International Flavors & Fragrances

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#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

I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

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
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very Poor Lines of Communication

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Finance in New York, NY

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    interesting industry
    challenging work
    learning enviornment: must have the ability to educate yourself on issues; they do NOT show a new employee the ropes

    Cons

    senior management treats staff disrespectfully
    leadership has very poor interpersonal/communication skills
    lack of team spirit; everyone is out for themselves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving the treatment of the staff; new management does not seem to care or is oblivious on how to manage/lead people

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

    Nick name: international Friends & Family

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances

    Pros

    salary is ok
    less pressure
    listening is more important
    to keep yes to your boss

    Cons

    it was No 1, now No 3
    nursing homes
    no communications

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let most senior managers retire

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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