Syngenta Reviews

Updated October 20, 2014
Updated October 20, 2014
68 Reviews
3.0
68 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work life balance at least in global and regional roles (in 5 reviews)

  • Passion of Syngenta is 'feeding the world" In general people all belive in the importance and impact of their work (in 3 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. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Good company, management needs improvement

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Syngenta (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make better decisions on your own.

  3.  

    Great place to work under the right management conditions

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Decent pay
    Great Benefits
    Many workshop and training opportunities

    Cons

    Too much indecisiveness from management
    No hard deadlines set, causes issues with customers and fields sales staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Syngenta is a forward moving agricultural organization with some excellent products.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Security and Compliance Analyst in Virginia Beach, VA
    Former Employee - Security and Compliance Analyst in Virginia Beach, VA

    I worked at Syngenta as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Syngenta offers monetary bonuses for all types of accomplishments including staying healthy, meeting sales quotas, and just doing a great job.

    Cons

    Syngenta uses a large pool of contract labor and seems to have a high turnover rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire people permanently instead of training them and then letting them go. There is too much time, money, and effort being wasted when retention of good employees would better suit the bottom line.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Political corporate busy work at its finest

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Various in Gilroy, CA
    Former Employee - Various in Gilroy, CA

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are good. Advancement opportunities are good if you are willing to re-locate.

    Cons

    Very political. If you are not part of the inner circle, your life will be miserable. Senior management moves around, so in a lot of cases they are not experts in the field they are guiding. Constant change without good communication. Very corporate with a great deal of reporting requirements, which causes micro managing. No life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to those that really know the industry you are in, set a direction, and let your employees be successful.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    poor treatment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Production Manager in Greensboro, NC

    I have been working at Syngenta

    Pros

    benefits are great ang good

    Cons

    work offices are warm and fancy

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get some help with protecting private information

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A company with great opportunity, if short term focus doesn't limit long term capability

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Minneapolis, MN
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Minneapolis, MN

    I have been working at Syngenta

    Pros

    product line, pipeline, solid financial performance

    Cons

    Tremendous workload - do more with less. Senior management lack of respect for sales force

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't loose touch with grower, channel, or sales force. People do business with those that they like & trust

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    High speed roller coaster ride

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people, great development programs if you work for the right managers and a talent

    Cons

    Highly matrix environment, lack decision making empowerment, pockets of bad leadership examples

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the talk on leadership model, especially for the mid-senior management

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Innovative, friendly, great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounts Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Accounts Manager in Bracknell, England (UK)

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Syngenta is full of creative people who always go out of their way to help you, they are a good ethical employer. Syngenta are also a flexible employer with up to 39.5 days holiday a year!

    Cons

    It can sometimes take forever to get Syngenta to make a decision, they are not the most dynamic organisation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The offices are dated and need a complete refurbish - they need to make Syngenta a place where people rally enjoy coming to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great Experience, great people - Internship in SH

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Intern in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)

    I worked at Syngenta as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great support from the team as well a great environment that give you the drive to work harder, better and smarter
    Had an amazing time during my internship and had the chance to learn and grow as I never saw it before.

    Cons

    Strong competition, can be very challenging, salaries can be uncompetititve

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