Ingredion Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
31 Reviews
3.8
31 Reviews
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Ingredion Chairman, President, and CEO Ilene S. Gordon
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  1.  

    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
  2. 1 person 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
  3.  

    Good experience, tough environment

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

    I worked at Ingredion as a contractor (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Satisfied with company until the acquisition Of National Starch

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    • 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
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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

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