Syngenta Biotechnology

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Syngenta Biotechnology Reviews

Updated July 30, 2014
Updated July 30, 2014
6 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to work for

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Syngenta Biotechnology full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A lot of learning opportunities, good work-life balance, some good benefits

    Cons

    understaffed and fast changing environment
    salary lower than competitors such as Bayer and BASF in the same area
    they canceled the pension plan in 2009

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the talented people as much as you could
    sharpen your strategy in R&D

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Enjoyed working at Syngenta

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Associate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at Syngenta Biotechnology full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Opportunities to cross train. Great work life balance.

    Cons

    Takes many years to receive promotions/raises

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work

    Current Employee - Associate  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Associate in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta Biotechnology as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    great environment
    good, smart people
    interesting work

    Cons

    mismanaged
    large, hard to navigate infrastructure
    lack of communications
    40+ hour work week but not compensated for overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    hire the right people for the job

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  5.  

    Lack luster and ineffective management

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta Biotechnology

    Pros

    The benefits are a little better than those of the competitors, but not that much better. Vacation time is easy to come and go as you please and unlimited sick time are nice.

    Cons

    The low pay in comparison to the competition in the area. Also promotions are hard to come by. Continually changing managers and not backfilling people who move on for "Career Development" are disheartening.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Syngenta believes that they have the best benefits around but in a recent speech the upper management stated that the loss of people about 10 percent at this site was due to career development, and that we actually gained 4 people. This was an ovious attempt at upper management to feel better about themselves. With that many people leaving for that reason they obviously have a probelm with developing their people. If they wanted to cut payroll it might have been advisable to lay off people other than letting the people leave on their own. The more technical employees are leaving and the less technical employees are staying.

    Doesn't Recommend
  6.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syngenta Biotechnology

    Pros

    Great hours, wonderful people, great compensation and freedom to work and attend to personal things. Very organized labs and office space.

    Cons

    No upward mobility in the workplace

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership, couldn't expect more.

    Recommends
  7.  

    Great People Make a Great Place to Work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syngenta Biotechnology

    Pros

    The people are generally brilliant and it's inspiring to be surrounded by such talent. The "framework" can seem silly, but it's actually a very useful tool set that other companies should learn from. Travel to Europe can be thrilling. Training and development options are plentiful.

    Cons

    Travel can become onerous. The local site is undergoing major changes, with many key roles being moved off-site. Their insistence on outsourcing information technology means that quality suffers greatly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out and communicate how biotechnology fits into the larger Seeds business. Get rid of bad managers before they run off any good people.

    Recommends

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