Akzo Nobel Worldwide Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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Akzo Nobel Worldwide CEO Ton Büchner
Ton Büchner
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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
  • Senior management is hired in from outside the company and is quite clueless about running this industry (in 5 reviews)

  • I felt that upper management had a master plan to influence middle management to berate employees (in 3 reviews)

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  1. nice place to work

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    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Illinois in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    friendly people, global so you get to meet people from all over the world

    Cons

    not very structured, lots of organizational changes currently

  2. Supply Chain

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide

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

    Pros

    Great salary and benefits overall. Excellent focus on sustainability

    Cons

    Not very good communication and coordination between their businesses

    Advice to Management

    Need to treat employees with more respect and decentralize more responsibility outside of The Netherlands

  3. Warehouse Manager

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    Current Employee - Cell Manager in High Point, NC
    Current Employee - Cell Manager in High Point, NC

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

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

    Pros

    employees are very nice and want the best for the company ready to help and solve problems if you ask. People like their jobs and want to succeed.

    Cons

    Management is not open with plans for the future which causes resentment among staff. People are afraid for their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    invest in the employee they know more than managers

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  5. Cultured changed to be very stock market oriented after the current CEO Ton was on-board.

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A big platform, lots of opportunities working with clients in different industries.

    Cons

    Processes are not in place in many cases - need to explore by yourself

    Advice to Management

    While working on performance in order to get a good stock price, also look at long term effect in terms of talent investment and retention

  6. Helpful (2)

    Decent company, crappy HR policies

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    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Staff Accountant in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide

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

    Pros

    People are good. 401k matching and pension are very good. Healthcare is very low priced for single individuals.

    Cons

    HR policies. They literally would rather hire an external applicant for more money versus paying an internal applicant, that is better suited, similar pay. They have a pay raise cap at 10%. So if you make $50k and get promoted to a managerial position, the most you can make is $55k. If you were external, you'd make $90k. It makes zero sense.

    Advice to Management

    Fix HR, decrease turnover.

  7. Good work environment, not the flashiest of companies. Strongly science oriented.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Values in part adopted from Dutch parent company

    Cons

    Kind of slow and non-sexy.

  8. I loved working in the Waukegan illinois location. Low pay but fairly good work enviroment

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    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Waukegan, IL
    Former Employee - Support Engineer in Waukegan, IL

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people are awesome at the Waukegan location.

    Cons

    Low pay that is about it. Restructuring means departments have been closing for a few years

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.

  9. One of the Best Companies I Have Ever Worked For

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great company, great benefits, great people. I thoroughly enjoyed my time there. I was also compensated very, very well. I cannot say enough about how great the benefits are at Akzo Nobel. Akzo Nobel is also very committed to the professional growth of it's employees. They have a great tuition reimbursement programs and plenty of opportunities to learn and grow.

    Cons

    There were a lot of very long hours. Work-life balance in my case was not always the best. It is a huge, international corporation so they seem to restructure and let people go a lot, which is what happened to me and my position.

    Advice to Management

    Management is very competent.

  10. A forward thinking company that believes in being the best in safety and continuous improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    There was a great benefits package with competitive salary. There are a lot of long term employees there that truly believe in company growth. There are several positive restructure changes that will streamline the top heavy management group to allow better flow of changes in the system.

    Cons

    This company is terrible with timely and accurate communication and real time material management. They are just getting into the pillars of lean manufacturing but they are changing to many things across the company too fast. They want to grow but they don't wait long enough to see the fruits before they change something else again.

  11. Currently in second year as a Lab Tech in QC Lab.

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Salisbury, NC
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Salisbury, NC

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Decent salary, downtime, schedule flexibility, good benefits.

    Cons

    Swing 12 hour shifts, no growth potential

    Advice to Management

    Offer tiered lab positions that give room to grow.

Akzo Nobel Worldwide Photos

Het hoofdkantoor van Akzo Nobel aan de Zuidas in Amsterdam. (Photo thanks to Flickr user Shirley de Jong, Some Rights Reserved)
Akzo Nobel Deco, Werk Köln (Photo thanks to Wikimedia user Raimond Spekking, Some Rights Reserved)
Bilde av Akzo Nobels hovedkvarter på Sofiemyr utenfor Oslo (Photo thanks to Wikimedia user Janfma, Some Rights Reserved)

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