Syngenta

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Syngenta Reviews

Updated May 26, 2014
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3.4 53 reviews

89% Approve of the CEO

Syngenta CEO Mike Mack

Mike Mack

(27 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend

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

    Assistant Scientist I (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone 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.

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

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    Company with great vision and ambition

    Supply Chain Professional (Current Employee) Greensboro, NC

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in people and the change journey. Learning culture leads to creativity and ownership to operationalize.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience for an intern

    Student Intern (Former Employee) Saint Gabriel, LA

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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

    Security and Compliance Analyst (Former Employee) Virginia Beach, VA

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementHire 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great People, Rewarding Experience

    Student Chemical Engineer (Former Employee) Huddersfield, England (UK)

    ProsHad a great time here, it is relaxed and friendly. There were a lot of out of work events that really helped me get on with and get to know everyone on the site. They encouraged and supported my learning well. The company does a good job connecting you with employees all over the world and making you feel involved in the companies affairs.

    ConsCulture is quite cautious but this is very common in the chemical industry. Excessive focus on buzz words and things like Shingo and LEAN. These became a joke to people in the manufacturing plants due to this. IT services can be variable.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall really good, you made me feel very involved and important, which was rewarding. You should get better service from HP, but i don't know if that's fixable. There needs to be less focus on Shingo and LEAN and more practical understanding of how this can be applied specifically to a chemical plant.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good Place - Management needs to pay

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent Colleagues
    Management and staff come across as generally passion and believe in the importance and impact of their work of "feeding the world"
    Open and Collaborative culture

    ConsDifficult for progression for mid-level management. Lack of transparency.
    More dependent on your network and connections.
    Need to focus on helping the countries to do their jobs rather than meeting the needs of global stakeholders.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Execution driven with clear directives

    Operations Director (Current Employee) Hyderābād (India)

    Prosbusiness growth ambitions with clear expansion plans

    Consgrowing organisatiion with limited systems on floor.Good database , any way !

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlan - lead & manage change !

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Truly International

    Merger Integration (Current Employee) Basel (Switzerland)

    ProsCross functional career opportunities with support from management , market leader in the industry which is growing. collaborative working culture with truly international culture in headquarters

    Consconstant change culture may not be suitable to everybody's working cuture

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Competetive Salaries, Interesting work, specific challenges

    Country Supply Chain Head (Current Employee)

    ProsGood growth opportunity areas, lots of 'nterest'ng people, lots of opportun't'es to work all over the globe

    ConsLots of people with old type of thinking, some challenges related to the transformations

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore professionalism

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great workplace with great future

    Processing Technology Lead (Current Employee) São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    Pros- Good pay and benefits
    - International career exposure
    - Low pressure environment
    - Flexible work arrangements
    - Don't quibble over minor numbers for cost savings

    Cons- People are always busy / travelling; it is hard to build a strong rapport
    - It seems the company does not have an established direction it is always changing
    - Hierarchy is a mess / complicated
    - Too much tools to use and sometimes they are not used as needed
    - People dont work aligned, differents efforts globally at the same topic
    - Especially at the seed business the industrial environment is low-technology

    Advice to Senior ManagementN/A

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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