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Novozymes Reviews

Updated March 15, 2019
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  • "Frequent changes in the top management" (in 8 reviews)

  • "No growth plan for R&D people as compared with business development or finance" (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Great collaboration"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Raleigh, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Teams value eachother and one another's knowledge base. They listen.

    Cons

    Hard to get funding for projects and state of the art facilities.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the future.


  2. "underpaid but nice place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time

    Pros

    generally good culture and work-life balance

    Cons

    stressful in certain departments/divisions, pay is not competitive

    Advice to Management

    more advancement for employees that are performing
    better project planning

  3. "Sustainability focused company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great focus on people development and making an impact with biotechnology. Leadership position in industry provides a strong position from which to compete

    Cons

    Decision can be slow at times with a matrixed organization and multiple stakeholders. Company actively working to look for ways to create new growth, but has been challenging.


  4. "Great Company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance
    Amazon workculture (not a lot of micromanagement)
    Values are cool and the technology is amazin

    Cons

    Sometimes a Career path is unclear as people stay very long.
    This causes good people to leave the company as the career path is not clear

    Advice to Management

    The old internal career path system was better than the new one.
    Management should focus more on long term career planning


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, slow career ladder"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Honest company with a great mission
    Stable & profitable - a successful business
    Amazing benefits compared to most American companies
    Less politics & bureaucracy than a typical multinational (I think)

    Cons

    Very slow career ladder - most employees are there for life & the rate of promotions reflects that
    Can be conservative in investing in new tech
    Common mid-size, middle-aged company problems - change can be slow & cumbersome


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Work/Life Balance, Slow to Promote"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Morrisville, NC
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Morrisville, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great vacation policy
    Promote a healthy work/life balance

    Cons

    Slow to promote
    Lower average pay


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Watch how HR is treated"

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

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Creative work, some really good people

    Cons

    If you want to really tell how a company treats it's employees, look at what's happened here in HR. Seems like Denmark has the only opinion that matters, they're continuing to cut HR heads in the regions and shift it to DK. The HR focus in DK really is on OD, they don't understand (or care) what happens in the other aspects of HR, which in turn translates to a poor employee experience in the Regions.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to how poorly the "People" side of your business is being run, look at all of the HR turnover and where culture efforts are being focused. Don't know where the previous Americas HR is, was more customer service focused.

    Novozymes Response

    Oct 26, 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Dear Zymer,

    Thank you very much for the feedback. It is much appreciated.
    First of all, we are glad to read that we have really good people in Novozymes. We would also like to stress that... More

  8. "A friendly work environment with great people."

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very good atmosphere with work/life balance.
    Great culture and diversity.

    Cons

    Salary is lower than industry standard in Canada.
    only 14 days paid vacation for the first 5 years.


  9. "Novozymes Operations"

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    Current Employee - Operator in Salem, VA
    Current Employee - Operator in Salem, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Growth, development, good benefits, and company functions

    Cons

    Very low pay, no appreciation of operators

    Advice to Management

    More competitive pay, recognition of good work will go a long ways.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "A fantastic company to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklinton, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Franklinton, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company culture is very unique. You can tell from the lower turnover rate and the average longer service years. It is very diversified to accommodate different opinions and ideas.
    Respect and trust employees; a lot of good programs to help you to develop yourself.
    Very good benefits. You will have the vacation you need for you and your family.

    Cons

    There are so many good talented people with good education background. You must work smartly and hard to stand out.

    Novozymes Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Dear Zymer,

    Thank you very much for taking the time to leave a positive feedback. We truly believe that we have a very unique company culture, with respect for all of our employees.

    Best... More