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Novozymes Reviews

Updated October 2, 2018
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  • "This only shows how unsure top management is of their business decisions they have been taking" (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. "A fantastic company to work"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "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.

  3. "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.


  4. "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.


  5. "Sampling Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Novozymes full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and work at own pace

    Cons

    limited access to other departments employment opportunities, have to be referred to get hired, needs improvement on internal development

    Novozymes Response

    Aug 3, 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Dear Zymer,
    Thank you for leaving your feedback.
    All of our open positions are promoted internally in Novozymes, and all Zymers have a chance to apply.

    Best regards,
    P&O


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Franklinton, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Marketing Manager in Franklinton, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Novozymes full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Work-Life balance, decent benefits, many nice people work there

    Cons

    It took me several years to comment. Novozymes has a horrible reputation for "letting go" of older workers. Many of us have consulted legal advice and hopefully they are learning to stop this blatant age discrimination.

    Advice to Management

    You can just "re-organize" all the time and make people's positions irrelevant because they are over 40 or 50 years old. This seems to happen in the US not sure about headquarters.


  7. "Great company with inspiring purpose"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Working on products for sustainable solutions for the world; benefits; work-life balance; good work environment; great colleagues; focus on developing employees

    Cons

    salaries are not the highest in industry

    Advice to Management

    Keep focusing on developing employees who are the biggest asset.

    Novozymes Response

    Apr 11, 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Dear Zymer,
    Thank you for taking the time to share a positive and useful feedback. As you probably know, each position in Novozymes is being evaluated and placed in the correct salary band. Also, we... More

  8. "Former Employee"

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    Former Employee - Microbiology Analyst in Blair, NE
    Former Employee - Microbiology Analyst in Blair, NE
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Novozymes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - Great employee benefits including generous PTO

    - Overall a positive work culture that is very solutions oriented and about learning from mistakes, not blame centered like other places I have been

    - Company takes safety of employees very seriously

    Cons

    - Very little room for development or advancement at the site I worked at (Blair, NE)

    - Obnoxious quarterly random drug testing on site with little privacy

    Advice to Management

    Put more of a priority on promoting from within like some other companies do, you can keep some great employees in the company this way


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Staff are highly engaged and are feel company has a good reputation. Good work, life balance. Some opportunity to travel and good development opportunities.

    Cons

    It’s global organizational structure combined with a consensus based decision making culture can make decision making slow and processes inefficient.

    Novozymes Response

    Mar 12, 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Dear Zymer,

    Thank you for taking the time to share your positive feedback. Consensus based decision making can sometimes be time consuming, but it has also proved useful in creating great... More


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity for So Much More"

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    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Franklinton, NC
    Former Employee - Director of Business Development in Franklinton, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Novozymes full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Well Funded, Big Potential, Global, Excellent R&D Capabilities and Expertise, Great Teams across Globe

    Cons

    Slow Growth, Bureaucracy, HQ Decision-Making, Danes Access to Top Management Positions

    Advice to Management

    Hire more none-Danes to lead into C- Level and EVP Level Positions

    Novozymes Response

    Feb 28, 2018 – Recruitment Specialist

    Dear former colleague,
    Thank you for a positive review and the advice to our Management. We would like to point out that this is already happening, and 3 out 4 VP´s hired in the last year or so, are... More


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