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Syngenta Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
17 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance at least in global and regional roles (in 5 reviews)

  • Management and staff come across as generally passion and believe in the importance and impact of their work of "feeding the world" (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is difficult for field employees to manage (in 4 reviews)

  • There's also no work-life balance, to speak of (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Corporate Minded, Money Hungry

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syngenta

    Pros

    Good benefits and time off policies.

    Cons

    Looking for a promotion? Good luck. Moving up in the corporate world of Syngenta is nearly never heard of. Also beware of layoffs and other consequences of big money management. Have a track record of letting the good people go and promoting the worthless. If you have an in with a manager, you're good to go in a career with Syngenta.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your employees lives in mind; stop promoting those who do nothing for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Don't hire full time staff, then downsize.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Clinton, IA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Clinton, IA

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are ok..

    Cons

    Unorganized, does not care for anyone not in an office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't hire someone, then decide to downsize and remove the job six months later. It's bad morale and bad for business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    4 years at Syngenta

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good products, good people, good opportunities to succeed.

    Cons

    Poor leadership and culture. Pay not competitive. Too much middle management and work load. Poor business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in field sales and R & D. Syngenta will benefit from less middle management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Aimless and on constant defense of their poor corn seed and diminished fungicide portfolio

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Alternate Business Manager in West Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Alternate Business Manager in West Des Moines, IA

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The brand name and the benefits are really good. The products are good as well. Other than that, it's not a rosy picture.

    Cons

    The company is shedding employees like dogs shed hair. Long-term employees are being replaced by young-un's, literally just out of college, who have no clue how business works or how to talk to customers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When you make a decision to reorganize- do it all at once. Don't do it right before the holidays and don't leave people hanging for the next wave... You keep the same management yet change the folks that actually get things done... Cronyism has to stop.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Too much outsourcing which leads to too much self-service

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Business in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The people in this company are mostly smart, dedicated employees. The benefits are above most other companies, and the idea of the company is worthwhile: feeding the world.

    Cons

    There is too much outsourcing. The outsourced companies are not reliable or effective. We can't be focused on the customer because we spend so much time doing the self-service tasks. While it may be cheaper to pay for people working in India, the soft dollar cost to the Syngenta employees makes it a losing venture. The company is on a downward trend.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring services back in-house in order to run smoothly. Stop asking us to do so much with so few resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Lack of sharing credits and slow decision makers

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

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are retiring or are looking for a government kind of profile

    Cons

    Leadership has an important model of living with ambiguity. This has the foremost quality and leaders across organization especially in Asia Pacific like to hold ambiguity and not pass on the clarity to juniors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fast decisions and communication reducing ambiguity
    Sharing credits with all

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great businesses with terrific products are meaningless without sound leadership

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Great coworkers
    Flexible work schedule

    The company makes a great effort to provide work-life balance and keep employees happy and healthy.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    No strategic vision
    Limited career growth opportunities

    Often feels a lot like a circus. No one seems to be able to drive positive changes. Lots of rhetoric about growth and new opportunities with little execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the small company mentality. Key decision makers need to get better understanding of operations of business and fix major gaps. ICS strategy has failed and needs to be revamped or abandoned. Need better leadership and direction from the top. Numerous independent projects are overlapping and wasting time and resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, management needs improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syngenta (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, good employees that are fun to work with.

    Cons

    Everything changes every six months depending on the direction of consultants.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better decisions on your own.

  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Inspiring vision at the top, lost in translation via endless layers of middle management

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

    I have been working at Syngenta

    Pros

    The very top level of the company, executive management is a great team and the vision for the company is inspiring.

    Cons

    Constant rotation of division managers. Each one has his own vision of how things should be and feels the need to completely change everything around. The result is constant change (not necessarily good change) and never sticking with one strategy long enough to see it through to success. There is a lot of arrogance in many layers of management, and they don't listen to people that know the business, but rather MBA's from consulting companies often set the direction. The company speaks of the need for transparency all the time, but that only means from bottom up. From the top there is limited clarity. There is no consistency to policies, like travel for example. Everybody based in Basel is automatically booked in business class for trips more than 5 hours in duration, regardless of position or frequency of travel. If you are based in Basel or in Crop Protection where all the money is, you're golden. If you're unfortunate enough to be in flowers or seeds but not based in Basel you are out of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create consistent policies that are applied uniformly throughout the company. The way they are applied today is demotivating for many. Look closely at the managers in the company, there are numerous poor ones (although you probably don't know it because they are "kiss up, kick down" managers). You need to find the arrogant ones and get rid of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Political corporate busy work at its finest

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various in Gilroy, CA
    Former Employee - Various in Gilroy, CA

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Advancement opportunities are good if you are willing to re-locate.

    Cons

    Very political. If you are not part of the inner circle, your life will be miserable. Senior management moves around, so in a lot of cases they are not experts in the field they are guiding. Constant change without good communication. Very corporate with a great deal of reporting requirements, which causes micro managing. No life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those that really know the industry you are in, set a direction, and let your employees be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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