Novus International Reviews

Updated July 10, 2015
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  1. Good

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    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Planner in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain Planner in Saint Charles, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to work at. Great salary a management is good. Decent benefits, great staff. Laid back corporate culture.

    Cons

    Hr department is a cluster flock. Really disorganized and unaware of what is going on. Huge gaps in ERP management from base level employees.


  2. Helpful (2)

    HR is Clueless

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novus International full-time

    Pros

    -Relaxed Atmosphere -Gym, free lunch, good benefits -Flexible schedule allows for family.

    Cons

    -HR is the worst I have heard of or experienced. Policy made without proper research will lead to a hemorrhaging of talent from the rank and file. -Pay is under market for most positions, even worse for R&D. -Zero upward mobility opportunities, even worse in R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Lower level employees have value and want to move up and contribute more. The current structure/system gives no thought to that. Currently Novus is a launchpad for out-of-college professionals leading to other companies who actually value talent.


  3. Helpful (4)

    Do Not Work For This Company!

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    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Saint Charles, MO
    Former Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Saint Charles, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, free lunch, workout facility

    Cons

    Zero upward mobility. All lower level employees are searching for new jobs as they are all miserable. The foundational workforce is crumbling and this company will fall as the typical employee only sticks around for 2-3 years. Upper management is not invested in the lower levels and are constantly laying people off or "terminating positions." Instead of replacing them to take over the workload, it all gets shoveled onto the backs of everyone else. When in a corporate meeting an employee asked "how are we supposed to do the job of 3 people?" HR evaded the question. Don't work for this company. The pay is way below market value and no matter how much they try to convince you that you should be happy because of free lunch it is not worth being so miserable that you would rather fall down the stairs and break your leg instead of having to spend another day in that place.


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  5. IT Innovation and Thought Leadership - Alex Pierroutsakos

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Novus International full-time

    Pros

    Over the last five years Novus has grown and with this their IT organization has transformed from a maintenance and keeping the lights on organization to a very well integrated department working closely with business management to drive results. This transformation occurred as the company went through a large business transformation from 2010 to now, lead well by the previous CIO Alex Pierroutsakos. Novus is now in a position to grow and understands the contribution that technology and improved business processes can make to the profitable growth of the company. Working at Novus gives you the opportunity to see and understand the cross functional challenges facing any company. The open and transparent nature of the leadership allows for employees to understand and see how they can contribute to the greater cause.

    Cons

    As with many companies, they are going through a challenging cycle. However, the proper leadership is in place to address these challenges and move ahead in the right direction as the industry has a very strong growth projection.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to stay the course, engage the organization, and maintain transparency so employees understand their rationale and can stay engaged and a support to the leadership. This will enable the organization to have the long term growth that it deserves and has worked hard to achieve.


  6. Excellent

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent learning opportunities Great compensation Great team

    Cons

    None, it is a wonderful company


  7. Nothing wrong with my job

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Saint Charles, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Saint Charles, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novus International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The benefits packages have been very good to me and my family. We are able to take advantage of insurance credits all because I attended a biometric screening and the HRA allows us to not feel bad about seeing a doctor outside of our normal coverage. Not to mention there is a gym, free lunch, and wellness dollars.

    Cons

    There has been a lot of change and that can cause a few upsets in how I manage my job because you are never so sure who is held accountable for any specific tasks.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people Great health plan Great company to work for Bonus pay

    Cons

    Can't really think of any at the moment besides hiring more people to help in departments that are short handed.


  9. Excellent learning experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Salinas, PR
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Salinas, PR
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novus International part-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learn how to provide excellent costumer service and how to multi task.

    Cons

    Few labor hours and benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Please provide a fulltime job for those who work by contract on and off for more than a year.


  10. Helpful (8)

    No long term plan past the end of the day.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Charles, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free lunch, gym, beautiful expensive artwork, new floor every six months, limited and over-booked meeting rooms so good excuse to not meet every other hour about the same thing.

    Cons

    The CEO has built an empire of bureaucracy, inept management, and a personal Hunger Games scenario among senior management across all product groups. He is disconnected from the business and more concerned about his legacy through needless corporate building enhancements and keeping up the allusion of being a "green" and "sustainable" company. The only way that Novus is achieving this is by losing sales and decreasing their carbon footprint from the production and distribution of products. Novus has stated its vision is to, "To help feed the world affordable, wholesome food and achieve a higher quality of life." This statement was coined by the CEO and perpetuated by senior management in order for the CEO to set himself up for his next position as a Washington D.C. lobbyist. There is a complete breakdown of structure and communication among the dubbed non-elite class of workers. Every couple of months the long term plan is scrapped and updated to better reflect the steady and quick decline of the company. The planned deadline to change from a single revenue generating product portfolio to a multi-product portfolio in order to better diversify market exposure is pushed back approximately once a year due to the poor development of inferior products and hasty acquisitions of declining and insolvent companies with specialty products that achieve consistent quarterly losses on the income statement. Riding a three year wave of artificially inflated commodity prices due to depressed supply from competitors Novus treated their huge profits earned for the first time in company history like Justin Bieber at a strip club. The CEO enjoyed the finer things in life like commissioned artwork from around the world, flat screen televisions everywhere that were never on, water organs designed by daVinci that never once played, monthly corporate parties that are catered with fine meat and cheese platters and 10 different selections of alcohol, and a full library that no one is allowed to work or hold meetings in. At least the library didn't have boring industry reading material one could reference. It was full of classic novels and other non-industry books. I found it a good place to sit. Senior management spent their time trying to prove why there ludicrous long term plan was better than their colleagues equally ludicrous plans, such as shifting key distribution points around the world for an immediate short term savings in capital expenditure, but led to vastly increased order fulfillment lead time and greatly increased supply chain costs over the long term as well as significant decrease in customer sales and customer loyalty. While flying business class around the world "checking up" on how other Novus locations were operating no one predicted the downturn in the market of the single product that does account for approximately 80% of revenue. They did show genuine concern about the long term depression in the commodity market due to key competitors flooding the market after the Japanese owners (Mitsui and Nippon-Soda) brought it to their attention. There was a lot of communication about strategic plans that were going to be put into place to bolster the companies position in the market and ride out the projected market downturn, but all seemed to be abandoned as senior management has gone quiet about any actions that will be taken. Without the ability to admit non-existent sales on disastrous product groups Novus makes the tough choice of promoting the product managers, reorganizing the company, and mass firing to balance out the losses. This last point may need to go under pros as they seem to be getting away with it and senior management is still earning large bonuses. So, pro for senior management and con for everyone else. They have taken other steps to reduce costs such as removing paper cups for employee use and reducing the cleaning of bathrooms from every hour to every two hours. As an example of the senior management naivety and oblivious nature when they set out to implement a new global ERP platform, SAP, they were sold on the idea of a 10 month standard out of the box single global roll out. Just so you understand the scope of that Novus has offices in 30+ countries around the world and generates over $1B/annual revenue. Several months into the project it was realized the standard out of the box solution offered by the consulting firm was not going to work by a long shot. Project management and the steering committee stuck to their guns of a single global roll-out and extended the go-live date multiple times ultimately taking two and a half years to roll-out. No worries though because all that extra time allowed for millions of dollars worth of poorly coded custom enhancements and every world area making a case for why they can not follow the global standard procedure and needed customized solutions which took the plan for standard global procedures for each function to a standard global procedure and various local procedures as local management saw fit with no regard to project management warnings. One may ask how could this happen in a billion dollar company? Well, no fear as it was followed up two years after implementation with a global process improvement and standardization project. This project allocated millions of more dollars to do what was already done several years earlier. When it was determined they could not enforce the theory of a global standard procedure the project was abandoned. This company had a good business model and experienced a stroke of luck that led to very generous profits. The diversity of new product groups that were not part of the companies core competencies, entries into markets with no experience, and the depression in the commodity market that anyone could have seen years ahead of time spelled the decline of Novus. I do not see Novus being able to compete in the global animal feed supplement market with their increasing incompetence and lack of any direction in senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Quit conducting expensive management studies on how to retain quality talent and begin working on a plan to reign the company back to their core competencies. At this point most of the company realizes senior management is aware of the fact the Japanese want out and are actively seeking buyers. There is an appearance that senior management is waiting for their payday and have no interest in leading Novus to a prosperous future.


  11. tough, but challenging and interesting place to work

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    nice people, environment, growth & learning opportunity, international assignment

    Cons

    lack of clear strategy and communication internally. transparent for the financial result but not the direction. totp top management are arrogent, not very customer focus, too many restucturing but not to the points and doing bit by bit! kind of conservative!

    Advice to Management

    set up long term strategy, carry it over consistently and persistently for at least a few years, communicate it transparently to the staffs, if restructuring is necessary, do it once and for all, for christ sake!



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