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Huntsman Corp President, CEO, and Director Peter R. Huntsman
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Beware of culture established by IT leadership

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    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Huntsman Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people in the ranks doing the actual day-to-day work. Great environment outside of the IT department. Very reasonable benefits. Great work location if you live on north side of town.

    Cons

    The most senior IT leadership is inexperienced and untrusting of all but select few insiders, who non-surprisingly, also primarily seem to consist of people with limited experience -- particularly IT experience outside of Huntsman. Business not engaged with IT, and as a result, leadership problems are not transparent outside of IT. Cost metrics are all that matter -- no concern about customer satisfaction, quality, or performance. There is a clear environment of intimidation, particularly toward those who question the status quo -- even if they are trying to bring about improvement. Order of the day -- keep your head low, don't question leadership, collect your paycheck, and survive another day without being belittled. Be a yes man, and compliment leadership regularly for their genius..and you'll survive fine. Make a recommendation on how to mature or improve IT performance, and you'll be brow beat to the door very soon.

    Advice to Management

    Being a leader is about hiring talented people, always improving, taking advice from others, giving credit to others, enabling your team, and inspiring others through your vision, commitment, having humility, and integrity. Today, you (and you know who 'you' are) operate exactly opposite of this...and that is a problem.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Contractors are treated like crap

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    Former Employee - Account Administrator in The Woodlands, TX
    Former Employee - Account Administrator in The Woodlands, TX

    I worked at Huntsman Corp

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Handsome salary. Nice facility.Great location but long commute to Woodlands.

    Cons

    Horrible treatment as contractors. Everyone must wear a tie.

    Advice to Management

    Treat contractors fairly.

  3. Helpful (2)

    No exaggeration, The worst company ever.

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    Former Employee - IT Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    I worked at Huntsman Corp full-time (less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Nothing positive to say

    Cons

    Where do I start. The IT Org lead by the CIO and Director and minions spends 90% of time making sure they manage each other instead of actually managing the IT work and providing services to the users and when they need to make a decision everyone is involved from all level making it impossible to actually accomplish anything.
    My experience with this company was very negative given the above and especially since they advertise themselves as a family company and boast about caring about employees when in fact its the Opposite.

    Senior managers are not senior and incompetent still managing IT using processes used 10 years ago and convinced they are doing it right.
    Sincere advice stay away from this company and save yourself the headache.

    Advice to Management

    Change your IT management!
    Changing processes is only good if you have people who can apply it and Measure it.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Uncertainty requirements

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Huntsman Corp full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    The salary scheme does meet to the market standard.

    Cons

    The progress on the re-org is continuing with unknown status.
    Negative mindset with no confidence towards the whole organization.
    No career roadmap for individual, except for selective associates who are in bosses' "good shoes".

    Lack of Leadership and Teamwork. Middle management manipulates their subordinates.
    No guidance is given, especially in crucial situations.
    Inflexible thoughts and guidelines.

    Low self esteem working as either contractors or associates.

  6. Helpful (5)

    Corporation with questionable background and secrets.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Brussels (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Brussels (Belgium)

    I have been working at Huntsman Corp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It has paid my bills.

    Cons

    Incompatent and undecided managers. Micro-management. Discrimination against non-mormons. Very low level IT with a negative impact on the job.
    The leadership cannot keep the speed up with the acquisitions of new plants so data base and systems are chaotic, unreliable.
    Top management buys most of the plants to satisfy short term plans or even speculation purpose. So the co-workers in the plants hate the top management in HQs. This thing actually poisons the environment.
    Corporation cannot keep outsourced activities under control. (Finance, IT)
    Topmanagement dishonest with employees and investors.
    HR unreliable and spread untrue gossips about displaced colleagues.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Huntsman have ruined the once great CIBA polymers division

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    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Technology Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Huntsman Corp full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None. The company is a dead end. Moving Headquarters to Texas has proved to be the deathknell of the Basel operation. They have reduced their footprint in the town again and again until it is now almost unsustainable.

    Cons

    They only survive by employing cross border workers who can manage on the salaries offered. There is no career progression at all, no future planning. Management jump from one crisis to another and as a result change strategy and organization on a yearly basis. The inside joke for current employees who find themselves in an unsatisfactory position is that they only have to wait until the next reorganization for it to be solved. Anyone considering joining should know that the location is very likely to close in the coming years.

    Advice to Management

    Leave. You have done a terrible job over the last 2-3 years.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Titanic

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global R&D Manager in Basel (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Global R&D Manager in Basel (Switzerland)

    I worked at Huntsman Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation scheme, location in Basel

    Cons

    No future, lack of leadership, no retention of valuable people

    Advice to Management

    Don't change your plans and restructure the organisation each 2 years,

  9. Helpful (5)

    Identity Crisis hits the business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Basel (Switzerland)

    I have been working at Huntsman Corp full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    None, do not consider joining. The company has lost its way and most predict that it will cose down within 2 years

    Cons

    Current management has lost it's way and prefers to let McKinsey rule their destiny. I predict a strong decline in coming quarters. Customers will experience declines in service levels.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like people.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Prior to purchase of Ciba by Huntsman, very pleasant and enjoying, however Huntsman upper management is incompetent.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Textiles
    Former Employee - Technical Textiles

    I worked at Huntsman Corp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    International company with good benefits.

    Cons

    Must be "yes man" to advance. Management out of touch with reality; no feel for the industry. Micromanagement rampant. High emphasis on unimportant details. No trust of employees. Fixated on outside advice.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of the office and into the front line and learn business.

  11. Helpful (3)

    Culture and Diversity in the workplace

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Huntsman Corp

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Location is excellent.
    -Benefits package is more than what is typically offered.
    -Pension and 401k plans are very well planned.

    Cons

    -Leadership is limited. The current style of leadership is lacking and does not show any diversity. It is very one sided and there are no advocates for the employees.

    Advice to Management

    The leadership teams should become more diverse and listen to the employee base before making decisions. The salaries and merit raises should be fair across the board and not based on one person.

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