Givaudan

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No respect for employees

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

I have been working at Givaudan

Pros

The company is profitable year after year. This is beneficial to those at the top. Otherwise there is no incentive to working hard.

Cons

Employees had to work off the clock and not get paid in the summer.
Headcount is too low while employees are overworked.
No work/life balance.
Poor communication within the company.
Impotent HR controlled by upper management that allows people with power to wield it unchecked.
No formal training of new employees or uniform protocols. Leads to everyone doing everything differently.
Employees were required to come to work right after Hurricane Sandy on Oct 31 even though most live outside the city, public transportation was not operating and many did not have power at home.
There is a total lack of humanity and respect for employees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Have HR professionals that focus on the employees' best interests and learn what employees' actual work loads are instead of eating and smoking all day.
Treat employees like human beings.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good industry, good innovation, poor organization and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The flavor industry is stable/growing. Givaudan is very good a creating new flavors. Good benefits and pay. There are opportunities to grow/expand career. It's a global company.

    Cons

    Givaudan is mostly focused on flavor creation. The difference between the creation side and the production side is night and day. Creation side, people are excited about what they do, and the company likes to showcase - there's clear passion and excitement. On the production side, things are disorganized, neglected and there's an obvious lack of excitement/passion. People just look forward to their next paycheck. The company does not invest in production and most of the needs are neglected. The leadership organization is constantly changing (longest running site director was 3 years...), and as a result, no clear direction exists (constantly changing). The culture is very much silo-ed, and not very much team work. Opposing viewpoints are strongly discouraged (people don't really get a chance to voice their concerns/opinions). Work/life balance is pretty poor (on the production side).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to create excitement/passion in what we do - not just on the flavor creation side, but also on the production side. People need to feel that what they are doing is contributing to the success of the company, and not viewed as second class to R&D and flavor creation. Value the experience and contribution of production - they're the ones meeting customer demand day in and day out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Frightening Safety Issues & What Values? Just Get the Sale!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Operations in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Operations in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Competitive Pay, fresh coffee readily available-- and that is about it!

    Cons

    The culrture is one of complacency and entitlement; manufacturing and operations are stuck in the 1950's and the safety issues are frightening. The revolving door of managers will make you dizzy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in the people and invest in the plants. Failure to do so will bite you in the end. Key customers like Coke, Pepsi, Kraft, Unilever, and General Mills will go elsewhere (as supervisors, managers, and executives are) if you don't invest in people and processes in N. America.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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