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Sensient Technologies Reviews

Updated May 22, 2018
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Pros
  • Pay and benefits were very good (in 12 reviews)

  • Good pay and excellent benefits package (in 15 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. "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. "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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  4. "Good Company"

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    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


  5. Helpful (1)

    "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'."


  6. 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


  7. Helpful (5)

    "HR decisions have cost the company dearly"

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

    I worked at Sensient Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Good products, bias for action, not a lot of fluff...

    Cons

    Inexperienced senior leaders have made decisions which have cost the company and shareholders enormously

    Advice to Management

    Hire only senior leaders who have the experience and clear track records of success and results delivery.

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Sales in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent salary but still not worth it due to the harsh and rigid culture.

    Cons

    - incompetent managers who have unreasonable expectations from employees in terms of projects and deliverables.
    - If you don't mind being micromanaged and can cope with anxiety/stress from terrible management then this is the company to work for.
    -Although management asks for feedback, it goes in from one ear and out the other


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Waste of time"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent money for a no skill type job. Interesting facilities and industry. Good people to work with, and benefits weren’t bad.

    Cons

    It is what it is, a no skill, anybody can do job. I came from a technological, mechanical engineering type of job. I had no idea what I was getting myself into until two weeks into the job, and I felt like I was getting dumber by the day. They don’t utilize education or expertise in any industry, just use you for a dumb grunt with hands in a low ceiling type of environment. After getting mistreated and under utilized, I was checked out completely after just a short time. I wish people the best, but I hope they get things straightened out before they close the doors on yet another facility.

    Advice to Management

    No advice, half the management team was non existent, and pathetic. The leadership was just pitiful. I couldn’t get out of your facility fast enough. But your new plant manager hire was very excellent at the very, very least. Everything else was so demoralizing and just awful. It was quite the negative experience. My only regret is it didn’t work out better, but what a sad place.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Lean structure = opportunity"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Sensient Technologies full-time

    Pros

    entrepreneurial spirit, everyone works together to get the job done, open door policy

    Cons

    no work-life balance; pace not sustainable, but good for experience.

    Advice to Management

    "Thank you" goes a long way.


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