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Firmenich Reviews

Updated February 8, 2015
Updated February 8, 2015
68 Reviews
3.3
68 Reviews
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Firmenich CEO and Director Patrick Firmenich
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Order Filler

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Firmenich

    Pros

    Good company, with good benefits, pto, overtime etc most co worker are great

    Cons

    some workers look at speed more than quality

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    promote speed and quality with less pressure

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Okay

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Take the time to do things the right way.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great learning but limited opportunities for growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Firmenich

    Pros

    - Committed hard working colleagues
    - Excellent hours - Flexible work options
    - Opportunity to work on multiple projects & cross functional learning

    Cons

    - Increasing bureaucratic given the size of the organization - decision making is centralized
    - Culture of control
    - Limited opportunity to move up

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Empower people to make decisions and be truly agile
    - Review compensation strategy for existing employees looking to move within the organization
    - Nurture good talent and provide clear career path

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    #3 in Flavor/Fragrance Industry

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Firmenich

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, pleasant co-workers

    Cons

    Poor management, no regard for employee well-being

  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Nice employees, awful management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Firmenich

    Pros

    I loved the team effort to complete projects, the daily positive attitudes if most employees, and the beautiful office.

    Cons

    Fdms are overly stressed, labs are overworked and under appreciated, too much underlying drama.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opinions of the employees sometime really matter. Autocracy is difficult to deal with.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Firmenich

    Pros

    Good culture, work life balance and employee benefits are competitive. Family owned global company where employees are valued and access to top management is viable and accessible....New leadership working hard to move to 21 century

    Cons

    To many VICE PRESIDENTS, preach one company but really 3 separate divisions with way to many silos, employees at lower levels overloaded with work, hard to get all divisions/department to agreed making it hard to implement change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Break down silos at highest level in organization so that we really can excel in execution....3 divisions not aligned same with enablers...to many political games making it hard to really streamline processes

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Used to be a great company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great company culture;
    Competent and friendly employees;
    Good products.

    Cons

    No training to speak off, budgets for training get cut every time the results are not great;
    Poor top management;
    Too much orientation on finances, less on people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people, they are REALLY your main asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Manager, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  10.  

    Firmenich is a nice place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control Evaluator in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Quality Control Evaluator in Princeton, NJ

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Beautiful Campus;
    Very friendly/great co-workers;
    Nice area/ close commute;
    Quarterly Bonuses

    Cons

    Understaffed department which led to long working days;
    Little to no potential for advancement;
    Low Salary

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop internal talent and try to promote from within

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Production manager

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good remuneration
    Good, but could be better, benefits.
    Seem to care about employee advancement and training

    Cons

    Lack of communication from top down
    Too many chiefs, but those lower down are expected too do all the work
    Lack of support when needed by upper management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    ALL managers should communicate frequently with their employees.
    Don't have so many VP's. Every time an announcement comes out, it seems like another person was made a Vice President.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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