Givaudan

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Company favors yesmen who play golf

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Former Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH
Former Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Givaudan

Pros

Commitment to basic research from the R&D leadership but not necessarily from the executive team.
Truly international company, great opportunities to travel.

Cons

The more you work, the more they will make you work. Nobody cares about your problem, you get a paycheck so shut up. If you do not play golf forget about career progression. It is also advised to be a yesman.
Hiring salaries are usually good but pay increases are crappy. One year when the results were great we were told that our bonuses would be limited because we should create a war chest in case of bad years. When the following year was below expectation because the operating return on sales was 18% instead of 20%, we got no bonus, no salary increase, the 401k match was canceled and 10% of the staff was fired.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Build an HR department whose role is to build a company spirit and value employees instead of asking them to organize the annual golf outing and undermining any of their attempt at respectful people's management. Stop the result-at-all cost mentality and start focusing on how things are done. Stop considering Givaudan as an ATM machine for Swiss investors.
Make upper management accountable instead of putting all the pressure on middle management.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    A good place to work, but improvements at the top could make it a better place.

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Givaudan

    Pros

    It is a financially sound, global organization with the technology in place for continued growth.

    Cons

    The needless bureaucracy involved in accomplishing certain tasks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote people into senior leadership / management positions with experience in the particular discipline for which they will be responsible.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    Givaudan: A few good people, but skip it.

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Research Scientist II in Cincinnati, OH

    I worked at Givaudan

    Pros

    Largest, most established, flavor and fragrance firm. Very respected by customers. Huge palette of flavors and fragrances.

    Cons

    Givaudan hires experienced people, and rarely trains from the inside. i.e. opposite of Procter & Gamble (only know people that have worked there). Schitzophrenic company. Many groups are so insulated from what others are doing. It has an insular network of people that have problems sharing knowledge, due to the high turnover of employees. Like many large companies, you are either chosen to lead, or chosen to be a pair of hands - and the twain shall never meet. Basically, the people who care and want to make a difference are not given a chance, forced to pay their dues all over again, and ultimately are not listened to. Outside consultants are constantly hired to screw things up. A very conservative, slow moving, company that allows only a select elite handful of 20-years-employeed to act as the fast paced show-stoppers. Once you are hired - get in line, there a busload of people ahead of you who are adept at politics but inept in true innovation. HR has had more turnover than anywhere else. Incredible list of people I know that haven't lasted more than 2-3 years. Cincinnati and Switzerland - not known for bucking the trend - in my not at all humble opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire very good mid-level managers who have good track records, and get rid of the relics. Momentum and money are the only thing keeping Givaudan going. A feeling of comraderie is missing. Givaudan has gotten too big. Its too late. Big behemoth slowness will continually be stop-gapped by "new" internal programs that are just a regurgitation of BS. LACK OF PASSION IS ENDEMIC.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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