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DSM Reviews

Updated September 20, 2017
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DSM Chairman, Managing Board Feike Sijbesma
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Pros
  • Strong focus on sustainability, work-life balance (in 26 reviews)

  • company cares, good benefits, safety focused (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance, hard to move anywhere in the company if you are a female or not part of the right group (in 8 reviews)

  • this comes out in constant need for alignment and onboarding everyone in the decision making process (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "DSM IS A GOOD PLACE TO WORK"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Money, benefits, they match 4% and give you 4%

    Cons

    Shift work, slow advancement. Slow promotions

    Advice to Management

    Actually promote people on the performance, not the way you can answer questions that have nothing to do with the job.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Don't work here!!!"

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    Former Employee - Tape Operator in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Tape Operator in Greenville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at DSM full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The hourly wage was decent.

    Cons

    Rotating shifts every couple of days.
    Co-workers that will backstab you, if you're picking up on the job better than them.
    B-shift supervisor is barely competent.

    Advice to Management

    Hire better supervisors and employees. This is why your turn-over rate is very high.

  3. "Chemical Technican"

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

    I worked at DSM full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment. Lots of advancement opprotunities.

    Cons

    Invest more in some of your support facilities.

    Advice to Management

    NONE


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Coordinator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety is first with co-workers and contractors.

    Cons

    Used to be family oriented


  5. "Decent Enough"

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

    I have been working at DSM (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice people.

    Cons

    Some corporate policies are really inefficient and more and more of it is getting outsourced.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Strategically Sideways"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are civil and committed to the positions they are in
    Company has strong benefits
    Low employee turnover

    Cons

    Growth is low single digits
    Long term strategy is questionable
    Leadership is very slow to change


  7. "It's like high school all over again, cliques everywhere!!"

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is half way decent and there is room for growth depending on how much butt you kiss. I will admit though it is a pretty safe place.

    Cons

    I've sat in meetings on more than one occasion and heard management discuss sexual scenarios with other employees or publicly pick on people with handicaps. Building 222 and 209 were great for that! Smh.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and stop trying to kiss your own bosses butt all the time.

  8. "sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DSM full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    good colleagues in an interesting industry

    Cons

    mature business, high cost producer, limited growth potential

    Advice to Management

    I miss some of my bosses


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Science-driven Culture"

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    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Elgin, IL
    Former Employee - Finance Manager in Elgin, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at DSM full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good technology culture, intelligent scientists, care about science that will solve global problems. Large global organization, so you have the opportunity to collaborate with different cultures.

    Cons

    They have outsourced and centralized many support functions, which has lowered the quality of service for finance, IT, HR, SHE. Many good people in those areas left or will leave the company. Can be slow to make decisions, like to argue all sides.

    Advice to Management

    Reward innovation at all levels. Incentivize creativity, give people time to learn and think about big ideas, and not just the next minor product modification.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Look elsewhere for a career"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Evansville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The insurance is very good.

    Cons

    Keep taking away more and more benefits. Seems like they are wanting to drive the hard working employees away.

    Advice to Management

    Quit painting the place and put money into things that are needed. For example cutters and fixing broken equipment. Pay outside vendors what is owed. Share the wealth with employees.


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