International Flavors & Fragrances

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International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
62 Reviews
3.5
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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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

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

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay scale and benefits were great. Fellow employees felt like family. The location I was at was definitely a team environment where every one had input into the overall outcome of production.

    Cons

    I had opportunities for some advancement but it was definitely limited. Early in my tenure at this company, training was a big deal. As time moved forward that became less and less until it was only a very minor % that received any training.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great Co-op Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Planning Co-Op in Dayton, NJ
    Former Employee - Planning Co-Op in Dayton, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Wide variety of interesting work opportunities that had a positive long term impact. The work I did here definitely helped me with having things to discuss in interviews later on. Also had lots of hands on experience with excel and SAP.

    Cons

    There was a lot of downtime between projects. While my projects all had an impact, there would also be days with nothing to do, but read.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross functional use of the co-ops seemed to work well for everyone. I suggest encouraging more of that.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    great company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Shrewsbury, NJ
    Current Employee - Intern in Shrewsbury, NJ

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    good atmosphere and interesting work

    Cons

    none that come to mind

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    continue doing what you're doing

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    IFF - Lean and Mean Machine ... Improving It's Game

    • 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 & Fragrances full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    People; Programs; Systems; Environment; Global-nature

    Cons

    Hectic pace; no downtime to think/breathe or come up again for air!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keeping it lean for too long lends stress to the individuals .. and firefighting modes don't always make processes more efficient long term. Too many of us are wearing too many hats so not always able to complete a project or process to its successful conclusion before starting on the next .. five!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Wish I could have stayed longer and completed my project

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Dayton, NJ
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Dayton, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Never felt like "the intern" here- had lunch with all the senior process engineers on a regular basis and was treated like a real person. Got assigned a very real project, not busy work.

    Cons

    Project was too large to complete in internship timeframe: wish I could have seen it from start to finish. Lab work was monotonous at times, but it's part of the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to encourage interns to get to know each other. Had a few good events; the program has a lot of potential.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Good experience

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

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - Got to work with numbers on a large, corporate scale
    - Manager was very nice
    - Pay was decent
    - Worked when it was convenient for me
    - Always smelled great

    Cons

    - Easy to get lost (because there are so many people and because the building is quite confusing)
    - Instructions can be unclear
    - Didn't like the atmosphere (lots of swearing in the office)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure managers are more than just nice.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Place to Work

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

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Highly entrepreuneurial and innovative company

    Cons

    Too remote from its customers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lead as a team

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    International Flavors & Fragrances

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Benefits package
    Great medical benefits
    Great 401k package
    Work/life balance
    Sharing information between departments
    International work force
    Great incentives including bonuses

    Cons

    There are often silos
    You may feel isolated in your department
    The workforce skews much older
    There aren't many opportunities for growth

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Senior management should walk the halls more often
    Senior management and department heads need to create true mentoring opportunities for more junior employees

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great Colleagues and environment

    • 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

    Pros

    Really enjoyed the culture with this organisation.

    Cons

    Office is a little off the grid but if you think on the better side, you get to walk around in the nature.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Career opportunities and growth

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

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

    Pros

    There is always room for your personal development, the culture is great and it is a true global/international work environment. Internal training opportunities are also widely offered to employees, managers and interns. Besides this the business we are operating in is very exciting and delivers solid growth.

    Cons

    If you are not flexible and patient you will have a hard time working here.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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