BASF Corporation

www.basf.us

BASF Corporation Reviews

Updated January 26, 2015
Updated January 26, 2015
324 Reviews
3.8
324 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
BASF Corporation Chairman & CEO Hans Engel
Hans Engel
128 Ratings

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)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Employment at BASF

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 an 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
  2.  

    Great staff and great work environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PDP Engineering in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - PDP Engineering in Houston, TX

    I worked at BASF Corporation as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good place to work, extremely large with various sites worldwide. Great place for engineering and chemistry experience. I had a great boss and the Houston office is very accommodating. Love the flex time also.

    Cons

    Pay is good for entry level but not too much recognition of advanced degrees.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great Learning Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - PDP Engineering in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - PDP Engineering in Freeport, TX

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

    Pros

    The plant here is filled with experienced individuals who are happy to share their wealth of knowledge. Everyone also seems to understand the importance of a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The large company structure and trying following all of the standards which exist can be intimidating. It also seems that technical roles are rewarded at a slower pace when compared with the business roles in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on training your employees well and make sure to invest more in the mid-level technical roles.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5.  

    Best career path in agriculture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Current Employee - Director in Research Triangle Park, NC

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

    Pros

    International company, Innovation leader, well managed, focused company with continuous growth potential as a company and for their employees.

    Cons

    Conservative, purposeful meticulous planners, highly regulated industry ensures all business decisions are well throughout before action is taken.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Trouble Ahead

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fundamentally a commodity chemical company trying to reinvent itself

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    Not a pleasant experience

    • 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 (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Can't think of one worth sharing.

    Cons

    Salaries and Management sucks. Communication is non-existent. Politics galore !!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good local experience, disconnected from headquarters.

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

    I worked at BASF Corporation

    Pros

    Work life-personal life balance was very good, local management was excellent. Great benefits and company culture (locally)

    Cons

    Disconnect from headquarters and "company culture" on the local level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the businesses successes and failures more visible to the entire company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mixed bag

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Level, Multiple Work Areas in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Staff Level, Multiple Work Areas in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Disciplined, well run company with good business strategies. There is a reason BASF has outpaced their competitors in the diversified chemicals segment. There are lots of opportunities, the company pays well, and the company is large enough that you can move around if your career dead ends in one place or under a specific person

    Cons

    Leadership spends way too much time on PC initiatives, and is gradually defocusing from the core functions of each individual employee. Current job interview typically focuses on people skills, rather than the core skills critical to the job. This has resulted in some underqualified hires "sneaking thru" with regards to their ability to do their job.

    The fiscal conservative approach of the company is extremely frustrating if you are one of the "have nots" groups rather than the "haves." Many facilities/bldgs. are in poor shape unless you are with the "haves." This policy WILL impact your ability to do your job if you are in a "have not" area.

    Company has eliminated (but HR denies it) promotions in place / technical track promotions. Only way to get promotions is through changing jobs, which is a real problem at some of the smaller sites (some of the positions don't have a logical next step at the same site) if you are not open to moving every 2-5 years (work/life balance). It also impacts areas where expert knowledge is critical. R&D would be one obvious example.

    Cap on FTEs in NAFTA combined with site benchmarking in last couple years has bred discontent because countless positions weren't being filled and mgmt. was forced to choose which positions were important and which were not. Understaffing in many areas has been a subsequent problem.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to address how much control you allow service groups to impose over the businesses. The amount of control afforded to HR, IT, EH&S, etc. is unfortunate. Your technical track promotion policy is hindering your organic growth --> "why be an expert in anything (engineering, accounting, R&D, etc.) when the company doesn't reward it?" It stifles initiative and encourages your high performers to look outside the company. When the job market picks up, you will really regret this policy, particularly among the engineers (I'm not an engineer but I work very closely with the engineering community). Your culture needs to be strong enough to allow vastly different models for different businesses, plant technologies, and markets. Currently, this is a huge problem from initial raw material procurement to the final marketplace. Your executives don't seem to have the ability to allow each BU to be suitably nimble.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company to learn

    • 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 as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good benefits and great team to work. This is my First work experience and I couldn't be more grateful for this wonderful experience.

    Cons

    If you intend work at the same position for your whole life, BASF is the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better plan for a career

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

Work at BASF Corporation? Share Your Experiences

BASF Corporation

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.