplest of goals. Corporate makes all the decisions & knows nothing about the plants."

Machine Operator (Current Employee) says

"Working either 36 or 46 days in a row with 2 days off. Child management, such a disappointing set of benefits. Short term disability is basically non existent, better pray you don't have to be off work for a surgery or something. Personal days have to be scheduled and then they just took one away. No work life balance at all. You are just a body."

Process Worker (Former Employee) says

"Stressful, horrible place to work. You are treated like a pack horse. When you are injured due to the companys fault there is absolutely no support from the management.NilNarcissitic, back stabbing permanent staff memebers."

Assembly Line Worker (Current Employee) says

"*uck general mills. Honestly just a horrible place and they pay shi*ty. But I mean go work there if you liked getting fuc*ed In the a$* by both your managers at the same time."

Operator (Former Employee) says

"Disgusting... and leadership and bosses a lot of confusions............... Good luck. Just get ready to work oh and you have to be there an half hour early..MoneyNo outside work time"

Temporary Employee (Former Employee) says

"If you go through the temp agency General Mills uses, expect LOW PAY and NO CHANCE for advancement! It is very difficult (if not impossible) to get on full time. They make it much harder than it should be. If by some miracle you do get hired, you are only a "seasonal employee". Long hours, usually working 6-7 days a week. The least minor infraction can get you fired suddenly and without notice! As far as the pay, temps now make more that they did a few years ago, however it is still not enough to live on. Management (both General Mills and temp agency) are indifferent to employee concerns and if an issue is brought up it is immediately dismissed. If you afford to wait and take another job, you would be much better off in the long run."

Tasker (Former Employee) says

"The people were ignorant, gossiping, not qualified to run company, cheating liars and rotten to no end.It was JUST a company losing any possibility for growth or respect from the employees running it.NonNon"

Clamp Operator (Former Employee) says

"All management do is stress you about numbers when half the stuff is in the wrong place and you always have to call and ask someone to bring you the right product to ship out one of the employee at the job wasn't paying attention and was under the influence and sit a clamp on my foot I lost my toe nail....going home at the end of the dayshort breaks"

Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) says

"Not women friendly, especially on the production floor. Very physical, loud, hot, wet and sometimes cold. They will dangle the proverbial carrot in front of you for years just to get a raise. Management requires a manifesto of your performance to prove your worthy of more money. An anonymous group, that doesn't know your real work performance decides whether you are worthy or not. If you don't get a raise, they deliver an anonymous letter with the sometimes bogus reason why you didn't get it. There were some good people there but a lot of backstabbing and 8th grade politics abound. The temps were treated poorly. Read some of the other reviews. Many of these reviews across different plants sounds hauntingly similar. Buyer beware! I think I'd rather work in a sewer plant!Free processed food, for on the go!Labor intensive and a maniacle nightmare, cult like culture."

FROZEN MACHINE OPERATOR (Former Employee) says

"Everything was going ok at general mills until I came out about being transgender. Then everyone tried to do everything they could to get me in trouble. Reporting things that didn't even happen just to get me in trouble. Horrible managementdecent moneyHorrible management, not LGBTQ+ Friendly at all"

Tasker/Trainer (Current Employee) says

"I have nothing good to say about this employer. I trained for a long period of time but never got paid for it.. They don't care about the employees at all.FSA planno raises or advancement opportunities"

Material Handler (Current Employee) says

"Doesn’t hire you on, 12 hours consistent work.. favoritism, they want you to train new employees but you don’t get paid for it. They want you to stay over until the next team comes in to relieve you, and you don’t get paid for that either."

Loader/Unloader (Former Employee) says

"My work experience at this company was great if I still was living in this area I would still be there. The work environment was great the people I worked with was great I wouldn't change anything about this job"

Sales Representative - Edmonton (Former Employee) says

"Was a good company back in the day that went downhill. They hire and promote people who are unqualified and make the job unenjoyable. Didn't listen to employee feedback"

lead (Former Employee) says

"they work you alot of overtime without notice you have to dont get any free time to do anything and dont have alot of breaks i wouldnt work there again"

Unicorns & Marshmallows says

"On the 19th May 2020 I also responded to a product recall, after much going and growing they instructed me to dispose of the product and said that you would send me vouchers to replace the loss. Over 2 months has passed and to date I still haven’t received any vouchers. I’m not asking for compensation, I am asking them to simply replace the tins of sweetcorn they told me to dispose. This shouldn’t be this complicated for such a large company!!!!"

Paul Brennan says

"Responded to recall for sweet corn (bought 24 tins from amazon) and so far have rung the freephone number given to be told to send an email, sent email, no response, sent second email, no response, went on to their website and sent message through the site, received a response telling me to send proof of purchase and photos of all bottoms of the tins. I did this and attached all the photos and proof invoice and then received an email in response requested I sent proof of purchase and photos. The total cost for the 24 tins was £10.20. Absolutely appalling service so far."

Sayruh214 says

"I wish they took their commitment to providing safe food more seriously. GMO corn and artificial colors and flavors should not be in products served to kids when we know they contribute to diseases and allergies and adhd! And how can they justify putting healthier ingredients in products for other countries??! But I’m the USA they load it up with slow killers. Shameful."

FJA says

"ed to buy Old El Paso Wholegrain tortillas all the time but in the past month have opened not one, but two packs and found the contents unfair for human consumption. The pack opened this week clearly contained some foreign object (bug?) between the second and third tortillas and the mould and rot was disgusting. I tried to complain to General Mills (sent photos and a description) and received a totally unsatisfactory response. I will never buy anything made by this company again and encourage others to also avoid their products."

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