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Akzo Nobel Worldwide Slough Reviews

Updated November 9, 2017
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Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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  1. "HTE Industrial Placement Role"

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    Former Employee - HTE Industrial Placement Role in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - HTE Industrial Placement Role in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Clean environment with friendly people

    Cons

    New engineering department so I was the only engineering student their


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Development Chemist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    One of the largest global paint and coatings companies

    Cons

    Work is chaotic - priorities constantly change, even straight after meetings! Doesn't value its employees leading to a high turnover of personel. No progression except for a chosen few.

    Advice to Management

    The focus should be on quality and innovation rather than cutting costs. Managers should be evaluated by those under them as well as the other way around

  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance and great people work there. Salary and benefits are pretty good too. They are a great employer if you are in Sales & Marketing.

    Cons

    Head Office in Netherlands call all the shots and lots of reorg's always happening. You never know when it's going to be your turn to be in consultation.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "AkzoNobel Decorative Coatings"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great values and culture of organisation. Has the support and structure of a large global organisation behind its workforce.

    Cons

    As it is a large organisation it can take time to find out the correct point of contact for queries and get decisions made.

    Advice to Management

    Move quicker in the execution of decisions once they are made. Adopt a visible continuous improvement approach, it is there, but not seen by all.


  5. "Category Management"

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    Current Employee - Category Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Talent development is a key focus

    Cons

    Global HQ Amsterdam makes political decisions


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Okay"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people, line managers are great. Friendly working environment and good benefits (benefit builder so you can pick and choose)

    Cons

    The "big bods" i.e. Managers right at the top are out of touch with the lower workers and their responsibilities. Undercover Boss would be an eye-opener!

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time learning what your staff are doing, and offer support to line managers


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Still a good place to work up to a certain (quite high) level"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Safety & sustainability culture genuine. Overall management style relatively human & development focused. Still a good place to work although options for progression in the UK limited for highly ambitious aiming for the highest levels

    Cons

    Like others have mentioned, the shift of control away from countries to "the centre" has been quite extreme and has resulted in a huge exodus of people who, on the face of it, were responsible in the UK for relatively successfully maintaining the value of the Dulux brand.

    The talent pool for the top layers of senior management (in Holland) do not seem to be large enough, leaving key positions unfilled, or filled with inappropriate people. An unfortunate combination with the point above.

    Advice to Management

    Read the story about the "Goose that Laid the Golden Egg"s - and reflect on whether the highly centralised approach to management is actually the best way to continue to deliver value in the long and medium term. If you are no longer making much profit then the tax optimised structure counts for nothing.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide full-time

    Pros

    Well known brand that is recognised. Large organisation and only prospects for those that fit into a particular regime.

    Cons

    Terrible training and high expectations of new people including part time ( Full timers).I noticed that within my team there were people who were favoured high above others. Several staff would take 3 hour lunch breaks and not do much work. Learning the paint codes could take the average person at least 6 months to feel comfortable with. Female environment and not male friendly. Shocking attitude towards those who have gone through difficult times. Worst company i've ever been employed by.Training is non existent.

    Advice to Management

    What can i say, you protect your own and your own little groups of friends. Your understanding of personal issues is null and void.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Changes not holding together"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Akzo Nobel Worldwide (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Very decent company with superb brands, good rewards and working conditions, great people who are very professional and smart. Fast moving and great with customers

    Cons

    Company has been moving to globalised structure over the past couple of years. This is very good in theory but the trick is to implement it. Perhaps this has been taking attention away from the key things.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to give advice as the management people are well aware of what is happening and what needs to be done. There is a tension between country level business needs and the needs of a global, diversified corporation


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good company, great brands but deteriorating culture"

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    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Brand Manager in Slough, Berkshire, South East England, England (UK)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company to work for still. Flexible working is made possible and the general atmosphere amongst colleagues is very friendly.

    The business has great brands in the UK and the marketing campaigns are fresh and creative, considering how functional the industry is otherwise.

    Senior Management genuinely seem to want to improvev things and are looking at ways of how this can be done.

    Cons

    The culture & atmosphere have been stripped off personality over the last 1-2 years through the Dutch HQ increasingly dictating how things are to be done in the UK. There's now uniformity rather than diversity and there is a perceivable lack of motivation and resignation among many employees.

    Senior Management seem quite disengaged and communication to employees is limited in terms of transparency of what's going on.

    Whilst people are doing a lot of great work, this isn't really acknowledged on the right way - though it is something that is tried. A personal word of praise every now and then would go a long way but instead monthly achievement competitions are held, which don't really address the issue at all.

    Advice to Management

    Realise that engagement and motivation don't come through processes and initiatives but by engaging with employees on a personal level. Acknowledging people's work and achievements on a day to day basis is much more meaningful than monthly 'competitions' on who's achieved most.


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