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Akzo Nobel Worldwide Reviews

Updated April 27, 2017
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Akzo Nobel Worldwide CEO Ton Büchner
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Supervisor"

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    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lima, OH
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Lima, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good salary. Nice site

    Cons

    Swing shift , 12 hour shifts. Holidays are worked

    Advice to Management

    Holidays off.


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Cost cutting to profitability decimated a once proud company."

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to be purchased by a company that knows the business and wants to be in the business. The 401k is still competitive and the healthcare benefits are above average.

    Cons

    Poor work/ life balance and a myriad of other dysfunctions. It is sad to see a once great company come to such a whimpering, undignified, end.

    Advice to Management

    Try to salvage some pride in the waning days of our existence.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work. Some employees are lazy/uncaring."

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    Current Employee - Production Operator in La Porte, TX
    Current Employee - Production Operator in La Porte, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good 401k match 6%. Very good pay. And plenty of overtime. Medical is top notch. Discount options on cellphones, cars etc. Very good company

    Cons

    Some people are lazy. Somethimes the over time of its forced.

    Advice to Management

    Change peoples mentality or culture.


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  5. Helpful (7)

    "Cannot Recommend To Anyone"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -Job experience working at a large company
    -Experience working with a diverse workforce
    -Benefits (although these have been reduced in the past year)

    Cons

    -Culture is unfriendly and not happy
    -One or two social events a year, everything is work, work, work
    -Employees are a resource and are very expendable; layoffs are common as the company is in a perpetual state of reconstruction
    -Work takes forever to get done due to so many "controls" in place; unnecessarily cumbersome processes
    -Few young people work in the company and this is a major issue as they have a hard time attracting and retaining young talent (probably somewhat related to negative culture)
    -Limited growth potential as there are few positions available and any positions that get filled usually end up with those employees stay in those positions until retirement
    -Pay is "competitive" meaning they'll pay you the market rate and nothing more. Getting a raise is also difficult as there are many steps in the process and asking your manager is just the first of many people who need to approve the raise.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Better than others"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I have been with the company over 20 years - through all the changes the focus stays on the core business, safety and ethics. Benefits have declined but slower than other companies. One of the best things is they always consider the employees - being open when there are major changes coming. .

    Cons

    Current management is trying to standardize across the company and out source many activities. Looks good on paper but the transition is to fast processes are not fully standardized when outsourced and the standardized process are too new and not working well before being outsourced. From past experiences I feel it will be brought back in house with in 5 years.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on core businesses. Do not rush into standardization and outsourcing. The company does need more standardization on routine processes - a review of the best practices before standardizing on the one most used can help.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Middle level manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    At least it would be a job.

    Cons

    High turnover of top management. New management does not have a clear understanding of the company's technologies or markets. Shedding older, experienced employees for young inexperience new hires. No effort made to transfer experience and knowledge from departing older employees. This has created a high stress working environment, depressed morale and has hurt productivity. Currently is not a good place to work.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce the turnover rate. Create a phased retirement program to allow more experienced workers to act as mentors by working a gradually reducing schedule. Create some consistency. Reduce the number of new initiatives being rolled out. Treat the employees with some respect.


  8. Helpful (2)

    "It's a job."

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    Current Employee - Operator in Deer Park, TX
    Current Employee - Operator in Deer Park, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with.

    Cons

    They pick and choose when safety is important.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "AkzoNobel January 2017"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are a lot of very bright enthusiastic people working for AkzoNobel. As result it’s easy to experience the synergy of this multinational company and to connect with colleagues who are willing to support you.

    Cons

    AkzoNobel tends to underinvest in its people and its facilities and gloss things over. Continuous improvement is top-down, one size fits all. As a result depth of knowledge is not valued and overall performance falls short.

    Advice to Management

    There is too much attention paid to gimmick continuous improvement and feel good human resource programs and not enough investment in technical expertise, information architecture and world class manufacturing facilities and equipment.


  10. "Great company overall!"

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    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Tax Intern in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Managers where always there to help you and answer any questions. They always provided detailed description of the tasks that I was required to perform.

    Cons

    No cons! The only negative part of my internship was the long times I had where I wasn't busy.

    Advice to Management

    None! The most qualified and friendly group of managers I've meet.


  11. "Staff"

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    Current Employee - Financial Controller in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Financial Controller in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide (More than a year)

    Pros

    good environment and teams are supportive of each other.

    Cons

    global teams makes it difficult to get things done.


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