Givaudan Reviews

Updated July 6, 2015
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Givaudan CEO Gilles Andrier
Gilles Andrier
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Pros
  • Well treated and opportunities to grow and travel, work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • good benefits and provide trainings (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • no work life balance for family time (in 4 reviews)

  • Impotent HR controlled by upper management that allows people with power to wield it unchecked (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    No direction

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    Current Employee - Sales Administrator in Summit, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Administrator in Summit, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Givaudan (More than a year)

    Pros

    Interesting work. Free samples, gym

    Cons

    Lack of career path, lack of direction from management, difficult personalities, cult-like environment


  2. Helpful (1)

    Good very few times, difficult most of the time

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Olive, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mount Olive, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Pay scale is great, depending what position you are in the company could determine your pay rate. Full time 40hrs a week job.

    Cons

    I'm a "bottom feeder" in the company so our benefits aren't that impressive. No really way to lead yourself into a career path unless your considered one of the "special ones". Your job is always being threaten for potential layoff. Never recognized for accomplishing your daily tasks onsite. Culture and morale continuously seems to fall further every year.

    Advice to Management

    Improve your communication to your peers, sense of direction, lack of people skills, lack of creativity, your own accountability, develop better relationships with your co-workers.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Fun creative work but management is in the ice age

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    Former Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Administrator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Givaudan full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Working with the leading company and in a dynamic industry on the manufacturing side. Able to work on projects from small clients to celebrities. When smelling and creating everyone is happy. Summer Fridays were great and the occasional office breakfasts.

    Cons

    This is specifically for the NYC office. The anxious competitive atmosphere stifles the creativity. The HR department in the NYC office is a joke, and only worried about managers. If your not at a certain level you are not considered a "core employee" and therefore will not receive an evaluation so you really don't know how your doing until your are called into HR. Internal training is non-existent. Promotions are few and far between based on their need and not your work. Tyrannical management is allowed to scare everyone with threatening words because the fragrance manufacturing industry overall is extremely competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Train employees, share experience instead of seeing it as something to beg for. Fragrance development is an art. Also divide management to smaller sections so someone that is entry level can actually talk to their boss to grow and learn as opposed to them never having time to build that relationship.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Not so good in the past few years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Givaudan is in the right business and is often able to make money in spite of themselves and seem to remain stable regardless of what the economy is doing.

    Cons

    Middle to upper management has been a revolving door especially on North America. Upper management in Switzerland seems to want all the benefits of the US economy without investing their time in learning how to work with Americans.

    Advice to Management

    Get off your duffs and spend some time here so you can see how things are done. You might find we have more to contribute than $$$$$$.


  6. over worked under paid but they will train you

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    Current Employee - Filter/Filler in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Filter/Filler in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    plenty of overtime for you if your willing to have no life

    Cons

    no work life balance for family time

    Advice to Management

    be more in touch with your employees


  7. short term temp

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    Former Contractor - QC Lab Tech in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Contractor - QC Lab Tech in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Givaudan as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    3 shifts available, safety gear (PPE) and paid training provided. This includes re-hydrating sources of Gatorade powder and bottled water, helmet, locker with showers and gloves etc as needed.

    Cons

    low pay, hot environment, shifts don't always communicate well with each other. 1st shift has more than 100 employees vs about 30 on 2nd and 3rd shifts.

    Advice to Management

    Receive and review employee suggestions. Maybe provide some sort of positive reinforcement reward for turning in suggestions. Most employees have good ideas they don't mention for various reasons.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Good industry, good innovation, poor organization and leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Givaudan full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The flavor industry is stable/growing. Givaudan is very good a creating new flavors. Good benefits and pay. There are opportunities to grow/expand career. It's a global company.

    Cons

    Givaudan is mostly focused on flavor creation. The difference between the creation side and the production side is night and day. Creation side, people are excited about what they do, and the company likes to showcase - there's clear passion and excitement. On the production side, things are disorganized, neglected and there's an obvious lack of excitement/passion. People just look forward to their next paycheck. The company does not invest in production and most of the needs are neglected. The leadership organization is constantly changing (longest running site director was 3 years...), and as a result, no clear direction exists (constantly changing). The culture is very much silo-ed, and not very much team work. Opposing viewpoints are strongly discouraged (people don't really get a chance to voice their concerns/opinions). Work/life balance is pretty poor (on the production side).

    Advice to Management

    Need to create excitement/passion in what we do - not just on the flavor creation side, but also on the production side. People need to feel that what they are doing is contributing to the success of the company, and not viewed as second class to R&D and flavor creation. Value the experience and contribution of production - they're the ones meeting customer demand day in and day out.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Stagnant atmosphere discourages ambition and individuality

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lakeland, FL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Lakeland, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, nice facilities, all levels of employees are treated as part of the company (and encouraged to conform), fair pay

    Cons

    Employees are passive aggressive, because dissidence is highly undesirable. This leaves opportunities wide open for predisposed bullying personalities to dominate entire isolated departments.

    Advice to Management

    Get an actual HR department that honestly addresses employee concerns. Encourage employee input and allow for some disagreement. That is normal and healthy! Otherwise, Givaudan is a sound business, but that is a huge flaw.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Company energy and leadership not focused on improving.

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    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in East Hanover, NJ
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    #1 in the industry, smart competent workers and mid level managers, valuable business tools and solid infrastructure at many sites. Global company with a wealth of individual knowledge that you can tap into. Good agressive sales force (in terms of results). Many valuable projects and some sophisticated equipment (depending on the site).

    Cons

    Its frustrating because there is alot of potential with this company. Everywhere I turn there is someone who knows a great deal about their job. But the leadership is faulty - bording on disfunctional. There is too much focus on not screwing up and not enough on getting better and improving -not uncommon when you become #1 I guess. While the individual depts do good work the business practices and behavior linking them is either non-existant or at best so convoluted that you become exhausted. The responsibility for this disfunction sits squarely with the upper level management at the sites and through corporate. It seems they are all trying to protect their position and opinions. Working in a silo is the norm and even unknowingly enforced by their fear and protectionism. Put them all in one room to decide on a new way forward and you get a vacuum that swallows up innovation and creativity. If you are lucky you might end up with decision to buy something expensive because thats what you do when your #1??..(cough,cough)..its not what you have but what you do that the customers value! Often the result will be that they take the recommendation of one of the skilled underlings which is fine, but then what value are they adding?? And not surprisingly there is very little accountibility at the upper levels as there is very little that they do . In the end the average person spends an incredible amount of time and energy managing upward and if their suggestion to move forward is chosen by the "leaders" then it is their responsibility ONLY if it fails. Success is shared by the company. Failure is blaimed at the individual. And yes there are other issues - HR is decidedly un-human with an obvious allegience to "the leaders" and each other and golf. Gone are days when HR was required to understand the people and now their success is based on how many links to automated web sites can be set up and the how many powerpoint slides can be created about benefits. And team building excercises have been turned into afternoon martini meetings to establish who is IN...and who is OUT. Previously shared company perks are now collected and handed out to those that are IN or as a doggie treat for the rest of us. With all this said there is hope. There are just too many good people. A little pennicillin to fix the infectious business practices and people and a rededication to the company and it's employees coupled with an attainable vision...will turn these reviews into positive marketing material.

    Advice to Management

    What do you want to be doing in 5 years? A common question but one that is not being answered by senior management. Acquiring another company or buying some software or equipment is only a short term improvement without vision and the drive to improve. Beware, because without this someone else will steal market share based not on their size but on enthusiam and focus on the customer and their requirements.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Company favors yesmen who play golf

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Cincinnati, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Commitment to basic research from the R&D leadership but not necessarily from the executive team. Truly international company, great opportunities to travel.

    Cons

    The more you work, the more they will make you work. Nobody cares about your problem, you get a paycheck so shut up. If you do not play golf forget about career progression. It is also advised to be a yesman. Hiring salaries are usually good but pay increases are crappy. One year when the results were great we were told that our bonuses would be limited because we should create a war chest in case of bad years. When the following year was below expectation because the operating return on sales was 18% instead of 20%, we got no bonus, no salary increase, the 401k match was canceled and 10% of the staff was fired.

    Advice to Management

    Build an HR department whose role is to build a company spirit and value employees instead of asking them to organize the annual golf outing and undermining any of their attempt at respectful people's management. Stop the result-at-all cost mentality and start focusing on how things are done. Stop considering Givaudan as an ATM machine for Swiss investors. Make upper management accountable instead of putting all the pressure on middle management.



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