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Tate & Lyle Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  • Downside of the job is the work/life balance but that is something I have known when I started so can't really blame the company for that (in 8 reviews)

  • Senior management has limited experience in industry (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Good company"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Researcher in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A lot of learning and travel opportunities

    Cons

    No bonus
    Did not have much career opportunities for technicians

    Advice to Management

    Give out bonus


  2. "Grain Originator"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Grain Originator in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Grain Originator in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Grain team is extremely flexible and easy-going. What is expected of you is presented upfront and what is needed from employees is made clear. There is room for error so that we can learn from our mistakes. Salary is great. Work-life balance is superb so far, and encouraged

    Cons

    Training is essentially non-existant, which is fine as long as you can take chances and learn from your mistakes.

    Advice to Management

    Some areas are understaffed in the grain group. However, current management has begun to address the issue, which is good to see.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Great company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Vice President in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Large global multinational company which means there are many diverse opportunities all over the world. Compensation and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Global roles require large amounts of travel and with a large matrix organization it can be slow to enable effective global change.

    Advice to Management

    HR practices need to be revamped


  4. "Priorities?"

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    Current Employee - I Dont Really Have One in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - I Dont Really Have One in Decatur, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time

    Pros

    Non-management is usually nice, benefits are good, you can talk to your bosses (but they usually wont do anything), and they're flexible with school schedules.

    Cons

    A lot of sexism going on, i'm not sure where my bosses priorities are at, I think they just want friends to work with. Not everyone has an equal chance, and they don't play by their own rules (hardly ever) .

    Advice to Management

    Give everyone equal chance, don't be so sexist- at this point its like you're not even trying to hide it (and you may not even know you're doing it (which is even worse)).


  5. "Hoffman Estates office"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle (Less than a year)

    Pros

    There are some good people working very hard wanting to make a difference. Focus and concern of safety for employees.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Too much work and not enough resources. Expectations are not realistic..you will burn out quickly. Teams dont communicate well. These are all reasons why New hires leave the company so quickly. I have seen a lot of people leave since I started. Moral has been low and Management is not addressing it. Bonus structure is not fair. Only managers or above receive it. You work extra hard for a minimal yearly increase.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes....employees are leaving...or looking to leave. Why are you not addressing the issues to retain your talent?


  6. "Great company in mid-Illinois"

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

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Challenging but rewarding company. Great opportunities for young engineers to excel and grow as process engineers.

    Cons

    Longer work hours
    Factory environment can be tough


  7. "Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Decatur, IL
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Decatur, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company has clear goals and objectives and will make the necessary investments to achieve them. Management seems to recognize the value of people in the day-to-day decisions.

    Cons

    No cons at this time.

    Advice to Management

    The only advice I would have is to continue the excellent leadership as it is now.

  8. "Good money. You better evaluate what you want in life."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loudon, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loudon, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Tate & Lyle full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good money. You will gain a lot of knowledge if you apply yourself. Good benefits. Good job to get experience and get out.

    Cons

    No family life. Company comes first. Management runs the plant with fear. Lots of HR rules are broken. You get treated with no respect. Hostile work environment.

    Advice to Management

    Look in the mirror, that's the problem.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company to work for in London, UK"

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

    I worked at Tate & Lyle full-time

    Pros

    Office is nice, modern and in a great location (Covent Garden)
    Staff and management are mostly friendly and social events are arranged every few months
    Fair salary and benefits.
    Good work-life balance (including working from home)
    Travel

    Cons

    Limited career progression / development outside of commercial roles
    HR department appears to be under staffed which means it's slow and sometimes ineffective
    It is a head office but you need to travel to visit any of the manufacturing


  10. "Deeply talented people constantly striving for more"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Tate & Lyle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very strong skill set in ICD
    Continuous improvement mentality
    High standards for success
    Great place to grow skill set
    Solid focus on new product development and customer growth

    Cons

    Legacy management issues
    Partially based on commodities, which can be volatile

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to improve the company with the steps you've been taking in Hoffman Estates. But please realize that there are many re-orgs to optimize performance and that leaves folks at time uneasy about how they may fit into the organization moving forward.


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