Ingredion
4.0 of 5 22 reviews
www.ingredion.com Westchester, IL 5000+ Employees

Ingredion Reviews

Updated Apr 14, 2014
Ingredion – US – “ingredion”

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84% Approve of the CEO

Ingredion Chairman, President, and CEO Ilene S. Gordon

Ilene S. Gordon

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84% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Very confused leadership in terms of Innovation and Commercial leadership

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ingredion full-time for more than 3 years

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

ConsTotal 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 Senior ManagementYour 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...!!!

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Corn Products does not follow their promote from within policy

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Bedford Park, IL

I have been working at Ingredion

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

ConsGood 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 Senior ManagementRecognize 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.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Good experience, tough environment

lab (Former Employee)

I worked at Ingredion as a contractor for less than a year

ProsDiverse experience, fast pace, opportunities for learning, various training available, cross experiences encouraged

ConsDetached upper management, some supervisors do a lot of babysitting- lack of trust, lack of communication

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Satisfied with company until the acquisition Of National Starch

Engineering (Former Employee)

I worked at Ingredion full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGlobal exposure and ability to move through the company. There are opportunities to grow in the company and progress your career. This appears to be a good place to start your career to be able to move on to another company, as most of the more experienced employers have chosen as their option.

ConsLack of respect for experience, detached upper management. The new company is being lead by the National Starch group and they have very little respect for experience and will opt to hire new unproven PhD's to fill needs. The new group in Bridgewater spends about 90% of their time internally selling projects, very little new ideas. The general opinion of the employees is to pad their resume so they can move on to something else.
Very little industry experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementCompany desperately needs an efficiency study. The new company has a lot of employees doing busy work focusing on internal sales of management ideas that have little impact on the company future. A lot of focus is on empire building with little focus understanding products.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great people and culture, little to no upward mobility and promotion

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Westchester, IL

I worked at Ingredion

ProsGood people to work with, employees as people are valued and treated fairly well, pay is decent, benefits package is good.

ConsNo upward mobility, no accountability for Director level and higher with regards to if their department is thriving or failing and why. Seen alot of turnover in some departments with no consulting of other employees as to what is going on. Culture is a bit old school and old boys' club mentality, lack of any mentorship by management - just sort of left to your devices and even if you show competitency, tasks are just taken away and you are held back professionally. Sometimes management acts as if its in an upper eschelon 'club' of sorts and that no 'regular' employee could possibly do their job thereby holding people back even though they have decades of experience.

Advice to Senior ManagementTake some time to develop the staff you currently have instead of hiring outside. I felt that the management didn't respect you if you weren't hired as a manager and favored the phrase "well, you're not 'ready' for promotion". With many employees being long term this cannot possibly be the case for everyone. It is rare to see the commoners become management and if they do, its after being there 9+ years with a ton of ass kissing the right person and begging.

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Enjoyed Working for Ingredion

Associate, Cereal Science (Former Employee)
Bridgewater, NJ

I worked at Ingredion full-time for more than a year

ProsEthical company; good growth opportunities

ConsSlow in innovation; Big on innovation process; Boring work

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Various Operations Positions

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Ingredion full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat Company. Great CEO Does a great job developing people. Large diverse line of products.

ConsNone really, just a great place to work.

Advice to Senior ManagementKeep it growing

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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It was great! The crew are some of the best that I've had the pleasure of working with

Material Handling & Storage Specialist (Former Employee)
North Kansas City, MO

I worked at Ingredion full-time for more than a year

ProsFun & exciting, great group of men to work with

ConsManagement needs to listen & believe in their employees

Advice to Senior ManagementBelieve in their employees

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Big company with small company feel

Senior Manager (Current Employee)
Bridgewater, NJ

I have been working at Ingredion full-time for more than 10 years

ProsOwnership - you have the ability to make decisions and changes to improve your work and the company performance. We can choose to change our career path if we have other interests and there is a need for the business.

ConsNot having enough resources to meet our customer needs and priority changes. Starting and stopping work is inefficient and this leave work undone and upsetting customers.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Dynamic company trying to diversify from relying on core business

Product Manager (Former Employee)
Westchester, IL

I worked at Ingredion full-time for more than 3 years

ProsStable employer
Large geographic footprint / global

ConsMaybe too many projects dividing attention
Low risk appetite

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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