Syngenta Reviews

Updated September 1, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    Downward Spiral - Can't seem to move upward

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

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Syngenta used to be a great company. Unfortunately, it cannot decide on a direction and morale is decreasing quickly.

    Cons

    With too much disorganized change, morale is extremely negative. Colleagues are taking frustration and anger out on one another and management has lost all control of their people.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and quit promoting those whom are disrespectful and use vulgar language in anger towards others - they are not helping the organization in the path forward. Syngenta made great strides moving forward for a long time, now it's playing catch with no light at the end of the tunnel.


  2. Awesome place to work at!!!!

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

    Pros

    Accomodating team. Great work culture and a lot of scope to learn domain knowledge and enhance your technical skills.

    Cons

    I did not find any cons here.


  3. Helpful (2)

    Great Company - with room for improvement!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Salaries in line with industry, benefits slightly above average, great culture and camaraderie between employees, great purpose... "Feed The World"

    Cons

    Misalignment between strategy and operations, everybody wants to talk about strategy but very few can make it happen. Probably the worst overall information system setup I have ever seen in a large company; all systems are outsourced to different companies and there is no cohesion of information flow.

    Advice to Management

    1. - Stick with a strategy (stop the flavor of the month strategy parade) 2. - Put people in place and give them time and resource to make the strategy happen (stop worrying about the next quarterly financial report) 3.- Revamp all the IS operations - it is just terrible (nothing really works)


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  5. Senior Marketing Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Treats employees well. Provides opportunity for growth and advancement.

    Cons

    Same as any large multi-national. Slow


  6. Helpful (5)

    Kinda Sorta Managed Chaos

    • 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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are great, dedicated and very hard working. Due to the constant change it is hardly ever boring.

    Cons

    Too much change. Syngenta can't seem to find it's feet. The company relies too much on an outsourcing model. It expects employees to do both project work as well as their day jobs. The pay is OK, some managers are better than others (like at many other companies). I would be very cautious recommending this company to a friend.


  7. No sense of excitement. Culture is bureaucratic and meeting bound.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The coffee machine. Benefits are nice. Good 401k match and a deferred compensation plan, too.

    Cons

    The company is convinced it can drive innovation by cutting research spending significantly. Go figure.


  8. Key Account Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager
    Former Employee - Key Account Manager
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Large, diverse Ag Chem. and Seed Company providing excellent products and services.

    Cons

    Too many middle managers that don't contribute to sales and customer relations.

    Advice to Management

    Stick to one plan for more than 2 years.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Finance department

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cost Analyst in Ames, IA
    Former Employee - Cost Analyst in Ames, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, decent benefits and pay, good work atmosphere.

    Cons

    Constant transition and reorganization, pay increases not up to inflation increases.

    Advice to Management

    Need to provide better stability to ensure job security.


  10. Helpful (1)

    KNOWLEDGE "EXTRACTION"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Expert I in Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Expert I in Durham, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The scientists are top-notch in their field - great work with.

    Cons

    R&D upper management are ruthless, heartless at trying to minimize R&D costs. Instead of valuing knowledge transfer (either from new hires or between functions), all they are concerned about is their 'bottom-line' profitability for the shareholders, and when hard times hit (i.e., low sales, low profitability), they cut R&D spend by eliminating jobs, hence instead of knowledge transfer, they engage in "knowledge extraction", where they take your contributions for a while, and then when it's convenient for them, they kick you out into the street. Don't expect to have a job for more than about 5-7 years there (unless you are a foreign national).

    Advice to Management

    don't treat people like crap


  11. Helpful (1)

    Great Benefits!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Syngenta full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits!! Lots of room to move into different positions.

    Cons

    Some departments were clique and management tends to play favorites. Not a good work/life balance most of the year.



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