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Updated June 13, 2017
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Ingredion Chairman, President, and CEO Ilene S. Gordon
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  • Work to hard no work life balance (in 10 reviews)

  • Upper management is uninterested and far removed from the workers (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Very confused leadership in terms of Innovation and Commercial leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ingredion full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Easy to hide in the matrix organization and not be held accountable.
    Colleagues are pleasant to work with.

    Cons

    Total disconnect between the "Global Innovation Team" and the folks that actually have to make things happen.
    Technical arrogance vs. actual commercial value.
    Lack of connectivity between the idea people and the folks that have to deliver.

    Advice to Management

    Your Global Innovation Organization is draining your bottom line delivery.
    As an investor, I really have to question the lousy ROI from the millions that have been invested on very questionable ventures that continue to be discussed but not evaluated via thorough scientific review. Quit listening to BS promises and ask for the real business proposition...not the usual statements of intent. XXXXX baffles brains...and you folks have been baffled...!!!


  2. Helpful (10)

    "Work somewhere else"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Sometimes there's free food, and they have decent benefits.
    Not enough to meet the 20 word minimum.

    Cons

    Very political- if you don't know someone high up that's pushing for you to succeed, you will go nowhere with this company.

    A lot like a high school full of adults, most are not very intelligent either, and the pay is pretty terrible. HR is a joke along with most of the other departments- typical large corporation left hand doesn't know what the right is doing.

    Advice to Management

    Stop stifling talent to protect your necks. Stop micromanaging. Lastly, it's the food and beverage industry, you're not saving lives- make time for something other than work.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Down hill"

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    Current Employee - Process Operator in Bedford Park, IL
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Bedford Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I can't really say any pro's other then the checks don't bounce.

    Cons

    Huge disconnect between the factory floor and management.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Top management is unreasonable when dealing with employees."

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Cedar Rapids, IA
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay which it should be. The checks don't come back as insufficient funds. The Union employees have always done their best to keep the place going.

    Cons

    Employee training is lacking in many areas. Computer training should be done by IT folks.
    New procedures need to be well laid out before dropping on the workers. All workers need to be properly trained/informed of changes in process.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your workers!


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Customer Service"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Decent insurance and retirement plan

    Cons

    No upward mobility, salary freezes, micro-managing at its' worst.

    Advice to Management

    Provide better career path for employees and let people do their jobs without constant interference!


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Slow career growth & high turn over"

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    Current Employee - Engineering Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineering Associate in Bridgewater, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable employment and good 401k match. Other benefits are mediocre. Not a bad place to start your career if you can't get a job else where.

    Cons

    Poorly managed innovation efforts. Senior management is not receptive. No focus on career growth potential for employees and no transition plans. You see lot of people get interviewed but no one takes the job and so the job remains posted for years. The result is you get to see lot of people with no technical or people skills get promoted. High turn over and at least someone in the site will be leaving almost every week. Poorly paid compared to other industries in the same sector for chemical engineers. Poor local HR policies for the site and no standard policies.

    Advice to Management

    View your employees as assets. Hire good managers who are committed and who have good technical and people skills.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "bye"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Downers Grove, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ingredion (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    If you are a shareholder you will love this place as the company only cares about their stock price. Better than average pay.

    Cons

    Long hours, bad management of talent, old outdated procedures. CEO only cares about how much money she can make and nothing about the employees

    Advice to Management

    You need to focus on your employees and treat them with respect. Stop worrying about the bottom line and taking benefits from your employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid this company if you're diverse"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westchester, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ingredion (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some of the people are nice.

    Cons

    Blacks aren't recognized at this company.

    Advice to Management

    It's 2016 not 1950


  9. Helpful (1)

    "New Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The other employees. Company roots are local

    Cons

    New company management a joke.

    Advice to Management

    Quit dreaming that our plant should mirror your other plants. We are different


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a safe place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bedford Park, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, great pay.

    Cons

    I left because of safety concerns. In one building there is production/use of toxic sulfur dioxide. It has a suffocating smell but my manager assured me it was at a safe level to work in according to OSHA so I continued working. After leaving the plant, I continued to taste and smell the sulfur gas for hours. I kept burping and sneezing ( this was my body's way of getting rid of a foreign object). I became lightheaded so I proceeded to call poison control and they told me what to do. So as you can see they aren't "safety-oriented" really. There are railroads on the plant but no gates or flashing lights to warn pedestrians or cars when a train is coming. Accidents have happened in the past as well with train cars. Don't work here. I looked at the reviews here but ignored them. They were right.

    Advice to Management

    Be serious about safety unless you want law suits over safety measures.


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