General Mills named to Fortune magazine's list of 100 best US companies to work for, placing 64th on list

MINNEAPOLIS , January 16, 2014 (press release) – Today, General Mills was named to FORTUNE's annual list of the "100 Best Companies to Work For." General Mills placed 64th on this year's list. General Mills has made the prestigious list 11 times since first appearing in 1998.

"We believe investing in talent is a key ingredient to our organization's success," said Mike Davis, executive vice president of Global Human Resources for General Mills. "Without a doubt, workplace culture and business performance go hand-in-hand, so we strive to develop our employees by giving them opportunities both inside and outside of the company to stretch and grow. By doing so, we encourage employees to achieve their best while ensuring strong leadership for the future."

General Mills' is recognized among other companies such as Google, The Boston Consulting Group and St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. General Mills is one of three Minnesota-based companies to make this year's list; Mayo Clinic and Allianz Life Insurance Company of North America were also honored by FORTUNE. The full list and related stories appear in the January issue and online at FORTUNE.com/bestcompanies.

"The companies on this list understand the role that people and culture play in their success," said China Gorman, CEO of Great Place to Work. "A great workplace culture and high-trust work environment win these companies not just a spot on this list, but buoys their overall success in an increasingly competitive marketplace."

Creators of the Great Place to Work® list have found that employees believe they work for great organizations when they consistently trust the people they work for, have pride in what they do and enjoy the people they work with.

FORTUNE chose to highlight a General Mills employee, Annie Parsons, a LARABAR Community Manager, as a great example of someone whose employer enables her to live her passion every day. In the article, Parsons shares her unique story of how being a brand ambassador landed her a challenging and rewarding position at General Mills.

General Mills has made FORTUNE's "100 Best Companies to Work For" list in 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2006, 2005, 2004, 2000, and 1998. To see General Mills' full list of corporate awards, visit the company's online awards list.

Visit the company's blog, A Taste of General Mills, to read General Mills employees' perspectives on what makes the company a great place to work.

Methodology

To pick the 100 Best Companies to Work For, FORTUNE partners with the Great Place to Work Institute to conduct the most extensive employee survey in corporate America. Two-thirds of a company's score is based on the results of the Institute's Trust Index survey, which is sent to a random sample of employees from each company. The other third of the scoring is based on the company's responses to the Institute's Culture Audit, which includes detailed questions about pay and benefit programs, and a series of open-ended questions about hiring practices, internal communication, recognition, training programs and diversity efforts.

For more information on the Best Places to Work, visit Fortune.com or Greatplacetowork.com.

About General Mills

General Mills is one of the world's leading food companies, operating in more than 100 countries around the world. Its brands include Cheerios, Fiber One, Haagen-Dazs, Nature Valley, Yoplait, Betty Crocker, Pillsbury, Green Giant, Old El Paso, Wanchai Ferry, Yoki, and more. Headquartered in Minneapolis, Minn., USA, General Mills had fiscal 2013 worldwide sales of US $17.8 billion.

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