Bayer MaterialScience

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Bayer MaterialScience Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
32 Reviews
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32 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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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern in Pitts, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Pitts, PA

    I worked at Bayer MaterialScience as an intern (less than an year)

    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.  

    Average internship with below average communication afterwards.

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

    I worked at Bayer MaterialScience as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I worked in the Baytown facility in Texas. They were very safety conscious. Most of the engineering employees there really loved the job, the same can't be said about the more blue collar workers. I found most of the engineering jobs to be mostly desk jobs, but I only got to experience a small part of the plant.

    Cons

    The jobs (from what I could tell) were very low key and didn't involve very much interaction with others. Boring might be a good word to describe it. Before the internship ended, they were very optimistic about us being given full time offers if we did a good job, but this only happened for 2 people at a different facility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your interns more, give interns a more diverse task, and ensure that HR has full time positions to offer deserving interns

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Company is fine, but not going anywhere.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Baytown, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Baytown, TX

    I have been working at Bayer MaterialScience as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    9/80 work schedule, very competent full time engineers, very fun culture at the site, company is invested in making sure its employees know what they are doing.

    Cons

    Very slow to make changes(typical in the chemical industry), very few growth prospects in the United States, large gap in experience(many people with 25+ years at the company and many people with less than 5), high turnover among new employees. Initial pay package is competitive, but long term it is not. Company has appears to be investing in the EU and China instead of the US. Company is more focused on its crop science and health care groups than material science. Hard to advance without spending sometime in Germany, high level employees are often "parachuted" in from Germany to the US. Baytown site is only production plant, hard to advance due to limited size of the company in the United States

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on your polymer groups, invest in R&D to remain competitive with other chemical firms. Invest in your american employees

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

    It is the best company I have ever worked for.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I have been working at Bayer MaterialScience as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  6.  

    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

    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 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
  7.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Pittsburgh, PA

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 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

    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 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
  9.  

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - PCT Engineering Intern in Baytown, TX
    Former Employee - PCT Engineering Intern in Baytown, TX

    I worked at Bayer MaterialScience as an intern (less than an year)

    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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Pittsburgh, PA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very Old Company Trying to Become Younger/Newer

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in Pittsburgh, PA

    I worked at Bayer MaterialScience as an intern (less than an year)

    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

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