Firmenich Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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Firmenich CEO and Director Patrick Firmenich
Patrick Firmenich
8 Ratings

Pros
  • Good culture, work life balance and employee benefits are competitive (in 4 reviews)

  • Family owned global company where employees are valued and access to top management is viable and accessible (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. Good Balance

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    the company is somewhat flexible, and a lot depends on the area and the manager you have so you might find a good deal. the industry is extremely interesting.

    Cons

    similarly, it depends on your manager as exceptions are everywhere. if you don`t get a good deal for you you might get frustrated.

    Advice to Management

    need to improve equity across the organization. decision process is becoming too fast with not much criteria - change is good, but it has to be meaningful.


  2. Good Industrial Experience

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Chemist in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Chemist in New York, NY

    I worked at Firmenich as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Industry Leader. Good experience in terms of advancing scientific knowledge. Full-time employees have good benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate culture could be improved upon. Interns get underpaid.


  3. Okay

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Perfumery in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Perfumery in Plainsboro, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, as long as you do your job, you're appreciated. The people are generally easy to get along with. Good benefits. Not a great salary, but over time is sometimes available.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management. Catty complainers. Problems don't get intelligently solved. Quantity is valued over quality.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to do things the right way.


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  5. Manager, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Plainsboro, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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


  6. Very positive experience.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Varying thoughts

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Intern - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Intern - Customer Service in Plainsboro, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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)


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great workforce

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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


  10. Helpful (1)

    Fairly neutral, not challenging.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Food Technologist in Plainsboro, NJ

    I worked at Firmenich

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent compensation, flexible work schedule.

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Learn what is going on. Communicate with employees.


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Newark, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.



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