BASF Corporation

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BASF Corporation Reviews

Updated December 20, 2014
Updated December 20, 2014
314 Reviews
3.8
314 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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    Average

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits, work life balance

    Cons

    Hard to get promotions and very political

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    FIRE and HIRE as needed....nice!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time

    Pros

    As a direct, you have great benefits, vacation, sick, disability, work from home, etc.... The work is not that hard and the pace is relatively easy with little pressure.

    Cons

    This company has a history of firing large groups of employees and then turning around and hiring in other areas. This is typically based on the ebbs and flows of specific industry/business areas profitability. They do attempt to find "holes" for employees slated to be fired but they are usually positions well underneath ones skill set and experience. The other critical issue with this company is that they do very little to promote and foster career growth. Oh they say that this is a priority and they even have had many formal HR career initiatives but they really go nowhere and they just end up being someones objective on their performance review. Additionally, there's an abundance of ineffectual managers who would rather play politics then to make ETHICAL decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start rooting out apathetic managers that only care about preserving their own existence until retirement and not truly managing the resources that have been entrusted to them.

    BASF acknowledges that they have a "people" problem and they are currently implementing "behavior" programs throughout the company to address it. I'm just not hopeful that they will follow through given their past history on initiatives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    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 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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  5.  

    Standard big corporation that answers to stockholders.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    BASF, The Chemical Company

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    • 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
  7. 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
  8.  

    Operations managment

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Geismar, LA
    Current Employee - Operator in Geismar, LA

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    diversity is paramount and great place to work

    Cons

    training program is in need of work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communication

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Marketing

    • Comp & Benefits
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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 cross functional learning opportunity

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    still quite new to the company, so not much insight

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Relaxed environment with opportunities for employee development

    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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

    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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Small time player in Ag Biotech market

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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