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General Mills

General Mills manufacturers and markets some of the world’s best-loved brands landing at a store near you. Popular kitchen characters like the Green Giant and the Pillsbury Doughboy help secure its place as the sixth largest food company in the world. To advance its mission to “nourish lives by making lives healthier, easier and richer”, the Community Action program endorses nonprofits and larger foundations in efforts to enhance the wellness and vitality of neighborhoods.

Industry: Food Processing

Headquarters: Minneapolis, Minnesota

Number of U.S. Employees (Percent Women): 17,018 (40%)

Percentage of Women in Management Role: 6%

What Makes It Great: Not your run-of-the-mill big business, General Mills’ dedication to a multicultural and inclusive workforce has consistently earned it highest honors among best places to work.
The food manufacturer began its female advancement efforts over 10 years ago. Since then, grooming and retaining successful leaders has remained a top priority. Numerous women’s networks work toward representation at all levels of the company. The top brass are likely all ears – women run five of seven major divisions! Equal opportunity programs are a big draw for multiethnic hires, with career coaches mentoring diverse employees on professional challenges. Paid sabbaticals, onsite childcare and job sharing programs help make motherhood a breeze and an impressive wellness program fosters a fit workforce. Now eat your Wheaties!

Honors and Awards:100 Best Companies to Work For (No. 90), Fortune magazine 2009
Global Top Companies for Leaders (No. 3), Fortune magazine 2009
100 Best Companies for Working Mothers, Working Mother magazine
Best Place to Launch a Career (No. 12), BusinessWeek magazine 2009
40 Best Companies for Diversity, Black Enterprise magazine 2009

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