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BASF Overview

Florham Park, NJ
10000+ employees
Company - Public
Chemical Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
BASF Corporation, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is the North American affiliate of BASF SE, Ludwigshafen, Germany. BASF has more than 17,500 employees in North America, and had global sales of $63.3 billion in 2016.

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Glassdoor Awards

Best Places to Work: 2017 (#41)

Top CEOs: 2017 (#71)

Best Places to Interview: 2017 (#82)

Company Updates

  • Beaming with Pride here at our North American Headquarters located in Florham Park, NJ.


    BASF employees create chemistry with students at STEAM panel discussion

    BASF employees from the company's Wyandotte site were among the participants in a March 14 Women in Defense Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math panel discussion at the Michigan Science Center in Detroit. The panel featured professional women in the STEAM fields, including guest speaker retired Army Col. Patricia Sellars.

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BASF – Why Work For Us?

BASF at a glance

At BASF, we create chemistry for a sustainable future. We combine economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility. Through science and innovation we enable our customers in nearly every industry to meet the current and future needs of society.

BASF Corporation is the largest affiliate of BASF SE and the second largest producer and marketer of chemicals and related products in North America.

Through the power of connected minds we enable our customers in almost all industries to meet the current and future needs of society. Did you know that BASF developed a completely biodegradable snack food bag in partnership with the Seattle Mariners baseball team? Or that BASF helped adidas develop a revolutionary running shoe using a novel application of a decades-old material?

BASF in North America, headquartered in Florham Park, New Jersey, is among the largest producers and marketers of chemicals and related products in North America. There isn’t much we don’t do!

BASF has five global business segments, all of which operate or are directly supported by businesses in North America: Agricultural Solutions, Chemicals, Functional Materials & Solutions, Oil & Gas, and Performance Products . Some of the key industries we serve include chemicals, automotive, agriculture, construction, personal care, health and nutrition and packaging. We operate more than 25 research and development facilities and nearly 100 production sites in North America, including two large integrated manufacturing sites in Geismar, Louisiana and Freeport, Texas.

Our products and system solutions help to conserve resources, ensure healthy food and nutrition and improve quality of life.

We’ve summed up this contribution in our corporate purpose: We create chemistry for a sustainable future.

At BASF, we create chemistry through the power of connected minds. By balancing economic success with environmental protection and social responsibility, we are building a more sustainable future through chemistry. As the world’s leading chemical company, we help our customers in nearly every industry meet the current and future needs of society through science and innovation. We achieve this through our commitment to continuous improvement and operational excellence, which gives us the opportunity to set and deliver on ambitious, long-term goals.

We provide a challenging and rewarding work environment with a strong emphasis on process safety, as well as the safety of our employees and the communities we operate in, and are always working to form the best team—especially from within, through an emphasis on lifelong learning and development. This allows for our employees to innovate and generate new ideas, put them into action, and gain insights from them to further advance our collective expertise.

And we are constantly striving to become an even better place to work. BASF has been recognized by Forbes Magazine as one of America’s Best Employers in 2017. We strongly support the spirit of collaboration through effectively involving team members and colleagues from other relevant units when developing and executing strategies and projects. Come join us on our journey to create solutions for a sustainable future!

We offer job opportunities for everyone, from students to professionals. Apply now, and let us know not only what you accomplished, but how you accomplished it to become part of the best team. To learn more about our impact-based approach,  watch this short video.






Working at BASF: Insights from Brandy in North America 

At BASF, employees create their own success and satisfaction at work and life with you@BASF, a unique total offer of benefits, compensation, learning and development opportunities, and safe and caring work environment.

Creating chemistry. Every day.

Every day we create chemistry to add value—in our products and services, in harmony with nature and, most importantly, with people. If you’re looking for a challenging, rewarding career, we’re looking for you.

Experience loves training

What are you good at? At BASF, you can put your talents to work creating chemistry for a sustainable future. You’ll have a chance to learn something new every day. Whether it’s on-the-job-training, formal skills training, or informal coaching or mentoring, we place a premium on personal and professional growth and development—wherever you are in your career. Because when you succeed, we succeed.

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Careers love development

Will you answer? As the world’s leading chemical company, BASF offers a ton of exciting career opportunities worldwide. In addition, our employees enjoy a comprehensive range of professional development options to support career-long learning—just one part of our compelling total offer.

Bottom line: we’re committed to forming the best possible team as a catalyst for long-term success.

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Work life loves balance

A job means a lot, but family means more. We want to ensure your life is in balance because to do well at work you, you need to recharge at home.

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Unity loves diversity

At BASF, we value the differences among our people and understand that diversity is key to our future success. We’re building an inclusive, inspiring work environment that encompasses diversity of gender, race, experience and points of view because you are unique, and we know we’re better for it.

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you@BASF – Create your own chemistry

Through our own unique internal brand called you@BASF, we offer so many ways to find satisfaction in life and work: from competitive health insurance and a highly-rated retirement savings plan, to paid parental leave, bonuses, employee discounts, wellness and recognition programs, and dozens of other benefits and perks designed to support the whole YOU!

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Supervisor in Tifton, GA
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    Greatest place in the world to work. Fully committed to the continuing increase of their employees knowledge. Safety is first always not just a slogan, we as a team put safety first . We will not stay in operation without safety. Benefits are the greatest, pay is completive where ever you are located; however, the other compensation is unbelievable. We get 10 days bereavement within your imitate family. Maternity leave for the mother and father same time of paid leave. Retirement ! free financial planning for your retirement.


    People that work at BASF stay until retirement age. People are promoted within the Company causing opening. Constantly changing creating new products and needs for new people. :)

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    Keep going in the direction of all inclusion for a sustainable future. Keep listening to the people doing the work. Continue building a safety culture based on sharing knowledge. Knowledge on how to have a first pass quality mindset.

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BASF Photos

BASF photo of: For 150 years, BASF has led the world in creating solutions for a sustainable future. Come create chemistry with us!
BASF photo of: The Freeport, Texas site is the leading producer of basic chemicals, intermediates, and fiber products.
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BASF photo of: You’ll find a host of exciting career opportunities at BASF within the areas of research and development, technology and production, and corporate and other functions.
BASF photo of: BASF employees demonstrate their commitment to serve by participating in charitable events in their communities.
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BASF Interviews



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    I applied online. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at BASF (San Francisco, CA) in March 2009.


    The process consisted of phone interviews, skills tests, and 2 in person interviews. I thought the process was well laid out for the most part. However, going from one interview to the next took a very long time. I did well on the skills tests and really impressed the interviewers. I did notice they had marketing materials out for those interviewees who were not prepared- FYI.

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    I declined the offer for a couple of reasons. First and foremost, I learned from my recruiter that I was competing with one of my colleagues at my present job who is not even 10% the candidate that I am. I felt that a company that can't see or evaluate talent right off the bat probably has issues in day to day operations. The other reason I declined was that the VP seemed to think that he was above all others instead of presenting himself as a team player. Our working relationship would have been strained if I had accepted. Weeks later I learned that my recruiter decided to not work with them anymore.

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BASF Awards & Accolades

  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign’s (HRC) Corporate Equality Index, 2017
  • Best Places to Work 2017 Employees' Choice, Glassdoor Employees Choice Award, 2017
  • Top 50 Companies for Diversity, DiversityInc, 2018
  • Best Place to Interview, Glassdoor, 2017
  • North American Candidate Experience Awards Winner, CandE Awards, 2017
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