Pros: good benefits, great safety training
Cons: long hours with no warning and minimum time off
Cargill grain elevator knows what they're doing. This is a company that cares allot about the respect and safety for their customers and employees. A typical day at work at Cargill was always a hard working day. This was a down and dirty job. Everything was covered in dust at all times. I didn't mind it. I have always had the attitude that if I had work clothes on, then it's time to work no matter how hard or dirty the situation is. I was responsible of inspecting grain, and how to mix and blend good and not so good grain into loading trains and trucks to meet requirements. I had also earned the responsibility to do allot with the railroad, and driving trains, hooking up rail cars and such. Every week we would change or fix conveyour belts, elevator shafts, motors, guards, bearings, and even hydraulics. Cargill helped me not only learn, but improve my skills in many different areas. Management wasn't the most knowledgable person in the field but at least was hands on help to get things done. Co-workers at my facility were decent with a few drama issues that would arise with the he said, she said stories that I did the best to stay out of. The hardest part of this job would be the long hours with minimum off time in such short notice. For example, we would get a call on a random saturday to come in to work on loading a train. We would work that day for 16 hours with 8 hours off until showing up the next day for another 14 hour work day, all without any kind of warning. At the time I had lived 45 minutes from home which got to be real tiring after a while. the most enjoyable part of this job would be learning new trades and being able to just show up and do my own thing, knowing that if I got stuff done and worked hard, no one would ask questions.