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Novozymes Reviews

Updated December 18, 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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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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. "Great Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    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

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, slow career ladder"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. 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


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Watch how HR is treated"

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    • Senior Management
    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


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

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "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.

  8. "Sampling Coordinator"

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    • Senior Management
    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


  9. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  10. "Great company with inspiring purpose"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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