BASF Corporation Reviews in Iselin, NJ

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Pros
  • Everyone also seems to understand the importance of a good work-life balance (in 28 reviews)

  • Employee development, tuition reimbursement, relaxed environment, and other good benefits (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work loads can be difficult to maintain a healthy work/life balance (in 13 reviews)

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

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    PDP Intern Class of 2013

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    Former Employee - R&D Engineering Intern  in  Iselin, NJ
    Former Employee - R&D Engineering Intern in Iselin, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Competitive pay, broad range of exposure to real work world experience, ambassador duties to represent the company, seminars on what BASF stands for and brings to the world in making a better place.

    Cons

    BASF is not as well known to non-preferred universities and many other qualified engineering majors may miss a great opportunity with "the chemical company," due to lack of awareness.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spread the word to non-directly recruited universities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Getting used to being paid more to do less

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    Current Employee - Associate Chemist  in  Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Chemist in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    -Great health benefits
    -Increase in paid vacation from 2 to 3 weeks
    -Flexibility in work schedule
    -Good compensation
    -Short commute to work

    Cons

    -Mindset of employees who have worked here for 30+ years which makes being innovative problematic
    -Inability to get management's approval for flexible scheduling
    -Routine work that is made to seem like it is more than what it is
    -Inability to advance career due to insignificance of current department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice to management is to listen to customers and really apply changes to the way company is run. Hire new employees for new perspectives and use forced retirement for older employees. Older employees can be utilized as consultants at pre-arranged rates. Management can also apply a new business model, something similar to the way Semco works.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Positive with lots of opportunity for career growth

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Global company that exposes you to the dynamics of the global economy. There is a lot of opportunity for career growth early in your career if you join with the appropriate degrees.

    Cons

    You must work internationally and be willing to move in a moments notice to ensure a healthy upward trajectory. Base salary is slightly low for the area, but benefits are top of class.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value and incentivise those individuals who remain loyal to given business groups for the duration of the career as much as those who frequently move across business groups. The experience of long term individuals within one group is irreplaceable.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not for the next generation

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 401k, tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, and vision
    Internationally known company
    Reasonable hours
    Minimal work effort depending on department

    Cons

    Downside is that most of the employees have been at the company for 15+ years minimum and do not recongnize that the corporate landscape has changed. Believing that what work 10, 15, 20 years ago still applies is like putting your head in the sand. Immediate supervisors are threatened by younger employees and micromange in order to drive the employee away from their positions. Mentality of "do as I say and not as I do" plays big role in assignment of tasks. Complaints to upper management fall on deaf ears as long as the complaint cannot lead to a lawsuit. Most likely reply will be "This is the way corporate America works" or "You're being too sensitive" Inconsistant directions are constantly given. If you are the low/new man on the totem pole, expect to do all of the work for everyone above you. Despite what your title may be when hire, more than likely you will be reduced to an adminstration assistant, answering emails, writing reports, documenting data and having your boss take all of the credit for discovering something that you told them about 5 months prior.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to spend time in the lab/projects in order to understand how their areas function. Numerous times has management appeared in my area and are not even aware of what our capabilities are. Managers should walk a mile in their employees shoes for the day.

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

    BASF - A difficult place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    1) Excellent benefits package
    2) Convenient Location
    3) Stable company with a diverse technology and product portfoilio
    4) Extensive resources

    Cons

    1) Mind-set of a commodities business, not Products oriented
    2) Zero understanding of acquired businesses, business models, technologies
    3) Poorly managed
    4) Horribly low salaries in commercial areas
    5) Heavy workload on non-job-related actvity - 60% of time on "reporting", 40% spent on actual job
    6) More interested in market research than development, production, sales, quality, customer needs
    7) Extremely low morale, high attrition
    8) Acquisition legacy employees treated horribly - zero opportunity for advancement
    9) Service platforms are cumbersome and difficult to work with - and at enormous overhead cost

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please allow acquired companies that were heretofore successful to operate unencumbered under legacy organizational structures. Too many changes to organizations, reporting mechanisms, business unit structures (i.e. regional versus global), results in horribly low morale and employee dissatisfaction. Many workers here are intent on leaving ASAP, but are hindered by a bad economic environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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