Pillsbury Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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The Pillsbury Company was a Minneapolis, Minnesota-based company that was one of the world's largest producers of grain and other foodstuffs until it was bought by General Mills in 2001. Antitrust law required General Mills to sell off some of the products, so the company kept the rights to refrigerated and frozen Pillsbury branded products, while dry baking products and frosting were sold by its Orrville, Ohio–based Smucker company under license. Brynwood Partners agreed to purchase Pillsbury from Smuckers for $375 million in July 2018. In September 2018 the sale was completed along with other brands including Martha White and Hungry Jack.

A former employee said in a review: "It's the worst company i've ever worked for. The treatment of the employees is terrible, the salary is very low for all the workload there is. I would definitely not recommend working at Pillsbury".


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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"If you are a new patent agent or patent attorney starting fresh (e.g., little to no patent prosecution experience), be informed that the amount of training provided to get you up and running is quite minimal. In fact, once you have completed orientation, you start billing right away without being taught any claim drafting skills, client standards, or firm procedures. While you are expected to know some rules and regulations related to patent law to pass the patent bar, you probably are not exposed to the nitty gritty stuff during patent prosecution. To make things even more difficult, not a lot of people (who are very knowledgeable about patent prosecution) have much time (or are willing) to teach you all that stuff given the billable requirements. In such cases, you may only rely on feedback provided by those reviewing your work (which is inconsistent at best firmwide). Feedback provided ranges from degrading to don’t care much to quite constructive, but let me tell you that the majority of your peers probably prefer the ‘don’t care much’ category as it does not require much revision. If peers are to set examples on how to go about things, some of them may be setting pretty bad ones (e.g., things you need to do to prepare for writing a response to office action, or claiming strategies to overcome 101). Be warned that docketing is not reliable and be prepared to work off of your own ‘offline’ docket. Also with the turnover rate of patent agents, you may find yourself being fought over by some partners (with less than pleasant attitudes)."

Current Employee - Legal Secretary says

"This is not a great place to work for more than two years. The firm lacks organization for support staff. The support staff is overworked and the support staff is placed in awkward positions when department managers do not reply to immediate attorney questions or department needs."

Current Employee - Timekeeper says

"Unattainable billing requirement, poor management, lack of confidentiality within management. Billable timekeepers are expected to feed the machine by any means necessary. You are expected to work 12 hour days 6 days a week. You have absolutely no work-life balance. In the VA office the staff bonuses and raises are decided by two women, and they have their "favorites". Unfortunately, if you aren't one of the chosen ones, you're out of luck. The situation is only compounded by the division of "your work horses" and "your spongers". Pillsbury doesn't care about quality of work product; they care about making money."

IT Service Desk Analyst says

"Needs NEW management. I have never worked in such a horrible place."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Developers beware. They are replacing all of their systems with off-the-shelf 3rd party software packages. There's no room for creativity. You will doing support work on 3rd party applications. The attorneys are very arrogant, rude, and their egos are Huge. Senior management is laughable. I really don't understand why they are there. The middle management staff is pretty good, but most of them have been there for a very very long time and have worked their way up into management. I don't believe the majority of the management staff have college educations. It looks like they got to their positions by staying with the firm for a very long time. I recommend overlooking this firm for career opportunities. You will spend the majority of your time in meetings to discuss the same things over and over and over again."

Paralegal says

"Everything else; the firm has little loyalty to any of its employees."

Secretary says

"Management is old secretaries with no college degree."

Former Employee - Tree Climber/Arborist says

"Poor management, micro managing overload, and dishonest"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Too many office politics for my liking."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Management and HR turn a blind eye to departmental needs; professional results expected with an unreasonable workload; no room for advancement because the department is always in survival mode"

QA/Assembly Line (Former Employee) says

"regular daily grind no promotion, mostly temporary employees and too much floor favoritism. Uniform and treats all the same just a number no measurement to excelsteady employmenttemporary work"

General Utility Worker (Former Employee) says

"Ok place if you like factory work. Getting use to all of the belts moving takes some getting use to. Standing for 8 plus hours is difficult for those that are not in optimal healthMostly nice people to work withManagement isn't great"

Production Worker (Current Employee) says

"The department I was assigned was having some major break-downs and defective product. I was told 40+ hours a week and did not even get 40. They are in a lay-off mode right now because of freezer, fryer malfunction."

Senior Food Technologist (Former Employee) says

"This company has changed management/owner ship several times since I have left so I am not able to give an accurate review of this company at this time."

Operations Specialist (Former Employee) says

"typical day of work would include following schedule and applying what I learned to run machines efficiently while communicating to management how daily activity is going.step into industrial doorrotating shifts"

Senior Scientist, New Product Development (Former Employee) says

"Food product processing and product development. Great people to work with. Wide range of products from prepared dough products, microwavable products, fried products and ice cream novelties.Variety of food processing, great work environmentMarketing of products"

Equipment Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Good place to work good pay and benefits good management,good work life balance,management cares about employees,very well established company,good place to growfree products12 hour shifts"

Refrigeration mechanic (Former Employee) says

"I liked working there. Good people to work for and with. my bosses were good to work for, nobody looking to give anyone a hard time. The only thing about it was low pay for my trade. A good place to gain experience.Good cultureSubstandard pay."

Gina Almanza says

"Bought a book for a little over $60 and was sent the wrong one and then when I tried to return it I was told to just keep the book even after I sent them the pics of the wrong book as they had asked me too. Definitely will not be buying for this store anymore."

Sandra says

"No help on a part of missing shipment over 3 weeks. Email to customer service for information gave me less information than I already had obtained myself."

dave says

"Very poor condition, sold as "good". Pages were missing. Pages were torn out. It's a "pop up" book with only half a dozen pages. Only 1 page was intact."

Beth Carlson says

"This book had writing already in it and I didn’t know it would."

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