Tate & Lyle Employee Reviews

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Great place to start your engineering career, but few stay.
Production/Process/Project Engineer (Former Employee) –  Loudon, TNJanuary 13, 2019
You will wear many hats and get experience across the board as an entry level engineer, but you will also not get much in the way of honest and useful assessment as to how you're doing and what you need to do. The company reinvents its assessment system almost every year, and inconsistently applies mentorship and career assistance programs. Currently, they are in a transition away from filling their engineering needs via college recruiting and promotion from within and toward hiring engineers at mid-level and higher in from outside, and it shows in retention. Junior engineer staff retention is atrocious. Part of this is a failure to advance a competitive entry-level salary so that it remains on-par with the industry, and part is a culture that rewards insiders and ostracizes people that management expects to leave.

Great place to get 3 to 5 years experience, but after that you'll likely get a 20% raise and more job satisfaction by going somewhere else.
Pros
Lots of experience, plenty of responsibility, and a few good senior staff
Cons
Management culture that picks favorites and works to push away others
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Great People, Bad Management
Customer Service (Former Employee) –  Decatur, ILJanuary 9, 2019
It was not always bad. I enjoyed my job and stuck it out for as long as I could.

There is bullying with department manager. Upper Management showing favoritism towards certain coworkers. Human resources sweeps everything under the rug. Lack of training, thus calls for more mistakes which makes everything your fault, even though you may have never been trained on it. Management was very out of touch of what goes on during a day to day basis. When everything is "important" nothing is important. Lack of empathy and zero work life balance. Customers can be horrible to you and nothing is done by the sales team to help customer service. Usually customer service is the one that is blamed. The culture is lacking and its become a toxic environment. Work loads are not spread out evenly. Some people are drowning while others are frolicking around. The ones that are drowing are being punished for not answering emails, entering complaints on time, answering the phone, and entering orders. The ones who are drowning could work all day and still not be done, and expected to work overtime if your job is not done. Losing dedicated workers due to being overworked, bullied by management and under staffed.
Pros
Great Co workers
Cons
Bad management and lack of training
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Petty management
Operator/Laborer (Former Employee) –  Houlton, MEJanuary 11, 2019
This is the perfect job for someone who likes games and inter office politics. The plant manager the worst boss I've ever had. The pay is good but the stress of management playing favorites is pretty bad. Best possible work experience would be for European Americans. Not a diverse work force and seems to think they are still in the 1950's. Most of the workers dislike management and only stick around for the pay.
Pros
Good pay
Cons
Poor management, dishonest management.
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Solid company with good culture
Director of Benefits/Compensation (Current Employee) –  Hoffman Estates, ILJuly 23, 2018
Rewards skill and knowledge; provides autonomy and work life balance, excellent comp and benefits, opportunities for growth. The employees who stay are passionate about their contributions as well as the company mission. It's a great team environment.
Pros
workplace culture and the passion
Cons
lots of change, some good and some not so good
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Weekly check, but lacking everywhere else.
Production Operator/Warehouse (Former Employee) –  Sycamore, ILMay 15, 2018
Working here felt like working as a slave. You’re not paid enough for the job you’re pressured to do, day in and out. Management lives on another planet, and only cares about numbers. Corporate orders everyone to work at a decent pace for safety reasons, but this is ignored by management at the sycamore facility, and you face termination if you don’t speed up. Career advancement is horrible, with almost ZERO room to move up.
Pros
3 day weekends, paid weekly.
Cons
The work itself is disgusting, facility is 100+ degrees in the summer, poor management
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Toxic work environment
Corporate Office (Former Employee) –  Decatur, ILNovember 4, 2018
Bullying within the HR department by a coworker, Management showing favoritism towards coworkers, manager was extremely immature and encouraged a “mean girl” environment, ZERO communication, overworked with very little feedback other than email or instant messages which were negative, racism...yes in this day and age, any complaints to HR Managers were completely ignored.
Pros
I learned a lot by being in a difficult situation
Cons
Poor management, unhealthy work environment
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Hoping a friend reads this review
Process Operator II (Current Employee) –  Lafayette, IN South PlantMay 5, 2018
Good money. Got a really good friend in the hiring pool...Unfortunately that is as far as she is going to get if you know what I mean. They just aren't into hiring women. I don't care how hard of a worker you are. Teams choose who works here not management, so these guys don't want any sexual harassment disputes arising. They talk open and freely about whatever they want. Pretty sure she is banking on an opportunity here, but just isn't going to happen. Hope this encourages you to move on in your career search hon.
Pros
money
Cons
work live balance
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Knowing who to report to was confusing at first. Heavy work load.
QUALITY ASSURANCE TECHNICIAN (Current Employee) –  Lafayette, INSeptember 14, 2018
I did enjoy working mostly by myself, which improved my time management. I did not like working 12 hour shifts. Most of the time work load was fairly heavy and caused me stress. At times felt like management wanted me to compromise my moral values to get product shipped out on time, regardless of possible recall.
Pros
company does fun activities for employees and families
Cons
stress and felt like being overworked
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Culture needs work
Account Manager (Former Employee) –  Hoffman Estates, ILJuly 27, 2018
As an organization, Tate & Lyle needs to work on its internal politics. Indeed, many new hires that come from much larger organizations are amazed to see the typical level of internal politicing is greater than organizations three times its size.

This presents a challenge to get anything done within the organization and works to the detriment of the company where emplyees often worry about being let go for aligning themselves with the wrong leader.
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Disconnect between upper management and rest of organization
Vice President Global Business Excellence (Former Employee) –  Decatur, ILOctober 8, 2018
Culture is lacking and in contrast to published website. Upper level employees are catered to while lower levels are over worked and afraid to speak out.
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Secure to work
Accounting Intern (Former Employee) –  Santa Rosa de ViterboJanuary 12, 2019
T&L is a very safe and good company to work for. The product and the values are truly good!
The problem is the culture in the Brazilian offices (Sao Paulo and Santa Rosa de Viterbo) because it's very sexist and unhealthly competitive.
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Fast-paced industrial enviroment with good compensation
Process Operator 2 (Former Employee) –  Decatur, ILOctober 3, 2018
Fast-paced industrial enviroment with good compensation. Long, rotating shifts with a lot of overtime required. Excellent training in process and especially industrial safety.
Pros
great pay and people
Cons
long, rotating shifts
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Strong management and a great work family
Quality (Current Employee) –  Decatur, ILJanuary 10, 2019
A great employer that supports its people and the community. Good opportunities for professional growth and development. Pay for the area is great.
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Productive and Great People to work with
Production Operator (Current Employee) –  Sycamore, ILApril 10, 2018
Tate & Lyle has been a great experience. The management has been wonderful and the coworkers are great. The work is not extremely hard, and there is always someone willing to help. They not only care about their employees but also the families of their employees.
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Productive
Project Controls Coordinator (Former Employee) –  Hoffman Estates, ILFebruary 28, 2018
Interesting place to work. Met some really smart people. People helpful. Management nice to work with. Really enjoyable place to work. Learned how to work with LMS which was cool.
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No faith,
Maintenance Technician (Former Employee) –  Sycamore, ILFebruary 14, 2018
Company did not reward good performance. Did not reward anyone for increasing knowledge. Did not like people having increased knowledge. Definite decrease in how one side of the building treats the other side. Business side vs production side. Poor management. Poor attitude. Poor overall leadership from upper levels.
Pros
provided work uniforms.
Cons
attendance policy. Low pay. No options for growth.
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I'd rather not.
Administrative Assistant (Current Employee) –  Decatur, ILAugust 3, 2018
I'd rather not. I'll just say it's not meant for everyone to work here. You are working under pressure, minimal help, guidance, instructions, training...etc.
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Ok place to work
Manager (Former Employee) –  Decatur, ILJune 26, 2018
The most enjoyable part of the job was some of the people I got to work with and the substance of the work. I learned a lot while I was there and appreciate that.
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Good Money but a Extremely Negative Environment
E&I Technician (Current Employee) –  Loudon, TNSeptember 19, 2016
I would not recommend working here as a lifelong career choice. Come in and make some good money and get out. There are very few tangible rewards for working here other than the money. You work a rotating 12-hour shift of 3 on 3 off.

It is a very negative environment with no real leadership demonstrating and rewarding proper behaviour. No consistency in how policy is administered or enforced so you should learn how to "play the game" early on to survive. It is a cutthroat, got ya culture.

Managers talk a good safety game but the reality is much different. If you get hurt while working it is in your best interest to NOT report it.
Pros
good money
Cons
Poor leadership, redneck culture
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Fast-paced environment with friendly and knowledgable co-workers
Process Operator (Current Employee) –  Decatur, ILNovember 27, 2012
Typical day at work includes troubleshooting the process and maintaining it. I have learned how to read P&ID's and make adjustments to the finished product. Also, the process involved to make one product into another. The hardest part of the job is the hours worked.
Pros
good pay and benefits, good management team
Cons
long hours and work holidays
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