Ingredion Reviews

Updated August 22, 2015
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  1. Decent place to work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries. Stable, growth oriented company with some advancement possibilities for some technically degreed individuals.

    Cons

    Challenging schedules are the norm. Regardless of your position, you are subject to being called upon at anytime of the day or night, weekends, holidays, or vacations. Some much more than others. Still a good place to work, but not what it once was. While salaries remain competitive, annual increases have not kept up with COL. Benefits have continuously eroded since1998.

    Advice to Management

    Solicit input from locations and departments before blanketly mandating major process changes that wind up negatively impacting overall operation.


  2. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexibility, ownership of projects, stability of company.

    Cons

    Pay, recognition/appreciation, business focus.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Operations/Engineering

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn operations and engineering.

    Cons

    Politics play a role in hindering career progression and initiatives. Pay is sub par in comparison to industry standards. Culture is stale and conservative. Too much turnover.

    Advice to Management

    Work on promoting and keeping the high potential employees. Is not a place that will get you excited about work often.


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  5. qc

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    hours, competitive pay, work is relatively easy

    Cons

    stale career and or career growth


  6. Helpful (2)

    Good place to work, but 1990's culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good opportunities for people who want to pursue them Getting better at listening to employees and building development plans. HR as individuals are all very good.

    Cons

    Not an entrepreneurial culture anymore Too much emphasis on being at Headquarters Going backwards culturally- squeezing pay and benefits, too much bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the entrepreneurial spirit that National Starch had. Put a moratorium on relocations and new hires in Westchester and grow the business elsewhere, even remotely. You'll be amazed at what decentralizing the culture away from HQ will do for people's effectiveness.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Good Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Technologist in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Was great but less than great after merger with Corn Products

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Good people, working experience can vary

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Good experience, tough environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Lab
    Former Contractor - Lab
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Satisfied with company until the acquisition Of National Starch

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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