Givaudan

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2 people found this helpful  

Can be a good job if you work for the right person and have the right personality.

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Former Employee - Flavour Scientist in Cincinnati, OH
Former Employee - Flavour Scientist in Cincinnati, OH

I worked at Givaudan

Pros

Very good benefits package. Optional summer hours where you work an extra hour M-Th and you can leave at noon on Friday. A good job for someone who's very organized, a quick learner and motivated but who also doesn't have grand desires to move up the corporate ladder. A good fit for those who are deadline-oriented in a fast-paced setting and can adjust to plan changes on short notice.

Cons

Not many opportunities for people to move up the ranks. Demands from managment are often confusing/conflicting making for a frustrating environment. Very poor in recognition and offering positive feedback. Management often treats subordinates very disrespectfully. Still seems to be animosity with employees from another company (Quest) they recently purchased--somewhat cliquey. Communication between different internal groups can be very poor. General atmosphere feels negative, like everyone is stressed out all the time. Being a Swiss-based global company, there is frequent interaction with co-workers from many other countries/backgrounds which can be the cause for a lot of misunderstandings, confusion, etc.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I don't know what kind of management training supervisors get, but some kind of general guidance needs to be taught. Higher-ups didn't seem to care or proactively get involved when there are known conflicts among those below them. Subgroups seem very segmented and tend to be reluctant to actually work with one another.

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Company energy and leadership not focused on improving.

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    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ

    I have been working at Givaudan

    Pros

    #1 in the industry, smart competent workers and mid level managers, valuable business tools and solid infrastructure at many sites. Global company with a wealth of individual knowledge that you can tap into. Good agressive sales force (in terms of results). Many valuable projects and some sophisticated equipment (depending on the site).

    Cons

    Its frustrating because there is alot of potential with this company. Everywhere I turn there is someone who knows a great deal about their job. But the leadership is faulty - bording on disfunctional. There is too much focus on not screwing up and not enough on getting better and improving -not uncommon when you become #1 I guess. While the individual depts do good work the business practices and behavior linking them is either non-existant or at best so convoluted that you become exhausted. The responsibility for this disfunction sits squarely with the upper level management at the sites and through corporate. It seems they are all trying to protect their position and opinions. Working in a silo is the norm and even unknowingly enforced by their fear and protectionism. Put them all in one room to decide on a new way forward and you get a vacuum that swallows up innovation and creativity. If you are lucky you might end up with decision to buy something expensive because thats what you do when your #1??..(cough,cough)..its not what you have but what you do that the customers value! Often the result will be that they take the recommendation of one of the skilled underlings which is fine, but then what value are they adding?? And not surprisingly there is very little accountibility at the upper levels as there is very little that they do . In the end the average person spends an incredible amount of time and energy managing upward and if their suggestion to move forward is chosen by the "leaders" then it is their responsibility ONLY if it fails. Success is shared by the company. Failure is blaimed at the individual. And yes there are other issues - HR is decidedly un-human with an obvious allegience to "the leaders" and each other and golf. Gone are days when HR was required to understand the people and now their success is based on how many links to automated web sites can be set up and the how many powerpoint slides can be created about benefits. And team building excercises have been turned into afternoon martini meetings to establish who is IN...and who is OUT. Previously shared company perks are now collected and handed out to those that are IN or as a doggie treat for the rest of us. With all this said there is hope. There are just too many good people. A little pennicillin to fix the infectious business practices and people and a rededication to the company and it's employees coupled with an attainable vision...will turn these reviews into positive marketing material.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What do you want to be doing in 5 years? A common question but one that is not being answered by senior management. Acquiring another company or buying some software or equipment is only a short term improvement without vision and the drive to improve. Beware, because without this someone else will steal market share based not on their size but on enthusiam and focus on the customer and their requirements.

    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    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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