Givaudan Reviews

Updated April 8, 2014
Updated April 8, 2014
62 Reviews
3.5
62 Reviews
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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.  

    Great stable company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Givaudan full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Givaudan is the world's largest Flavors and Fragrances company. They are very profitable and will be in business for decades to come. The Company compensates its employees fairly and provide a comprehensive benefits package including vacation and 13 holidays.

    Cons

    Decisions from Switzerland are made without proper input from the regions. Givaudan needs to better research the long-term implications of their excutive decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    great company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Givaudan

    Pros

    Well treated and opportunities to grow and travel, work life balance

    Cons

    new people coming in are changing character of company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    This is a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Specific industry of Flavors.

    Cons

    Some opinions show that there are too many organizational changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more to staff before changes are made. Slower change management when there is push back.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - IT Designer
    Current Employee - IT Designer

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time

    Pros

    great people, good expertise in house

    Cons

    travel (can be a pro or a con)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Givaudan is a great working experience & an amazing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - EHS Specialist  in  East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - EHS Specialist in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive salary wages & great benefit package, management promote work/life balance environment, proactive mentality rather than reactive, management have empathy with the employee, management treat you with respect beyond ethnic and race boundaries, among other great things.

    Cons

    No comments at this moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To create a career path program.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    A great place to work with a lot of opportunities for advancement

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Givaudan

    Pros

    Great people who are passionate about what they do and are some of the best in the business. Great mentoring and job opportunities. Fair compensation.

    Cons

    Company has grown a lot in the past few years and headcount has not kept up, so in some situations departments are spread thin.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management team is doing a good job and the fiscal policies minimized impact of recent economic crisis on headcount. However, there were unrealistic expectations for gained efficiencies from the Quest acquisition and more resources are nowneeded in some areas to support continued growth.

    Recommends
  8.  

    Very good company, with a lot of opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Vernier (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Vernier (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    stable company with a lot of projects and interresting challenges. Good social and salary compensation, opportunity for self development.

    Cons

    2 divisions clearly defined with sometimes a lack of harmonization on processes. Changes can be sometimes difficult to implement.

  9.  

    A wonderful experience with kind and professional people

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    Former Employee - Communication and Marketing Trainee  in  Paris (France)
    Former Employee - Communication and Marketing Trainee in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Kind people
    Work-life balance really great
    Interesting missions
    Great Ambiance
    Great industry
    Creative and management job
    bla bla bla

    Cons

    there was no cons. My whole experience was wonderful. It was a short internship, I did not have time to experience a bad time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent company, well organized, many international opportunities.

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Paris (France)

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    An excellent company that takes care of it employees.

    Cons

    it is getting very big....not sure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I cannot think of anything.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Impressive Teamwork

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Givaudan

    Pros

    Having worked at 4 companies prior to joining Givaudan, I was blown away at the remarkable level of inter-departmental and inter-regional cooperation at this company. I've had a valuable experience meeting and working with employees from Europe, the US and in Asia and was a truly valuable learning experience here.
    The work-life balance was great with a culture that encourages a healthy personal/family life. Higher managers often did travel a lot and employees worked hard during business hours but everyone enjoyed a good amount of vacation time every year.
    Everyone genuinely seemed happy to work there and the employee turnover rate seemed very low.
    Givaudan is a leader in its industry of flavor and fragrances so there was a sense of prestige working there as well.
    It was a wonderful experience working at Givaudan and if I didn't have to relocate due to family matters, I'm sure I would have stayed with the company for years on after.

    Cons

    The office technology in terms of programs and softwares can use some updating.

    Recommends
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