BASF Corporation

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BASF Corporation Reviews in New York City, NY

Updated January 12, 2015
Updated January 12, 2015
327 Reviews
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Pros
  • Everyone also seems to understand the importance of a good work-life balance (in 30 reviews)

  • Employee development, tuition reimbursement, relaxed environment, and other good benefits (in 28 reviews)


Cons
  • Work loads can be difficult to maintain a healthy work/life balance (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Conservative and Steady

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    • 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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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
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  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of wasted potential

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Rockaway, NJ
    Former Employee - IT Manager in Rockaway, NJ

    I worked at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Strong performing company that offers profit-sharing (bonuses) and stock purchasing. Good opportunities for advancement at lower levels, but can hit the ceiling after a few years, after which it is difficult to advance without a direct report-to retiring or moving to another company.

    Cons

    Can be a great place to work if you have a good manager. Unfortunately, they are few and far between. Most managers tend to be self-serving and do not recognize the more talented people under their supervision, instead following the good-ole-boy philosophy and rewarding the brown-noses. Co-workers can tend to be more concerned with covering their own behinds rather than being successful. HR is non-existent unless they are covering up for management mistakes. Long hours are expected but not rewarded. Very stressful environmemt. Most of the time, when a co-worker leaves their position, their responsibilities are divided up amongst their peers and added to their workload instead of hiring or promoting a replacement. Pay people what they are worth – I was stuck in a go-nowhere position for 10 years with a string of bad managers, so left the company and now make over 50% more than when I worked for BASF and have none of the stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weed out the bad managers. You have a lot of exceptional talent that is being wasted by not being recognized and rewarded for their hard work. That is why your best people leave. Promote from within and stop with the head-count reduction. Do not assign workloads that cannot be accomplished without working 50 hour weeks. Reorganize the bonus structure. You do not need to balance out your performance reviews for each group to average five out of ten. It is actually possible for everyone in a group to be exceptional compared to the expectations of their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    The company no one knows..

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    • 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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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.

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    Promotions are not based on Skill/Knowledge, ONLY depends who you know.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work-life balance. Benefits above average. Some tracks are on cutting edge, can get great exposure.

    Cons

    Promotions are not often, selected folks (some are without appropriate skills) are pushed thru the system. if you are not the one, will have a tough time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    let them figure it out!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Employment at BASF

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    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 (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
  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    Trouble Ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • 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)

    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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fundamentally a commodity chemical company trying to reinvent itself

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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)

    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
  9.  

    payroll

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Payroll in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Payroll in Edison, NJ

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

    Pros

    location hours culture values time

    Cons

    hours balance benefits time leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    BASF, The Chemical Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist I in Union, NJ
    Current Employee - Chemist I in Union, NJ

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

    Pros

    -salary
    -benefits
    -advancement opportunities
    -people in the lab

    Cons

    -I can't think of anything

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • 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 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

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