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Firmenich New York City Reviews

Updated March 12, 2017
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  • Good work / life balance if you are not scared for your job or motivated to advance quickly (in 8 reviews)

  • Full-time employees have good benefits (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Sourcing Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dynamic company, number 2 in the flavor and fragrance industry,

    Cons

    Constant Transformation, Slow and bureaucratic decision making

    Advice to Management

    Take decision or the competition will take the opportunity away from you


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    "Fragrance Development Manager"

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    Current Employee - Fragrance Evaluator in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Fragrance Evaluator in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Range of creative, scientific, business, supply chain and support jobs. Global experience and mobility opportunities (at mid to high level positions). Good health benefits compared to many other companies. Company is strong financially and growing financially (but opportunities are being filled by outside talent, not internally)

    Cons

    Pervasive clique-oriented culture and sink-or-swim for those not in a protected group, both which play key roles in advancement opportunities. Perception and network matters more than individual results.

    Inequitable distribution of heads to sites in dire need.

    Poor HR environment for quality employee support, growth, and development. Burnout becoming very pervasive, with company asking for more-and-more.

    IS systems are cumbersome and poorly designed...creative more inefficiency instead of solving efficiency issues.

    Advice to Management

    Take a step back and look at what your EMPLOYEES need to succeed. We are self-motivated group and do our best to be successful, despite constantly being trampled by the in-fighting and selfish behavior at director and VP-levels. REWARD the hard work and success instead of continuing to squeeze the stone.


  3. "Junior Scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plainsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working in such a big company, you can learn a great set of skills and experience professional growth with hard work.

    Knowing French would help with career growth.

    Great benefits. 14 days PTO to start then about 2 days increments every few years with carry over.

    Pays for education, has profit sharing.

    Cons

    Working in such a big company could also inhibit your career growth if you don't show your skills or make the right contacts within the company. Don't be shy!

    Again, learning French or having similar influences will help with career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Promote local talent first...


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  5. "Compounder/Order Filler Packer"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Compounder/Order Filler Packer in Linden, NJ
    Former Employee - Chemical Compounder/Order Filler Packer in Linden, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Firmenich full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good Environment worked. Excelente for learn new skills.

    Cons

    its far away, from where I live.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "regulatory affairs specialist"

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    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Regulatory Affairs Specialist in Plainsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Vacation time allotment
    Family values
    Ethical
    Knowledgeable management

    Cons

    Pay not up to par with competition


  7. "firmenich"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Newark, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    hr and management was very nice

    Cons

    unorganized workforce and bad outlook

    Advice to Management

    smarter employees and more pay


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Perfumery Plainsboro"

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    Former Employee - Perfumery Manager in Plainsboro, NJ
    Former Employee - Perfumery Manager in Plainsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good work / life balance if you are not scared for your job or motivated to advance quickly.

    Cons

    Cannot advance quickly; People are always afraid of losing their job. Wide disparity among similar titles and compensation.

    Advice to Management

    Make the place more fair. Change the current Managers and leadership team.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Management needs work"

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    Current Employee - Evaluator in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Evaluator in Plainsboro, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    ok salary, friendly co-workers, flexible work hours.

    Cons

    No career growth or promotions, management does not know how to manage.


  10. "Good Industrial Experience"

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    Former Intern - Chemist in New York, NY
    Former Intern - Chemist in New York, NY

    I worked at Firmenich as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Industry Leader. Good experience in terms of advancing scientific knowledge. Full-time employees have good benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate culture could be improved upon. Interns get underpaid.


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Perfumery in Plainsboro, NJ
    Current Employee - Perfumery in Plainsboro, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Firmenich full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, as long as you do your job, you're appreciated. The people are generally easy to get along with. Good benefits. Not a great salary, but over time is sometimes available.

    Cons

    Poor communication from management. Catty complainers. Problems don't get intelligently solved. Quantity is valued over quality.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to do things the right way.



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