Ingredion Reviews

Updated September 4, 2014
Updated September 4, 2014
31 Reviews
3.8
31 Reviews
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Ingredion Chairman, President, and CEO Ilene S. Gordon
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very confused leadership in terms of Innovation and Commercial leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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...!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Current Employee

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ingredion

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Corn Products does not follow their promote from within policy

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL

    I have been working at Ingredion

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Was great but less than great after merger with Corn Products

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good people, working experience can vary

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    There are many nice helpful people in the company. Work life balance are usually good in most departments. However, like any company, it all depends on your supervisor. Global company with opportunity to promote across region.

    Cons

    Working experience varies extremely in different department and location. Limited raise if you stay in the same position. Hence, not good for day-to-day jobs that have limited depth in career path. Favoritism in promotion are sometimes obvious. Outside the people on fast track, promotion frequency are low or non-existence . Pay doesn't always align with people's competency and importance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to retain talents. Give raise to talented employee and focus more on teamwork.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Good experience, tough environment

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    Former Employee - Lab
    Former Employee - Lab

    I worked at Ingredion as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Satisfied with company until the acquisition Of National Starch

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    I worked at Ingredion full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Global 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.

    Cons

    Lack 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 ManagementAdvice

    Company 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL

    I worked at Ingredion

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Global, Stable, and Growing Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Attention to safety, competitive pay and benefits, emphasis on career growth, focus on innovation

    Cons

    Changes can be slow to occur, a bit lacking in current technology

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Only just good enough

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Westchester, IL
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance in Westchester, IL

    I have been working at Ingredion full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Growing company committed to doing it right the first time, rather than do what they want and then fix it thru litigation.

    Cons

    Not a lot of growth possible for me.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set reasonable & attainable goals.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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