Jan 16, 2014 • By

General Mills among “100 Best Companies to Work for”

Today Great Place to Work Institute and FORTUNE again named General Mills one of the 100 Best Companies to Work for in the U.S.

General Mills has made the list 11 times since first appearing in 1998. This year, we’re ranked 64.


Personally, I was extremely proud as an employee to receive this recognition – not only because we play to win at General Mills and winning recognition is satisfying – but also because I manage the application for the award on behalf of the company.

The application process takes about five months to complete and includes two parts: an employee survey (accounting for two-thirds of the score) and a culture audit – or written information about our policies and organization (accounting for one-third of the score).

The culture audit is comprehensive and highlights our hiring, development, recognition, benefits, communication, community involvement and more.


So why is General Mills a great place to work and why do we deserve this recognition?

I believe this is a very personal question and can vary depending on whom you ask. Sure we have a wonderful benefits package and world-class development options, but are those truly what make this a great place to work for me?

Not entirely. A little over six years ago, I was working at our headquarters in Minneapolis and had recently been promoted to a position in Human Resources that I had strived for. Shortly thereafter, I was on maternity leave with my second child and my husband was offered a job in his hometown. The possibility of living close to family was too hard for us to turn down.

When I talked with my manager, I was prepared to resign from a job that I loved and was heartbroken. However, in the following weeks, I was presented the opportunity to stay on with General Mills working part time from a home office. I was shocked, excited, and in awe of the fact that the company would care so much about retaining me as an employee that this would even be a possibility. Not only did the job fit my strengths but I would also be working for someone I respected, and it was part-time, which was perfect! This has been my arrangement for more than six years now, and I still value and enjoy every minute of it.

What makes General Mills a great place to work is different for everyone – it is all in our stories.

This is my story, but there are so many more …  stories I learned as I put together our 2014 application for the 100 Best Companies to Work for in the U.S. list.

Stories of General Mills supporting employees through cancer, adoptions, weight loss, military deployments, natural disasters, life changes and more. General Mills supports each employee in the way he or she needs when he or she needs it.

And that’s the real win.

Editor’s note: Images are from FORTUNE and the Great Place to Work Institute.