Novozymes

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Novozymes Reviews

Updated November 6, 2014
Updated November 6, 2014
60 Reviews
3.7
60 Reviews
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Peder Holk Nielsen
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • best work life balance is the most postive thing about Novozymes (in 15 reviews)

  • Very good work environment in Novozymes (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Low pay, little motivation for changing the status quo (in 3 reviews)

  • Confused management style and lots of politics (in 2 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Intern in Franklinton, NC
    Former Employee - Intern in Franklinton, NC

    I worked at Novozymes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, People are very nice.

    Cons

    Location (Franklinton) is in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To hire the best candidate, please forget about the visa issue.

  2.  

    Novozymes is a very good employer!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Novozymes

    Pros

    Novozymes is a well run company that treats employees very well. Management seems to genuinely care about maintaining a nice company culture. Employees receive a lot of nice perks, even small things sometimes that all add up to a rich experience. I like what the company is all about too in terms of the business. Good science happens at Novozymes.

    Cons

    I have not really come up with many over my time as an employee. Initially I felt like expectations were quite high as a new hire but I came to appreciate the accountability and high expectations to excel.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Novozymes is well known in Denmark but in the US we are among so many successful companies. Novozymes needs to be mindful of maintaining a competitive edge through the use of good pay, benefits and maintaining a good company culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Nice place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Davis, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Davis, CA

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

    Pros

    Good collaborate research culture. Nice fellow employees. Working in Davis is a big plus. Pretty good pay given the area and great overall benefits package.

    Cons

    Not a lot of turnover and internal job mobility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good employee friendly culture.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Chemical technican

    Current Employee - Chemical Technician in Franklinton, NC
    Current Employee - Chemical Technician in Franklinton, NC

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

    Pros

    Good company with potential growth

    Cons

    Bad management and poor culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust employee and need appreciation for credit

  6.  

    Good company to work for

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous

    I have been working at Novozymes

    Pros

    Good benefits, vacation time,etc! Flexible and family oriented company!

    Cons

    Company is growing and hence becoming too political.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about the people that have been at Novo for a long time. They want the same opportunities as the newbies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Intern experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Novozymes as an intern

    Pros

    gave me work to do which can be rare for an intern experience, great relationship with mentor

    Cons

    Salem location not close to VA Tech, try to get internship at Dixie Caverns location

  8.  

    Overall positive experiences in my time at Novozymes.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklinton, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklinton, NC

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Job flexibility, employee relationships, Work conditions, Challenging work environment, Variety of different roles can be had without changing jobs, stable work environment.

    Cons

    Can be very "Danish", sometimes hard to push initiatives if not begun from headquarters, advancement can be difficult, typically tend to tag specific individuals as key people and move around a lot.

  9.  

    Helpful people and welcoming environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Franklinton, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Franklinton, NC

    I have been working at Novozymes as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good networking, work from home option, nice people, great job experience, good corporate culture

    Cons

    long commute to work site

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    Novozymes is a mediocre place to work.

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Franklinton, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Franklinton, NC

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

    Pros

    Novozymes is a laid back atmosphere, with really great people. Being a Danish company its got a real global presence.

    Cons

    A lot of the perks of the job have gone downhill in recent years (stock options are nonexistent now, no more allowance for fitness related expenses). They seem to bend backwards to attract new hires, but dont do much to retain skilled and experienced employees. They pay the bare minimum to keep people there and claim that the 'perks' of working there make up for the lack of salary.

  11.  

    Mixed

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Franklinton, NC
    Former Employee - Scientist in Franklinton, NC

    I worked at Novozymes full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is pretty good and a lot of smart people work here. Lots of family fun activities

    Cons

    I am not sure if promotions are truly meritocratic? A lot of Danes seem to get promoted faster and the group I worked in was clearly prejudiced against other races.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good research is not borne out of KPI's and Gantt charts. Treat employees with trust and the R & D productivity will increase several fold.

    Negative Outlook

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