SABIC Reviews

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
158 Reviews
3.4
158 Reviews
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SABIC Vice-Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mohamed Al-Mady
Mohamed Al-Mady
52 Ratings

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)

  • Somewhat dangerous work environment (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    Excellent.

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    • 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 (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
  2. 3 people 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 (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
  3.  

    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 (more than an 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    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 (more than an 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
  6.  

    A great global company to work for.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Mount Vernon, IN
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Mount Vernon, IN

    I have been working at SABIC full-time (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
  7.  

    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 (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
  8.  

    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 (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
  9.  

    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 (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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Challenging place to work, but overall good.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SABIC full-time (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
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    good place to work, not perfect.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technology Engineer
    Former Employee - Technology Engineer

    I worked at SABIC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    exposure to other peers
    technical tools
    carrer path

    Cons

    not so many career development opportunities

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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