Syngenta Reviews

Updated June 18, 2015
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Syngenta CEO Mike Mack
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Pros
  • Great work life balance at least in global and regional roles (in 5 reviews)

  • Passion of Syngenta is 'feeding the world" In general people all belive in the importance and impact of their work (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • There's also no work-life balance, to speak of (in 4 reviews)

  • There is no work life balance and employees work long hours (in 3 reviews)

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  1. No sense of excitement. Culture is bureaucratic and meeting bound.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The coffee machine. Benefits are nice. Good 401k match and a deferred compensation plan, too.

    Cons

    The company is convinced it can drive innovation by cutting research spending significantly. Go figure.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Corporate Minded, Money Hungry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syngenta

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Helpful (4)

    Don't hire full time staff, then downsize.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Clinton, IA
    Former Employee - Research Associate in Clinton, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are ok..

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Unrestrained nepotism and increased outsourcing keep the company from being what it should be.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are generally good; some good, knowledgeable people at the company

    Cons

    Poor performance is rewarded to avoid having to fire employees who are just along for the ride. The company operates more as an oligarchy, with some managers having their own "kingdoms" where cronyism happens often. Poor quality outsourcing is increasingly more common in the company and makes many processes and functions difficult and poorly run.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of nepotism leads to the keeping (and rewarding of) employees that actually cause most company problems while employees who contribute the most to the company are kept at arms length and are not rewarded. Many good employees leave the company; this needs to stop if Syngenta is to reach its lofty goals.


  6. Helpful (3)

    4 years at Syngenta

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    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  7. Good science, bad management

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Interesting and important work in agricultural biotechnology: opportunity to create crops with improved characteristics that can feed more people using less land, less water, and less-toxic chemicals.

    Cons

    British management has no vision or will to make biotechnology work. Unnecessary bureaucracy. Nobody listens to the scientists.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the scientists, not so much to each other and your paid consultants.


  8. Helpful (1)

    A mixed bag -- good science in a byzantine environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great science and really outstanding scientists. We have fantastic chemists and remarkable biologists, and this remarkable range from breeders to process chemists to genomics folks -- it can be very stimulating.

    The company is also extremely international, so not only can there be quite a bit of travel there's ample opportunity to really get to know people from different national backgrounds (primarily European, but activities in Asia, South America and to a lesser extent Africa are ramping up rapidly)

    Cons

    The company is Swiss, huge, bureaucratic and frustrating. Ultimately the goal is feeding the planet, but decision making is incredibly complex, and it seems like there are entire departments whose only job is to make your job harder for you to do successfully.

    Advice to Management

    Go big or go home. This attitude of "we can't afford to compete with Monsanto on R&D" is a self fulfilling prophecy. R&D is the company's future. Fund it that way.


  9. Helpful (5)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Too much outsourcing which leads to too much self-service

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Business in Greensboro, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Lack of sharing credits and slow decision makers

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Fast decisions and communication reducing ambiguity
    Sharing credits with all



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