Firmenich

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Firmenich Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
67 Reviews
3.4
67 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great companie values, good work-life balance, great people, great products (in 4 reviews)

  • Global company with plenty of opportunities to move around (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Middle management runs its own Agenda disregarding the values of the company (in 3 reviews)

  • No training to speak off, budgets for training get cut every time the results are not great; (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Very positive experience.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Firmenich full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Professional and well organized. I learned a lot during my 4 years of working there and there were lots of opportunities for personal growth.

    Cons

    There is a high level of commitment required, that might not be for everyone.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Manager, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs

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    Current Employee - Manager in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Plainsboro, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Privately owned, flexible time, great health benefits

    Cons

    Upper level managers out of touch with day-to-day activities, annual raises below cost-of-living

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    I loved working here, great environment, great people, good life balance - business casual environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Good amount of PTO
    Not that cutthroat
    Easy to move around the company
    Near Princeton

    Cons

    Hard to move up quickly.
    Hours could be long (depending on department)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Varying thoughts

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Firmenich full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    90% of the people make it a great place to work.
    The benefits and other employee perks are good compared to some other flavors and fragrance houses.

    Cons

    Incompetent people are put in leadership roles and despite it being a glaring issue, it's widely ignored.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a serious inventory of your management teams strengths and weaknesses. Be honest with the results found and either properly coach those who seriously lack the ability to do their job or remove them. Recognize those who contribute to the growth of the organization and bring new, fresh ideas to the table. The PIQ is a perfect example of a rewards system where friends vote for friends and real accomplishments and company wide contributions go unrecognized. Encourage and support those who find ways to improve inefficient processes. Remove those in charge of hostile and negative work environments.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great workforce

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Privately owned and agile. The firm has a nice culture and there is plenty of opportunity here. they maintain a very good profile in the industry for good reason. Fundamentally sound business principles make it easy to work with integrity.

    Cons

    A little stuck in the past. Has not kept up with the times. Lacking in accountability at higher levels and recent attempts to counter this look reactive rather than well planned measures to restore growth and stability. Advancement potential limited.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look deeper into your own workforce to understand your markets and business better. Executives are not very good at finding the people who are driving the best practices and rewarding them, or at taking some risks and developing high performers in broader areas of the business

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Fairly neutral, not challenging.

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    Former Employee - Senior Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Firmenich

    Pros

    Decent compensation, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Weak middle management. Too much interest in the short term, not enough long term outlook.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what is going on. Communicate with employees.

    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Opportunity seemed positive as it is a global company. Technology used was varied and challenging.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich

    Pros

    Global company with plenty of opportunities to move around. There is much potential for growth even though they are dominant in their industries. Culturely diverse work environment employing people from various countries.

    Cons

    Global company that makes the workers work hard. Management is very tough and not very professional. If you work for headquarters in Geneva things are good, elsewhere are many agressive personalities (sharks) waiting to pounce on the weakest team or individual.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would suggest that management allow the workers to provide more feedback and suggestions. Perghaps even impliment a reward system for suggestions that are deployed, as as reult of a workers recommendation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Satisfactory

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich

    Pros

    Friendly environment Tobacco free environment

    Cons

    Doing more work for a less pay

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    very positive

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich

    Pros

    work enviroment and the people i work with

    Cons

    i dont have any downsides

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more communication

    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Disppointing experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Firmenich

    Pros

    Failry recession-proof business model with flavors, perfumes and fine fragrances

    Cons

    Leadership out of touch with the people really doing the work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The business side of the house needs to get a better understanding of th manufacturing side of the house

    No opinion of CEO

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