Syngenta

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Syngenta Reviews

Updated October 17, 2014
Updated October 17, 2014
73 Reviews
3.0
73 Reviews
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Review Highlights

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 3 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.  

    Great benefits, ok pay

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alva, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alva, FL

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

    Pros

    The benefits are unheard of in this day and age.Training and room for advancement (if you want to relocate) are available and encouraged. The pay is OK, better than most companies.

    Cons

    The company's switch to outsourcing HR, AP made doing the job a lot more difficult. There is no HR presence at most sites. Communication throughout the company could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pass on more information with fewer acronyms - the people might understand what's going on a little better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great people, pretty good benefits, non-competitive salary.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist I
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist I

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Everyone in the science field I've worked with have been easy to work with and get along well. Benefits such as health insurance, 401k and stock purchase matching (up to a certain percent), seem pretty good.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive, especially at lower levels, and raises are pretty much non-existent. There's also no work-life balance, to speak of. You're not really expected to have a life outside of work and the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep your scientists around longer, pay better. Turnover and training really hamper efficiency and growth of sectors.

    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Company with great vision and ambition

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Professional, respectful work environment with interesting challenges and colleagues who care

    Cons

    Significant transformation of company can lead to disconnect between operation execution and strategic intent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in people and the change journey. Learning culture leads to creativity and ownership to operationalize.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great learning experience for an intern

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Saint Gabriel, LA
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Saint Gabriel, LA

    I worked at Syngenta as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Work with professionals that have been in the field for anywhere from 1-40+ years. Lots of wisdom and a strong emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Starting to outsource a lot of work; piling up job responsibilities on old employees in order to save money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Not everything is about the bottom dollar. Opinions on upper management are shifting, and not in a good way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Syngenta is a forward moving agricultural organization with some excellent products.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security and Compliance Analyst in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Security and Compliance Analyst in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Syngenta as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Syngenta offers monetary bonuses for all types of accomplishments including staying healthy, meeting sales quotas, and just doing a great job.

    Cons

    Syngenta uses a large pool of contract labor and seems to have a high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people permanently instead of training them and then letting them go. There is too much time, money, and effort being wasted when retention of good employees would better suit the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative, friendly, great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accounts Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Syngenta is full of creative people who always go out of their way to help you, they are a good ethical employer. Syngenta are also a flexible employer with up to 39.5 days holiday a year!

    Cons

    It can sometimes take forever to get Syngenta to make a decision, they are not the most dynamic organisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The offices are dated and need a complete refurbish - they need to make Syngenta a place where people rally enjoy coming to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great Experience, great people - Internship in SH

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Syngenta as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great support from the team as well a great environment that give you the drive to work harder, better and smarter
    Had an amazing time during my internship and had the chance to learn and grow as I never saw it before.

    Cons

    Strong competition, can be very challenging, salaries can be uncompetititve

  9.  

    Ok place to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Services in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - IT Services in Basel (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Syngenta as an intern (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great salaries and benefits and good compensations.
    Work environment and worklife balance are good. Mostly nice colleagues, who are open and helpful. Also some great talents around that could bring the company forward.

    Cons

    Very limited funding for external training to help stay on top of the job.
    Too much outsourcing/offshoring to "save" money - this results in loss of valuable knowhow and expertise, hence constantly reinventing the wheel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Very good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pune (India)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pune (India)

    I worked at Syngenta as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good leadership. Performance based progression. Offer opportunities to explore new areas. Lay lot of confidence even in resources who have less skills. Good focus given to employee friendly policies.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic environment. Too late decision making. Very little scope of employees to showcase their intelligence. Teams mostly working in silos (almost at an individual level).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote engagement within employees. Culture needs a real focus as it has been deteriorating over past few years.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Good platform to build a life around

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRBP in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - HRBP in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

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

    Pros

    God worklife balance and benefits although pay is not great, great corporate culture and values. Make you feels like you're really making a difference with your work.

    Cons

    Not the best professionals around, Syngenta is a slow and conservative company. If you are looking for fast track learning to build your profile you should probably look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider career opprotunities for non agronomists within the business.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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