Bayer MaterialScience

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Bayer MaterialScience Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
30 Reviews

3.6
30 Reviews
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Bayer MaterialScience CEO and Member Executive Committee Patrick W. Thomas
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  1.  

    Good Company

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Pitts, PA

    Pros

    It's a good company with kind people and nice campus. The company raised its image by quality products and satisfying service. You can have access to the ideas from the global colleagues.

    Cons

    More young talents should be acquired by the company. The future of the company depends on the young.

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    It is the best company I have ever worked for.

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    Current Employee - Intern  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    Very friendly coworkers, great culture, and innovative ideas. Leader in the market

    Cons

    There are some demographic conflicts with new highers and the baby boomers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    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

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great people to work with, and not a high stress environment

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    Former Employee - PCT Engineering Intern  in  Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - PCT Engineering Intern in Baytown, TX

    Pros

    Helpful Co-Workers
    Good Benefits
    Low Stress
    Ability to move around

    Cons

    Chemical plant setting
    Need to work in unit sometimes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very Old Company Trying to Become Younger/Newer

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    Former Employee - Intern  in  Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    Pros

    They were setting up programs to integrate younger employees/interns. The location is pretty nice.

    Cons

    The average age was in the 50's. A lot of systems were outdated . Not as much support as you would want sometimes. The intern program was very localized - only took kids from Pittsburgh. Wasn't much outside of the program.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recruit from outside the Pittsburgh area. There's great talent out there in the world - people with different upbringings, outlooks, and opinions.

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

    Mechanical Engineering Summer Intern Experience

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern  in  Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineering Intern in Baytown, TX

    Pros

    Bayer MS is a large plant, which means there is a lot of opportunity for growth and movement. The employees I worked with were all very helpful and were always willing to answer questions I had. I was given my own computer and work station and invited to all employee events.

    Cons

    Baytown/Houston is very hot in the summer. The work I was given was very tedious and seemed unimportant. I doubted that they would use any of my work and that limited my motivated.

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

    Was a great company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Production Technician  in  Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - Production Technician in Baytown, TX

    Pros

    Equal pay. Great education chances. Needs more women operators. Good benefits. 401K matching. Career job. Chances for advancement. Bonuses. Clean working environment. 12 hour shifts. Lots of days off if units not understaffed.

    Cons

    Not many women stay in operations. Women are fired easier than men. To much overtime if you have a family.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Staff the units for safety sake, not greed . Stop cutting retirement benefits. Grandfather employees benefits with their hire in dates instead of changing the rules as you go.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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