Great place to work, good people. Admins must be adaptable to frequent changes.
Pros: reaping rewards program, good benefits, good employee relations
Cons: cafeteria not the greatest, disconnect with lower level employees, manager rotations
Syngenta has a great benefits package and has many positive employee programs. Their Reaping Rewards health program - offering cash rewards for healthy lifestyle choices - is one of the top in the nation. Syngenta is willing to work with employees on the possibility of flex time, has a good vacation and sick leave policy and most managers are usually open to discussions.
As an international company, policy for Syngenta Greensboro is dictated by the HQ in Basel, Switzerland and any manager who wants to advance in the company understands that a few years in Basel is essential. However, there is a chasm between the two in management style, formality, and simply "how things are done" which can create conflict. At the Administrative Assistant level, and even lower management levels, this sometimes creates difficulty between obeying the boss and maintaining local ways of working. Syngenta is also always updating and changing roles, changing admin responsibilities or procedures. Admins need to be able to adapt and learn new software and ways of working quickly.
There is a subtle and obscure "glass ceiling". It is possible for an Admin to advance to other roles, but it would require strong support from her manager. Women in general have to struggle to advance in the company, and even with a college degree it can be difficult to break out of the admin role. Managers change roles frequently, so an admin has to be flexible and adaptable to a new manager who may have a completely different style.
Cafeteria is sketchy, which is odd because their catering for meetings is wonderful. Usually bland food at increasingly high prices and miserly charges for things like take-out containers. But the location is near plenty of alternate dining options.