International Flavors & Fragrances

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International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated August 7, 2014
Updated August 7, 2014
55 Reviews
3.6
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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 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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    manager

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Generally good. Good boss.nice staffs.free-meal

    Cons

    not really. just busy.
    bad air

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    n/a

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    heard it has changed since I worked there

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    it was close to my home

    Cons

    at the time it was a completely unorganized department

  3.  

    Overall experience was good..!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Interesting & Good, life goes smoothly

    Cons

    There is not much to learn..

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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Poor management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Competitive pay, open atmosphere, work space, colleagues/peers, intellectual and creative opportunities,

    Cons

    New global compensation format (secretive and confusing), cronyism, ageism, HR complacency and ineffectualness, lack of control regarding submissions, integrity and courage of management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a new leader of creative staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    management needs to value the good people that work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, NJ

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time

    Pros

    The industry is good, the top management seems to have some good strategies.

    Cons

    Management in production should put more effort into valuing employees and improving the respect (actions speak louder than words). .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't obsess about bottom line at expense of moral/losing good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 7 people found this helpful  

    Always one or two steps behind the competition

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Middletown, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Middletown, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time

    Pros

    - Like another reviewer said, it's income when many are out of work. Pay rate is falling behind a bit, but still decent.

    - Decent bonus plan, when times are good, but it varies so much from one year to the next, so don't count on it for much.

    - People: many of the scientist who work here are some of the best in the business; they know a lot, share a lot, and smile while doing so. Just as long as management isn't around to put a stop to it.

    - Locations: locations are pretty decent; good facilities nearby, and depending on where you live, your commute is against traffic, which helps.

    Cons

    - Horrible executive staff: VPs and directors are awful; they run the show according to nepotism, cronyism, and every other "ism" you can think of. 4 out of 5 of them are some of the worst human beings I have ever met, with no exaggeration. The few good ones are forced to just play along.

    - Horrible HR people: MBAs who've learned the art of playing dumb; If you apply here, write your resume word-for-word what's in the job listing, otherwise it will be too complicated for them.

    - Middle management is hit-or-miss. Some of them can be the most loyal, hardworking, supportive and inspiring people ever. Others have no business even working with other people, let alone being in a leadership role. The good ones usually leave soon, so don't get used to it. Speaking of leaving...

    - Turnover: Staff turns over like the ocean during a storm. There one week, gone the next. Can't really blame people for leaving since, aside from the other cons:

    - No career growth, unless you brown-nose, and even then you'll only get so far. I have no idea what their "Leadership" training camp is supposed to teach, but it accomplishes nothing. In fact, some folks came back from this training even worse than before.

    - Silos: I worked there for 5 years before I even knew other people worked with the same material I did. I'm all for protecting IP, but, seriously? 5 years of collaboration lost.

    - Used consultants to decide direction, not innovation. While the top 2 companies innovate with new technologies and new research platforms, IFF wastes money on consultants to tell them what to do and where the fat is. Surprise, there wasn't much fat, so everything stayed the same. Zero growth in productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There's more to beating the competition than stealing their employees. Innovate, or play catch-up. It's your call. Listen to the people who work in the labs: they know best how to fix what's wrong, and how to develop new ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long time employee Somewhat satisfied

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    Current Employee - Shipping Clerk in Dayton, NJ
    Current Employee - Shipping Clerk in Dayton, NJ

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay good benefits to employees

    Cons

    Very few jobs in plant that are not multiple shifts

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Overall it has been normal experience, nothing out of the ordinary.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good products, good talent, salaries are slightly above the profesional median.

    Cons

    Terrible locations, New Jersey. Stuffy "old world" management styles from the Executive leadership. It's totally money motivated with a 70's style of management. Long a go gave up all of there employee activity incentives, BBQ's, Sports, extracurricular employee functions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The upper executive leadership need to wake up and show much more appreciation for their talent and employees. If not you'll see it on the balance sheet. A happy workforce is a very productive workforce. The coffee is on time to recognise the aroma!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Generally a nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Director in New York, NY

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Dedicated, hardworking people who care about the company

    Cons

    Improve senior managment, too many competing agendas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No feedback

    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Okay Company if you just want to follow along.

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Hazlet, NJ

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Its people. Good, hard working, knowledgeable colleagues.

    Cons

    Unequal opportunity for advancements. There is not any guidelines for advancements - subjective to boss. Senior management is said to be working on benchmarking salary/position grades, but that has been said for 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees, especially the junior and mid level grades. Make sure your slogan of recruiting, developing and retaining the best talents are not just that....a slogan.

    No opinion of CEO

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