CHS Inc. Employee Reviews

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Do not apply here
Operator/Laborer (Former Employee) –  Annawan, IL20 January 2017
This entire facility is an absolute train wreck. A typical work day is non stop without so much as a lunch break. You will never get off 12 hour shifts and you swing days to nights so your life is over. Prepare to work holidays,weekends,your kids graduation, your mothers funeral etc.......You work 4 on 4 off but still have weeks with zero overtime as some bean counter has figured out how to not pay you for that. Don't expect to be placed in department you applied for,as this rarely happens. Management is only concerned with lining their own pockets and keeping everything in house on a local level, So no real grievance process. The rank and file workers are top notch but thinning out quickly. It is a revolving door of new hires.The hardest part of job is punching in at start of shift.The most enjoyable part is punching out. Employee turnover is so great most dont making it through initial training.
Pros
Good training area to move on to a good job
Cons
low wages, long hours, swing shift, low wages, bad management
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Fast paced company with not so helpful management
IT Support Technician (Current Employee) –  Inver Grove Heights, MN28 December 2016
The management for the it service center team is less then desires.
The manager has no interaction with the team nor the team lead but will make assumption on members based on what little interaction that occurs.
A typical day consists on Twenty to fifty calls regarding first level troubleshooting.
If escalation is needed the team it gets sent to is not always helpful and will send tickets back with no information as to why even if the ticket is supposed to be sent to them.
The hardest part of the job would be the unbalance of home and work life. The it department is a Twenty four hour ops with Twelve hour Saturday shifts. The Saturday shifts are unfairly assigned as a team of Fourteen employees a single person should not have a Twelve hour shift every month as there are two designated night shift employees that take the second twelve hour shift every Saturday
Pros
gread colleges, good benifates
Cons
Horrible managment with the exclusion of team lead
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Generous pay but little to no management skill in career advancement
Youth Care Worker (Current Employee) –  Miami, FL3 December 2016
Co-workers generally were good team players and were flexible in duties/responsibility exchange in a pinch. Most difficult part of the job was beating the fatigue of graveyard shift. Most enjoyable part of the job was the social interaction and the experience of improving the quality of life of unaccompanied children.
Pros
Generous pay per hour and potential for approved overtime
Cons
No benefits, temporary contract work, frequent grievances reported on supervisors that did no troubleshooting
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Could be a good place-but lack of leadership
Certified Energy Specialist (Current Employee) –  Minneapolis-Saint Paul, MN22 August 2016
I certainly do not like to be micro-managed, however, I would like some feedback periodically from my employer. CHS hires energy sales people and then places them at a rural co-op to sell Cenex products on behalf of the co-op. So, the co-op you may get stuck with is a real wild card. They may not even want you there and that is exactly how I felt. The relationship between the co-ops and CHS may be a bit sorted which can make it very uncomfortable to the person in the middle...like me. The job with CHS has potential but there is a huge disconnect when it comes to communication.
Pros
Flexible schedule
Cons
Shunning, Horrible communication, Real lack of direction
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well recieved training
Fertilizer Plant manager (Current Employee) –  Colby, KS2 December 2016
CHS is a global company and very targeted on the safety and knowledge of they're employees. I have enjoyed working for them. some days the stress is quite a bit more than others. when the busy season hits it gets kind of hectic
Pros
They're health benifits are really good
Cons
They are an agricultural company. and when crops fail they have to do a lot of cutbacks
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Committed to our farmer owners and employees
Human Resources (Current Employee) –  Saint Paul, MN25 July 2016
CHS is a diverse organization with fourteen business units. Due to our diversity there is no "typical day", which makes it fun and challenging. If you are looking for a company where you can make a difference, this is the place for you! Co-workers and customer owners are truly like family. There is so much to do, prioritizing is the biggest challenge. Leadership competencies are: Integrity, Accountability, Owner Focus, People and Talent Focus, and Enterprise Collaboration.
Pros
Farmer owned cooperative, employees are like family, commitment to helping our farmer owners grow, excellent benefits, flexible work hours
Cons
experiencing growing pains
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Fun place to work. Great people to work with.
Scale Operator (Current Employee) –  Winona, MN13 December 2016
Loved working with the truck drivers and the yard guys and the people in the office.

Weighing in semi-trucks, preparing the needed paperwork for the drivers, as well as communicating
via a two-way radio
Pros
Great enviornment
Cons
No benefits. No chance to be hired on as a CHS employee
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Bad. Plain and simple.
Process Operator (Former Employee) –  Creston, IA20 January 2017
The only thing good about this employer is the pay and insurance benefits. Period. Poor training. Terrible schedule that allows for zero family time. Extremely high turn over.
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Decent place to work, management sucks
Production Operator (Former Employee) –  South Sioux City, NE29 July 2016
Worked for CHS for 5 years and the people that work there are great. The management team are unwilling to hire from within and give no direction to employees to grow. Communication is unheard of. Bad employee to management relations.
Pros
Occasional free safety lunches
Cons
Management team has no vision
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Good job to show you how to be patient with disability children
Caregiver (Former Employee) –  Canton, MI13 January 2017
The most enjoying part of this job is seeing people grow to learn how to build a life for themselfs.
The bad part of the job is getting them to understand how important life is when being organized.
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Grumpy, angry and uneducated re just a couple of the words that describe management.
Fertilizer Plant person (Former Employee) –  Pierre, SD13 May 2016
Management sucks, all they care about is the bottom dollar. They call themselves a Farmers Coop but in the end it's just a money grubbing typical business, not giving a dam About the environment.
Pros
Holiday Party
Cons
Indoor Pollution, ignorant Mgmt
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Unhappy with recent changes
Business Analyst (Former Employee) –  Inver Grove Heights, MN20 October 2015
Worked for CHS for several years and really enjoyed working for the company. They have great benefits and offered many opportunities for growth and development. Recent changes in leadership and new leadership lacked providing direction.
Cons
The company is so big that each department has its own culture.
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Fun, but stressful job
Sr. Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Creston, IA21 September 2015
CHS is a wonderful company to work for, especially as a Repair Tech. Heavy work load, but wonderful teamwork. A company that is truly all about the employee. Although I had to leave because I continued to contract lung infections while working in the high dust environment, CHS stood behind me in every way, including the transition back to full time self employment.
Pros
Great pay and benifits
Cons
Very long hours, and sometimes many days from home
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One of MN's most succesful companies!
LOGISTICS MANAGER (Former Employee) –  Minneapolis, MN26 February 2014
CHS is an amazing Fortune 100 company! I managed the loaded truck logistics, tracking and tracing movement of Crop Nutrient products across the United States. Very challenging position that required a "can do will do" attitude. The management team was very supportive and I was granted a lot of freedom to implement cost effective programs.
Pros
Excellent company, benefits package, challenging career
Cons
Work life balance
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Below average work Place
Terminal Opertor (Former Employee) –  50 chester Drive St.Paul MN13 February 2014
I worked At CHS For almost 2 years, Unsafe, Envoriment, Breathing urea,And Other Fertilzers dust in, In Basement pits Shoveling sometimes with Just Given A little dust Mask, Hard to Breath, Had To Shovel In Hard to Breathe Places, Had To Work 17 to 20 hour Days without even A break Days on end. And ur Just a seaonal part time employee without benefits. making 13-14 per hr. I started to get chest Pains And got a hurnia, and they didnt even wanna talk about it, said after busy season, go get it checked out... Got Laid Off, Cause They didnt wat to hear me complain about this terminal... Thats Messed Up..
Pros
Slow times, relax alittle, back to 40 hr work weeks
Cons
No Breaks, very very busy twice a year. No raises. Bad mangement to employees
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Not a friendly place to work
Logistics Manager (Former Employee) –  Corporate Office27 December 2012
Worked for this company for a number of years and at the beginniing this company was great, but the culture has changed over the past 10 years.

They no longer look out for their employees and most management won't have the employees backs.

Good benefits but overall not a good company anymore. It is a shame..
Pros
benefits
Cons
management, co-workers
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Bad communication
IT (Former Employee) –  Inver Grove Heights, MN29 January 2014
Communication between and within departments is very bad. Pay differs a lot between departments. Management does not advertise other jobs within CHS. Watch your back, anything goes wrong and they need to pick someone to blame.
Pros
Good benifits
Cons
Long hours, everyone is stressed out and putting more effort into watching their back then anything else.
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Not a bad place to work but some of the management need to hone their people skills better.
Cashier/Sales Associate (Former Employee) –  Spokane, WA22 May 2013
A typical day at work included stocking the cooler, waiting on customers and cleaning the machines (pop machine, cappuccino, as well as various other machines), soaking coffee pots and making fresh coffee, sweeping/mopping, taking out the trash and shift paperwork.

I learned how to manage my time on the graveyard shift to meet my customers needs as well as my fellow employees needs. Management at most stores I worked at was excellent. They always seemed willing to help me learn in order to advance in the company. My co-workers were always helpful and hard-working.

The hardest part of the job was trying to get used to the graveyard shift. I had a hard time sleeping during the day, however, if I had it to do over again I would have stayed on graveyards with this company. The most enjoyable part of the job was my interaction with the customers and seeing to their needs.
Pros
Excellent benefits and decent pay.
Cons
No breaks of any kind, when I was transferred to a different store the manager there was not easy to get along with.
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fun work place
Quality Assurance Monitor (Current Employee) –  Hutchinson, KS17 September 2015
Fun work place with supportive management. Not all about the numbers but how you personally grow and develop. Decent amount of red tape and politics, but this is expected of a big company.
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Fantastic Company to work for
Office Manager/Safety Leader (Former Employee) –  Tillamook, OR16 October 2015
Working for CHS Inc under the Energy Division was a great experience. The company is a large Fortune 100 company but feels more like a family. Safety is the number one priority, and you feel from Corp. that they truly care about you. They offer training and advancement opportunities.
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3.6
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