BASF Group Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
71 Reviews

3.4
71 Reviews
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BASF Group CFO and Director; CEO, US Operations Kurt W. Bock
Kurt W. Bock
21 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Professional growth, good working environment (in 8 reviews)

  • Great work-life balance - manageable amount of work, generous vacation days (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow in decision making, better to learn German (in 5 reviews)

  • Very structured and strongly centrally governed (German Headquarters) (in 9 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great so far, I will start interning with them this summer.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at BASF Group

    Pros

    Very friendly and great network

    Cons

    Salary is average but not bad

  2.  

    Summer internship

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Group as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great work-life balance - manageable amount of work, generous vacation days
    Lots of perks for interns - accommodation in the BASF Guesthouse, weekly intern lunches and Stammtisch, one-on-one German tutoring for international interns, etc...

    Cons

    Stipend a bit low considering cost-of-living

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not the right place to begin a scientific career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Associate Chemist  in  Durham, NC
    Former Employee - Associate Chemist in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    - The benefits are quite good - insurance, 401k matching, tuition reimbursement for grad school; better than most I've seen
    - A lot of resources, which comes with a big company. If you need to purchase something large or small to do your job better, it is no problem to get it.
    - Opportunities for international travel to Germany

    Cons

    - The culture, at least in my group, was not conducive to productivity. A lot of competition/secrecy where collaboration SHOULD have been easy.
    - No mid-level scientist positions. Either you have a PhD and are a manager, or have any other background and are a "technician" (not kidding, that's what the casual term is)
    - Managers seem to have little to no training on managing people, and they get away with a lot of shady/unprofessional behaviors. No one is willing to speak up due to fear of retaliation
    - Junior lever scientists (technicians) sit in the lab all day, that's where their desks are. This to me is an exposure risk, and also doesn't provide much possibility to have coffee/water/snacks throughout the day. This may sound trivial, but I ended up chronically dehydrated.
    - Performance evaluation is 100% subjective. It is only based on the opinion of your manager and his peers. They make you fill out goals and development plans but when it comes to the calibration meetings, it is just people throwing out their opinions that determines your rating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Implement 360 performance reviews
    - More mid-level opportunities on the technical track
    - Be sure you are putting people in management positions who actually have management skills, not just technical expertise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A bit depressing

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    People are friendly. Like we've all survived a war together.

    Cons

    A lot of downsizing so most employees are older and new employees hired in at flat rate of $16/hr. Empty, big building

  6.  

    Company with European management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant  in  Ambler, PA
    Former Employee - Marketing Assistant in Ambler, PA

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    People you work with really care for your opinion, they let you branch out into your own ideas

    Cons

    Worked at a small branch so there wasnt many people to interact with.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The sun sets on Ciba Corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tarrytown, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrytown, NY

    I have been working at BASF Group

    Pros

    Ciba provided a work environment that respected individual employees. Overall compenstation plus benefits was good.

    You have to look at the BASF corporation now to determine what the work environment will become; at least though the business will be viable or more viable then under Ciba.

    Cons

    After 5 years fighting weak sales growth and margin errosion, the Ciba Corporation finally sucumbed during the economic crisis in 2008. A very weak senior management team was not able to influence the direction. The company was purchased by BASF in Q1/2009 and is in the process of being assimilated into this much larger corporation with a new and different corporate culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The BASF team has cleaned out most all of the senior management. This was a very necessary step to help the business move forward and implement a new culture.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Ciba was a great compnay to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Compensation Manager  in  Tarrytown, NY
    Current Employee - Compensation Manager in Tarrytown, NY

    I have been working at BASF Group

    Pros

    The work life balance has been great for me.

    Cons

    It is being taken over by BASF.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current senior management is very weak.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    BASF Coatings

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - GM NA Account Manager  in  Southfield, MI
    Current Employee - GM NA Account Manager in Southfield, MI

    I have been working at BASF Group

    Pros

    Salary, opportunity, and the chance to work with the finest and most qualified individuals in the industry. Getting to see how all of our customers help us to make better products and enable us to provide better services.

    Cons

    No downsides to report on BASF

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Stay Away

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Scientist  in  Tarrytown, NY
    Former Employee - R&D Scientist in Tarrytown, NY

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    4 weeks vacation for those with PhD from day 1. Decently competent professionals.

    Cons

    The company on a downward spiral due to incompetent and arrogant management. Micromanagement from headquarters and reporting is downright ridiculous.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Retire and let better people take over. Stop cronyism to flourish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Open to making the lives for employees better. Introduced Flex time.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Morristown, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Morristown, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Group

    Pros

    Largest chemical company in the world, with the most reach in the market place. Proud to work for a strong company that is into everything and well recognized. BASF is a good company compared to many others to want to work for. Benifits are very good and the management is very smart at the highest levels. Middle management at the Director level needs improvement since there are some individuals that should not be there, most note is in Detroit Automotive. Managers at the field level are excellent. Working for BASF is really an honor since they do care and want the best for employees if they can do it.

    Cons

    Eurpoean company, favor towards Germans and others over USA employees for advancement or jobs over seas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more proactive in reaching our towards employees, those in the field need to be heard and seen more than those in corporate offices working.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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