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Sensient Technologies Reviews

Updated July 28, 2018
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Pros
  • "Pay and benefits were very good" (in 12 reviews)

  • "Good pay provides uniforms and boots" (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • "no work-life balance; pace not sustainable, but good for experience" (in 10 reviews)

  • "Worked 16 to 18 hours a day and still upper management demanded to work more hours" (in 13 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Intern in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Sensient Technologies full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Provide snacks and sodas for employees, wellness rooms to relax in, everyone is very nice and friendly, company picnic in summer, work load is generally easy

    Cons

    Locations in Chicago area aren't on train route


  2. "Too much management"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay provides uniforms and boots

    Cons

    Too much management no communication plant gets way too hot no ventilation management doesn't listen to production very quick to discipline for making mistakes which makes alot of daily stress

    Advice to Management

    Listen to production promote from within and get more ventilation in the plant

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Customer Service"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good Company, takes care of you

    Cons

    Nothing, this is a pretty good company.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Applications"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Sensient Technologies full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good location, great peers to work with

    Cons

    Management focused too much on numbers and not enough about quality and customer service

    Advice to Management

    Let the people you hire do their jobs without micro managing.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "marketing associate"

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

    I worked at Sensient Technologies full-time

    Pros

    great place to work. friendly people and nice environment. fair pay in my department. enjoyed my experience

    Cons

    Cant think of many cons aside from high turnover rate. people constantly leaving due to fear associated with supply chain issues

    Advice to Management

    more communication on supply chain issues to keep everyone in the know. important to sales people who rely on client satisfaction


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Much to improve upon"

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Quality Control Lab Technician
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Sensient Technologies full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Fast paced and great benefits

    Cons

    Sensient management has developed and encouraged a misogynist culture that has spread too far for far too long. HR believes an apology is an acceptable repercussion for sexual harassment. No professional woman would ever feel comfortable working in such a toxic environment. Sensient has no faith in the knowledge and education of employees due to the increasing need for management to misplace blame while under the microscope rather than deal with the true issues at hand. The consistent turnover with both management and employees causes issues when the company does not replace positions when employees voluntarily leave the company.

    Advice to Management

    Place all management positions through outside management and HR training. Have outside company with no internal connections audit company to review processes and all levels of management.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Sensient has come a long way!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    - If you are pro-active, this is a good place to be for your personal development: either in your funtional role, through internal promotions or international assignments
    - Ongoing efforts are put into creating a good employee experience. They have come a long way over the last years including employee feedback/surveys that are the basis for continuous improvements.

    Cons

    - Many countries/regions - as well as the groups' headquarters in the USA - have not yet adopted a global approach. This needs more attention.

    Advice to Management

    Review the mindset of people managers by establishing 'value & culture' objectives as part of the performance review for leadership functions.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Great pay but no work life balance"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator II in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator II in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits were very good. They try to match the hourly wages of other surrounding manufacturing plants.

    Great group of people to work with.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Management and supervisors don't care about you or what might be going on in your personal life. All the company cares about is production and making money.

    Safety is a joke. The company preaches a safety first environment but wont fix any safety issues until after someone gets hurt. Safety training is very lacking and the emergency response team is poorly trained.

    Overall poor work environment. Their are a lot of people that do not like their jobs but refuse to leave because of the good pay. The saying they have is "the company keeps you there with 'golden handcuffs'."


  9. "Good Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Sensient Technologies full-time

    Pros

    - Good Pay and Benefits.
    - Well Established company and continues to grow
    - Entrepreneurial Spirit, encourages ideas , best practices
    - Global firm , diverse culture; great career opportunities - encourages and open to cross functions/cross region shifts.

    Cons

    High turnover in certain function(s)/business units. Company seems to working towards that.

    Advice to Management

    none


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Sensient Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Great home town vibs here

    Cons

    Everyone knows everyone and rumors get around quickly


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