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Typical day in about managing the teams and the KPI's. Managing the day to day items. Conference calls with EMEA regional calls. EHS daily checks. Managing of capex projects, budgets and financial areas
Pros
fragrances
Cons
no defined staff retention policy/ plan
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eveytime when I go to Givaudan, I feel like I am going to my second home where I enjoy going becuase it is where I can explore my ideas and work being commited and dedicated
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With an option to start earlier in the day, you manage to cover more before the customers day start. The team are small enough to know the names of all the colleagues and big enough to still have a corporate feel. Although processes are very structured, the management style in the South African office allow for freedom to make suggestions and allow for initiative for problem solving. The Company place focus on safety in the workplace, as well as skills and personal development.
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Individual development
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Work life balance
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Engage with customers about trends and innovations. Create and roll out Sub Saharan marketing plans. Work with lab technicians to create innovative and tasty solutions across the categories of Dairy, Bakery, Beverages, Snacks and Savoury. Developing compelling Power point capability presentations, to sell products/services and innovations to customers. Research global trends and create local relevance for customers to drive sales General relationship/business management Company culture is very demanding and can be portrayed as rather aggressive, management are intimidating. Travel demands are very stressful. Nice office space, its great fun to come up with new innovative ideas to present to customers, its a very dynamic and fast paced industry which is exciting
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Good Office space, some lovely colleagues, subsidized lunches, pay well
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Long Hours, stressful environment
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Handling many different projects and task as the same time which is nice but stressful. Lots of meetings and recruitment last couple of years. Always new projects. Planning your day and work was your responsibility. Having clear set target and goals most of the time to be achieved which was very nice.
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Good benefits
Cons
Inconsistent rules
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The sales department personnel needs you to put in extra hours due to the work load. Training is provided at the HQ in Duebendorf / Switzerland. I was trained to be a systems Key User and it proved to be very beneficial for me and my colleagues. Due to the work pressure the workplace culture is ...work and no play!
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Subsidized lunch
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Long Hours
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A very big company ,I would really enjoy and want to experience working there again ..it has great benefits ...it always met targets and quality right first time
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Free lunch, transport allowance
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None
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The management of this company is very good, I now know a lot compared to before I came here and my days at work are not always hectic and I do not do any hard labour, the hardest part of my job is to always be accurate and produce good quality results as this is the requirements of my job title.
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Highly pressurized work environment, fun place to work at, negativity created by few individuals. Customer focused environment as products are made to order and highly customized.
Pros
Lots of fun
Cons
long hours
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Follow up on work in the system. Check if any perfume briefs have been completed and are ready for submission to the client. Arrange focus groups to find a winning fragrance on a client brief. Prepare the presentation and results and present various submissions and focus group feedback to the client. The fascinating world of fragrance. My only regret was not getting into the industry shortly after leaving but my 6 year old had been diagnosed with Type1 diabetes and I simply couldn't handle both. The manager was not very lenient and that did create some issues especially when she expected me to work over weekends. The most difficult part of the job was learning to speak in front of a boardroom full of professionals. But I eventually managed to master it. The most enjoyable part of the job was to win a fragrance brief and add that to our portfolio of winning fragrances. I also created systems and structures which are still being used by the division today.
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incentives; bonuses; allowances; travel; training
Cons
divisive manager;
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Worst company to work for: no Management or Leadership at all. you get abused constantly and threatened to be fired by people who are in senior position.
Pros
nothing
Cons
severe stress
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Very busy from the time you enter and put your PC on. I have learned to cope with difficult customers as well as many other aspects of company. Management was strict but fair. My co-workers were my friends as well. Still keep in contact as we were a very close team. The hardest part of the job was to make sure your customers order was delivered on time, as due to unforeseen circumstances some orders would be delayed. The most enjoyable part of my job was the customer satisfaction.
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Awards and recognition
Cons
Unforeseen delays
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I learned to respect my colleagues and that includes distancing myself from their personal lives. I learned to stand on my own in the work environment and was given platform to even manage the laboratory at one stage. I always enjoyed working under pressure and never experienced any difficulties. I also gathered that confidentiality is key in any company and in-order to acquire the best skills- one must always be pro-active and ask information as possible. I also got a platform to net-work and understand the industry.
Pros
Discounts on lunches and company outings were the best.
Cons
Standing up the whole day till you knock off
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I enjoy and love what i do, getting the exposure in the flavour industry has not only advanced my career but it has really change my personal life style, now i eat as i should and it really feels great to be so knowledgable about what you eat. My typical day at work involves in-depth research, on the trends and diversed flavour preferences that are prefered by South Africans. Creating presentations that helps sell our flavours. Hardest part is having to taste on a regular basis, that is not good for my figure :) The only Problem i have is not being permanent.
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Discounted Lunch
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A typical day at work Review customer projects and outline marketing actions required. Plan praoctive promotions to gain new projects and increase project pipeline. Plan and Implement segment startegies. Study and present trends in Food and Beverage Industry What you learned - Food and Beverages diverse culture, Understanding the thoughts behind developing new products from customer and company point of view. Technologies involved in developing flavours. Gained Consumer Insights into Food and Beverage Industry Management - Very supportive and motivating to help acheive company goals Your co-workers - Team players and supportive The hardest job - To gain data and counsumer insight from most of the Sub-Saharan African countries The most enjoyable part of Job - There is always something to learn every time
Pros
Good HR policy and Employee Benefits
Cons
You do not practise complete maketing tools like FMCG companies
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I am a planner at Givaudan and I enjoy what I do there, very challenging but great. I was given a great opportunity to go overseas for SAP training in Zurich which was the highlight of my career so far, I would like to move up a position and I am looking for a company that will give me that opportunity.
Pros
Went to Zurich for Training
Cons
No recognition
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I work in the marketing, some of the jobs I had to do is to do research of trends and analysis of results from questionnaires, assisting the marketing manager, provide monthly reports on new product launches, assist with packing and attending meetings to customers locally and internationally, compiling presentations and presenting, printing of tasting sheets and other marketing materials. Sending parcels overseas via courier companies. Ordering samples from other Givaudan branches globally. Assisting marketing manager with promotions to customers.The nicest part about working in marketing at Givaudan is that you get to know many people and get exposed to the flavour industry.
Pros
good exposure to business to business functions
Cons
opportunities for growth are limited
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