International Flavors & Fragrances

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This ship is sunk.

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Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY

I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances

Pros

Cheap lunch at cafeteria. Great location midtown Manhattan, near central park. Awesome same sex dating scene. Discounts available at local museums(I am not sure if this is still available.) Fine Perfume group loves to share fragrances. Dress is casual business, no jeans, but you can express your creativity in the way you dress.

Cons

It is not about the quality of your work, but rather about ones ability to keep their mouth shut, which is the best way to become well liked at IFF. There is little room for advancement for most. Every year the benefits are reduced. No more pension, health care cost increases. 401K is shabby. No bones about it HR is in place to protect the company and Senior management. The best way to handle an issue involving sexual harassment or physical threats by management is not to go to HR. If you point out a problem you will be made to feel badly and your job/career will be put in jeopardy. The present CEO knows nothing of the industry, and thinks that all companies should be run exactly the way the last company, paper company, he was at was run. The CEO is hypocritical, unapproachable and obnoxious. Since he has been installed at IFF every area of the business has been struggling. The board of directors is awful! They have made mistake, after mistake, after mistake for the past 20 years, it has been painful. Members change and are replaced by equal or worse candidates. Senior managment are becoming millionaires while the stock holders' investment is wasted on unearned bonuses.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Unless they are willing to all quite, so that competent people can replace them, they should just continue to fail. Once the company is completely in shambles, maybe, a competitor can purchase IFF and the "guys", gals are not welcome, in charge can make some money on the sale of their options when the price goes up from the acquisition.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    IFF Fragrance Business Unit - Asia Regional Office

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commercial in Singapore (Singapore)
    Current Employee - Commercial in Singapore (Singapore)

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great Individuals in the Creative Teams, young and talented , Great Perfumers , Senior and very successful. Great mix of youth and seniors in the Creative Teams that delivers results. Some good individual Commercial & Sales Managers.

    Cons

    Management , complex ,political and lack focus, totally uncoordinated and confused strategy, lack of talent in Regional General Management and Senior Sales Team & HR . General Management & HR acknowledge lack of work-life balance but prepared to ignore and take advantage. Sales have lost their drive and initiative. No leadership in HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some work to be done to harness and retain talent and recruit better quality sales team, need to focus more on talent and personal growth overall.
    Need more focused and entrepreneurial General, Senior Sales and HR Management.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Entrepreneurial Environment, Fast Moving Projects, 360 understanding of the fragrance market across different categories, great senior management, great business, great creative centers, great ability to work across regions and dept (high level of collaboration), great leadership examples

    Cons

    not process oriented culture, limited ability to plan ahead, 80% of French Sr Management (perhaps being an intl company it would make sense to have managers representing more regional diversity), could improve its strategic ability to create the vision for the future, marketing could do more? very reactive work...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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