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Great Employer, generally Slow Advancement.
Researcher (Current Employee) –  St. Louis, MOSeptember 10, 2018
Great place to work, however once in you can get "stuck". There is low turnover, don't expect in role promotions or quick advancement. Not uncommon to see people in the same role for 7-10 years.

The science is top notch, probably partially because of the long term retention.

Work life balance depends on management but is generally great. With the Bayer takeover this could all change though. Great 401k match, (at least 9%, more the older you are... again subject to change now that Bayer acquired).

Overall a great place to work, great compensation/benefits. I think their greatest challenge for employee retention is people feeling like there is no room for advancement/pay raises.
Pros
401k, pay, vacation, holidays
Cons
Slow advancement.
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3.0
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Culture is different across functions
PRODUCT ASSESSMENT SCIENTIST - TFS (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MODecember 3, 2018
Can be a great place to work, but some organizations have very poor cultures; primarily Breeding. Upper and mid management are very political. Who you know is much more important than performance. Preference and advancements are given more on how a person sells themselves on internal social media and through other things like meetings, etc., versus actual job performance.
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Breeding culture
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3.0
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great benefits, actually work is meh
Research Assistant (Former Employee) –  CaliforniaAugust 4, 2018
the great place about monsanto is that they really care about their employees - insurance is ridiculously great, super lenient on how time is used, very relaxed atmosphere, 3+ weeks of vacation, i believe around 10 days of sick, and you are given a full week off for christmas!

however the work itself was repetitive and uneventful. i just graduated college and started this job - which is not my intended area of work. thus i was not happy, dreading work, and essentially hated going. kinda felt like i was continuously working at something without any solid progress, whether is be an impossible task or management demanding unattainable goals. definitely a job you have to have if you really love what it is or if you studied/prepared for it.
Pros
benefits, vacation/pto, opportunties to learn
Cons
management, job advancement, favortism
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4.0
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Good place if you're a hard worker
Pollinator/Crew Leader (Former Employee) –  Waco, NENovember 20, 2018
We worked outdoors seasonally with the pollination crew but I got a pretty good idea of what the "full-timers" (as we called them) did too. Overall everyone was pretty good to each other, slackers got fired, dangerous activity was immediately punished, company regulations were followed pretty closely. One summer one of the managers wasn't very kind to me, but she was going through a stressful time and had been fine the other years so I forgave her. We worked hard and long hours but we got through it by having the best team members every year, seriously I had a lot of fun despite how much I complained about the heat/pollen/dirt. I would recommend the summer pollinating position to anyone who is looking for job experience or a summer position. they can take all the help they can get.
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3.0
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competitive, stressful, good benefits
Production Manager (Former Employee) –  Oahu Island, HISeptember 4, 2018
very competitive, high expectations with little direction, poor management, ineffective leadership communication through business transitions and corporate initiatives constantly changing and being roled out. creates stressful environment; always feel like nothing is good enough
loved the role and the mission I was working for
Pros
good benefits
Cons
long hours, stressful
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4.0
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Benefits versus fullfilment
Seed Operations Lead (Former Employee) –  Scott, MSJune 12, 2018
Monsanto strives to maintain talent with competitive wages and benefits. It is a diverse work environment that encourages minorities and women to broaden their skills and take on the tough assignments. Safety is the number one priority at all locations. Monsanto offers leadership training, mentoring and various other opportunites to advance your career. The best part of working for Monsanto was the people. The hardest part was getting management to make a decision so you could do your job.
Pros
Great benefits, including discounts on phone service and vehicles.
Cons
Notorious for having lay-offs every few years.
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3.0
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Stepping stone position
Global Trade Analyst - Kelly Mitchell (Contract) (Current Employee) –  Creve Coeur, MOSeptember 21, 2018
Great place to learn and grow but not for career advancement within the company. A lot like high school with gossip and cliques, the more friends you have, the faster and farther you'll move up the corporate ladder. Contractors are not given benefits, sick days, or holiday pay. Decent hourly wage, but not the best. There are opportunities to go full-time but very few actually get hired on.
Pros
Great for learning new skills and new experiences, flexible hours
Cons
Bad deal for contractors, no benefits, no sick/holiday time, not the best pay, very few go full-time within the company, very much like high school with cliques.
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5.0
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Great place to work
NA Supply Chain Planning Intern (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOSeptember 14, 2018
Management and culture were both great. The internship program could use some development. Colleagues were very helpful and fun to be around. Company values are strong.
Pros
Career Development, Benefits, Culture
Cons
none
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4.0
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Culture supports a work hard always on atmosphere. Limited opportunities without relocation to home office. Recently purchased by Bayer
Area Business Manager (Former Employee) –  Dayton, MNAugust 27, 2018
Most workdays included many telephone conversations in-between customer or dealer meetings. Managing your time and being able to prioritize are critical skills.

Its business model exposes you to multiple parts of the business and a matrix organization rewards strong networking skills.

The investment in R&D is strong and has provided new opportunities for digital, biotech along with agronomy and seed.

The best parts of the job were interacting and supporting customers and dealers.
Pros
Good compensation
Cons
Limited advancement opport
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5.0
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Great Place to work
Seed Quality Supervisor (Former Employee) –  Farmer City, ILJanuary 10, 2019
Great culture and atmosphere with focus on work-life balance. Competitive compensation and benefits. Provide employees with skills necessary to do job effectively and thrive.
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Catalyst plant QA/QC officer
Senior Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) –  Martinez, CADecember 30, 2018
Generally worked 10 days in a row and then 4 days off. Checked final product and ingredients during catalyst production.

Management was not good. Often did not support laboratory and employees.


Workplace culture was adversarial when it came to plant and laboratory employees. Management did little to help.

Hardest part of job was maintaining a positive attitude.

The job paid decently.
Pros
Good X-mas bonus.
Cons
Co-workers were often unpleasant.
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4.0
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Research Scientist (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOAugust 5, 2018
Monsanto cultivates a mindful work environment, with a focus on the mission, attention to the person in addition to the work, and emphasis on safety first. Occasionally, the desire to give autonomy to individuals makes for an ambiguous work environment, but like with any large company, there are opportunities for all types of performers. Also, some areas of the company are highly matrixed, where other parts are not. I learned a lot about people management, goal-setting, and business-sense during my career there. Hardest part of the job: managing multiple, and sometimes contradictory expectations. Easiest and most enjoyable part of the job, availability of resources.
Pros
Learning and development opportunities
Cons
Somewhat ambiguous work environment.
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5.0
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Monsanto is a great place to work!
Payroll Processing and Analysis Lead (Current Employee) –  St. Louis, MOAugust 25, 2018
The company encourages work/life balance and lives their core competencies. Management is sincere and genuine. Coworkers are friendly. I appreciate that I can be candid with my manager and coworkers and it is well received because there is a collaborative mindset.
Pros
great culture
Cons
long drive to work for me
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5.0
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Excellent place to work.
Senior IT Systems Analyst (Former Employee) –  Muscatine, IASeptember 25, 2018
Monsanto was a great place to work. It gave opportunities to grow my career.
The benefits were awesome.
The company culture and work environment were the best ones I had in my career in IT.
Pros
Benefits, training.
Cons
No cons.
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3.0
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Dont expect it to last
Regulatory Sample Prep Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Creve Coeur, MOJanuary 3, 2019
Rolling lay offs and uncertainty of future holdings, if you work for Monsanto and CEO,CFO,CTO aren't following your name, don't get too comfortable and keep your CV up to date. A great culture and top notch employees but I don't believe their business model is sustainable.
Pros
lots and lots of swag, free lunches, gift cards, bonuses, pro rated stock match, 401K
Cons
hard to keep a job there full time
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5.0
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Great Company
Corporate Security Officer (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOOctober 11, 2018
Great company to work for some challenges in advancement but pay and benefits exceeds industry standard. Work life balance is pretty good with unlimited sick days
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4.0
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Good company to work for.
Process Technician (Current Employee) –  Luling, LANovember 15, 2018
Some policies they enforce more than others. Pay good. Since Bayer took over health benefits are going up. You have to work with many lazy young people that get away with too much and don’t get reprimanded.
Pros
Secure job, good pay. Safer than most chemical plants.
Cons
Management favoritisms in the wrong way.
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3.0
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Team lead did not train or delegate
Business Analyst Consultant (Former Employee) –  St. Louis, MOJanuary 16, 2019
Learned something about a new area of Agriculture-Serving Corporation.

A typical day was a stand up meeting every morning, but lacked delegation.

Work Culture: Most people were friendly, but it was a time of a merger so everyone was left wondering about next steps. That made for a culture of nerves at the time for those who had been there awhile.

The hardest part of job was not being allowed or trusted to contribute in the areas I was hired for. Team leads did all the work and did not invite analyst to critical meetings.

Most enjoyable was meeting some very nice people. Team leads were nice but a little selfish on the workload. They were new as well.
Pros
Nice office environment
Cons
Lack of Delegation and collaboration
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5.0
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Great place to work
Research Associate (Current Employee) –  Woodland, CAJanuary 11, 2019
Monsanto was a great place to work. The company offered great Benefits and people maintained a good work/life balance. However, this company is now Bayer Crop Science, and changes are being made.
Pros
People and benefits
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2.0
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Poor management and overworked culture.
Research Associate (Former Employee) –  Woodland, CAAugust 1, 2018
Company reduced positions due to merger which caused excessive workload for employees with no increase in compensation or position title. Management is poor, not supportive of employees and little room for advancement.
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