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Syngenta Reviews

Updated May 19, 2014
Updated May 19, 2014
54 Reviews

3.5
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Syngenta CEO Mike Mack
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Overall quite good work-life balance (in 3 reviews)


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

  • very badly organised with too many layers and duplication of senior management roles (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great businesses with terrific products are meaningless without sound leadership

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

    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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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

    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
  3.  

    Good company, management needs improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    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.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Political corporate busy work at its finest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various  in  Gilroy, CA
    Former Employee - Various in Gilroy, CA

    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
  6.  

    Lost world

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

    Pros

    Knowledgeable and experienced peers, who are passionate about their work, know the business inside out, and are prepared to spend time and share

    Cons

    Self-serving line managers who are so busy playing the silo 'functional excellence' game, and who have no experience or true understanding of what it takes to be a leader.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Corporate office initiate Undercover Boss series

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Experience of an employee with over 30 years in the company (Sandoz + Novartis + Syngenta)

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Controller  in  Mumbai (India)
    Current Employee - Accounts Controller in Mumbai (India)

    Pros

    You have lot of liberties at work. Salary is average. Good interaction with colleagues.

    Cons

    Certain individuals who happen to be bosses can be very vindictive and there is no system to control them. Despite my being in the company for more than 30 years still I did not get my final incremement before separating from the company because of 1 individual. Personal preferences and prejudices sometimes dictate more than sound HR policies. I was not given even a send off party after more than 30 years service with the company. There is no work life balance and employees work long hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have a system where an employee (especially employees who have put in many years of service) compliants through the company's normal complaint systems, please respect the employees grievances and probe into the matter. Please treat the employees separating especially after many years of service well.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Experience is good with this oanization

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

    Pros

    Good culture with this organization

    Cons

    Too slow & does not recognize talent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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