SABIC
3.4 of 5 123 reviews
www.sabic.com Riyadh, Saudi Arabia 5000+ Employees

SABIC Reviews

Updated Apr 11, 2014
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3.4 123 reviews

                             

83% Approve of the CEO

SABIC Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Al-Mady

Mohamed Al-Mady

(36 ratings)

66% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Pros:
  • "Great work-life balance, flexible hours, and the ability to telecommute"
    in 7 reviews
  • "Multicultural work environment with great learning opportunity"
    in 6 reviews
Cons:
  • "Senior Management in the Kingdom suffers from the " Ready Aim Aim Aim Aim " syndrome"
    in 4 reviews
  • "An HR department that backs management no matter what they do"
    in 3 reviews
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Challenging place to work, but overall good.

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at SABIC full-time for more than 10 years

ProsCareer growth opportunities, if you are patient.

ConsLack of formal leadership development program, questionable promotions, lost focus on Six Sigma.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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good place to work, not perfect.

Technology Engineer (Former Employee)

I worked at SABIC full-time for more than 5 years

Prosexposure to other peers
technical tools
carrer path

Consnot so many career development opportunities

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Engineer (Current Employee)
Evansville, IN

I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than 3 years

Prosgreat company with good growth opportunities

ConsManagement sometimes is too nice with those employees incapable of doing their jobs.

Advice to Senior Managementmake sure you have the right people to do the jobs.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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It has been a very positive experience. Stable career path, but no real growth outside of Saudi Arabia for IT.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than 5 years

ProsStability, you can spend your whole career with SABIC with little chance of disruption.

ConsNo career growth for IT personnel outside of Saudi Arabia.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very good company with a long term vision for success

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Pittsfield, MA

I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than 10 years

ProsStable, global company with good pay and benefits (middle of the industry, neither a leader nor a laggard in comp/benefits)

Lots of opportunities for career development in many areas of the business - if you take personal responsibility to take advantage of the resources available and don't just wait for someone to hand a career to you

The company is focusing its resources on operations with long term sustainability and profitability

ConsSABIC is still trying to figure out if it is a Saudi company with global operations or a global company that happens to be based in Saudi Arabia. This creates a bit of employee angst everywhere. For some, change is coming to fast and for others it is immeasurably slow.

As SABIC tries to unify its businesses around a common set of standards (systems and values), a level of bureaucracy has crept in that focuses more on checking the box rather than on delivering on business needs and leading real change.

Not so much a "con" because it has to be done - but as the business sheds unprofitable/unsustainable operations - there is upset in the ranks. It's just a reality for any global company.

Advice to Senior ManagementShow the consultants the door - you have great resources in-house.

Focus less on "check the box" training and more on face-to-face educational experiences that can actually lead to change.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Great place to work and opportunities for growth

Lead Scientist (Current Employee)

I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGreat place to work and opportunities for growth. Freedom to innovate. Great benefits

ConsHave had other much higher salary offers, but in the end was most happy with my job and location.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive more feedback and performance

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Sabic used to be a good company but their recent changes have brought their rating down.

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than 8 years

ProsI cannot think of any recently.

ConsManagement is horrible, most management is given to either Saudi's or men. Females do not have a opportunity to move into management in this company. Management yells, curses, and belittles employees. One manager has no idea what he is doing, he is only there to collect his pay. He was promoted with no leadership skills. The polymers sales position will be filled by a male because in Sabic's history they have never employed a female sales manager. They have changed their benefits so that employees will have to pay, yet employees will not receive an increase thus taking a cut in pay. Their bonus have been removed from end of year; employees must wait until almost mid year of the following year to receive a bonus if they receive one at all.

Advice to Senior ManagementHow do you give an employee an incentive or bonus when you as management have no idea how your department operates or what must be done on a day to day basis? Let your employees rate you and you will then see that you are a poor excuse for a manager.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Very Educational

Project Manager (Current Employee)
Denver, CO

I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than 3 years

ProsDo not promote a team environment

ConsSaudi ownership and influence is very often a marketing and sales negative

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work but hard to get in

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than 8 years

ProsDeep product availablity and good boss

Conslong hours and some travel but worth it

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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great company

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

I have been working at SABIC

Prosvery good place to work

Consnone that I can think of

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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