Akzo Nobel Worldwide

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Akzo Nobel Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
103 Reviews
3.3
103 Reviews
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Akzo Nobel Worldwide CEO Ton Büchner
Ton Büchner
27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Relaxed environment, nice colleagues, good work/life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Good people to work with, but many don't stay for long (in 6 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management is hired in from outside the company and is quite clueless about running this industry (in 5 reviews)

  • upper management too far removed from production sites (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A Wonderful Work environment.

    Current Employee - Formulating Chemist  in  Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Formulating Chemist in Troy, MI

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great resources and experienced staff.

    Cons

    Disorganized IT and Raw material storage and ordering.

  2.  

    Slash, cut, and be surprised with poor results

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It serves a variety of fairly attractive markets.

    Cons

    Draconian HR practices. Examples: tuition reimbursement program capped to a mere 25,000 euro for a degree, requires you to be at least MM3, and 3 years of strings attached. Forced grading of 10% of the population as being "below target", etc. Very European-centric.

    As a collection of businesses cobbled together through years of acquisitions, there are very few locations with a critical mass to make you feel like you are part of something bigger. A march to reducing the number of sites has begun the loss of critical knowledge and skills.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have now launched and educated the majority of the company on a new set of values, it is time to actually MEASURE your upper and mid-level managers on THEIR compliance with those behaviors and act on those measurements. Jettison the Dilbert-esque engagement survey process. Take a very close look at your HR practices and consider rebalancing them so that they somehow become somehow to the employees. Begin to look at your businesses through the lens of how to make them grow rather than how to slash costs out of them. That might mean liberating them to owners that understand them and putting that cash into businesses that you actually understand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    I enjoyed being employed at Akzo Nobel because they treated me very well.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist  in  Fayetteville, NC
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist in Fayetteville, NC

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    They paid their staff very well, they did not discriminate against their staff and gave individuals a chance, regardless of their race. They just asked their staff to commit to giving their customers 100%.

    Cons

    Akzo Nobel could not give us a permanent job. I was hired in contract status.

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  5.  

    Used to be a great place to work, unfortunatly, not any longer.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Everyone really cares about the customer and doing a quality job for them.

    Cons

    Company is trying to change everything too fast. Future is questionable. If you care about the completing your assigned activities, you are expected to work 60-70 hours on a normal basis.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    This is a great company to work for!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Lots of freedom to work. The pay is very good. The benefits are even better.

    Cons

    Their expenses are outrageous. The need to do better at planning for the future. The sales needs to work with the supply and not against them. They are both on the same team.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job controlling expenses. Do better at communicating budgets both expense and sales.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Used to be a great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    there are some very talented people within the organizations
    benefits are good when comparing to other similar companies

    Cons

    advancement based more on who you have befriended than the quality of your work.
    work life balance is tricky, and getting worse with constant systems changes
    upper management too far removed from production sites
    new forced systems have added nothing but inefficiency at lower levels - tools to do your job are not available.
    too many initiatives flowing downward without those above understanding how the actual processes work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make your way into the plants, understand the issues at hand, listen to those who are trying hard to tell you what they need to do their jobs. People at the site really do want to do a good job, but cant with systems that do not work, lead to inefficiencies and provide erroneous data. Stop the initiative pushing and instead pull up improvements utilizing the knowledge of those who know the processes inside out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    my experience was exciting and richly rewarding.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Branch Manager  in  Oakland, CA
    Former Employee - Branch Manager in Oakland, CA

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are many avenues to grow and the learning opportunities are limitless

    Cons

    Promotions may require some travel or moving to other areas of the country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust some of the unsung heroes in your company and don't be afraid to polish that diamond in the rough, they may become your greatest asset.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    European company does not understand how to do business in the US.

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    Former Employee - Office Staff  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Office Staff in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent Pay, Good Benefits, Care about Safety

    Cons

    Always worried about losing your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote from within. Focus on making money instead of always trying to save money. Hire local people that are expirenced in your industry.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Cost cutters with communication on a need-to-know basis

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Union, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Union, NJ

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Worldwide resources, used to be great benefits, strong brands with large market share.

    Cons

    Talent leaves, cost-driven to a fault now, they are burdened by past mistakes. Too much clerical work, not enough time to do the job. Management promotes pencil-pushers, not talented people with ideas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop running off talent and listen to your employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide

    Pros

    Company is finally trying to develop its people.
    They promote cross-functional career development.
    Excellent 401(k) matching.

    Cons

    Career can stagnate a bit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more idea sharing among different businesses and locations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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