Givaudan Reviews

Updated August 1, 2014
Updated August 1, 2014
62 Reviews
3.5
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Givaudan CEO Gilles Andrier
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Pros
  • People are friendly, environment can be light-hearted, flexible with work-life balance, lower-level jobs are routine (in 7 reviews)

  • good benefits and provide trainings (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • no work life balance for family time (in 4 reviews)

  • Impotent HR controlled by upper management that allows people with power to wield it unchecked (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not so good in the past few years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Givaudan 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.

    Cons

    Middle 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 ManagementAdvice

    Get 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 $$$$$$.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    over worked under paid but they will train you

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    Current Employee - Filter/Filler  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Filter/Filler in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    no work life balance for family time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more in touch with your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    short term temp

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    Former Employee - QC Lab Tech  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - QC Lab Tech in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Givaudan as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    3 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.

    Cons

    low 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 ManagementAdvice

    Receive 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good industry, good innovation, poor organization and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The 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.

    Cons

    Givaudan 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 ManagementAdvice

    Need 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stagnant atmosphere discourages ambition and individuality

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician  in  Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lakeland, FL

    I worked at Givaudan full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company energy and leadership not focused on improving.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Givaudan

    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).

    Cons

    Its 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 ManagementAdvice

    What 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Company favors yesmen who play golf

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Givaudan

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Build 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Givaudan: A few good people, but skip it.

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist II  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Givaudan

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Givaudan 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Poor Work-Life Balance and Abysmal Compensation and Benefits

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Givaudan full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Travel policy is very generous; regional team members are very approachable and friendly (can't say the same for those headquartered in Switzerland though).

    Cons

    Even though the company is headquartered in Switzerland, most of the management and employees are still largely French.

    Management gathers feedback sometimes, but they take your feedback and shelve it until you forget about it. Some may say this is slightly better than companies whose management does not even attempt to gather feedback. But in all fairness, this "listen and ignore" style reflects a deeper problem rooted among the management and company's leadership.

    In addition, new company policies and company direction are usually the result of an agreement by a very small council (sometimes by inappropriate employees, e.g., managers in different Business lines making decisions for another Business line). Very little feedback (usually none) is obtained from the mid-level managers and/or employees before coming to such decisions.

    The yearly bonus scheme is also very low as compared to the industry average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See Cons listed above. Start listening to your regional counterparts before making that decision.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

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

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Bangalore (India)
    Former Employee - Sales in Bangalore (India)

    I worked at Givaudan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The 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

    Cons

    There 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give opportunities to inside talents. Sack the people who brings politics to help their followers

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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