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Pros
  • Great benefits and work life balance (in 78 reviews)

  • Great at people development, great benefits (in 68 reviews)

Cons
  • There are some inconsistencies in how work/life balance is supported/implemented by different businesses (in 29 reviews)

  • Large company - can be difficult to navigate (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Good place to settle into"

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Chemist in Iselin, NJ

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good Benefits
    Competitive salary (albeit on the conservative side)
    Reasonable work environment

    Cons

    Hard to orient a good career direction inside the company.
    High expectations for job results.


  2. "Business Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Rigorous processes, stable, diverse, lateral mobility

    Cons

    Large and slow moving, upward mobility challenging

  3. "BASF"

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    Former Intern - Assistant Controller in Iselin, NJ
    Former Intern - Assistant Controller in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BASF Corporation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great environment that encourages employee development.

    Cons

    tough competition to get foot in the door


  4. "Working at BASF"

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    Current Employee - Account Manager in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Outstanding benefits, pretty good salaries, great support for development.

    Cons

    RED TAPE! Culture is stifling and can be impersonal.

    Advice to Management

    Start working on improving operational efficiency with the goal of improving the organizational effectiveness.


  5. "Director, Technology"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at BASF Corporation full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Company Values, Conservative Business Strategy

    Cons

    Slow to make decisions, too much beaucracy


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Below Market Pay, 2% Annual Raises, Unhealthy Work Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BASF Corporation full-time

    Pros

    None. Company name looks good on your future resume?

    Cons

    Working at the former BASF Catalysts/Engelhard site is a dead end job. Smart employees try to leave as soon as possible to other locations. Turnover at offices and especially R&D is very high. Senior VPs joke why someone would accept an offer here as opposed to a normal outfit like Exxon or DuPont. Everyone below a 5.1 strata (include technicians) are grossly underpaid (by some 15-20k per year). Bonuses, though promised, are not fully delivered even prorated for your first year. Morale at site is terrible--management treats employees as second class citizens and without respect.

    Advice to Management

    You get what you pay for. Consider paying your employees market wages and expect better productivity in return.


  7. "PDP Intern Class of 2013"

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    Former Intern - R&D Engineering Intern in Iselin, NJ
    Former Intern - R&D Engineering Intern in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BASF Corporation as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Competitive pay, broad range of exposure to real work world experience, ambassador duties to represent the company, seminars on what BASF stands for and brings to the world in making a better place.

    Cons

    BASF is not as well known to non-preferred universities and many other qualified engineering majors may miss a great opportunity with "the chemical company," due to lack of awareness.

    Advice to Management

    Spread the word to non-directly recruited universities

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Getting used to being paid more to do less"

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    Current Employee - Associate Chemist in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Associate Chemist in Iselin, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Great health benefits
    -Increase in paid vacation from 2 to 3 weeks
    -Flexibility in work schedule
    -Good compensation
    -Short commute to work

    Cons

    -Mindset of employees who have worked here for 30+ years which makes being innovative problematic
    -Inability to get management's approval for flexible scheduling
    -Routine work that is made to seem like it is more than what it is
    -Inability to advance career due to insignificance of current department

    Advice to Management

    Advice to management is to listen to customers and really apply changes to the way company is run. Hire new employees for new perspectives and use forced retirement for older employees. Older employees can be utilized as consultants at pre-arranged rates. Management can also apply a new business model, something similar to the way Semco works.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Positive with lots of opportunity for career growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company that exposes you to the dynamics of the global economy. There is a lot of opportunity for career growth early in your career if you join with the appropriate degrees.

    Cons

    You must work internationally and be willing to move in a moments notice to ensure a healthy upward trajectory. Base salary is slightly low for the area, but benefits are top of class.

    Advice to Management

    Value and incentivise those individuals who remain loyal to given business groups for the duration of the career as much as those who frequently move across business groups. The experience of long term individuals within one group is irreplaceable.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Not for the next generation"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Iselin, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits such as 401k, tuition reimbursement, medical, dental, and vision
    Internationally known company
    Reasonable hours
    Minimal work effort depending on department

    Cons

    Downside is that most of the employees have been at the company for 15+ years minimum and do not recongnize that the corporate landscape has changed. Believing that what work 10, 15, 20 years ago still applies is like putting your head in the sand. Immediate supervisors are threatened by younger employees and micromange in order to drive the employee away from their positions. Mentality of "do as I say and not as I do" plays big role in assignment of tasks. Complaints to upper management fall on deaf ears as long as the complaint cannot lead to a lawsuit. Most likely reply will be "This is the way corporate America works" or "You're being too sensitive" Inconsistant directions are constantly given. If you are the low/new man on the totem pole, expect to do all of the work for everyone above you. Despite what your title may be when hire, more than likely you will be reduced to an adminstration assistant, answering emails, writing reports, documenting data and having your boss take all of the credit for discovering something that you told them about 5 months prior.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to spend time in the lab/projects in order to understand how their areas function. Numerous times has management appeared in my area and are not even aware of what our capabilities are. Managers should walk a mile in their employees shoes for the day.


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