BASF Corporation Reviews in Florham Park, NJ

Updated August 17, 2014
Updated August 17, 2014
289 Reviews
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Pros
  • great work life balance, lots of responsibility at an early stage in career (in 22 reviews)

  • Employee development, tuition reimbursement, relaxed environment, and other good benefits (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • No work/life balance, expected to be available 24/7, work on vacations (in 10 reviews)

  • Collaborative, strategic decision making can at times be confusing causing missed opportunities (in 7 reviews)

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    Employment at BASF

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    Former Employee - Events Marketing Department  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Events Marketing Department in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Good place to grow and learn. Promote from within when possible.

    Cons

    Very heavy workloads. Short staffed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to be more in touch with the workload of the employees in the trenches.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Fundamentally a commodity chemical company trying to reinvent itself

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    BASF makes money by being a very efficient manufacturer of commodity chemicals. It is attempting to improve performance it is attempting to reinvent itself as a specialty chemical company to extract greater value.

    Cons

    Being part of this transformation is exciting and at the same time very frustrating as many working for BASF have skills sets useful to a commodity focused business. These individuals struggle to contribute in a meaningful way to the new value oriented business model.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Trouble Ahead

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice bragging rights to say you are working at the largest chemical company in the world.

    The company is is very strong financially.

    If you take initiative you can deal with other parts of the world.

    Cons

    Forget about a career unless you are German. The current trend is the promotion of German females. The nest best thing is an American with a German last name.

    The Company is totally inflexible in every regard and this extends even to customer engagements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cannot run the Company today based old principles from the 1950's.

    Trouble is ahead unless change is made.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great benefits, poor culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    BASF is a large and diverse company, therefore it is successful. If you are in a prospering business like oil and gas, good for you. Since we have businesses like these, there is perceived stability, great pay, good health benefits, 401K matching, tuition reimbursement, etc. The basic package is great. The work life balance is also really great.

    Cons

    If you are in a struggling business than you have no job security because BASF always go through reorganization streaks. This is not a company that truly cares about it's people. It comes up on many diversity and happy lists but in reality, all the benefits they offer are really just to attract talent and add to their corporate brand. They don't truly care. It is corporate America after all. Most decisions are made in germany so there is no regional empowerment. After a while of being a puppet, you realize how stifled you are and you're creative light slowly dies away. Most leaders are not leaders at all - they are managers. They do not know how to inspire and motivate employees to make a difference and to make change. Change is stifled by red tape and decisions are dragged out. You will never be promoted. You always have to APPLY for jobs internally. There are no promotions. If you want to have a job that pays well...this is the place for you. If you want a fulfilling job...than go somewhere else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more sincere. Stop micromanaging - you hire people to do things and make decisions - let them do that. Allow more time and flexibility for new ideas. Be inspirational and walk the walk. Increase communication channels at all levels. Kill the hierarchy and lengthy processes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Innovative, stable company with excellent total offer and focus on sustainability

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong commitment to 'doing the right thing', especially when it comes to safety and sustainability; very good pay and benefits; ability to telework helps with work / ife balance; very committed to professional development and learning; long-term strategic focus and conservative approach make it a reliable, profitable company; increasing focus on employee health and wellness

    Cons

    Large, complex global organization sometimes leads to slow decision making; can be heirarchical at times

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more, talk less.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Pricing Analyst

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    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Pricing Analyst in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Competitive pay, telecommuting, strong benefits, 401 K matching

    Cons

    No work/life balance, expected to be available 24/7, work on vacations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great opportunities to grow

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    As long as you meet company halfway your opportunities to work within different areas and businesses can be yours. Mobility helps...alot..
    Stable company
    Growing company
    Safe company
    Pays well

    Cons

    Very process orientated
    Matrix level org not for everyone
    Depending on group or manager always riding the line of being innovative vs. consistently conservative
    Not all groups live the proverbial "work/life" balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be able to take a risk on developing people who are outside of the box in qualifications
    Stop taking everything soooo seriously.. we want to be safe, we want to be results orientated yes.. but encourage free thinking and creative expression

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great place to start out

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    An Industry leader with tons of resources, and an extremely smart / professional workforce. Very strong company values and strong management teams.

    Cons

    Being so large, lots of bureaucracy which can make it difficult to move up. A little bit old-fashioned / close-minded compared to equivalent US companies. Minimal life/work balance, although that seems to be changing. Either way, they demand a lot and employees seem constantly stressed, overloaded and overworked (more so than others considering that's the situation everywhere). Pay is probably at or slightly above industry average - if you get hired from outside. Pay increases for continuing employees was pretty low, even those with high merit scores.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Considering the unlimited resources and cash on hand, increase headcount to promote more work / life balance and lessen the load for individuals and certain business units.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Global Company

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    Former Employee - Contractor  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Contractor in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Got to work on some challenging projects and interact with people at all levels of the company

    Cons

    My manager was only out for herself. She was not accessible for important decisions and delegated decision making to a subordinate who did not have the experience necessary for the position.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Good experience until BASF purchased company I worked for.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager  in  Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, diverse work force.

    Cons

    Business division has too many silos and bureaucracy to make effective decisions in a timely manner. Very inwardly focused and tend to lose sight of what the customer is looking for in a business partner. Organic growth in specialty chemicals is stifled as a result.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remove obstacles to the sales process. Become more nimble as a business. Understand customer needs better in the specialty chemical markets and properly match up your offerings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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