SABIC

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SABIC Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
170 Reviews
3.4
170 Reviews
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SABIC Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Al-Mady
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Great benefits program, great community involvement, and supportive work life balance (in 11 reviews)

  • A world class company with good research work available (in 5 reviews)


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

  • Leadership staff, work environment, not actually doing work (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Amazing and laid-back

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Charlotte, NC
    Current Employee - Credit Analyst in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    It's the best first internship where you can get your foot in the door to the business world. They treat you like an adult and not some lowly intern.

    Cons

    I think the only con is that sometimes the work is not challenging enough in the long run, which can make you burnt out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think that intern turnover is way too high and that the biggest problem facing retention is the pay received and work load. I would say there are too many interns, which can make the work load too light sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    It is a good place to work

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

    I have been working at SABIC

    Pros

    overall, treat the empolyee well

    Cons

    good place, no complaint till now

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Impove the management skills

    Recommends
  3.  

    SABIC Americas, Before and After SIP

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Scientist At STC in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Scientist At STC in Houston, TX

    I worked at SABIC as a contractor (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, outstanding reputation in the industry, market share growth in the Americas.

    Cons

    In the beginning, and probably until a couple of years ago, SABIC Americas (SAI) was a phenomenal company that truly cared about its employees. After the acquisition of GE and the inception of SIP, things went downhill for the Houston folks specifically. It became a second thought for corporate in KSA, and its benefits package lost its charm with the regional 'harmonization" of benefits (SAI and SIP).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Global company who is trying to strengthen is global corporate infrastructure

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Pays well for the area of the state where it is located in Massachusetts. There are not many job opportunities in this area which have the pay and benefits that SABIC offers.

    Cons

    Work-life balance challenges, limited in-house training opportunities, depending on the department there can be a great deal of micro-managing.

  6.  

    Engineering Intern

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering in Mount Vernon, IN
    Former Employee - Engineering in Mount Vernon, IN

    I worked at SABIC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    -Many opportunities
    -The pay was good (especially for an internship)
    -Flexible hours
    -Good work/life balance
    -It was only for a summer.

    Cons

    -The projects there were trivial (low impact, easy to get done, but ultimately unsatisfying).
    -Bad site location
    -Long commute
    -Could not work overtime

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There were way too many meetings during the day, and most of them were a complete waste of time and just an excuse for people to talk. They should cut down on the number of meetings. It seemed more like a ritual than an actual useful function.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Fast paced and demanding plastic distribution company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative

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

    Pros

    SABIC offers excellent benefits. The plastics industry is unique and there is always an opportunity to learn.The breadth of products in Polymershapes' distribution portfolio combined with having SABIC as a parent company yields job security even during tough economic times.

    Cons

    This is not a laid back work environment. Pressure and micromanagement from senior managers is a constant. Middle and Executive management positions are filled primarily from outside the company. Promotions into outside sales and management are rare. Workloads can be very heavy at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Significantly reduce the amount of micromanaging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great job, great people

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer Co-op in Burkville, AL
    Former Employee - Reliability Engineer Co-op in Burkville, AL

    I worked at SABIC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Really interesting work for Reliability Engineers, more than enough work to go around. The people in the south are very friendly and outgoing. Great pay, but its a given in a remote location.

    Cons

    Somewhat dangerous work environment. They take safety very seriously but the chemicals involved are nothing to joke about.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Finance Co-op

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Co-Op
    Former Employee - Finance Co-Op

    I worked at SABIC as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance.
    Constantly working alongside engineers.
    All professionals willing to help.
    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Not many, but I had to work in a partial plant setting. Growth within the company can be slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Identify young talent and retain.

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

    Good company trying to figure out its identity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burkville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burkville, AL

    I worked at SABIC full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great atmoshpere to work. Everyone seemed willing to help each other out to accomplish common goals. Good pay. Good benefits. Company has lots of cash to invest back into the business.

    Cons

    KSA has caused some things to slow down. Recently added safety regulations can seem overwhelmingly difficult to get anything done. Aging workforce is all eligible for retirement right now but there is no clear indication of when they will actually be retiring. There could be a huge out flux of human capital at one time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to the future by hiring and developing promising talent. Work on increasing company name recognition. Don't be afraid to push back on some of the different standards that exist for the American plants as opposed to the other plants in the world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great company with lots of bureaucracy

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Pittsfield, MA

    I worked at SABIC full-time (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

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