International Flavors & Fragrances

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International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
59 Reviews
3.4
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Andreas Fibig
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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 are not trustworthy, dishonest, insecure and terrible leaders (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Poor management. Primitive working environment.

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

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Not many. Good benefits at best. Nice coworkers. Free coffee in break room. Cafeteria service for day shift workers only.

    Cons

    Primitive procedures. Needs investment for updated technology. No communication or feedback from management. Dirty work environment for food processing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in updated equipment.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Nick name: international Friends & Family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    salary is ok
    less pressure
    listening is more important
    to keep yes to your boss

    Cons

    it was No 1, now No 3
    nursing homes
    no communications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let most senior managers retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 6 people found this helpful  

    This ship is sunk.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Cheap lunch at cafeteria. Great location midtown Manhattan, near central park. Awesome same sex dating scene. Discounts available at local museums(I am not sure if this is still available.) Fine Perfume group loves to share fragrances. Dress is casual business, no jeans, but you can express your creativity in the way you dress.

    Cons

    It is not about the quality of your work, but rather about ones ability to keep their mouth shut, which is the best way to become well liked at IFF. There is little room for advancement for most. Every year the benefits are reduced. No more pension, health care cost increases. 401K is shabby. No bones about it HR is in place to protect the company and Senior management. The best way to handle an issue involving sexual harassment or physical threats by management is not to go to HR. If you point out a problem you will be made to feel badly and your job/career will be put in jeopardy. The present CEO knows nothing of the industry, and thinks that all companies should be run exactly the way the last company, paper company, he was at was run. The CEO is hypocritical, unapproachable and obnoxious. Since he has been installed at IFF every area of the business has been struggling. The board of directors is awful! They have made mistake, after mistake, after mistake for the past 20 years, it has been painful. Members change and are replaced by equal or worse candidates. Senior managment are becoming millionaires while the stock holders' investment is wasted on unearned bonuses.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unless they are willing to all quite, so that competent people can replace them, they should just continue to fail. Once the company is completely in shambles, maybe, a competitor can purchase IFF and the "guys", gals are not welcome, in charge can make some money on the sale of their options when the price goes up from the acquisition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Stop being complacent with your current status quo!!!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Analyst in Science Park (Zimbabwe)
    Former Employee - Analyst in Science Park (Zimbabwe)

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work life balance. This is the only pull factor that keep employee stay put in IFF

    Cons

    Limited career growth for mid level executives as senior mgt stay at their position for indefinite period till retirement!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strongly suggest job rotation be made easy so that each employee is given opportunity to maximise their potential & not just being too complacent with their current status quo

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

    It was a great disappointment.

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

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time

    Pros

    People are a fun bunch to work with.

    Cons

    Senior management is the hurdle to the prospering of the company. Employees are striving hard but unfortunately, it is only the "selected" group that will receive the special treatment. The HR is also not connected to the people. In addition, as a HR dept, the frequency of the change of HR personnel tells alot on what is happening within the dept.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    For now, stop all the hype of projects that are supposedly to benefit employees as it only adds more work burden without real returns. The projects should be spaced out to allow time for people to accept change too. Management should also truly listen to feedback from employees and act on it instead of sweeping under the carpet especially when it relates to senior management. They should seriously invest in people and their development.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Reputation is better than reality

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

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    There are some very good people who are long time employees at IFF. They really understand their business and care about the company.

    Cons

    Too many areas of the company are lacking direction and focus. Many managers are so far above their pay scale that there is little hope for a turn around.

    It is also so political that some people were promoted extremely quickly without merit, while other far more qualified employees were scapegoated for others' failures.

    It appears corporate policy to fabricate excuses to terminate employees to avoid bonuses and severance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to listen to the employees instead of the managers who will say anything to advance their careers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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