Ingredion Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Ingredion Chairman, President, and CEO Ilene S. Gordon
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Very confused leadership in terms of Innovation and Commercial leadership

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

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

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

    Pros

    Easy to hide in the matrix organization and not be held accountable.
    Colleagues are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Total disconnect between the "Global Innovation Team" and the folks that actually have to make things happen.
    Technical arrogance vs. actual commercial value.
    Lack of connectivity between the idea people and the folks that have to deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Your Global Innovation Organization is draining your bottom line delivery.
    As an investor, I really have to question the lousy ROI from the millions that have been invested on very questionable ventures that continue to be discussed but not evaluated via thorough scientific review. Quit listening to BS promises and ask for the real business proposition...not the usual statements of intent. XXXXX baffles brains...and you folks have been baffled...!!!


  2. Helpful (2)

    Extremely corporate. No room for personal expression or creative thinking.

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

    I worked at Ingredion

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work with little challenges. Just tow the company line and enjoy the ride. Non stress environment as you won't have to worry about being promoted.

    Cons

    Leadership on local and group levels are not engaged. Most decisions are made on the basis of appearance, how will the manager look not what will it do for the group.

    Advice to Management

    Appearance over people isn't a good strategy.


  3. Helpful (1)

    ops

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Ops in Winston-Salem, NC
    Current Employee - Ops in Winston-Salem, NC

    I have been working at Ingredion

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

    Pros

    We have a job and work as a team and are successful

    Cons

    Swing shift, are benefits are being reduced and/or being taken away. Unless you are upper management, it's nit the great company it was 5 years ago

    Advice to Management

    Take care of your employees


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  5. It pays, but it is just a job.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    They have fair wages and benefits. Opportunity to work overtime.

    Cons

    Poor Communication, difficult to get day shift or promotions. Safety is too extreme to where you feel like you are being treated like a child. (Safety IS very important, but they leave no decisions to employees to make appropriate precautions on their own) Many jobs are affected by weather and you can be exposed to the elements until you go to break. They lay responsibility of the job to be covered by the employee that showed up for work if the employee for the following shift does not show.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate and listen to your employees to solve problems. Don't fix safety issues by putting more responsibility on the employee. Fix what is unsafe. Stop punishing employees for showing up for work. This only causes more absenteeism.


  6. Current Employee

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

    I have been working at Ingredion

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I'm having trouble thinking of any other than it's a job.

    Cons

    Low morale. Poor connection between employees and upper management. No programs or hope for career growth (promotion at manager's discretion).

    Advice to Management

    Make random checks, and actually take the time to talk to employees at all levels.


  7. Helpful (5)

    Corn Products does not follow their promote from within policy

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL

    I have been working at Ingredion

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

    Pros

    Corn products employees good people that are generally a pleasure to work with.
    Corn products is strong financially, and has a good CEO.

    Cons

    Good old boy club, if you aren't part of it, it is very hard to get promoted.
    Pay within company is not equal, same job titles have more responsibilities and pay does not reflect this, the only thing that will move you up or get you higher pay is to be part of the club.
    Fake jobs are created for management. A job will be created so they can promote one of the club that already has a promotion coming when another higher up is retiring(without posting the job to others internally), but they don't wait for the real position to actually open. Once the retirement happens, the fake job is dissolved, but they have paid for a fake job and high salary for months.
    They don't follow their promote from within policy. Outsiders are interviewed during the promote from within deadline. HR seems to follow what plant management wants to do instead of following policy.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize your employees for the great success they have helped create. Follow policies and corn products values which include integrity, and respect. Drop the dead weight. Stop micro managing and trust the people you hired for the positions they are in, if you can't then maybe its time to find someone else or train the people you have to build your own confidence in them. Review the qualifications of management you currently have, many job requirements are overlooked for those in the club.


  8. Good place to work, but 1990's culture

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

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

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

    Pros

    Good opportunities for people who want to pursue them
    Getting better at listening to employees and building development plans.
    HR as individuals are all very good.

    Cons

    Not an entrepreneurial culture anymore
    Too much emphasis on being at Headquarters
    Going backwards culturally- squeezing pay and benefits, too much bureaucracy.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the entrepreneurial spirit that National Starch had. Put a moratorium on relocations and new hires in Westchester and grow the business elsewhere, even remotely. You'll be amazed at what decentralizing the culture away from HQ will do for people's effectiveness.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Good Company

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

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Decent benefits (6% 401K match, small pension, though very high deductible for health insurance), large company with opportunities, work locations worldwide, never boring, lots of work available, job security, excellent recognition (awards)

    Cons

    Lower pay than other NJ companies, salaries are set based upon competitors in other states where the cost of living is much less, slow growth, lots of red tape for promotions, not enough technicians, hire too many PhD. students directly out of college, lots of cliques and co-worker trash talking, high turnover

    Advice to Management

    Make it easier for managers to control promotions and streamline the process. Hire more technicians. Allow technicians and those without preferred degrees to get promoted when their work is far above their level.


  10. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

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

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and payment
    HR is worry about employees
    People cooperates and is aware to give a good service.
    Company well positioned and recognized in mexican market.

    Cons

    Old culture (80's-90's)
    Bad leadership, not focused on developing people and management tasks.
    Managers are focused on operative tasks.

    Advice to Management

    Management: we are on 21st century. Old practices won't give to the company results in the long term.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Was great but less than great after merger with Corn Products

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great colleagues and interesting work in R&D.

    Cons

    Larger corporate structure. More meaningless work and overloaded. Less caring of employee and added BS objectives. Workload has doubled with no increase in resources. Yearly objectives keep changing and are 50% BS. Difficult to achieve higher performance ratings given the ridiculous objectives that are handed down by management.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people to handle the doubled workload that many are carrying. Add "work/life balance" to core values of the company. Give bonuses based on factors that employees can control - not on factors they cannot control.



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