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Updated February 16, 2015
Updated February 16, 2015
7 Reviews
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Ingredion Chairman, President, and CEO Ilene S. Gordon
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  1.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits (6% 401K match, small pension, though very high deductible for health insurance), large company with opportunities, work locations worldwide, never boring, lots of work available, job security, excellent recognition (awards)

    Cons

    Lower pay than other NJ companies, salaries are set based upon competitors in other states where the cost of living is much less, slow growth, lots of red tape for promotions, not enough technicians, hire too many PhD. students directly out of college, lots of cliques and co-worker trash talking, high turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make it easier for managers to control promotions and streamline the process. Hire more technicians. Allow technicians and those without preferred degrees to get promoted when their work is far above their level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Was great but less than great after merger with Corn Products

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bridgewater, NJ

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great colleagues and interesting work in R&D.

    Cons

    Larger corporate structure. More meaningless work and overloaded. Less caring of employee and added BS objectives. Workload has doubled with no increase in resources. Yearly objectives keep changing and are 50% BS. Difficult to achieve higher performance ratings given the ridiculous objectives that are handed down by management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people to handle the doubled workload that many are carrying. Add "work/life balance" to core values of the company. Give bonuses based on factors that employees can control - not on factors they cannot control.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, working experience can vary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    There are many nice helpful people in the company. Work life balance are usually good in most departments. However, like any company, it all depends on your supervisor. Global company with opportunity to promote across region.

    Cons

    Working experience varies extremely in different department and location. Limited raise if you stay in the same position. Hence, not good for day-to-day jobs that have limited depth in career path. Favoritism in promotion are sometimes obvious. Outside the people on fast track, promotion frequency are low or non-existence . Pay doesn't always align with people's competency and importance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain talents. Give raise to talented employee and focus more on teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Good experience, tough environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Lab
    Former Contractor - Lab

    I worked at Ingredion as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Diverse experience, fast pace, opportunities for learning, various training available, cross experiences encouraged

    Cons

    Detached upper management, some supervisors do a lot of babysitting- lack of trust, lack of communication

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfied with company until the acquisition Of National Starch

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    I worked at Ingredion full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global exposure and ability to move through the company. There are opportunities to grow in the company and progress your career. This appears to be a good place to start your career to be able to move on to another company, as most of the more experienced employers have chosen as their option.

    Cons

    Lack of respect for experience, detached upper management. The new company is being lead by the National Starch group and they have very little respect for experience and will opt to hire new unproven PhD's to fill needs. The new group in Bridgewater spends about 90% of their time internally selling projects, very little new ideas. The general opinion of the employees is to pad their resume so they can move on to something else.
    Very little industry experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company desperately needs an efficiency study. The new company has a lot of employees doing busy work focusing on internal sales of management ideas that have little impact on the company future. A lot of focus is on empire building with little focus understanding products.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people and culture, little to no upward mobility and promotion

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL

    I worked at Ingredion

    Pros

    Good people to work with, employees as people are valued and treated fairly well, pay is decent, benefits package is good.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, no accountability for Director level and higher with regards to if their department is thriving or failing and why. Seen alot of turnover in some departments with no consulting of other employees as to what is going on. Culture is a bit old school and old boys' club mentality, lack of any mentorship by management - just sort of left to your devices and even if you show competitency, tasks are just taken away and you are held back professionally. Sometimes management acts as if its in an upper eschelon 'club' of sorts and that no 'regular' employee could possibly do their job thereby holding people back even though they have decades of experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take some time to develop the staff you currently have instead of hiring outside. I felt that the management didn't respect you if you weren't hired as a manager and favored the phrase "well, you're not 'ready' for promotion". With many employees being long term this cannot possibly be the case for everyone. It is rare to see the commoners become management and if they do, its after being there 9+ years with a ton of ass kissing the right person and begging.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and payment
    HR is worry about employees
    People cooperates and is aware to give a good service.
    Company well positioned and recognized in mexican market.

    Cons

    Old culture (80's-90's)
    Bad leadership, not focused on developing people and management tasks.
    Managers are focused on operative tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management: we are on 21st century. Old practices won't give to the company results in the long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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