DSM Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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DSM Chairman, Managing Board Feike Sijbesma
Feike Sijbesma
48 Ratings

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

  • many years ago PTG was a great place to work (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • decision making is not as quick as it should be, office culture can be too formal (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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  1. Marketing Director

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    Current Employee - Business Dev Manager in China, NY
    Current Employee - Business Dev Manager in China, NY

    I have been working at DSM

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    encourage creativity. good external orientation

    Cons

    can be slow in making decision


  2. Lab analyst

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DSM full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    i liked working there and stuff... Great place to take a nap

    Cons

    i always got caught though... Whatever I hated it


  3. Good company to get initial experience

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Belvidere, NJ
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Belvidere, NJ

    I worked at DSM

    Pros

    friendly coworkers, good entry level positions

    Cons

    unexciting atmosphere, little opportunity for growth


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  5. Dont try to move up!

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    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Technician in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Pharmaceutical Technician in Greenville, NC

    I worked at DSM (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    None to speak of. The fact that i mooned them on the way out the door was a plus.

    Cons

    Too many to list. Micro-management by incompetents would be at the top of the list, however.

    Advice to Management

    Resign immediately.


  6. Challenges and creativity abound with this multinational corporation.

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    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chester, VA
    Former Employee - Senior Account Manager in Chester, VA

    I worked at DSM (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Top-notch colleagues.
    Strong technology innovation and implemetation.
    Long-term view and stick to a strategy.
    Flexible and interdependent environment.
    Support of work-life balance.

    Cons

    A DUTCH company that manages from the basis of The Netherlands'/their view of the world or major regions.
    Sticking to the strategy means they are slow to react.
    Customers' view and/or interests are not always heeded.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more middle and senior management opportunities to non-Dutch colleagues.
    Be much more nimble towards aplying incremental innovation.
    LISTEN to your Customers.


  7. Excellent company with good benefits

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Princeton, NJ
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Princeton, NJ

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Chance for advancement and overseas placement. Good internal training. Opportunities to contribute to R&D efforts. The company pays a nice bonus.

    Cons

    The human resource function needs an upgrade. It has many young and inexperienced employees. More training is required.

    Advice to Management

    Move more quickly and start acquiring competitors. The internal systems need to be better streamlined. Too much time is spent on internal paperwork.


  8. Worldwide company with diverse businesses

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DSM

    Pros

    Safety forward. Care about people, planet, and profit.

    Cons

    Complex matrix environment, hard to navigate and communicate.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate & Appreciate


  9. Water waste water manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belvidere, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Belvidere, NJ

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good medical annuity account upon retirement

    Cons

    Spends more on bean counters than putting money towards needed projects


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    Management is too busy playing high school

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    Very few - no promotion growth in the US

    Cons

    management does not keep their promise and spends too much time on political games for the sake of the game and not moving the company forward.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Little structure - good flexibility

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ

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

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

    Pros

    Fairly flexible in terms of scheduling. Fairly open communication--most are honest in terms of the current state of affairs once you're in the door and working for them. Good for those who like designing things from scratch. Great for those who are former or aspiring consultants and enjoy working in gray areas the majority of the time. Good opportunity to put your own stamp on things.

    Cons

    Very little structure. Not much training. Too much oversight from global HQ in Netherlands. Not enough guidance from management. Need more resources to get aspirations off the ground--trying to do too much with too little. Some may thrive in this type of environment, but it's definitely not for everyone.

    Advice to Management

    Be more honest during recruiting process. Less structure in place than was initially advertised.



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