General Mills, the company that's brought us Cheerios, the Pillsbury Dough Boy and other beloved brands, is also a favorite with working mothers.
General Mills may be best known for the Jolly Green Giant, Pillsbury Dough Boy and Cheerios, but the company has also earned a reputation for career advancement, particularly among working women.
Yesterday the Minneapolis-based company announced it placed first in Leadership Development in the 2011 rankings from Leadership Development magazine. Meanwhile, the October issue of Working Mother magazine lists General Mills as one its 100 Best Companies for the 16th consecutive year. This year, General Mills received a top ten ranking from Working Mother for its family friendly policies.
“We’ve always believed that building great brands and great talent go hand-in-hand,” said Kevin Wilde, vice president and chief learning officer for General Mills, in a prepared statement. “This recognition reinforces our commitment to developing a pipeline of successful leaders who can drive our business forward around the world. We’re honored to be ranked by industry experts as having the top leadership development program in America.”
The General Mills leadership program includes mentoring, training at the General Mills Institute, tuition reimbursement and individual counseling. The company credits leadership development for building a high-degree of loyalty. More than 20 percent of the company’s U.S. employees have worked for General Mills for more than 20 years, and 85 percent of the company’s current officers were developed from within the company.
Working Motherevaluates companies as “family friendly” using such criteria as availability and usage of flexible working arrangements, parental leave, child care, and the advancement of women to all levels of management.
“We take great pride in the fact that the majority of our U.S. Retail businesses are led by women – which reflects that we’re serious about supporting women in pursuing their career goals as their lives change,” said Ken Charles, vice president of Diversity and Inclusion for General Mills, in a prepared statement. “General Mills works hard to build a culture that is both performance driven and supportive”
According to Carol Evans, president of Working Mother Media, the parent company of Working Mother magazine, “General Mills consistently demonstrates its continued commitment to programs that encourage all employees to become their personal best. They are offering their working mothers the flexibility, managerial training, child care and wellness programs they need to succeed in their professional and personal lives.”
General Mills operates in more than 100 countries. In fiscal 2011, the company had net sales of $14.9 billion. The company’s consumer brands include Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker and Old El Paso.