SABIC Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
152 Reviews
3.4
152 Reviews
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SABIC Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Al-Mady
Mohamed Al-Mady
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance, freedom and flexibility (in 8 reviews)

  • Stable company with good financial backing from its parent company in Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior Management in the Kingdom suffers from the " Ready Aim Aim Aim Aim " syndrome (in 6 reviews)

  • No career growth for IT personnel outside of Saudi Arabia (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    SABIC is a great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SABIC as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    SABIC Innovative Plastics is an excellent company that is committed to its employees as well as the sustainability of the company.

    Cons

    SABIC can be very busy and very hectic right now with the amount of large projects coming through the pipeline. This can be difficult, but it is also very exciting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great company with lots of bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager  in  Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Pittsfield, MA

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

    Pros

    SABIC has lots of cash, so financially very stable. It provides its employees plenty of training opportunities at many different locations. The COE is visionary and want to take the company to a new place

    Cons

    Company is very bureaucratic. The interdependent culture they promote can backfire and lead to an organization that no one can say yes, but everyone can say no.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Have clear milestones on managing the key changes
    - Need clear strategy and great execution on improving manufacturing efficiency and reliability

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company With Great Potential

    Former Employee - Professional  in  Mount Vernon, NY
    Former Employee - Professional in Mount Vernon, NY

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

    Pros

    Ambitious, financial stable, company. SABIC wants to be one of the preferred companies in the world for chemicals and it may just get there. With the emphasis they are placing in hiring quality people and their desire to change, they just may get there.

    Cons

    A negative about this company is that certain departments are dismal. Legal is very good but finance and IT are simply awful. Also, the tendency to dismiss people and to pretend that there is nothing wrong can get to one's nerves.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you want to be the world leader in chemicals industry, you need to encourage people to take more chances and not be afraid of failing. You should also require managers to be great at execution, not merely perceive these roles as ivory tower positions who pontificate to the worker bees. Some managers are great at this. Some not so much.

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  5.  

    Great for entry-level chemistry/engineering graduates

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician

    I have been working at SABIC as a contractor

    Pros

    Good benfits, positive work environment, opportunities to transfer positions within the company, hiring process was quick without much hassle, starting wage great

    Cons

    the only cons i've experienced so far were the issues setting up my personal computer, but this was mainly due to programming issues that needed to be resolved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Very collaborative, supportive of growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst  in  Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Huntersville, NC

    I have been working at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits program, great community involvement, and supportive work life balance. SABIC still possesses a lot of the GE culture, but they are finding their own ways with the new SABIC culture. Upper Management is still a legacy product of the old GE world.

    Cons

    The benefits program is fabulous but the pay is very low comparative to other large local firms. Also being a legacy of GE, there is a general perception that you can six sigma everything. I think this mentality promotes paralysis in analysis. It feels we can't ever get anything done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more aware of your team and their compensation desires.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Polymershapes HQ Division

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    Current Employee - Head Quarters  in  Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Head Quarters in Huntersville, NC

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

    Pros

    Very nice, safe location in a beautiful business park
    Fitness center, and site cares about employee health and well being
    Great events for workers including a health fair and baseball events, employee holiday party

    Cons

    New management has arrived and does not spend any time actually learning anything about the business. He prefers to spend his time on the road and not sure doing what, as it has not paid off
    HR prefers to hire from outside the company vs promote from within
    New business leader more interested in optics vs real change, hr is his puppet unfortunately
    Business isn't growing, totally disconnected from corporate, still

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend some actual time in the office and get to know people. Try promoting from within, there are good people here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Morale issues

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at SABIC

    Pros

    Great benefits, decent pay. Can't find similar job with same pay scale. Lots of charitable opportunities. Located on beautiful, walkable park

    Cons

    Morale among long time employees is low. Company seems to only value young recent graduates and doesn't care about the loyal employees who have worked for 5+ years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Excellent.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Shift Lead  in  Mount Vernon, IN
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Mount Vernon, IN

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

    Pros

    Great wages, excellent benefits. For the most part a great work environment.

    Cons

    work life balance could be better. Be prepared to spend quite a bit of time at work. Of course it is better than having no work though

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    This company does not know how to be Global. All opportunity lies WITHIN the Kindom of Saudi Arabi

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    The people are good, but the "Sauditization Program" is an effort to replace Global Talent with Saudis

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, Hierarchy, and Cronyism are rampant. Decisions are made in a vacuum then "forced down" through the layers of management. Reorganizations take months and months, no one knows if they are going to have a job and have to wait nervously to hear even a shred of news.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Global does not mean do everything from the "Kingdom" and screw all other regions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Company is struggling through changes and unsustainable growth at the Sugar Land site.

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    Current Employee - Lead Scientist  in  Sugar Land, TX
    Current Employee - Lead Scientist in Sugar Land, TX

    I have been working at SABIC full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The Sugar Land site utilizes a 9/80 working schedule if you are a fan of every-other-Friday off. Also, the site in Sugar Land is growing very fast which should lead to a lot of opportunity in the future even though there is very limited opportunity to advance within the site today. Finally, this is a global company and offers employees a lot of opportunity to travel internationally. Local management encourages employees to take extra time to see the area(s) visited rather than just conduct business which is a great opportunity for individuals and their families.

    Cons

    Many employees are difficult to interact with and there is a growing sense of us versus them between the different teams at the Sugar Land site. The issues between employees are made more difficult by the unsustainable rate of growth at the site. Temporary office arrangements are not good and the original sense of community at this site has disappeared completely. Management is largely occupied dealing with change and seems to either not know or not care that these interpersonal issues are making the site more and more unpleasant. Recent changes to bonus and benefits programs make total compensation at this site no longer outstanding.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The HR organization needs to be completely reassigned. The current team in Houston area routinely make mistakes that have frustrated onboarding employees and existing. Have actually been told by one Senior HR person there that he did not care about my problem before he even heard it, and he went on to say he was sick and tired of hearing people whine. While there is always some degree of employee disgruntlement that comes off as whining it is never appropriate for an HR person to dismiss an employee before listening to the issue at hand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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