International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated August 16, 2015
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International Flavors & Fragrances CEO Andreas Fibig
Andreas Fibig
5 Ratings

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)

  • Very dynamic and interesting industry (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior management is not transparent (in 10 reviews)

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

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  1. Marketing

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Regional Fragrances Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Regional Fragrances Marketing Director in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Full of autonomy and entrepreneurial space at IFF. Tremendous team working company

    Cons

    To improve career path along the years.

    Advice to Management

    improve development plan for career path


  2. Great Job

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Day Operator II/Material Handler in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Day Operator II/Material Handler in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I like the work hours and you get days off in the week.

    Cons

    The company do not give you personal or sick days.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Supply Chain Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances as an intern

    Pros

    Amazing team, proactive environment, open to new ideas, people are friendly and passionate about what they do, opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Building is outdated as is the decor and furniture, location is not completely ideal in terms of surrounding enviornment


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.


  6. Great Co-op Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Planning Co-Op in Dayton, NJ
    Former Intern - Planning Co-Op in Dayton, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. great company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Intern in Shrewsbury, NJ
    Current Intern - Intern in Shrewsbury, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    continue doing what you're doing


  8. Wish I could have stayed longer and completed my project

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Dayton, NJ
    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Dayton, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


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

    • 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 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 Management

    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!


  10. Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Intern in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Make sure managers are more than just nice.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Highly entrepreuneurial and innovative company

    Cons

    Too remote from its customers

    Advice to Management

    Lead as a team



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