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Syngenta Reviews

Updated January 17, 2018
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Pros
  • There is an awesome work / life balance here (in 52 reviews)

  • Good benefits, Multicultural environment, defined policies and procedures (in 28 reviews)

Cons
  • lack quick decision making ability (in 24 reviews)

  • Work life balance is not good at this time and will only get worse due to cut backs and worker positions which are being eliminated (in 12 reviews)

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  1. "Management Lacks Empathy"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great employees to work with and collaborate with

    Cons

    Driven by bottom line dollars, not in it for the long game.
    Work life home life balance is way out of line and are replacing permanent employees with contractors sending the message you are easily replaced and anyone can come in to do your job.
    Management oversight is poor with managers having free rein to cause issues to employees, lie and not be touched.
    Culture and values are shared but not practiced, great on paper but not in practice.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees with respect and look long term not just short term with hiring of contract staff. Ensure that management is held accountable and follow-up directly to employees when issues are presented about management to ensure that any management related issues come under investigation and are solved. If you do not do that you will continue to lose value employees and full-time staff with years of knowledge.


  2. "HSE Lead"

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    Former Employee - HSE Lead in Pasco, WA
    Former Employee - HSE Lead in Pasco, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Employee Wellness program is excellent. The Good Growth Plan is a wonderful concept if it is being practiced. To feed 3 billion people is a challenge and increasing biodiversity are values that I believed in so a thought it was a good match.

    Cons

    The work load expected far exceed an individual capabilities working a 40 hour salary position. The safety and health aspects are a full time position in itself. Adding the responsibilities of Environmental Engineering for two plant locations is excessive. It is work place abuse. The use of 3rd party Contractors add to stress due to the requirement of constant training. The 3rd party employees realize that getting a full time position with Syngenta is not possible so they quit. The system manipulates people and is all designed for profit. The location you work at will decide whether or not you can complete your work. I was the 5th HSE Lead at a Washington location in 8 years. They burn people out quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more professionals to accomplish all the HSE expectations.

  3. "Data Scientist"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Slater, IA
    Current Employee - Data Scientist in Slater, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Promotes from within. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Nothing major. It's been a good place to work.


  4. "Marketing"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, and 401k match are good.

    Cons

    Too many middle managers, internal promotion is nonexistent and no work/life balance. I would not recommend.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Great company, lean workforce"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - People and Organizational Development Analyst in Greensboro, NC
    Current Employee - People and Organizational Development Analyst in Greensboro, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary, great benefits! I work with people who really care about their jobs! Management has tried to create a transparent environment.

    Cons

    Company chooses to focus on development opportunities for those already in leadership positions, but does not offer much for "lower level" employees (the individual contributors). Outsourcing of some business processes have reduced visibility and control. It has also made departments very lean and at times overworked. Hard to deviate from day-to-day job duties to work on potentially beneficial projects or getting ahead on anything.


  6. "Production"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Syngenta full-time

    Pros

    Work environment fosters growth and advancement. You work hard and you will get rewarded, in time.

    Cons

    Decision making process is slow and not always logical

    Advice to Management

    Cut out some of the busy work and better understand the function of each position and not how it looks on paper.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Nice place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Syngenta full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits. Syngenta does great work.

    Cons

    Management can do no wrong. Everyone else goes before incompetent managers.

  8. "Excellent opportunities - growing seeds business"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    opportunities for advancement, growing seed business makes for an exciting culture and working environment, never a dull day as strategies and structure change often.

    Cons

    Constant change results in strategies and initiatives that are not worked through, so it can be difficult working through the change. This also makes for a lot of opportunities if you can work through ambiguity.


  9. "Better than farming"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Syngenta full-time

    Pros

    beats working at the farm

    Cons

    too many chemicals for one to manage alone


  10. "Marketing Lead"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Syngenta full-time

    Pros

    Innovative company that is on the cutting edge of agriculture

    Cons

    Seed business has its challenges; even with good genetics and novel traits.

    Advice to Management

    Who is your customer?


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