Tate & Lyle

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Tate & Lyle Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
Updated January 14, 2015
54 Reviews
2.6
54 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great people, good learning experience for new grads, opportunities for advancement (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Needless to say, work/life balance is a HR text book term that does not exist at this company (in 3 reviews)

  • Constantly rotating days of the week hampers stability outside of work (in 4 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good company

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pays well and a growing company

    Cons

    very global can be good and bad

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wouldn't recommend

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle

    Pros

    Starting salary is great and only gets better with experience

    Cons

    Long hours, swing shift, poor functioning equipment, highly stressful

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    A very mixed bag that depends largely on the plant in which you work.

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

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    At the plant level, there is a real sense of community. Due to the high turnover rate of engineers, there can be opportunities for advancement, although oftentimes politics dictates advancement.

    Cons

    Working environment, assignments, advancement opportunities, and personal development opportunities will depend primarily on which plant you end up working at, and who your manager is. Plants have an array of different cultures, structures, and management philosophies, some good, but many not very good. Managers are often smart people who have very poor management skills. There is an overall lack of professionalism displayed by managers and professionalism is not required by managers of their employees. Politics plays a large part in advancement rather than experience and skills. Mentoring non existent for new engineers in most locations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be a monumental change in plant culture in many places. Politics needs to diminish. Instead focus on results. Model and expect professionalism from employees. Mentor, mentor, mentor!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Associate R&D Food Scientist Position

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Food Scientist in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Food Scientist in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning environment with many tools and resources to draw from.

    Cons

    Starting pay does not match up to other similar employers doing similar work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Increase pay to Associate Scientist position to increase morale and chance to keep valuable scientists from leaving after gaining valuable work experience.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid career but hard work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Decatur, IL
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Decatur, IL

    I worked at Tate & Lyle full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Tate and Lyle is a solid company and there are opportunities to advance IF you happen to be selected into their group. I sometimes wondered how the people that got advanced caught the eye of Senior Managers.

    Cons

    Hard work, expect long hours in tuff conditions. New engineering grads usually start in front line supervision. Not what we went to school for, and there is a chance you can work the process, but much of your time is spent on people and people problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are benefits of being an Engineering Run company, but engineers do NOT naturally poses the people person skills it takes to manage in a union environment. Having a few "people type people" around would be beneficial to the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Production Management

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

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great teamwork atmosphere with immediate co-workers.

    Cons

    Executives are so far removed from the plants that they really do not see the struggles that the plant employees deal with on a daily basis....poor infrastructures, low manpower levels, employees that are stretched thin because they keep the manpower levels below what the plants need, etc. Salary exempt employees working very long (12+ hours) with no appreciation from upper management or executives. Also the R&D department no longer provides support to the plants. The plants must look for outside resources to support the processes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The plant level management is not the problem. The Executive branch of the company needs to get back to the basics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good for a spell, but leaving as soon as I can

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The hours are great for my position, even the pay is decent. I've met some very interesting people and clients.

    Cons

    However, I feel like a second-class citizen here. There don't seem to be cliques, but there is a feeling of hierarchy. Still always have to remember this is a pit stop, not a destination.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make everyone feel a part of the team. From your temps to your CEO to your Visitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    No experience left in the plant.

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

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle

    Pros

    There is all kinds of chances for training and leatning. Friendly atmosphere and everyone door is open. Just as easy to talk to the vice president as a co-worker.

    Cons

    No one is held to a standard so there is a lot of screw-offs.
    Everyone is expected to do the work of two people. Very few operators in the areas to keep up with the work. The operators that are there are easy to find cause they don't leave the control room.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your coordinator when they say they need help.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Avoid this company

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

    I worked at Tate & Lyle full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Salary & benefits and still some good people (but only until they can find a way out). Hoffman facility is nice.

    Cons

    Extremely poor leadership. Culture depends on your location and business unit. Business objectives not in line with reality, leaving the rank and file disillutioned.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Poor leadership is the problem here, starting at the top.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Coworkers great, Rotation schedule horrible.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Loudon, TN
    Current Employee - Technician in Loudon, TN

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Coworkers are helpful and friendly. It is usually easy to move shifts around if you need a specific day off. Food frequently provided for full employees.

    Cons

    Work rotation constantly shifts from night shifts to day shifts and back within a short span. Throws off your body's natural rhythm. Constantly rotating days of the week hampers stability outside of work. Upper management claims to really care about safety, but if they did, they would not use that rotation schedule.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the work schedule. Show, don't just tell, that you care about employee health and safety.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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