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Akzo Nobel Worldwide Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  1. "Great place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    benefits, people, work environment

    Cons

    none at all to state here


  2. "A Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Company, great growth potential. Excellent Management

    Cons

    Currently going through a lot of change.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be open and honest with your employees

  3. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Pontiac, SC
    Current Employee - Engineer in Pontiac, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You are able to be considered salary and still get overtime

    Cons

    There's no real advancement for most employees


  4. "Akzo Nobel"

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    Former Employee - Store Manager in Birmingham, AL
    Former Employee - Store Manager in Birmingham, AL

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for as they treated their employees with respect.

    Cons

    It is a large compnay with many layers of management that do not always communicate with each other effectively


  5. "Weak unprofessional and unqualified management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Strongsville, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Strongsville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay. Benefits and 401k plan. Flex schedule.

    Cons

    No structure. Poor weak unqualified management. Give you all the responsibility and no authority. High stress situation. No leadership just a BAD experience.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers with some leadership qualities. Learn to listen and value your employees and the knowledge and experience.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good company, maybe not the best site"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Huron, OH
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Huron, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive pay and benefits for all positions

    Cons

    Dangerous work, lots of overtime, poor communication from management, lack of promoting from within the company, extremely poor on boarding and training of new employee's..

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employee's, instead of spending tons on overtime, hire adequate staff to relieve overtime on employees and reduce errors made, be honest and upfront with information, communicate effectively between managers, departments, and pass it on to employees, don't overlook people you have working for you who want to grow their careers, and then look outside the company for filling positions you could promote from within for.


  7. "Administrative Assistant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Strong global company, well diversified.

    Cons

    Management does not do a good job communicating information

  8. Helpful (2)

    "It's alright"

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    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Berkley, MI
    Current Employee - R&D Scientist in Berkley, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not many for a large chemE company, but i mean there are a lot of nice and intelligent people that work at the company.

    Cons

    They never put employees first, for a company evaluated at 30 billion they seem to never have money for literally anything.

    Advice to Management

    Invest more into your employees. Add working AC, add new office furniture, remodel the labs. Or don't spend a million dollars on a corporate yacht and gallivant it around. That's why great talent never stays.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Learning and Development Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Great work environment and staff

    Cons

    Many Changes within Company ranks


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    "Not a good experience"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are average for area but is still Tier 2.

    Cons

    Culture is toxic and it is specific by business area worked - some better that others, but overall bad. The employee turnover is worse I have ever seen in manufacturing.

    Advice to Management

    HR is out of control and needs overhaul. Bring back some local managed services and give sites more control. Keep trying to hire good people and put 100% of effort in retention - your going to need it to keep from getting bought and sold off into parts.


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