BASF Corporation Reviews

Updated April 13, 2015
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  1. Featured Review

    Opportunity knocks, answer the door.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

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

    Pros

    The benefits package is excellent. When it was time to plan for college for our son, we used the benefit "college coach" to help us with the process.
    I have worked here 12 years and have traveled all over the world and the United States on projects. great personal and professional development

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime and at times very high stress levels

    BASF Corporation Response

    Apr 24, 2015Manager, Talent Sourcing & Employment Branding

    Thank you for your review. It is great to hear that you are taking advantage of the benefits such as the "college coach". Work-life balance is very important to use and we continue to find new ways ... More

  2. Systems Analyst

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    BASF is a great company to work for. The work family balance has improved significantly over the years. Also working with such exceptional colleagues, makes the experience even more enjoyable. I hope to have many more years contributing to the success of BASF.

    Cons

    A few departments (certainly not all) have a difficult 'team' environment. Making it a more competitive environment than things should be, esp. within a team. True entrepreneurial and collaborative behavior includes absolute teamwork, support, flexibility and work integrity, in my opinion. Statements like "that is not your job" or "make sure you cover yourself", shouldn't ever need to be heard.

    Advice to Management

    I read a great quote once... "People do not leave companies, they leave managers." Such a shame with a company as great as BASF.

  3. Happy to work for a solid company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Export Manager D2D Accountable in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Export Manager D2D Accountable in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Difficult to advance too much competition within the company

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  5. Great company overall

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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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great cafeteria, great benefits, work-life balance

    Cons

    hard for contractors to become permanent

    BASF Corporation Response

    Feb 6, 2015Manager, Talent Sourcing & Employment Branding

    Thank you for taking the time to write the review. We encourage you to keep looking for permanent positions and apply!

  6. The company no one knows..

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation

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

    Pros

    Innovative new building, many different state of the art products

    Cons

    It isn't widely known despite being the number 1 chemical company in the world, HR can be harsh and revoke verbal job employment offers when negotiating, the building is located in the middle of nowhere.

    Advice to Management

    The number 1 chemical company in the world needs to be known for being number 1, so employees can feel proud and the company can attract top talent. HR needs work to be more personable and not hasty.

    BASF Corporation Response

    Nov 11, 2014Manager, Talent Sourcing & Employment Branding

    We are sorry that you did not have a good experience. The only circumstance under which BASF retracts offers is when the background check requirements are not met.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Conservative and Steady

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment
    Great People - vast majority are interested in establishing and maintaining productive work relationships
    Great Benefits - Healthcare, Tuition Reimbursement, Strong 401K
    Flexible work arrangements (virtual office is an option for some roles)
    Work life balance
    Option to spend 3 to 5 years working abroad or overseas

    Cons

    Company wants to see you spend 3 years in your role before moving on. However, there is a steady flow of employees who spend as little as one year in their roles before moving on.
    Promotions are based on management favorites
    Must have a chemical background (chemistry or chemical engineering) for most roles
    Limited opportunities for minorities... you have to be white to be noticed
    Most jobs call for technical experience that is not actually necessary
    Hiring Managers are not brave enough to look at non-chemistry backgrounds for promotions

    Advice to Management

    If Company Policy allows for movement in 3 years, please do not force employees to pay meaningless "taxes" in their role for longer than they have to. Expand virtual work options for non-production roles such as sales, product management, supply chain, marketing etc. Commit to better utilizing employee skills to improve your business.

    BASF Corporation Response

    Oct 16, 2014Manager, Talent Sourcing & Employment Branding

    Thank you for taking the time to share your thoughts and concerns. We appreciate your feedback and hope you find the following information helpful.
    BASF Corporation's current policy does not
    ... More

  8. Employment at BASF

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Events Marketing Department in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Contractor - Events Marketing Department in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation as a contractor (More than a year)

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Very heavy workloads. Short staffed.

    Advice to Management

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

  9. Helpful (2)

    Fundamentally a commodity chemical company trying to reinvent itself

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Trouble Ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Florham Park, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    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 Management

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

    Trouble is ahead unless change is made.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Great benefits, poor culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (More than 5 years)

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

    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 Management

    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.

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