I stared as a maintenance employee and moved up the ranks to Project Manager . My day as a manager would consist of communicating with the corporate offices and submit for project funding ranging from 5k to 100k for local approvals. The job provided me with the opportunity to work with a very diversified work force. Management at Cargill was very approachable and easy to get along with . The hardest part of my job was to be able to get the upper management team together and agree on cost and time tables, but when a project was commissioned to the production team , that made it all worth while.
Compensation was good
Long days and sometimes working continous weekends
Maintenance Mechanic/Welder (Former Employee) – Newark, CA – June 1, 2016
I have worked at Cargill for a good amount of time now, in that time I have worked some different shifts. I will say, I have had a lot of fun working there, met some great people, and made some life long friends. Cargill was a good opportunity to learn and experience some things that I can't imagine you would experience anywhere else.
Sales Support Representative (Former Employee) – Lavista, NE – June 1, 2016
I learned a lot of corporate business knowledge and skills within the customer service roles, however, the company restructures so often, you can never feel safe in your job and I saw many employees lose their jobs. Employees that had given 30+ years were even fired after a company restructure. The business is not family friendly and their big thing is work-life balance but that really means nothing to them as they want you to put in as many hours as humanly possible.
not enough breaks, no job security, hours, and stress level
Forklift operator (Former Employee) – Dayton, VA – May 31, 2016
cargill is a good company but the salary that they pay thier emploeys should be alot more than what they pay beacuase the job that the employes are doing is worth of getting alot more than what they get
Account Manager (Current Employee) – Gainesville, GA – May 31, 2016
New hire process is a mess and leaves one feeling lost. Chaos abounds surrounding work duties and processes. Managers implement changes to process without looking at the full picture of all parts of the process that will be affected.
Customer Service Rep (Former Employee) – Fargo, ND – May 23, 2016
I enjoyed my time with Cargill. Loved working with the people there and the environment was fun, easy going. The management at the time was not so good due to them hiring a new manager for our team. Besides that i loved my time with Cargill.
Shift Supervisor (Former Employee) – Newark, CA – May 19, 2016
33 years of learning the plant overall from Laborer to Shift Supervisor , A lot of knowledge captured only to be Laid off. Learned the salt process , enjoyed working with all coworkers there, managed to help out in Shipping with truck drivers that were abusive , and didnt speak english, enjoyed going to work every day because the employees there were like family , I liked being a Shift Supervisor because you need to be patient and deal with different personalities.
Meeting all deadlines, packaging salt products for customers
The most enjoyable part of my job was being President of the Engagement team. I was kept the team engaged and motivated, by providing events were peers could network and get to know each other. This lead to productivity in the work place and positive attitudes.
This place was a meat market! Constantly dealt with co-workers hooking up and didn't take their job seriously. The pay wasn't great and starting out you almost always start on an off shift which doesn't work well with family life. It was okay for awhile because it paid the bills, but I would not recommend to anyone who is happily married with children.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Springfield, MO – May 15, 2016
A typical work day was hard work and dedication. I always set goals for myself. How many plates could I do in a day and always tried to beat the goal from day to day. I learned what a factory was like and how to work at one. I also learned how to move. Moving mediocre would not cut it. You had to be all in or you would get yelled at. There was always a lack of management. They sometimes come and watch or help but for the most part they were just concerned that we hit our numbers everyday. We worked together or so we tried. The hardest part about the job was getting to move fast put i never gave up and I always tried everyday. Everyday I would get better and better and eventually I did it and that was my job for three years boxing the tubes in boxes. Some days were more enjoyable than others. Just like any other job. It all depends on the attitude you go in with.
Mill & Computer Operator (Former Employee) – Binghamton, NY – May 11, 2016
Typical day is standing there watching the mill turn and gauges all night long. Management was always there looking over your shoulder, Co-workers got along, Hardest part was tring to stay awake watching the mill turn from 10 pm to 7am
It's a company where you can grow and move up the latter
Biodiesel Process Technician (Former Employee) – Kansas City, MO – May 6, 2016
This review is for this location only! They have had 11 Technicians leave the biodiesel department in a span of 1 year. Very high turnover, pay is very very low when compared to equal jobs with other companies. No room for advancement, everyone is paid the same when certified. Expect to do anything from operating the plant from the board to outside picking weeds. Expect to be on-call without any sort of compensation for it. With all of that being said, I want to make it clear that I left on good terms and there is some good with the job. For someone wanting to start a career in the process industry it is a great opportunity to get the experience you need to move on and go elsewhere if you desire. Many companies will pay this same position in the 30s like the one I left for. I enjoyed working with majority of my fellow co-workers and Lab Techs!
Co-workers, good place to get experience then move on
No set job description, high turnover, poor pay, benefits