Symrise Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
16 Reviews
3.4
16 Reviews
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  1.  

    International growing company.

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Teterboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Purchasing Manager in Teterboro, NJ

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

    Pros

    I had a long tenure at Symrise. Was given opportunities to develop expertise. A global company with strong R&D/Innovations investments.

    Cons

    Being global and headquartered in Germany, the culture can be challenging when working in the US. Compensation was not always leading the industry. Benefits were good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Meh....

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Symrise

    Pros

    Generally good work atmosphere. Cares about employees. Your experience here (good or bad) really depends on what department you're in.

    Cons

    Can't seem to find its way; has gone in many directions over the years. Periods of high turnover especially in management. Understaffed in some areas. Top management in Germany is strictly traditional and male-dominated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a clear company culture and direction. Too much negative "motivation", ie, if you don't do this, then this will happen. Make people want to come to work every day by creating a good atmosphere and positive messages.

    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    awful culture

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Jersey City, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Jersey City, NJ

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

    Pros

    short term job, No one bothers you, Hours M-F 8:30AM-5PM

    Cons

    Working only as a temp and replaced the woman only during the maternity leave. Requesting samples and shipping to customers. Easy job and very isolated.Great thing no one bothers you. Not an aspirational career.
    I left before the nasty woman showed up the 1st dayof job.Unfortunately, I met her, she trained me on the job before her maternity excursion. Her husband works on manufacture, far worse!!!.
    The atmosphere is very unfriendly, stress some people and no oral communication.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the company offers good benefits

    Cons

    no movement, no respect for employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Positive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Teterboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Teterboro, NJ

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

    Pros

    Committed employees and strong management

    Cons

    Compensation is OK, but not great.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to genuinely listen to employees and challenge everyone to work together to transition our really good company to a great one.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Decent, but not challenging enough

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Symrise

    Pros

    Got along with people well. Good group of people working around me.

    Cons

    There was not enough guidance on what needed to be done. People who were suppose to give guidance were spread to thin

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Setup a better management structure

  8.  

    Symrise is a major producer of flavors and fragrances.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Teterboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Teterboro, NJ

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

    Pros

    - Symrise had sales of € 1,572 billion in 2010.
    - The US branch of the company is located in Teterboro, NJ (not far from the airport), just off route 80.

    Cons

    Major competitors include Firmenich, Givaudan, International Flavors and Fragrances and Takasago International.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The distribution channel is need of a new system.
    Flavors and fragrances act as two different companies, but the distribution is united.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Flexible, entrepreneurial company with room for personal growth, but very specialized in job functions.

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    Current Employee - Director in Teterboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Director in Teterboro, NJ

    I have been working at Symrise

    Pros

    Perfect for creative specialists, rel. young team in senior management, many highly qualified and well paid positions. Interesting and unique industry.

    Cons

    Rel. young senior management team can limit personal growth opportunities for some time. Highly specialized jobs which make can make it difficult to switch to other industries later in the career.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue nurturing the culture you started to implement and look out for peoples careers and their growth to keep them in the company. Great spirit and professionalism within the senior team which motivates the employees.

  10.  

    Entrepreneurial and sharp management

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    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Teterboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Vice President Sales in Teterboro, NJ

    I have been working at Symrise

    Pros

    Great blend of large company resources and small company entrepreneurial spirit. People are by far the best part of working here, lots of engagement and personal accountability. People are smart, and willing to pull together. Very little politics. Uncomplicated management structure.
    Good support for employees and their work life balance.

    Cons

    We are lean, a few more hands would help.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall is a good company to work with

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The leaders are friendly and helpful

    Cons

    Old staff is facing hard to change

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