International Flavors & Fragrances

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Updated June 21, 2015
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International Flavors & Fragrances CEO Andreas Fibig
Andreas Fibig
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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. Fragrance evaluation trainee

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Fragrance Development Trainee
    Former Employee - Fragrance Development Trainee

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, learning environment, great work life balance, very creative

    Cons

    Formal training limited, Systems and procedures not always perfect


  2. Unique business. Pay for performance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Something different everyday. No chance to get into a rut.

    Cons

    Overseas competition is fierce putting the U.S. factories in constant stress to minimize the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Good job!


  3. Intern

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    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You're given an opportunity to show yourself to senior management.
    You're given real-world work.
    You receive full on responsibilities and are treated as if you're a full time employee.

    Cons

    Nothing bad to say about IFF.


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  5. Great company in Flavor and Fragrance industry

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Great, so far.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazlet, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. Great company!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    Great Company to work for!

    Cons

    Did not have a bad experience here.


  8. Good Company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Compounder in Dayton, NJ
    Former Employee - Compounder in Dayton, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Good company to work for

    Cons

    None to report right now


  9. A diverse company committed to sustainability

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  10. IFF

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Flavor Applications Technologist(II) in Istanbul (Turkey)
    Current Employee - Flavor Applications Technologist(II) in Istanbul (Turkey)

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global scale team ( marketing, R&D)
    Working with the best global food companies

    Cons

    Living in Turkey with low quality of life and no chance to communicate with society

    Advice to Management

    Take care Bout your team personal life


  11. Great Company to work for

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial Environment, Fast Moving Projects, 360 understanding of the fragrance market across different categories, great senior management, great business, great creative centers, great ability to work across regions and dept (high level of collaboration), great leadership examples

    Cons

    not process oriented culture, limited ability to plan ahead, 80% of French Sr Management (perhaps being an intl company it would make sense to have managers representing more regional diversity), could improve its strategic ability to create the vision for the future, marketing could do more? very reactive work...



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