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International Flavors & Fragrances Reviews

Updated July 18, 2017
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Pros
  • Good focus on work/life balance (in 9 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 10 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "This check is nice... But what else?"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Assistant in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding salary and benefits, free fragrance samples, pretty good catered food, summer hours, generous vacation time/PTO, tons of informational meetings to learn more about the company, looks great on your resume.

    Cons

    Terrible holier than thou management culture, no clear opportunities for growth, pass the buck attitude, horrible communication amongst the different departments.

    Advice to Management

    Not sure if it's the stereotype about French people walking around with their noses up or not, but management indeed walks around on invisible pedestals as though anyone below them isn't worthy of conversation. There should be more positive exchanges between the higher ups and lower level employees. That might aid in fostering a more enjoyable work environment and help boost the retention rate.

  3. Helpful (7)

    "Nice place with a few big problems"

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    • Career Opportunities
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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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Intern review"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Carrollton, TX
    Former Employee - Engineering Intern in Carrollton, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly Environment and it was really easy to approach top level of management

    Cons

    Its the same routine everyday, Difficult to innovate and do something new.


  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. 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.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Nothing to do and not much to learn."

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    Current Employee - Engineering in Hazlet, NJ
    Current Employee - Engineering in Hazlet, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people that you interact with are mostly warm and friendly, almost too friendly, salary is good and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Management is irresponsible and lacking in leadership, more like a mafia enterprise than an enterprise. Promotions are made based on who sucks up rather than who is good enough. Totally controlled by Wall Street, no employee growth.

    Advice to Management

    Clean up house and yourselves as well to fix it!


  10. 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.


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