DSM – Why Work For Us?

Be in the right place to make a difference
DSM is a place where great and diverse minds come together to understand and improve life. We’re a Life Sciences and Materials Sciences company where unusual career paths are the norm. And where if you think you can do it…you probably can (with a little help of course).

At DSM Bright Science. Brighter Living. is a living brand. Our mission and brand promise are supported by our core value: Sustainability. Everything we do should contribute to a more sustainable world and so every day thousands of people at DSM use their expertise to improve peoples’ lives in ways big and small.

Your career path is up to you

What makes DSM different? Our business demands innovation, which means that our doors – and our minds – are wide open. We’re proud of the fact that we stimulate people to decide for themselves what career path they want to take. Then we encourage them to keep on developing their skills and knowledge. We need people who can find different ways of adding value and contributing. Most importantly, we want original thinkers who will challenge us, stretch us and move us forward.

A truly international company

There is no single, linear career path at DSM – in fact, unusual career paths and ‘cross-pollination’ are encouraged. In line with our strategy of aggressive global expansion, we offer increasing opportunities to live and work overseas: in fact, we have more than 200 sites and offices in more than 50 countries on five continents. And although we’re headquartered in the Netherlands, our working language is English.

What can you do for us?

We’re an established, ambitious and growing company. What about you? Do you:

  • See your work in the context of society and the planet at large?
  • Have creative ideas that can be turned into practical applications?
  • Adapt quickly to the changing world around us?
  • Challenge conventional thinking in an open and collaborative way?

If the answers to these questions are yes, then it’s time to get in touch with us.

The DSM Experience

Working for DSM is about doing something meaningful to improve people’s lives. DSM develops innovative sustainable solutions to many of the world’s most important challenges. This means doing everything we can to spark, nurture and realize our people’s bright ideas, translating customer needs into new opportunities, in a working environment that promotes health, personal initiative, an entrepreneurial mind set and inspirational leadership.

Forward thinking

DSM is a forward-thinking company with a strong focus on developing and maintaining market-leading skills and expertise to solve the key challenges facing society today. It is our purpose to create brighter lives for people today and generations to come. We recognize that the on-going success of DSM depends on the continuous identification, development, engagement and reward of our people across all functions of the business.

Performance with purpose

DSM is an ambitious, performance-driven company, with a progressive and purposeful approach to sustainable long-term goals (People, Planet, Profit.) We encourage our people to aim high, and strive to ensure they receive the support they need to achieve and maintain success. We are performance-driven and values-led.

Collaborative action

DSM recognizes the need for fast and decisive action. This means effective teamwork at all levels, and actively sharing and building on our global knowledge and expertise with colleagues and the external world. We share, we decide, we move forward.

Embracing differences

DSM fosters inclusion and diversity to mirror internationalization and drive innovation, creativity and sustainability. We embrace and encourage differences and are striving to create a more diverse workforce to drive high performance, and an inclusive and inspiring working environment.

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    Great Company but could be even better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at DSM full-time (more than 8 years)

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    Passionate employees; drive for excellence is shared by all employees; employees are encouraged to be professionally curious and take chances; very direct culture (no meetings after the meetings) the Dutch culture tells it as it is! No company re-invents themselves better than DSM.


    Resources, resources, resources in regions outside of the NL; decision making sometimes centralized in the NL, consensus style of decision making slows down the process.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize regional differences and empower the regions accordingly; hold leaders accountable if you make a promise you need to deliver

DSM Interviews

Updated Apr 13, 2015

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    Ceramic Production Interview

    Accepted Offer
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    Accepted Offer
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    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3+ monthsinterviewed at DSM (Exton, PA) in August 2014.


    Long and drawn out. It took months waiting for a response about potential employment opportunities. The interview was involved. Met with HR, direct manager then upper management. Got a complete tour of facilities and production areas.

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Additional Info

Website www.dsm.com
Headquarters Heerlen, Netherlands
Size 5000+ Employees
Type Company - Public (DSM)
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Competitors DuPont, BASF Group, Bayer AG

DSM – Bright Science. Brighter Living.

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