BASF Corporation Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
298 Reviews
3.9
298 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 27 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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  1.  

    payroll

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    Former Employee - Payroll in Edison, NJ
    Former Employee - Payroll in Edison, NJ

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

    Pros

    location hours culture values time

    Cons

    hours balance benefits time leadership

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    No work/life balance and unequal treatment abounds!

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    Former Employee - Plant Floor Team in Wyandotte, MI
    Former Employee - Plant Floor Team in Wyandotte, MI

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits. Most co-workers were hard working, diligent and team oriented.

    Cons

    Plant leadership makes major negative snap decisions and discipline is not given on an equal basis; older workers are not treated well and it is very obvious. High turnover due to frequent firings and company demands to terminate contract staff. Younger workers were allowed numerous and significant mistakes without a warning and had much time where they weren't required to work, while older workers were severely disciplined for the most minor infractions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review incident reports and look at how older workers are unequally treated; at some point this will become a legal issue for this management team.

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

    Standard big corporation that answers to stockholders.

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    Former Employee - Technical Service Specialist in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Technical Service Specialist in Orlando, FL

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Training, resources, the BASF name.

    Cons

    Big corporate structure that has to answer to stockholders. Will downsize and eliminate positions as needed to meet financial objectives

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Advice will be ignored.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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 (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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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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 (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
  7. 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
  8. 2 people 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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10.  

    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 (more than an 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
  11. 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 (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

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