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I have been working at Syngenta full-time (More than 10 years)
Syngenta is filled with highly professional, highly capable people but is at the same time a very relaxed atmosphere. The internal politics is minimal and one rarely feels that they are in an unhealthy competition with others.
There tends to be a focus on the near term, often to the detriment of long term thinking. In certain areas (lower to middle management, especially), the company is under-resourced, so there simply isn't time to think strategically. There is also a drive toward more open office environments, which is often distracting and restricts employees' abilities to think and plan versus simply work on the current tactical issues.
Advice to Management
Employee productivity would increase dramatically if much of the current uncertainty around the business and the future could be removed.
Getting an Interview
Getting an Interview
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I applied through college or university. The process took 3 days. I interviewed at Syngenta.
Classic CV + cover letter screening round, followed by a telephone interview to understand 'fit', motivation and compatibility with Syngenta's leadership model. After this, there is a 1.5 day assessment center at HQ in Basel, which is a mixture of one-on-one interviews and group exercises. Components included a business case in the agriculture sector (fairly obviously, I imagine), and two rounds of group negotiations. There were around 12 of us at the assessment centre, and about 12 managers 'observing' each and every reaction - so the environment is rather 'staged'. Decisions were made relatively quickly, requiring full consensus from all those you interacted with.
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Syngenta helps to feed the world. The company is at the top of its industry along with Bayer CropScience and Monsanto as the world's largest agrochemical business. Syngenta produces crop protection products (insecticides, herbicides, fungicides), field crop seeds (soybeans), vegetable seeds (corn, beans, tomatoes), and flowers. Syngenta and Myriad Genetics have mapped the rice genome, which could make rice crops more resistant to disease and lead to the genetic mapping of other cereals like wheat and corn. Since the mid-2000s, Syngenta has made a point of building up ...