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Updated Jan 19, 2021

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BASF Chairman and CEO of BASF in North America Wayne T. Smith
Wayne T. Smith
261 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work environment, inclusive, good benefits and performance incentive(in 126 reviews)

  • "Great staff And the work environment was wonderful(in 123 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Bureaucracy can stifle creativity, company does not encourage decision-making at all levels of work(in 58 reviews)

  • "Large company so corporate ideals are not consistently actualized(in 48 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Great place to work

      Apr 9, 2018 - Finance & Controlling in Florham Park, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great people, interesting and challenging work assignments, and great benefits

      Cons

      Decision making can take a while

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Corporate Mindset

      Dec 11, 2020 - Product Manager in Research Triangle Park, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      BASF offers great benefits and is very focused on safety, diversity and inclusion.

      Cons

      There is an undue emphasis on education over experience. Someone with an MS, MBA , and 10 years of experience is often eclipsed by a recently graduated PhD with no experience. Often, those who are most involved in day-to-day operations of the business have no voice in the decision-making process, leading to business decisions that are ill-informed and not sustainable.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    3. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 1 year

      Fair Compensation, can be stifling

      Aug 10, 2020 - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Fair compensation in the industry, engaged leadership, innovative projects

      Cons

      Bureaucracy can stifle creativity, company does not encourage decision-making at all levels of work

      1 person found this review helpful

      BASF Response

      Talent Attraction

      We agree, sometimes it is rather difficult to move things along, thanks to feedback like yours we are able to identify areas of improvement to enhance our employee experience. We are happy to say there is an internal project that is addressing this topic, by developing new processes we hope to empower our teams to be more entrepreneurial as a whole. Thank you for taking the time to drop a quick note to us!

    4. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Logistics Coordinator

      May 9, 2016 - Logistics Coordinator in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      You get a chance to work with some very smart people that are willing to share their knowledge to help you succeed in your role. BASF is a very customer centric organization as such you will have a chance to interact with key customers. Benefits were standard, pay was above average for roles in similar industries. At the plant level, BASF very safety conscious and for the most part concerned about its employees well being.

      Cons

      BASF is a highly political and bureaucratic organization, it takes a long time to get anything approved (projects, process, or equipment). Decision making is top down and not collaborative. Many groups work in silos which makes sharing best practices across business units or sites difficult. Contractors are treated like second class citizens in the plant environment. Work life balance is often talked about but on a plant level be prepared to work 50 - 60 hr weeks plus calls which can lead to low morale at the plant Personal development is at the descrition of your immediate manager or supervisor; if he or she is not on the same page as you be prepared to be denied access to certain classes or activities. Performance evaluations are highly political, you can have a great review one year and then be expected to "take one for the team" the following year pending business unit performance.

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      6 people found this review helpful
    5. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      great benefits, great people, overly complex processes

      Nov 11, 2015 - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      I am not sure the benefits can be beat. The company has been in business for over 150 years and is very successful. There are lots of very smart and dedicated employees. They tend to be very careful with hiring cycles and will usually do their best to avoid having to let people go in the downturns.

      Cons

      Slow! All decision making, processes and projects seem to take longer than expected. IT has moved to a global structure which makes them even more removed and slower to get things done. For a large and successful company, their direct marketing and CRM efforts are well behind the times. Also it seems they keep moving these Professional Development Program people around at the expense of those that have been here.

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      BASF Response

      Manager, Talent Sourcing & Employment Branding

      Thank you for your review. We are pleased that you see the great value of our benefits and the value of being part of our 150 year old family, and that you enjoy being surrounded by smart, dedicated colleagues. There are a lot of development opportunities outside of our Professional Development Program. We have an open job posting process; in addition, there are plenty of training offerings and plenty of ways to expand your professional horizon by joining various project teams, and by networking. We recommend that you have a conversation with your manager and/or Human Resources Business Partner to discuss your development goals.

    6. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Innovative, stable company with excellent total offer and focus on sustainability

      Jul 15, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Florham Park, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong commitment to 'doing the right thing', especially when it comes to safety and sustainability; very good pay and benefits; ability to telework helps with work / ife balance; very committed to professional development and learning; long-term strategic focus and conservative approach make it a reliable, profitable company; increasing focus on employee health and wellness

      Cons

      Large, complex global organization sometimes leads to slow decision making; can be heirarchical at times

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      1 person found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Declining benefits give employees more reason to look for jobs elsewhere.

      Apr 23, 2012 - Process Technician in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Large, well known company. Working with a diverse workforce.

      Cons

      Bad decision making by managers. Benefits are not inline with other companies of this size in our region. When pension was frozen/ended, only a certain group (10 yrs service, XX yrs or older) received any makeup in the new retirement plan (5% for 5 years). This sent a bad message to employees who may have had the years of service but were a little younger than required by the plan.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    8. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Regional Category Manager

      Dec 8, 2015 - Regional Category Manager in Florham Park, NJ
      Recommend
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      Pros

      BASF is a very solid, global company to work for. The participation in diverse markets makes it very flexible to manage market dynamics. Good salary and benefits. Competitive and challenging organization to work for.

      Cons

      As a very big company, the decision making process can be slow and takes too much analysis and discussion. Open positions are filled with internal and external people and the development process for the internal people is not completely clear.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

      Can do much worse

      Oct 30, 2015 - Operations Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Flexible schedules are one of the best pros of this company.

      Cons

      Highly matrix-ed organization can make decision making very labor intensive

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      1 person found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Excellent Company to work for!

      Jun 29, 2016 - Consultant in Rochester Hills, MI
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits and compensation package.

      Cons

      Many layers of management resulting in slower decision making.

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