Akzo Nobel Worldwide Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Akzo Nobel Worldwide CEO Ton Büchner
Ton Büchner
45 Ratings

Pros
  • Depending on your manager, you can get a great work life balance (in 12 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management is disorganized at times (in 3 reviews)

  • Talent is scarce within AkzoNobel (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Former Employee Definately would go back

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    Former Employee - Paint Specialist in Rockwall, TX
    Former Employee - Paint Specialist in Rockwall, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great team, great opportunity to learn if a person has drive

    Cons

    as many companies do, job placement is very lean due to economy after many years of service had no where to go at time of position deletion


  2. Helpful (1)

    overtime

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    Current Employee - Paintmaking in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Paintmaking in Columbus, OH

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Plenty of overtime and plenty of money

    Cons

    Money vs. Having a life

    Advice to Management

    stopping working the new people to death


  3. Supply Chain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    The people are fantastic. They are good people who bring s lot to table and add a lot of value

    Cons

    Certain Management is completely ineffective. Their lack of knowledge prevents real development of employees. Lack of internal development creates a lot of pressure and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Leave


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  5. Akzonobel company culture

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Well organized and HR is strong

    Cons

    System is slow for process


  6. Great place to work

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    Former Employee - Administrative in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great job. good pay & benefits

    Cons

    restructuring positions all the time


  7. chemical operator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rahway, NJ

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    You can grow in the company

    Cons

    No cons in this company


  8. Still a good company but headed in the wrong direction

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, strong mentor culture in surface chemistry U.S. The best company to work for in comparison to it's peers.

    Cons

    Losing identity/ successful culture with intense internal focus and over-lapping initiatives. Over-reliance on consultants usurping skilled management leadership. Compensation of employees now 10-15% under the market which is leading to talent drain.

    Advice to Management

    Use of consultants is a necessary evil and for the most part the company has been doing well. The internal cost crunch to hit the numbers is in the early stages of diminishing returns. Give your talented employees at least nominal salary increases to manage the talent drain on the front end. If you wait until key employees have other job opportunities it will either be too late or cost much more to retain them. Falling back on a 'managing the millennial' system approach will not translate well to the chemical industry.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Would be a great place if they valued current employees as much as new ones

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, location and opportunity to move in the organization

    Cons

    The company does NOT treat it's existing employees fairly. It's not uncommon for employees with more than 3-5 years experience in the group to be making 15-25% less than new hires off the street doing the same job. Promotions are limited to 10% pay increase even if your 25% below market. Lateral moves are 2-3% with annual raises being below national averages. They prefer the good people leave so they can pay high recruiting fees, higher wages than the old employee would have been excited to get and to replace them with lower quality workers thus burdening the remaining quality staff even more. To top it off they constantly state how they want good engagement and need to focus on attracting and RETAINING talent... Pay them fairly. The dividends are 10 fold

    Advice to Management

    Align salaries amongst roles, learn to reward tenure in your people.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Good pay, bad atmosphere

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    Current Employee - Production in Pontiac, MI
    Current Employee - Production in Pontiac, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The pay is good and the 401k is good also.

    Cons

    The benefits are not very good. High deductibles and high weekly cost. Morale is low and management doesn't care about employees.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect.


  11. Specialist

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    Former Employee - Benefit Leave Specialist in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Benefit Leave Specialist in Chicago, IL

    Pros

    They offer Great benefits and time off programs for work/life balance

    Cons

    No specialized training in JOB SPECIFIC area's

    Advice to Management

    What works in foreign countries IS NOT gauranteed to work in the US



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