Syngenta
3.4 of 5 53 reviews
www.syngenta.com Basel, Switzerland 5000+ Employees

Syngenta Reviews

Updated Jun 3, 2014
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3.4 53 reviews

                             

89% Approve of the CEO

Syngenta CEO Mike Mack

Mike Mack

(27 ratings)

77% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Overall quite good work-life balance"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "There's also no work-life balance, to speak of"
    in 3 reviews
  • "very badly organised with too many layers and duplication of senior management roles"
    in 4 reviews
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    Great people, pretty good benefits, non-competitive salary.

    Assistant Scientist I (Current Employee)

    ProsEveryone 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.

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

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    Great businesses with terrific products are meaningless without sound leadership

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Minnetonka, MN

    ProsCompetitive pay
    Great coworkers
    Flexible work schedule

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

    ConsPoor 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood benefits, travel opportunities, perks

    Consnot very organized, behind on technology

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company with great vision and ambition

    Supply Chain Professional (Current Employee)
    Greensboro, NC

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementContinue to invest in people and the change journey. Learning culture leads to creativity and ownership to operationalize.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    One of the biggest excuses for a company. Ever!

    Marketing and Sales Development Manager (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, NE

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

    ConsSyngenta 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 Senior ManagementFire yourselves....

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great learning experience for an intern

    Student Intern (Former Employee)
    Saint Gabriel, LA

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

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

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Information Services professional supporting R&D

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsGreat 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementWe 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad company to work for

    Chemist (Current Employee)

    ProsStable company with good outlook

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsConstant 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 Senior ManagementCreate 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company, management needs improvement

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat benefits, good employees that are fun to work with.

    ConsEverything changes every six months depending on the direction of consultants.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake better decisions on your own.

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