BASF Corporation

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BASF Corporation Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
327 Reviews
3.8
327 Reviews
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BASF Corporation Chairman & CEO Hans Engel
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great internship experience

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Research Intern in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Great, cooperative environment
    Great compensation

    Cons

    I can't think of any

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good Company to work for. But could be a Great Company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Global growth and the ability to transfer globally, Process focused organization. Good opportunities for advancement at lower levels, but can hit the ceiling after a few years, after which it is difficult to advance.

    Cons

    Can be a great place to work if you have a good manager. Some managers only appear to be thinking about themselves and do not recognize the talents of the people reporting to them. Long hours are expected but not rewarded, Work Life balance is talked about but needs improvement.
    HR. is just there to pass out the 1-800 numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Expect more or Demand more from the managers. The company has a lot of exceptional and talented people working for them. They are not being recognized or rewarded for their hard work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company but a little to conservative

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Salaries and benefits, stability and career advancement

    Cons

    Tough environment for women, still dominated by men

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat all your employees fairly regardless of gender

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    BASF Product Manager

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Great autonomy, Process focused organization

    Cons

    Training was good but infrequent

  6.  

    NA

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Great Company
    Great Benefits
    Great Salaries

    Cons

    Work-life balance is challenge. Lots of meetings.

  7.  

    Account management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Good compensation. Great benefits. Values family and life balance.

    Cons

    Upward mobility can be tough

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    BASF Corporation Response

    Jan 8, 2015Manager, Talent Sourcing & Employment Branding

    Thank you for taking the time to comment. As you are pointing out, our benefits are great, but we do not stop there. Improvements have been made for 2015 to an already very competitive package. We ... More

  8.  

    Overall good experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Pay, benefits, coworkers was very helpful

    Cons

    Upper management was very pessimesti

  9.  

    Strong Organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Well managed, good benefits, strong leadership, fair compensation

    Cons

    Tight control from Germany, sometimes slow to react to changing conditions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should give more autonomy to non-European organization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Don't do temp work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Some of the managers seemed decent

    Cons

    Long hours, no growth. Low compensation. Hard work not recognized.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your temp workers better.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of wasted potential

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    • 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

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