Givaudan
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Updated Jun 29, 2014

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Givaudan CEO Gilles Andrier

Gilles Andrier

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    Not so good in the past few years.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGivaudan is in the right business and is often able to make money in spite of themselves and seem to remain stable regardless of what the economy is doing.

    ConsMiddle to upper management has been a revolving door especially on North America. Upper management in Switzerland seems to want all the benefits of the US economy without investing their time in learning how to work with Americans.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet off your duffs and spend some time here so you can see how things are done. You might find we have more to contribute than $$$$$$.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    over worked under paid but they will train you

    Filter/Filler (Current Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    Prosplenty of overtime for you if your willing to have no life

    Consno work life balance for family time

    Advice to Senior Managementbe more in touch with your employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    short term temp

    QC Lab Tech (Former Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    Pros3 shifts available, safety gear (PPE) and paid training provided. This includes re-hydrating sources of Gatorade powder and bottled water, helmet, locker with showers and gloves etc as needed.

    Conslow pay, hot environment, shifts don't always communicate well with each other. 1st shift has more than 100 employees vs about 30 on 2nd and 3rd shifts.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReceive and review employee suggestions. Maybe provide some sort of positive reinforcement reward for turning in suggestions. Most employees have good ideas they don't mention for various reasons.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good industry, good innovation, poor organization and leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsThe flavor industry is stable/growing. Givaudan is very good a creating new flavors. Good benefits and pay. There are opportunities to grow/expand career. It's a global company.

    ConsGivaudan is mostly focused on flavor creation. The difference between the creation side and the production side is night and day. Creation side, people are excited about what they do, and the company likes to showcase - there's clear passion and excitement. On the production side, things are disorganized, neglected and there's an obvious lack of excitement/passion. People just look forward to their next paycheck. The company does not invest in production and most of the needs are neglected. The leadership organization is constantly changing (longest running site director was 3 years...), and as a result, no clear direction exists (constantly changing). The culture is very much silo-ed, and not very much team work. Opposing viewpoints are strongly discouraged (people don't really get a chance to voice their concerns/opinions). Work/life balance is pretty poor (on the production side).

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to create excitement/passion in what we do - not just on the flavor creation side, but also on the production side. People need to feel that what they are doing is contributing to the success of the company, and not viewed as second class to R&D and flavor creation. Value the experience and contribution of production - they're the ones meeting customer demand day in and day out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Stagnant atmosphere discourages ambition and individuality

    Lab Technician (Former Employee)
    Lakeland, FL

    ProsGood benefits, nice facilities, all levels of employees are treated as part of the company (and encouraged to conform), fair pay

    ConsEmployees are passive aggressive, because dissidence is highly undesirable. This leaves opportunities wide open for predisposed bullying personalities to dominate entire isolated departments.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet an actual HR department that honestly addresses employee concerns. Encourage employee input and allow for some disagreement. That is normal and healthy! Otherwise, Givaudan is a sound business, but that is a huge flaw.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Company energy and leadership not focused on improving.

    Manager (Current Employee)
    East Hanover, NJ

    Pros#1 in the industry, smart competent workers and mid level managers, valuable business tools and solid infrastructure at many sites. Global company with a wealth of individual knowledge that you can tap into. Good agressive sales force (in terms of results). Many valuable projects and some sophisticated equipment (depending on the site).

    ConsIts frustrating because there is alot of potential with this company. Everywhere I turn there is someone who knows a great deal about their job. But the leadership is faulty - bording on disfunctional. There is too much focus on not screwing up and not enough on getting better and improving -not uncommon when you become #1 I guess. While the individual depts do good work the business practices and behavior linking them is either non-existant or at best so convoluted that you become exhausted. The responsibility for this disfunction sits squarely with the upper level management at the sites and through corporate. It seems they are all trying to protect their position and opinions. Working in a silo is the norm and even unknowingly enforced by their fear and protectionism. Put them all in one room to decide on a new way forward and you get a vacuum that swallows up innovation and creativity. If you are lucky you might end up with decision to buy something expensive because thats what you do when your #1??..(cough,cough)..its not what you have but what you do that the customers value! Often the result will be that they take the recommendation of one of the skilled underlings which is fine, but then what value are they adding?? And not surprisingly there is very little accountibility at the upper levels as there is very little that they do . In the end the average person spends an incredible amount of time and energy managing upward and if their suggestion to move forward is chosen by the "leaders" then it is their responsibility ONLY if it fails. Success is shared by the company. Failure is blaimed at the individual. And yes there are other issues - HR is decidedly un-human with an obvious allegience to "the leaders" and each other and golf. Gone are days when HR was required to understand the people and now their success is based on how many links to automated web sites can be set up and the how many powerpoint slides can be created about benefits. And team building excercises have been turned into afternoon martini meetings to establish who is IN...and who is OUT. Previously shared company perks are now collected and handed out to those that are IN or as a doggie treat for the rest of us. With all this said there is hope. There are just too many good people. A little pennicillin to fix the infectious business practices and people and a rededication to the company and it's employees coupled with an attainable vision...will turn these reviews into positive marketing material.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat do you want to be doing in 5 years? A common question but one that is not being answered by senior management. Acquiring another company or buying some software or equipment is only a short term improvement without vision and the drive to improve. Beware, because without this someone else will steal market share based not on their size but on enthusiam and focus on the customer and their requirements.

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    Company favors yesmen who play golf

    Manager (Former Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsCommitment to basic research from the R&D leadership but not necessarily from the executive team.
    Truly international company, great opportunities to travel.

    ConsThe more you work, the more they will make you work. Nobody cares about your problem, you get a paycheck so shut up. If you do not play golf forget about career progression. It is also advised to be a yesman.
    Hiring salaries are usually good but pay increases are crappy. One year when the results were great we were told that our bonuses would be limited because we should create a war chest in case of bad years. When the following year was below expectation because the operating return on sales was 18% instead of 20%, we got no bonus, no salary increase, the 401k match was canceled and 10% of the staff was fired.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild an HR department whose role is to build a company spirit and value employees instead of asking them to organize the annual golf outing and undermining any of their attempt at respectful people's management. Stop the result-at-all cost mentality and start focusing on how things are done. Stop considering Givaudan as an ATM machine for Swiss investors.
    Make upper management accountable instead of putting all the pressure on middle management.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Givaudan: A few good people, but skip it.

    Research Scientist II (Former Employee)
    Cincinnati, OH

    ProsLargest, most established, flavor and fragrance firm. Very respected by customers. Huge palette of flavors and fragrances.

    ConsGivaudan hires experienced people, and rarely trains from the inside. i.e. opposite of Procter & Gamble (only know people that have worked there). Schitzophrenic company. Many groups are so insulated from what others are doing. It has an insular network of people that have problems sharing knowledge, due to the high turnover of employees. Like many large companies, you are either chosen to lead, or chosen to be a pair of hands - and the twain shall never meet. Basically, the people who care and want to make a difference are not given a chance, forced to pay their dues all over again, and ultimately are not listened to. Outside consultants are constantly hired to screw things up. A very conservative, slow moving, company that allows only a select elite handful of 20-years-employeed to act as the fast paced show-stoppers. Once you are hired - get in line, there a busload of people ahead of you who are adept at politics but inept in true innovation. HR has had more turnover than anywhere else. Incredible list of people I know that haven't lasted more than 2-3 years. Cincinnati and Switzerland - not known for bucking the trend - in my not at all humble opinion.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire very good mid-level managers who have good track records, and get rid of the relics. Momentum and money are the only thing keeping Givaudan going. A feeling of comraderie is missing. Givaudan has gotten too big. Its too late. Big behemoth slowness will continually be stop-gapped by "new" internal programs that are just a regurgitation of BS. LACK OF PASSION IS ENDEMIC.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    One can shape themselves in this company . the skill acquired here, can be used in the different company.

    Sales (Former Employee)
    Bangalore (India)

    ProsThe System and culture makes an employee to work hard. this will help any one to shape for better or improvement in the work life. Also help in career.one can learn time mangement etc

    ConsThere is two section of people in Givaudan. Hardworking or (Today's buzz word Business manager) and vice versa. No opportunity given to inside talents. Want promotion,be a follower of your manager.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive opportunities to inside talents. Sack the people who brings politics to help their followers

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company where the whole is less than the sum of its parts

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGivaudan has many smart, passionate people, who are ambitious for themselves and want to create new ways of doing things and make a difference. People work very hard and have a lot of expertise.

    ConsIt has an individualistic culture - not much team-playing across functions; political and abrasive with everyone (on the 'business-side' at least) having an opinion which some people share to put you down and others just back-stab you with a smile. When you meet and work with good people it is all the more appreciated and there are some real gems at Givaudan at all levels below top management, but there is insufficent trust between people and a cultural clash between US (individualistic, competitive and often arrogant - think they should be the HQ) and Switzerland (dull, aloof and reistant to change) with Holland (straight-talking but off at a tangent - mostly ex-Quest staff) out on a limb. The matrix management is overly complex and there is also a tension of regions vs business units and functions. Givaudan is over-complex when it needs to be simpler to understand and navigate. It is an inward-looking company where you have to work five years before anyone considers you an employee with an opinion worth listening to. People management is a real weakness in many areas, but not all.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat is your vision for this company? I have no idea where this company is going. Is 'passion' really the core value? Why do you not ask staff? The strategy could apply to almost any manufacturer in the food industry but you think it is somehow different but you are just going through the motions. Your branding is half-baked and you make no attempt to create an inclusive culture which people can sense when they walk through the door. Givaudan's focus is about investors first, customers second, competitors third and employees a very distant fourth. Your communication is top down and not two-way because you cannot be bothered to listen. Stop treating the company like a management consulting case study and start working through PEOPLE to achieve success and you will really start to build value.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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