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DSM Reviews

Updated January 27, 2015
Updated January 27, 2015
92 Reviews
3.5
92 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great Place to work, work-life balance and compensation are all very attractive (in 7 reviews)

  • Great place to work with impressive product portfolio ; Constant change; (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Slow decision making, communication is slow (in 3 reviews)

  • Lack of driving values, senior management are not leaders based on those I observe in Parsippany, and careers are very limited (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Very good company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Technician in UC Berkeley, CA
    Current Employee - Production Technician in UC Berkeley, CA

    I have been working at DSM full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very nice and stable employees.
    Clean work environments.
    Dedication to Safety is priority 1!
    Cool company events.
    Tons of Overtime.
    No micromanagement.

    Cons

    Pay rate is not in tune with the Bay Area expenses.
    Unsure of the future of the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great Company but could be even better

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

    I have been working at DSM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Passionate employees; drive for excellence is shared by all employees; employees are encouraged to be professionally curious and take chances; very direct culture (no meetings after the meetings) the Dutch culture tells it as it is! No company re-invents themselves better than DSM.

    Cons

    Resources, resources, resources in regions outside of the NL; decision making sometimes centralized in the NL, consensus style of decision making slows down the process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize regional differences and empower the regions accordingly; hold leaders accountable if you make a promise you need to deliver

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    POOR WORK ENVIRONMENT, LOW MORALE, NON REWARDING

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mfg Specialist in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Mfg Specialist in Greenville, NC

    I worked at DSM full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Excellent 401K

    Cons

    Hard work rarely recognized, felt under appreciated and exploited. Much favoritism within management and floor operators. Unfair practices frequently encountered. Wouldn't recommend working there.

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

    Good Place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSM full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    DSM is a good place to work with world class quality and coverage. They have good benefits and everyone employed is very intelligent and hard working. Safety is highly regarded and promoted from the top down. DSM does not get bogged down in politics and works hard to service their customers and provide new innovations

    Cons

    It shares issues of any large company, however management organization is relatively flat which gives employees access to upper management fairly easy.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Very Good Experience

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at DSM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay is good, the people are friendly.

    Cons

    Human Resources personnel is young and inexperienced. There's no new hire packet or programs you're on your own.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow the employees to grow, provide a career path.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Solid profressional workplace with outstanding people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Director in Columbia, MD

    I worked at DSM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great products, even better colleagues.

    Cons

    Large company with complex Euro-centric corporate culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at Google

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Large Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSM full-time

    Pros

    Potential room for advancement within the company. Some travel abroad, which is nice.

    Cons

    Too many layers of people and job titles to go through in order to get things accomplished. Projects are drawn out to to this.

    Neutral Outlook
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corporate

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Corporate Services in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Corporate Services in Parsippany, NJ

    I worked at DSM full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    very customer focused, work life balance, compensation, talent management programs, very high integrity and code of ethics.

    Cons

    decision making is not as quick as it should be, office culture can be too formal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Add leaders from different regions to key decision making process because this is the only way to have a truly global perspective.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Very Poor Global Business Approach With Poor Upper Management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Account Manager
    Current Employee - Account Manager

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

    Pros

    Fellow employees are very knowledgeable regarding their specific business areas but are seldom empowered to make business decisions that could result in significant growth for the company

    Cons

    Very poor work-life balance. Totally lacking in diversity and inclusion even though these are the "buz words" of the company. Very arrogant Upper Management concentrating on better their positions to the downfall of the company. No real career path. Extreme cronyism. Very slow to market product development. Excessive internal barriers to constructive customer focus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to and empower your employees to make business decisions based on their knowledge and experience and support them. Discontinue useless internal meetings, etc. and concentrate of responsive customer relations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Awesome Company!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, NC

    I worked at DSM full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The leadership and vision of the company is outstanding. A good balance of bottom line delivery and ensuring engagement of employees is a priority for delivery.

    Cons

    A bit bureaucratic and slow to come to decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Empower your people to make decisions within the scope of resources they are held accountable for employing.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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