Firmenich Reviews

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

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. Good Balance

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    • Senior Management
    • 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)

    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

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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)

    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. Helpful (1)

    Great learning but limited opportunities for growth

    • 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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    - 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

  6. Helpful (1)

    #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

  7. 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

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

    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 Management

    promote speed and quality with less pressure

  8. Helpful (2)

    Nice employees, awful management

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

    I worked at Firmenich

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

    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 Management

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    Good company culture

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

    I have been working at Firmenich

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

    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 Management

    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

  10. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

  11. Manager, Product Safety and Regulatory Affairs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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)

    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

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