BASF Group

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BASF Group Reviews

Updated January 23, 2015
Updated January 23, 2015
89 Reviews
3.5
89 Reviews
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BASF Group Chairman Kurt W. Bock
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27 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great work-life balance - manageable amount of work, generous vacation days (in 6 reviews)

  • Ciba provided a work environment that respected individual employees (in 9 reviews)


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

  • In my experience I did not get help from the german colleagues that have always been quite unpleasant (in 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    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
  2.  

    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
  3.  

    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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    "Green pastures can be found elsewhere..."

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Very good company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Nanjing, Jiangsu (China)
    Former Employee - Assistant Engineer in Nanjing, Jiangsu (China)

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    Leaders are easy to communicate with. And offers internship opportunity

    Cons

    Salary is not that attractive for entry level employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Raise a little bit salary for internship...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    It had been great experiences working with the company and sees a great future for the company.

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Intern in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)
    Former Employee - Intern in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)

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

    Pros

    One of the best thing about the company is its corporate responsibility has been dealt with very nicely and they live with their words.

    Cons

    traditional hierarchy which means longer time to progress

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    neutral

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Large organization, many opportunities

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)

    I worked at BASF Group

    Pros

    Good consideration of work-life balance; company values innovation; compensation well in line with industry standards; opportunities for personal/professional development exist; international

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, and very German. Can be difficult to advance without a solid knowledge of the language.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good working environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Master Theisis Student in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)
    Current Employee - Master Theisis Student in Ludwigshafen am Rhein (Germany)

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

    Pros

    State of art infrastructure
    Good facilities

    Cons

    Travelling inside the campus
    Canteens facilities outside
    Paid lunch

  11.  

    It's a good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)
    Current Employee - IT Project Manager in São Paulo, São Paulo (Brazil)

    I have been working at BASF Group full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stability, ethic, work/life balancing and global action

    Cons

    Too much bureaucracy, lazy internal processes, lack of career development plan.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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