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International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated January 18, 2018
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International Flavors & Fragrances Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig
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Pros
  • Good focus on work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Conducive work environment that have produced colleagues who have been here a long time and whom are very willing to share work knowledge (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "OUT OF TOUCH"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Union Beach, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in Union Beach, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Its work
    Large amount of people Leaving for better Jobs so you will have a Job if you want it

    Cons

    They keep taking away .
    There is NO work life balance , you are expected to be available even when on vacation.
    Benefits are no longer in line with other Jobs

    Advice to Management

    STOP Spending $$ on Open space , ( Employees Don't like it), and start offering better benefits.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Work you to death"

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    Former Employee - Production in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Production in Carrollton, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    medical and 401k are decent. paid holidays. pays for all safety equipment.

    Cons

    Employees are treated like second class citizens. Pay is extremely low compared to the market in the Dallas area. Employees with college degrees are paid the same or sometimes less than others with no college education. Since the pay is low you are always working with inexperienced and unqualified people. They can not keep good people because they leave after a few years to get higher pay at another company. They rarely promote from within and usually go outside the company to fill positions. They exploit illegal immigrants for cheap labor. There is at least one guy there using someone else social security number so he can work there. Extreme PC culture there, you can not even say “Merry Christmas” because they think it might offend someone. Instead you have to say “Happy Holidays”. They pride themselves on being diverse but what it means is that they hire mostly everyone that is not white. Hostile work environment for white people. HR is a joke, people throw the race card with impunity. Work hours are horrendous, at times people can be forced to work 15 hours a day and they will not hire any help. Night shift will work most holidays since their shift starts the day before. If you are lucky to get one, raises are terrible and do not even keep up with inflation. They do not have enough employees so if someone is sick or on vacation then you will be forced to work a different shift then you normally do. You can't use your cell phone at all, even if it is to check the time. They will write you up if you even touch your cell phone. Management micromanages everything. They stalk you, sneak up on you, and follow you around; which is very creepy and borderline stalking. Career wise IFF is just a stepping stone, only come here if you need to gain experience. Otherwise STAY AWAY from this place.

    Advice to Management

    Raise the pay to reasonable levels so you can retain quality employees. Hire people based on merit, not on race. Cut all the liberal politics from the company. No one likes to be forced into another's ideology. Give employees the freedoms to do their job the best way they can, micromanaging people creates inefficiency. Hire more employees or at least some temps so people don't have to work such grueling hours.

  3. Helpful (8)

    "Horrendous Experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time

    Pros

    overtime pay / Christmas break shut down

    Cons

    HORRENDOUS CULTURE
    Too corporate with difficult, dysfunctional upper management - Incompetent people have become managers creating a disastrous situation.
    Politically charged and hierarchal atmosphere.
    Absolutely zero support for new employees who receive little/no training. If they don’t perform, they are quickly fired. This creates a hostile environment where everyone only looks out for themselves for fear of being fired. No team dynamic whatsoever.
    No career development and hardly any space for promotions
    Horrible communication amongst the different departments and even within the same departments
    Overworked
    Inefficient and old systems

    Advice to Management

    Create an environment where people actually want to come to work - not fear coming to work. Hopefully this will begin to solve the other problems that stem from poor culture.


  4. Helpful (12)

    "Culturally difficult"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, generally good benefits

    Cons

    Very toxic culture, bad communication all around


  5. Helpful (4)

    "NEPOTISM"

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    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Eatontown, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Eatontown, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are intelligent and hardworking individuals. Slow work at times and down time. Summer hours decent benefits.

    Cons

    only select few move up, managers who feel the heat find people to use as scapegoats. Employee moral has decreased. Everyone sees the writing on the wall. Incompetent people have become managers and are creating an even worse situation.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the hard working devoted employees and put effort into their career advancement.


  6. Helpful (10)

    "Highly Political, Zero Support"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Union Beach, NJ
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in Union Beach, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High salary, great benefits & extra vacation days. CEO is visionary.

    Cons

    TERRIBLE CULTURE.
    Highly political where even email addresses have to be in order of hierarchy.
    No room for growth. No support of growth.
    Beyond inefficient.
    Investor ties override simple moral and ethical standards.Investor ties override CEO's vision.
    R&D is an absolute disaster.
    Zero leadership, zero management.

    Advice to Management

    CLEAN HOUSE. The employees often run flat on performance due to lacking leadership. A boss does not make a leader. The company stands no chance of gaining on competitors with a bad foundation.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Not recommended"

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    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Executive Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people who care about what they do

    Cons

    manipulative executives who don't care about their staff

    Advice to Management

    stop being so sneaky, set good examples

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Poor management. Primitive working environment."

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    Current Employee - Compounder
    Current Employee - Compounder
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Not many. Good benefits at best. Nice coworkers. Free coffee in break room. Cafeteria service for day shift workers only.

    Cons

    Primitive procedures. Needs investment for updated technology. No communication or feedback from management. Dirty work environment for food processing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in updated equipment.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Nick name: international Friends & Family"

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    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ
    Former Employee - Research Investigator in Union Beach, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    salary is ok
    less pressure
    listening is more important
    to keep yes to your boss

    Cons

    it was No 1, now No 3
    nursing homes
    no communications

    Advice to Management

    let most senior managers retire


  10. Helpful (8)

    "This ship is sunk."

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    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Account Executive in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Cheap lunch at cafeteria. Great location midtown Manhattan, near central park. Awesome same sex dating scene. Discounts available at local museums(I am not sure if this is still available.) Fine Perfume group loves to share fragrances. Dress is casual business, no jeans, but you can express your creativity in the way you dress.

    Cons

    It is not about the quality of your work, but rather about ones ability to keep their mouth shut, which is the best way to become well liked at IFF. There is little room for advancement for most. Every year the benefits are reduced. No more pension, health care cost increases. 401K is shabby. No bones about it HR is in place to protect the company and Senior management. The best way to handle an issue involving sexual harassment or physical threats by management is not to go to HR. If you point out a problem you will be made to feel badly and your job/career will be put in jeopardy. The present CEO knows nothing of the industry, and thinks that all companies should be run exactly the way the last company, paper company, he was at was run. The CEO is hypocritical, unapproachable and obnoxious. Since he has been installed at IFF every area of the business has been struggling. The board of directors is awful! They have made mistake, after mistake, after mistake for the past 20 years, it has been painful. Members change and are replaced by equal or worse candidates. Senior managment are becoming millionaires while the stock holders' investment is wasted on unearned bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Unless they are willing to all quite, so that competent people can replace them, they should just continue to fail. Once the company is completely in shambles, maybe, a competitor can purchase IFF and the "guys", gals are not welcome, in charge can make some money on the sale of their options when the price goes up from the acquisition.


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