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4 people found this helpful  

Not a 21st century company

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  • Senior Management
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Current Employee - Research Investigator  in  Union Beach, NJ
Current Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ

Pros

Interesting industry
Good 401K match
Global, many interesting people to interface with.
Where else can a chemist have a product on the market in 3 yrs?

Cons

No formal career path
inconsistent salaries
Senior managment loves ROI and misses the point of innovation.
Little support for implementation of novel chemical technologies: still replying on 1950's chemistry.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Be a chemical company that makes fragrances, not a fragrance house that makes chemicals. Take the time to listen to your in house experts instead of consultants.

Doesn't Recommend
Approves of CEO

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very frustrating filled with road-blocks - no succession planning - no support of career development - many silos

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Investigator  in  Union Beach, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ

    Pros

    There are a select few managers who are really creative and outstanding to work with

    Cons

    No personal development process (actually supported by management) - Little actual "research" being carried out

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    #1 to #3 in 10 years....

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Union Beach, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union Beach, NJ

    Pros

    - excellent work-life balance
    - friendly environment
    - above average 401K plan
    - decent communication betw. departments
    - culture has a tendency to be family oriented vs. intellectually "top notch"
    - the comments echoed from various employees are consistent. Just look at the comments on this website.

    Cons

    - miserly tuition reimbursement plan.. ~ 1 class/semester.
    - fluctuating bonus plan which has only paid out 1/2 the time. Only 2 of those times has it been at target stated levels or above.
    - stagnant market share which has resulted in #1 to #3 in 10 years (with #4 coming very close)
    - 3 CEOs in 9 years with a divisional restructuring with each tenure. All of which has not improved IFFs market share or rankings against its competitors.
    - sales growth in 10 years has only markedly increased in-line with inflation while the other 3 top competitors out of 4 has had substantial sales growth increases..leading to greater market share. The difference in #3 and #4 now is only 1.8%
    - There have been a few excellent directors and VPs I have worked with thru the years, and they never make it to the divisional VP or executive board level. There is a tendency for IFF to hire for these levels from the outside.
    - no transparency in grade levels or pay scale within those grade levels.
    - no well defined plan for employee development for promotional targets. It's highly political in this regard and more bureaucracy than meritocracy.
    - upper level management (divisional VPs, executive boards) have a tendency to be out of touch with whats happening at department levels or lower. There is a feeling of a "boys club" at the higher levels, and this clique-type aloof mentality shows in the promotion choices and lower level frustrations...(why offer suggestions to a VP if you feel like it's going to be ignored)
    - culture has a tendency to be family oriented vs. intellectually "top notch"
    - higher attrition rate than the industry average

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There will always be attrition at the lower levels as these levels are easier to come by, still feasible for career changes for those inclined, and provides for opportunity for younger people to still figure out what they want to do with their lives.
    It's the attrition you see at the higher levels (middle management or non-divisional VPs) which is a cause for concern..My experience has shown that higher levels leave when they find barriers to change in the company impossible to surpass. And a constantly changing CEO may also be a sign of that.
    My advice to management is to read the comments on this website. It's highly consistent with the observations. Some drastic changes have to happen if IFF wants to regain it's pre-eminence. Apparently nothing in 10 years has done that, which would indicate a wake up call. Perhaps IFF has to reach the precipice before drastic changes occur. And until then, expect the unwanted attrition at higher levels because good talent will always be wanted elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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