SABIC Reviews

Updated September 18, 2014
Updated September 18, 2014
154 Reviews
3.4
154 Reviews
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SABIC Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Al-Mady
Mohamed Al-Mady
51 Ratings

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.  

    General Review - SABIC IP AMERICAS

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    Current Employee - EHS Leader  in  Pittsfield, MA
    Current Employee - EHS Leader in Pittsfield, MA

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Project management at the support/corporate level is poor. Initiatives of any type take too long to be implemented or just fade away. When implemented, they are often of poor quality due to lack of proper resourcing. KSA mandated the implementation of its Safety, Health, & Environmental Management System (SHEMS). SHEMS is a monsters bureaucratic nightmare that has a negative effect on productivity and safety moral. KSA has a reporting and classification problem with safety incidents and looks down on the America's for is safety performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resource initiatives better and do not always try to pull on people who already have a full plate. Push back as appropriate with SHEMS and/or resource it better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Fun and interesting but chaotic at times.

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Wixom, MI
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Wixom, MI

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

    Pros

    People are great, the projects are interesting, relaxed environment.

    Cons

    Things can be chaotic, management isn't always on the same page, not the best communication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire more people in so that ppl aren't doing multiple jobs and hire a supervisor that is good with time management.

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A great global company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Operations Technician  in  Mount Vernon, IN
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Mount Vernon, IN

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

    Pros

    A great multi-cultural atmosphere that thrives on the beliefs, opinions, and ideas of its employees. The benefits are great.

    Cons

    Unless you are in a professional role, you will be working a swing shift....meaning days, evenings, and midnights.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep looking to your (current) employees to advance the organization to the next level of excellence. Those who have invested their time, energy, pretty much their life for the organization, should be considered First before outside interests.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  5.  

    Overall good company, some of the staff leaders need to work on their personable skills.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Huntersville, NC

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

    Pros

    Benefits and fellow team members...

    Cons

    Leadership staff, work environment, not actually doing work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your staff with the respect they deserve. Stop with all the nonsense meetings.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Driven to succeed with best in class resources available

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great global business opportunities within a company with the resources to fund growth programs. Few companies these days have the financial position to invest for long term growth. Great long term vision business that doesn't get distracted by quarterly economic swings.

    Cons

    Still trying to build global identity

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work, but overall good.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Career growth opportunities, if you are patient.

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    good place to work, not perfect.

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    Former Employee - Technology Engineer
    Former Employee - Technology Engineer

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

    Pros

    exposure to other peers
    technical tools
    carrer path

    Cons

    not so many career development opportunities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Evansville, IN

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

    Pros

    great company with good growth opportunities

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    make sure you have the right people to do the jobs.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    No career growth for IT personnel outside of Saudi Arabia.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Very good company with a long term vision for success

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Pittsfield, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA

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

    Pros

    Stable, 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

    Cons

    SABIC 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 ManagementAdvice

    Show 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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