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International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated May 1, 2017
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International Flavors & Fragrances Chairman and CEO Andreas Fibig
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  1. Helpful (8)

    "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


  2. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  3. Helpful (9)

    "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.


  4. 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


  5. 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


  6. 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.


  7. 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.


  8. "IFF India Flavour Business Review"

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    Current Employee - Manager in North (India)
    Current Employee - Manager in North (India)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The history and legacy of the company is what is saving the company.

    Cons

    Recent country management changes has led to many employees resigning. The new Managing Director is not from the industry and does not know how to run a F&F business. He has become a puppet in the system and is not a strong headed person who can lead from the front. He has been given the corner office and he just hides in the corner without any visibility.

    Weak HR. Here again all talk and no action. The company policies has changed so drastically that it is been talked about within the company that the senior management is making use of the company for their own benefits and squeezing the employees.

    Advice to Management

    Leave the company and don't spoil employees careers with your inability.


  9. "No Respect"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time

    Pros

    good money, good vacations,

    Cons

    sweat shop, not organised, poor management, no respect for employees


  10. "Disappointment"

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    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Current Contractor - Project Coordinator in Hilversum (Netherlands)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances as a contractor

    Pros

    International atmosphere , hardworking people

    Cons

    Dominated by a certain nationality.
    Hire people on contract basis and terminate the contract after the stipulated period and waste their time in the hiring process and the story continues. Dominance of lies and deceit.
    Need to butter up your supervisors to move up the hiereachy.

    Advice to Management

    Treasure hardworking people. Pay attention to all levels of management.


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