BASF Corporation Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
282 Reviews

3.9
282 Reviews
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BASF Corporation Chairman & CEO Hans Engel
Hans Engel
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Review Highlights

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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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed environment with opportunities for employee development

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Employee development, tuition reimbursement, relaxed environment, and other good benefits

    Cons

    It is so big that sometimes it feels like you are forgotten

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small time player in Ag Biotech market

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    International corporation with excellent benefits. Potential international travel if you have high enough position.

    Cons

    Total lack of executive diversity. Three reorgs in three years resulted in 14 executive positions staffed with 11 white, male Germans plus one white, male Canadian. Of the other two, one was white, female German. And this was at the new North American HQ for the Ag Biotech division. If you have dreams of advancing, don't spend them here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue when so many persons leave for competitors. Stop rewarding people by how many hurdles they put on advancing research projects in the name of corporate stewardship. Start breaking up the non-diverse executive logjam and think beyond 2015.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Disappointed

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    Former Employee - Account Representative  in  San Juan, PR
    Former Employee - Account Representative in San Juan, PR

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

    Pros

    Good pay, some good corp. managers. Great Products.

    Cons

    Must be a yes man to get ahead. Some managers just don't qualify for their position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I was let go 45 days short of 30 years. (my goal) one week after I was denied short term leave for cancer treatment. Cheated out of my legal severance pay. I was most productive in my group. My only fault was getting sick towards the end. I always made my boss look good.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great Company

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician  in  Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefit package. This company really treats you well when it comes to money, they pay it out

    Cons

    they closed the company and were very quick to lay people off they didnt care about the people

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    BASF is a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Quality Manager  in  Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Quality Manager in Freeport, TX

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

    Pros

    BASF is stable and reputable. The company is vitally concerned about the safety of their workers and the impact they have on the local communities around their plants. The pay and benefits are good.

    Cons

    The company is so huge that initiatives are sometimes created without any follow through or accountability for their implementation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make more contact with folks two levels down from you.

    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
  8.  

    Good company overall. It will be around for a long time. Very big office and factory.

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    Current Employee - Process Specialist  in  Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Process Specialist in Research Triangle Park, NC

    I have been working at BASF Corporation as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Lots of job options. Very big company. Good enviroment, it has a nice lake beside the office building.

    Cons

    They usually recruiting experienced people. Interns may not have opportunity to stay.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Worked for them for over 20 years, good company to work for in the past, but company is changing a great deal now.

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    Former Employee - Technical Manager  in  Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Technical Manager in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Value technology and people that know how to sell, develop, and market it. Pushes safety and quality

    Cons

    Too many internal fights between divisions...Not an easy company for customer to work with... No longer value experience in some divisions. May of bought too many companies at the same time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on what's best for BASF overall and not just your SBU. Need to hire within first before going to the outside.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    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
  11.  

    It was a very good experience but over time the company cares more about the company and less about the employee.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    BASF is a strong company with a very good global management team in place. The company will be around for a very long time.

    Cons

    BASF tries to hit a home run with a solo product and not with a product line. They claim they have solutions for a customer but instead jam a product into a territory. The agriculture group only cares about the midwest and nothing about the south. The southern territories are too large and the sales figures do not match the crop mix /BASF portfolio. Competitors with similar portfolios do a much better job. Compensation is below others doing similar business. Moral is very low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up of all levels of management. Reorganize the Ag group and be focused on different areas of the country and take care of your people,. Develop a southern strategy along with the western and mid-western strategies. Smaller territories, higher compensation and start working with regional companies.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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