At General Mills, 71 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 811 employee surveys, with a 95% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 3.35. It was published on Sep 4, 2015. 31471 Visitors

What Employees Say

This is a physically safe place to work.
I feel good about the ways we contribute to the community.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.

What They Do

We asked General Mills to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We serve the world by making food people love.  As one of the world’s leading food companies, we believe that food should make us better. We operate in more than 100 countries and market more than 100 consumer brands.

About this Company

Website: US Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota
US Sites: 62 Major Locations: Minneapolis, MN; Wellston, OH; Hannibal, MO; Murfreesboro, TN; Cedar Rapids, IA
Stock Symbol: GIS US Employees: 15106
US revenues: $10500 million Worldwide revenues: $17600 million
Employees worldwide: 40763 Founded: 1866
Industry: Manufacturing & Production

Main Office at Sunset

Perks and Programs

We asked General Mills to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Frequent Flyer Miles: Employees who travel on behalf of General Mills have the opportunity to keep all of the frequent flyer miles that they accrue, making it more affordable to take a personal vacation!
  • Employee Discounts: Our Employee Club has worked with different companies and services across the country to be able to offer General Mills employees discounts on a variety of things such as cell phone plans, computers, clothes, hotels and restaurants.
  • Health & Wellness Centers: At many of our locations we have a health & wellness centers. This service is free to all General Mills employees to use. People who may not have General Mills insurance are able to use the services as well. The only item you need to show before seeing a doctor, eye doctor, dentist or specialist is your employee badge.


$53,245 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Operator $46,054 Average salary and additional cash compensation for Retail Rep
50% 401(k) match of employee's contribution, up to 3% of an employee's salary 84% Company-paid health coverage for employees
85% Company-paid health coverage for dependents 19 hours Weekly hours at which part-timers receive health care coverage
$6000 College Tuition Reimbursement


  • 401(k) or 403b plan
  • Deferred profit-sharing plan
  • Employee stock purchase plan
  • Pre-tax savings account


  • Free snacks during the day
  • Personal concierge service
  • Discount ticket sales
  • Car wash
  • Hair salon
  • Vehicle maintenance
  • Banking
  • Subsidized lunch on a regular, daily basis
  • On-site package/mailing service
  • Fitness classes
  • Weight watchers meetings
  • Convenience store
  • Dry cleaning
Manufacturing Facility


26 days Holidays & vacation days after one year of employment $10,000 Adoption benefit
70 days Job protected maternity leave 10 days Paid leave for adoptive parents


  • Paid sabbaticals
  • Flexible schedule (63% use it)
  • Job sharing (1% use it)
  • Onsite child care
  • Lactation room(s)
  • Childcare reimbursement during business travel
  • Unpaid sabbaticals
  • Telecommute option (67% use it)
  • Compressed work weeks (1% use it)
  • Offsite subsidized childcare
  • Elder care resources


  • Dental care
  • Prescription drug subsidy
  • Alternative treatments, such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic
  • Vision care
  • Mental health care
  • Fertility treatments


  • Breast cancer screening
  • Skin cancer screening
  • Blood pressure screening
  • Fitness center
  • Medical facilities
  • Prostate cancer screening
  • Cholesterol tests
  • Flu shots
  • Subsidized offsite gym memberships


Meeting in the park

How to Get Hired

We asked General Mills for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

At General Mills, we recruit for long term careers versus short-term job openings. When we look at candidates, we want to know more than whether they have the skills to do a specific job. We want to know about their values and motivation, and what inspires them to get out of bed each day. We want them to know about the kind of company we are and what makes us unique versus other opportunities. This understanding is important to ensure that it is a good match for both the company and the candidate. Different groups at General Mills may look for specific functional competencies in potential candidates that are listed in the job overview. Overall we seek top performers who are passionate about nourishing lives and have a drive for winning and innovation. Our employees are motivated by the connections at work and the impact on others and their communities.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

General Mills seeks the best and brightest—individuals who have risen to the top in their previous endeavors, have excelled as leaders in ventures both in and out of the workplace and who know they can make a valuable contribution to our brands, our organization and the broader community. We also want employees who don’t crave the individual spotlight but find joy and fulfillment by working collaboratively with others to win as a team and make a positive difference in the world. Most importantly, connect with us! We are always looking for excellent candidates to fill open roles of today or for future opportunities. We meet great talent on campus, at career fairs, and online on our social networks.

Are there any unusual or especially rigorous steps of your hiring process that candidates should be aware of?

Hiring a prospective team member is a very important decision for both General Mills and the candidate. That’s why the entire recruiting and interview team works to be as helpful as possible throughout this process, whether the candidate is interviewing for a position at headquarters, Sales business centers or one of the plant locations. Each position will have a unique interview team and a series of questions related to that role.   Throughout the interview process, we strive to ensure candidates really get to know our people, their teams, our brands and responsibilities during their interview process. As candidates learn about us, we get to know the candidate’s values, strengths and experiences.   We use several interview methods and assessments, which often include a leadership assessment, critical thinking assessment and several behavior-based interviews. This provides a holistic look at our candidate — including multiple assessments to get the most comprehensive picture possible.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

Ove the course of the last few years our recruiting has shifted, previously we would hire more entry level roles from universities across the country. Our hiring now is closer to 50/50 hiring entry level and experienced candidates. There isn't a position we know we will hire for more this year however we are committed to bringing in top talent at all levels that can make an impact. 

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

To learn more about a career at General Mills visit our website at There you will learn more about the different career opportunities, and ways to connect with us via social media or join our talent network.

hiring Outlook

-7% Job Growth 5% Total voluntary turnover of full-time employees in the past year
65000 Applicants in past year 5296 Openings in past year
18% New hires by employee referrals

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