BASF Group Reviews

Updated March 31, 2015
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  1. The sun sets on Ciba Corporation

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    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
  2. Ciba was a great compnay to work for.

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    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
  3. 1 person found this helpful

    BASF Coatings

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    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
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  5. Stay Away

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    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
  6. 1 person found this helpful

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

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    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
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    "Green pastures can be found elsewhere..."

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - Chemist in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    Convient location in RTP makes commuting easy. Offers chance for alternative transportation with bus and carpooling options for employees. On site shower facilities allow employees to bike to and from work. Management concerned with giving recognition and feedback appropriately. Flexible hours allows much freedom in the work day provided that work gets done before deadlines.

    Cons

    Unfair and restrictive environment to work in. Generally unfriendly co-workers. Crowded lab space and bureaucratic procedures to pass information to management. Additionally, political correct charged environment which hinders free thinking and promotes a "one way" mentality. Favoritism is often shown between managers and employees. Internal power struggle with certain age groups of employees as well.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the workplace environment and address teamwork and cooperation between employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8. Senior Manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    Global Company, Innovative,, Invest in Technology, Diversity oriented, Good place to work, Good place for self development as well to develop teams and individuals.Focus on sustainability and safety topics.

    Cons

    Leaders are focused on their own targets without having an overall Picture. Salaries in General bellow Market average, Benefits in the average, but could be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. Some great virtues

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    Former Employee - Finance
    Former Employee - Finance

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    structured, organized, typical german "engineered" company.
    sophisticated technology in many areas and processes.
    a truly multinational company with presence all over the world which provides great opportunity to learn about differences in culture

    Cons

    increasing focus to change major organizational structure over a short period of time.
    employees development can be pretty one-sided from the management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful

    Very enjoyable, learn a lot and provides an excellent name on the CV

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)
    Current Intern - Intern in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at BASF Group as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, interesting work and valuable name on the CV both within and outside the chemical industry. Good benefits.

    Cons

    German-centric and quite bureaucratic. Limited opportunities if not in Germany and some lack of quality in some managers. Not that innovative.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. An Ok experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Market Developer in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)
    Former Employee - Market Developer in Bogotá, Bogota (Colombia)

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    The best reason to work at BASF, is its salary and benefits. It has a competitive salary, if you are in a managerial position, you will most likely travel often.

    Cons

    Sales have been decreasing in the past few years in the South American Region. This has placed a lot of stress on its management, forcing it to take desperate measures in order to boost its sales.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focusing in a few things at a time will probably have a more positive impact on your sales, than trying to aim at everything at the same times. The current strategy is also hurting company values, the employees are no longer motivated as more pressure has been put on them without having more resources assigned.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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