SABIC Reviews

Updated October 22, 2014
Updated October 22, 2014
159 Reviews
3.4
159 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 10 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.  

    Fast paced and demanding plastic distribution company.

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    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
  2.  

    Great job, great people

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    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 an 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
  3.  

    Finance Co-op

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Co-Op
    Former Employee - Finance Co-Op

    I worked at SABIC as an intern (less than an 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
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  5.  

    Good company trying to figure out its identity.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burkville, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burkville, AL

    I worked at SABIC full-time (more than an 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
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (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
  7.  

    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 (more than an 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
  8. 2 people 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 (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.

  9.  

    Great for entry-level chemistry/engineering graduates

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    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    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 (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
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    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

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