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Akzo Nobel Worldwide Reviews

Updated July 20, 2018
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Akzo Nobel Worldwide CEO Thierry Vanlancker
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  • "Work Life Balance, Top management no way close to market reality, HR has no say" (in 18 reviews)

  • "Conflicting messages from Senior Management and leadership" (in 16 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Operator
    Current Employee - Production Operator
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Long-term employment with great benefits, huge possibility to progress within the company. Ample over-time is a huge plus

    Cons

    working swing shift can be rough on sleep schedule


  2. "Operator 1"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Work-life benefits. Had 1wk paid vacation in December for Xmas.

    Cons

    Difficult to grow internally. Moving up ladder is extremely slow. If you are ambitious, don’t come here to work.

    Advice to Management

    Take HR bottleneck serious and remove them to attract good hands.

  3. "Chemist"

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    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    So much restructuring and poor management that you can fly under the radar and get by without doing anything productive.

    Competitve benifits, but if the minimum wage goes to 12 bucks an hour I will put an application in at McDonald's.

    Oputunities to have work delegated to you by europeans.

    Time to self reflect and wonder what you did wrong in this life or your previous life to end up here.

    Good insurance, you will be able to afford name brand antideppresents. Which is good for the company because you will need something stronger in your cup to get out of bed Monday through friday.

    There are so many failures and mistakes that yours will be unnoticed. You would think your successes would not go unnoticed.

    Cons

    Unable to use your skills in a way that can benifit the organization. Managment does not have the time or apptitude to discuss and plan projects with any reasoable amount of foresight. More to the point the organization is trying to survive instead of thrive. An average working day is just like the Walking Dead, but with more zombies and fewer resources to go around.

    The harder you work at the company the more demotivated you will become. It is likely that any successful work you do will be undone because every system and businesse unit is dysfunctional.

    However most projects fail before leaving technical anyways due to a lack of planning and thinking. This likely saves the company money by avoiding customer lawsuits down the road. Possibly a factor in their cost savings matrix.

    The job is so depressing and unrewarding that you will contemplate stopping your car on the railroad tracks at least once a week on your way to work.

    Advice to Management

    Create a system that is flexible and balanced. Employees should be encouraged to achieve individual success and collaborate within and across business units. employees are assets if you invest in them, stop thinking of them as liabilities.

    Reduce the stress on managment and lower level employees. I assure you that stress does not increase performance.

    Communicate by listening and being engaged Into they day to day problems. The few large problems are minute compared to the amassing amount of micro issues that your employees are contending with.

    If none of that works, a train usualy goes by at 7:55 am.


  4. "Chemist I"

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    Current Employee - Chemist I Color Matcher in Troy, MI
    Current Employee - Chemist I Color Matcher in Troy, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people there are friendly.

    Cons

    The pay is terrible. There is a ton of favoritism there.

    Advice to Management

    Pay more to keep talent and people who have shown loyalty


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Lack of Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nashville, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company provides good benefits.

    Cons

    Management is distant and out of touch with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Visit your people


  6. "Akzonobel"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Representative in Nashville, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Representative in Nashville, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for. Good values, awesome work life balance, great benefits.

    Cons

    The pay could be a little higher considering the responsibilities that are given.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Don't Do It"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Location, OK benefits, OK pay, diverse employees

    Cons

    Discriminating, Unprofessional, Unethical Management with almost useless HR department. People management issues are often ignored.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs management and ethics training

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Don't Do It"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pretty good benefits, lots of diversity

    Cons

    Discriminating, Unprofessional, Unethical Management with almost useless HR

    Advice to Management

    Management should lead by example. Offer management training. Make management accountable for their actions.


  9. "Lots of change over the many years I’ve worked here. Some big change is always being worked on."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Production Planning in Columbus, OH
    Current Employee - Production Planning in Columbus, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    401k matching up to 6%, annual bonus (usually equal to one paycheck), 6 weeks paid paternity leave. Lots of employees have worked here for decades. Factory floor staff is union.

    Cons

    Directives are rolled down from Europe, so very little rope to operate with. Managers changing every 3-4 years. The company seems to really push the motto, “More with Less”. Factory floor staff is union.

    Advice to Management

    For the most part I have always been satisfied with direct managers on site. For the managers in Chicago and Europe, stop being so hands on.


  10. "Is a good place to work"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Strongsville, OH
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Strongsville, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people - domestic and international colleagues

    Cons

    Constant change in business management. In 6 years went through 3 down sizes, didn't make it through the 3rd down size. Stressful

    Advice to Management

    N/A


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