Evonik Corporation

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Evonik Corporation Reviews

Updated October 6, 2014
Updated October 6, 2014
28 Reviews
3.6
28 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good place to work!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Evonik Corporation

    Pros

    People are treated fairly. Good benefits

    Cons

    Can take a long time to be promoted, depending on your department

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be clear on expectations

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good corporate culture, good people, always trying to improve without being aggressive

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

    I have been working at Evonik Corporation full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company has a very German culture (hierarchical, process-based), which not necessarily a bad thing when you are a large organization.
    People are good to work with, mostly they all strive for a better company, better future, without being aggressive toward one another.
    The company tries its best to take care of its people both while there, and even if they let you go (which is rare as it is German culture).
    Salary is low but unlike some chemical companies they do provide a merit-increase (except under dire economic conditions)
    In general most people stay with this company for a long time (10+ years).

    Cons

    We (in US) may perceive the process-based culture as slow and too much red tape.
    Growth opportunity is limited especially if your are very ambitious as the corp structure is flat and managers tend to go for older more experienced people rather than take risk with the younger generation.
    Salary is typically on the lower end of the industry but they have a bonus payout which makes up for the lower salary
    The company is fiscally conservative (which could be a positive) but generally they are slow to make changes where needed and go into a "bunker mentality" at the slightest slow down in the economy (whether it is local or German economy)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take more risks with people and investment if needed, start small to get comfortable with taking risks
    Explain your compensation policy better to your employees and compare them in totality with benchmark chemical companies
    Do more to identify top potentials in all areas, not just leadership. Existing talent development programs are too rudimentary to the talent crisis we will face in the near future. Even better try to identify people with well-rounded personality and skill set. Leadership can be taught easier to people with broad skill-set. If talent doesn't come to you then go to where the talent is, open small offices near Stanford, Harvard/MIT, etc.
    Turn managers into mentors and if they are unwilling to mentor and grow people within their group they are not serving the company well.
    Don't hesitate to toot your own horn (sometimes).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    "Great International Company with A lot of Opportunity for Growth"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist I
    Current Employee - Chemist I

    I have been working at Evonik Corporation full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This is a great specialty chemicals company. There is a lot of opportunity for people with a science/engineering background that can understand business of chemicals. The company focuses on development of their professionals to later take on greater responsibilities. It is very international with many sites and plants around the world, so there are opportunities for relocation and travelling often since it is a German company. There is a very welcoming environment and mix of cultures on most of the sites. Life and work balance is good as observed from the family oriented employees. Great people to work with. Fun environment.

    Cons

    There is not much of a training for the different positions. In other words, responsibilities are not put on paper for each and every employee. The more experience you get in the business the more you'll learn. There has to be flexibility for relocation if you want to continue growing within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in their employees training

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Interesting Company with lots of Opportunities

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

    I have been working at Evonik Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    It is truly a global company that is rapidly growing in the Specialty Chemical business. If you are looking for a company to spend your entire career at, this is one of them as each division and location is unique and presents new challenges. The dedication to making employees have the tools to succeed is appreciated as well. The bonuses are above average. The ability to be innovative in your approach to different problems is definitely a huge plus.

    Cons

    Compensation is at or below average based on various industry averages. As it is a growth-by-acquisition business, the culture can be fragmented if the site is new to the company. Extended international experience will be required to continue progressing through the company, which is understandable since it is based in Germany.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Good place to work and grow

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

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

    Pros

    The company is highly interested in developing employee talent. From what I've seen, work-life balance is a prioritiy and most of the time, the job demands are reasonable.

    Evonik is international and based on Germany. A pro for some and a con for others. At some point in your career, you will have the opportunity to work in a foreign country.

    Cons

    Evonik is international and based on Germany. A pro for some and a con for others, but at some point your career will probably be limited without an international assignment.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Experience based largely on site location

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Piscataway, NJ

    I worked at Evonik Corporation as an intern (more than an year)

    Pros

    Potential to travel to Germany, the company's headquarters. Career potential if willing to travel to and from Germany.

    Cons

    Training is limited, often members are put into roles with little to no guidance. Stagnant. Opportunity to move up limited if at all. If any opportunities are present, they are probably in Germany. The German part of the company will always be the most important, with the North America Division as the ugly step-child.
    Piscataway site especially neglected - ghost town-esque.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop better programs, new hire training, and career path/planning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Excellent company with strong values, culture, and wonderful peer group

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in New Brunswick, NJ
    Current Employee - Manager in New Brunswick, NJ

    I have been working at Evonik Corporation full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Though not the best, but the compensation structure is above average as per the industry standards. Opportunity for international assignments would be there provided you are willing to relocate. Proven products in the market for a long period of time have created a strong brand so you enjoy the brand and reputation of the company. In most of the cases work-life balance would be there barring few functions or departments where you may have to work longer hours. Great mentoring culture so lots of learning opportunities if you are willing to learn.

    Cons

    The average age of employees is 50+ in the company so the company needs to hire lots of young people to bring in the fresh idea. Decision making seems to be too centralized and is primarily from Germany..it needs to be decentralized to the extent possible.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Piscataway, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Piscataway, NJ

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

    Pros

    Small company site, nice colleagues to work with, intersting job, and great travel possibilities.

    Cons

    Lots of turnover in management while I was there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I have worked for the company for 4 1/2 years.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Mobile, AL
    Current Employee - Associate Consultant in Mobile, AL

    I have been working at Evonik Corporation full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay fair compensation and have decent benefits.

    Cons

    The German culture is very different than the US culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More open communication would be appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Extremely limited opportunities for US workforce

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

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

    Pros

    Decent pay, good benefits, great co workers

    Cons

    This is a German company operating internationally. They are not an international company. Opportunities favor Germans/Germany and there are far too many German management in key positions ruling with a German cultural stance that doesn't bode well in the US culture. The organization is way to complex with too many layers and too many people reporting to 2 or 3 bosses. They have over centralized so many functions, the organization can't function effectively anymore. They've organized and reorganized, centralized and downsized keeping the organization in a constant state of flux and confusion.They practice such absolute control, it is choking the business. They've ripped the heart and soul out of what was once a close knit and productive team of people across the site valuing the bottom line more than the people or the work life balance. . It is now just a mere shadow of what it once was.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strive to be more of an international company where the culture of each geographic location is valued and allowed to work the way it needs to to grow. Stop over centralizing and harmonizing where it doesn't make sense. Loosen the reigns a bit to release the choke hold you have on the organization and watch it flourish.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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