Syngenta Reviews

Updated August 27, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Research Scientist

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Anderson, SC
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Anderson, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You will gain some of the most in-depth knowledge of crop protection available in the horticultural industry. The expertise of management far surpass that of the norm,

    Cons

    The politics of big agribusiness are a bit stifling and can slow down really great ideas.

    Advice to Management

    Find the fire in all your employees, even the interns who show the most desire to be part of something bigger than themselves.


  2. Brand Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Vice President in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Results-driven, great reputation in the industry from growers to retailers. A fun place to work and built long-term relationships. Excellent product and solutions offering in crop protection and seed treatment, T&O.

    Cons

    Too many re-organizations, and shifts in strategy. Missed opportunities to take leadership positions on various critical industry issues compared to leading Big 6 ag competitors.


  3. Great Benefits and Work Environment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain in Pleasant Hill, IA
    Current Employee - Global Supply Chain in Pleasant Hill, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The benefits are excellent. There are job opportunities IF you are able to relocate in most instances. Large emphasis on giving back and helping out local communities.

    Cons

    Some operating systems are either outdated, or extremely hard to get enhancements and/or fixes implemented. Successful management training skills are lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Employee appreciation is directly related to motivation and pride of ownership. Line managers need assistance with understanding and engaging that process.


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  5. Fantastic Experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    They put much sincere effort into people development, in most departments / jurisdictions.

    Cons

    Becoming more and more focussed on share price, at the expense of customer focus.

    Advice to Management

    Do the best thing for the customers, and it'll pay dividends in due course. Sometimes patience is required for this, as it is for any investment, especially in agricultural related science.


  6. Review of Syngenta

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Greensboro, NC
    Former Employee - Executive Legal Assistant in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoyed my time working at Syngenta Crop Protection. It was a very pleasant work environment

    Cons

    The company does not do well on the training of its employees and to much outsourcing in human resources.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Worst Management Known To Man

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - North Carolina in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - North Carolina in Greensboro, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Co-workers are fun. Little micromanaging.

    Cons

    Management backs bullies even it everyone else is clearly upset at his/her actions. Frequently told if you don't like it you should leave.

    Advice to Management

    No need to offer any advice, they just tell you to "shut up"


  8. Helpful (1)

    Syngenta Greenhouse

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Greenhouse Technician and Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Greenhouse Technician and Assistant in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Syngenta (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Greenhouse team, specifically Dawn McNamara's team, is wonderful to work with - along with Diverse crops. They're eager to teach and are very hands on with learning, and are super flexible when it comes to your interests. Syngenta pushes that you leave work at work, and you have a good home life.

    Cons

    Like any corporation, people are promoted that aren't the best for the position, while others are forgotten. Hard Work went unnoticed by higher ups, the greenhouse team was treated as pack mules a lot of the time, more than a few of the requests were unreasonable.

    Advice to Management

    Reward initiative and hard work - even with a simple thank you, or acknowledge what your workers have done.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Disengaged Workforce Lacking Empowerment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time

    Pros

    It has a flexible work schedule, work life balance, and great pay & benefits. The people are all very nice.

    Cons

    Constant transition and reorganization, lacking clear Roles & Responsibilities making it hard to hold anyone accountable to basic tasks. Performance based off of whether people like you since accountability is so hard to measure. Information regarding key projects/processes is not readily provided and hard to come by. Leadership lacking and no clear strategy which drives the culture of ambiguity. Poor quality outsourcing is common in the company and makes many processes and functions difficult and poorly run. The people that own the relationships with outsourcing appear to not really own – they do what the outsourced provider says instead of managing the vendor. No one seems to know how anything gets done. On paper the values and culture of the organization look good but it's not a culture of empowerment or inclusion. Feels a lot like the 1950s. There are many high paid employees that do basic administrative work because of lack of empowerment.

    Advice to Management

    Get involved a bit more in the details and processes to understand how things really get done or don't and who's really doing the work. Build an engaged culture by LEADING the organizational strategy instead of having employees run around in circles trying to guess expectations.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Syngneta is a wonderful company. It has a flexible work schedule and great benefits. The people are all very nice, smart and willing to help you. Plenty of room for advancement in both management and technical.

    Cons

    The pay is not as high as it could be, but the salaries are fair. Being a large company, it is sometimes hard to find information and the intranet is difficult to search.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes it seems like management thinks only about share value and not long-term sustainability.


  11. Head of Finished Product Processing, NA

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ethical, successful and a generous company to employees. Resources provided to enable success.

    Cons

    Functional Excellence drive can lead to siloing. Over the last 2-3 years, NA goals have been challenging to meet.



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