International Flavors

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International Flavors Reviews

Updated September 8, 2014
Updated September 8, 2014
55 Reviews
3.5
55 Reviews
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International Flavors Chairman and CEO Douglas D. Tough
Douglas D. Tough
23 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance - despite what insiders say about this being tough, it is really not that bad compared to other industries (in 4 reviews)

  • Competitive pay good benefits to employees (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is the hurdle to the prospering of the company (in 9 reviews)

  • Rampant nepotism, prefer family members of employees to highly quailfied outsiders (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great company in Flavor and Fragrance industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Investigator  in  Union Beach, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    IFF brought the new concepts of cell-based assay to taste modulation compound screening, and created a lot of new modulators for sweet, umami and bitter taste qualities.

    Cons

    Creation of taste receptor cell lines and evaluation was the biggest challenge since all sweet and umami receptors with at least two subunits and a G-protein, so it was hard to create a cell line with good response in taste assay, especially in HTS evaluation. I tried different vectors, different vector combinations, and three gene in separate vectors or three genes in one vector, finally I got some working stable cell lines. From this, I got a lot of experience in how to create a good stable cell lines and how to evaluate them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I am a self-motivation employee and like to get a big picture about any project of mine and its timeline. it is good to discuss any progress and problems with supervisor and colleagues, and to have lab meeting in regular time to follow the research progress in your working field.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Great, so far.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazlet, NJ

    I have been working at International Flavors full-time

    Pros

    Generous company. I think people who are dissatisfied are not in touch with the reality of the job market.

    Cons

    I don't have any complaints about this company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Flavors

    Pros

    Great Company to work for!

    Cons

    Did not have a bad experience here.

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  5.  

    Good Company to work for

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    Former Employee - Compounder  in  Dayton, NJ
    Former Employee - Compounder in Dayton, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    None to report right now

    Recommends
  6.  

    A diverse company committed to sustainability

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sustainability Intern  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Sustainability Intern in New York, NY

    I have been working at International Flavors as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    IFF is a global company with offices all around the world. The company attracts people of all nationalities and cultures and is very diverse. IFF also heavily invests into its research and development. The R&D is based on the foundation of sustainability and the company is embedding sustainability into all aspects of its business.

    Cons

    The Office of Sustainability is very small.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    working as Team Lead and having around 10+ yrs. experience in SAP-BI

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Flavors for more than 3 years

    Pros

    having exciting and challenging works, working as team work.

    Cons

    learning and supporting for multiple technologies.

  8.  

    A great place to work

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

    I have been working at International Flavors for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Empowerment and entrepreneurial spirit all over

    Cons

    Some IFFers understand empowerment as chaos

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    I am happy to work here

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Vice President  in  Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant to Vice President in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at International Flavors full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The whole management team is so nice to the employees. the work area is really good and clean. Everyone enjoys working here.

    Cons

    Only a little time, the smell in the lab seems terrible..but no choice, we are working in flavor industry.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please arrange more industrial training for the employees and internal transfer.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent Opportunities, fair compensation and solid business model.

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

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities, small company feel and a passionate workforce. The opportunities include both geographic locations as well as functional (i.e. outside of your primary area of expertise). Financially, a very solid company with broad global markets and a strong presence in both flavors and fragrances.

    Cons

    Could be a 'con' for some - lean workforce, so be prepared to have responsibilities outside of your normal day job! Work/Life balance can be a challenge at times.

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