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International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated April 12, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Mixed..."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazlet, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting business! Great history behind the company. Most people work there over five years and passionate about the company.

    Cons

    Work-Life balance in most cases is not there. Career ladders not existent unless you are on very senior level and reporting actual Leader. Benefits are on decline. Many jobs with global responsibility have no tools to successfully do it.

    Advice to Management

    Provide safe environment to try new ideas. New managers should listen to the history and culture, and stop repeating same mistakes.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Was a lot better years ago"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Hazlet, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Hazlet, NJ

    I worked at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are decent, co-workers are great. Close to home for me.

    Cons

    They have lowered their pay scale over the years by not giving decent or even any raise for years. They used to be the industry leaders now they are mediocre. Every time they take a benefit away they use the excuse, "industry standards". Most management hasn't co e up through the ranks so don't know the Fragrance business as well as most long term employees. They have closed ears to suggestions and experience.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, especially long time ones. They know, they've seen lots of things success or fail. Start giving better raises to lower level employees, the worker bees. Perhaps to match the success of the company which they have a lot to do with.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Nice place with a few big problems"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ

    Pros

    Pretty good pay, nice people, opportunities for advancement if someone carries you. Opportunities for international work. Best of both worlds: big company resources, small company cross-functionality and experience.

    Cons

    Few opportunities for career growth unless you are ex-military and have supply chain experience. The company is in love with ex-military personnel for some reason regardless of how poorly they perform, NA sales and performance shows this. Manufacturing safety is a recent escalating problem. In an effort to cut costs low experience or unqualified supervisors are being hired and in turn number of incidents have gone up. Same is true for operators and technicians, who are hired from the entry level general population vs workers that have technical experience (and require a higher pay). This also results in huge turnaround in manufacturing and any advanced technical procedures are quickly lost.

    Advice to Management

    Changing the logo color pallet wont fix your problems.


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  5. "iff"

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    Former Employee - Material Handler in New Brunswick, NJ
    Former Employee - Material Handler in New Brunswick, NJ

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

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime on a weekly basis.

    Cons

    no place to move up in company


  6. "Inventory Control Team Lead"

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    Current Employee - Inventory Control Team Lead in Neptune, NJ
    Current Employee - Inventory Control Team Lead in Neptune, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances (More than a year)

    Pros

    SAP Experience, training, work atmosphere

    Cons

    fair management supervision, HR support

    Advice to Management

    Less family and friends, more qualified personnel, more ethnic promotions


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Leaders Need Not Apply"

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    Former Employee - Board Coordinator in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Board Coordinator in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The Board of Directors are a fantastic group of individuals to support. Executive Officers respect intelligent and proactive professionals.

    Cons

    The Legal Department does not respect intelligent and proactive professionals who are NOT attorneys.

    Advice to Management

    Members of the Legal Department do not possess the professional tact that is required to maintain a healthy work environment. The practice of keeping administrative professionals locked in a vice is devastatingly offensive.


  8. "Working at IFF"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Program Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    was a good company to work for

    Cons

    nothing negative to say about the company

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Good Internship Experience for Resume, Not a youthful environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hazlet, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The name and industry are great for your resume, big companies are aware of what IFF is all about an its successes.

    Cons

    Nearly everyone in the company is 40+ and many of times there is nothing to do. You find yourself making busy work. I have asked my boss for projects to be assigned to me and often times he has one or two "projects" which include reading over a document etc.

    Advice to Management

    RECRUIT YOUNGER TALENT!!!! This is a huge issue.


  10. "manager"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Generally good. Good boss.nice staffs.free-meal

    Cons

    not really. just busy.
    bad air

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  11. Helpful (4)

    "Lower level employees don't get treated the same way as upper level."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Lab Tech in Hazlet, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at International Flavors & Fragrances full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The business itself is interesting, many decent hardworking people.

    Cons

    Management is very disconnected from employees. Forget HR...most employees would have to introduce themselves to them. IF there is a bonus, lower level employees do not get to share in it.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and recognize that your lower level employes, the worker bees are just as important as supervisors, managers, etc.


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