Syngenta Reviews

Updated September 25, 2014
Updated September 25, 2014
63 Reviews
3.1
63 Reviews
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Syngenta CEO Mike Mack
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32 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance at least in global and regional roles (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is difficult for field employees to manage (in 4 reviews)

  • There's also no work-life balance, to speak of (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Great benefits, ok pay

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Alva, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Alva, FL

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

    Pros

    The benefits are unheard of in this day and age.Training and room for advancement (if you want to relocate) are available and encouraged. The pay is OK, better than most companies.

    Cons

    The company's switch to outsourcing HR, AP made doing the job a lot more difficult. There is no HR presence at most sites. Communication throughout the company could be better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pass on more information with fewer acronyms - the people might understand what's going on a little better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great businesses with terrific products are meaningless without sound leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Minnetonka, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minnetonka, MN

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay
    Great coworkers
    Flexible work schedule

    The company makes a great effort to provide work-life balance and keep employees happy and healthy.

    Cons

    Poor leadership
    No strategic vision
    Limited career growth opportunities

    Often feels a lot like a circus. No one seems to be able to drive positive changes. Lots of rhetoric about growth and new opportunities with little execution.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the small company mentality. Key decision makers need to get better understanding of operations of business and fix major gaps. ICS strategy has failed and needs to be revamped or abandoned. Need better leadership and direction from the top. Numerous independent projects are overlapping and wasting time and resources.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great people, pretty good benefits, non-competitive salary.

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    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist I
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist I

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone in the science field I've worked with have been easy to work with and get along well. Benefits such as health insurance, 401k and stock purchase matching (up to a certain percent), seem pretty good.

    Cons

    Salaries are not competitive, especially at lower levels, and raises are pretty much non-existent. There's also no work-life balance, to speak of. You're not really expected to have a life outside of work and the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to keep your scientists around longer, pay better. Turnover and training really hamper efficiency and growth of sectors.

    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    SYT

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syngenta

    Pros

    good benefits, travel opportunities, perks

    Cons

    not very organized, behind on technology

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Company with great vision and ambition

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional  in  Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Professional in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Professional, respectful work environment with interesting challenges and colleagues who care

    Cons

    Significant transformation of company can lead to disconnect between operation execution and strategic intent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in people and the change journey. Learning culture leads to creativity and ownership to operationalize.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    One of the biggest excuses for a company. Ever!

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Development Manager  in  Waterloo, NE
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales Development Manager in Waterloo, NE

    I worked at Syngenta full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    If you want to work in the government, but can't find a job there, Syngenta would be great for you.

    Cons

    Syngenta can't get out of there own way. The BEST people have left over the past 7 years. What is left is average, slow, non passionate people that are not making the company a great company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire yourselves....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great learning experience for an intern

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Student Intern  in  Saint Gabriel, LA
    Former Employee - Student Intern in Saint Gabriel, LA

    I worked at Syngenta as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Work with professionals that have been in the field for anywhere from 1-40+ years. Lots of wisdom and a strong emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Starting to outsource a lot of work; piling up job responsibilities on old employees in order to save money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people. Not everything is about the bottom dollar. Opinions on upper management are shifting, and not in a good way.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Information Services professional supporting R&D

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great purpose and mission. Global company with clear local impact. In the unique position of being an Agriculture major player in both chemistry and seeds. Wonderful corporate culture - very supportive. Very innovation driven.

    Cons

    Matrix management can be a challenge for some people. You may report to a boss not at your local site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    We understand that a company with the breadth of Syngenta has to be judicious is allocation resources. Make clear strategic decisions and ensure they are communicated downstream well.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Not a bad company to work for

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    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Stable company with good outlook

    Cons

    Pay is on the lower end
    Limited opportunities for advancement
    lack of employee development

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Inspiring vision at the top, lost in translation via endless layers of middle management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syngenta

    Pros

    The very top level of the company, executive management is a great team and the vision for the company is inspiring.

    Cons

    Constant rotation of division managers. Each one has his own vision of how things should be and feels the need to completely change everything around. The result is constant change (not necessarily good change) and never sticking with one strategy long enough to see it through to success. There is a lot of arrogance in many layers of management, and they don't listen to people that know the business, but rather MBA's from consulting companies often set the direction. The company speaks of the need for transparency all the time, but that only means from bottom up. From the top there is limited clarity. There is no consistency to policies, like travel for example. Everybody based in Basel is automatically booked in business class for trips more than 5 hours in duration, regardless of position or frequency of travel. If you are based in Basel or in Crop Protection where all the money is, you're golden. If you're unfortunate enough to be in flowers or seeds but not based in Basel you are out of luck.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create consistent policies that are applied uniformly throughout the company. The way they are applied today is demotivating for many. Look closely at the managers in the company, there are numerous poor ones (although you probably don't know it because they are "kiss up, kick down" managers). You need to find the arrogant ones and get rid of them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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