Bayer MaterialScience

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Bayer MaterialScience Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. intern lab technician

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pitts, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    My experience interning for Bayer Material Science was amazing. I was given several hands-on projects during my summer as an intern. The people were all very welcoming and never hesitant to help or answer any questions.

    Cons

    It seems quite difficult to gain a permanent position with them.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work with the intern program! A+++


  2. One Man

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    Current Employee - Production Technician in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Baytown, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    There will always be steady work at this facility. Some units require more intense labor than others. You can easily raise a family with all the amenities you desire with employment there. Starting out, they'll contribute 5% of your gross income to your 401K (even if you don't put a dime in there). This is what they did to replace the traditional pension years ago... not bad.

    Cons

    Some units are very hard to bid out of, or in other words, be awarded an opportunity to move to another work group. Therefore; if one finds themselves in one of those units, they would have to leave the company in order to change their working environment. Some units have intense overtime requirements, where others are very mild with OT. Their 401K has great limitations regarding the type of funds that you can invest your money in... although, they do match 4% if you contribute 6%.


  3. Supply Chain Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bayer MaterialScience full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Top notch benefits and competitive salaries

    Cons

    My area went through a drastic downsizing which left us with a skelton crew with an enormous amount of work to get done. We lost headcount but the work did not go away!

    Advice to Management

    Need more standard operating procedures so that additional tasks can be automated.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    So far...so good

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bayer MaterialScience full-time

    Pros

    Everyone is very helpful, pleasant and knowledgeable in their respective fields. The company seems committed to slowly but surely replenishing and supplementing the workforce. People genuinely seem to like their jobs and working for the company.

    Cons

    There definitely a generation gap between experienced workers and new hires. It's almost as if the company had a hiring freeze for about 10-15 years. They now seem committed to making up for that.

    Advice to Management

    Schedule teaching moments/sessions/seminars with more experienced employees with newer hires.


  6. Procurement

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work with good benefits and potential to grow.

    Cons

    Lots of policies and procedures initiated by German influence.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Refined communication skills while integrating technical skills.

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    Current Employee - Procurement in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Procurement in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Bayer MaterialScience (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work environment. Everyone will take the time to help you learn. Work is hands on. Chance to communicate and meet a lot of people.

    Cons

    Room to advance is slim.


  8. Production Tech with 15+ years working shift work.

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    Current Employee - Productian Technician in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Productian Technician in Baytown, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bayer MaterialScience full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are comensurate with industry average. Only scheduled to work 14 days a month, however you can never depend on getting your days off.

    Cons

    Longevity of shift work makes it difficult on relationships, especially when your days off are bombarded with having to cover overtime. Advancement is almost impossible even with a college degree and multiple years of experience. Production technicians are treated like second class citizens all while given increasing responsibilities and expected to accomplish more with less. Management through fear is common practice.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating employees who actually do the work like your greatest asset. You always like to talk a good game, but your actions are never in line with your words. Start taking some recommendations from the people in the trenches and actually implement some of them.


  9. BMS US - Great people, great benefits, succesful company!

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bayer MaterialScience full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Bayer MaterialScience typically has the best people in the business. It makes it fun to come to work. The employees are some of the most friendly, helpful, cooperative, dedicated and loyal in the business. The culture and the people together yield in a 'family' atmosphere in essentially every site in the US. Nearly all BMS sites are located in places that provide a very nice place to live (Pittsburgh, PA, Baytown, TX, Newark, OH, South Charleston, WV, Sheffield, MA, Deerfield, MA, New Martinsville, WV) Bayer MaterialScience will be challenged with managing the shift in its current employee age demographics, but are agressively updating talent management strategies as retirement and normal turnover will create significant hiring / placement and promotion opportunities over the next 10 years! BMS is a global company and provides opportunities for foreign assignments for development of top talent. Bayer MaterialScience has one of the best 401ks in the industry, other benefits are competitive or better and salaries are competitive or better. BMS is very focused on performance and quite successful in the US.

    Cons

    The positives far outweigh the negatives, but to show the complete picture, he only 2 cons I can think of is Bayer MaterialScience is headquartered in Germany (may not be a negative for some) and does not offer stock options.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great experience in a solid company in a mature industry

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    Former Employee - Commercial Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Commercial Trainee in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bayer MaterialScience full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The people were great and friendly. Opportunities to bring new ideas to an industry that is mature and old

    Cons

    While not bureaucratic decision making is centralized and budgets are very tightly controlled. Exciting opportunities are few and far between

    Advice to Management

    Invest more in the company. This is clearly a cash cow for Bayer and there is a an urgent need to find new opportunities for growth.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Good company to work for

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Bayer MaterialScience full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Very flexible, laid back culture with good work/life banlance. Beautiful campus. Cheap Bayer drugs. 3 weeks of vacation time upon start. Conveniently located in Robinson. Annual bonus.

    Cons

    Cost restraints are limiting raises/promotions and staffing qualified employees. Bureaucracy is prevalent. Salary/comp is about average. The age of most employees are over 40. Bonus determination structure just got redone, and judging from the consensus of the leadership it is not in the employees' favor.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your people by offering competitive salaries and give more opportunities for professional growth.



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