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DSM Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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DSM Chairman, Managing Board Feike Sijbesma
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Pros
  • Benefits, Competitive salary, Work -life balance (in 21 reviews)

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

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  1. "manufacturing engineer co-op"

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op in Exton, PA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer Co-Op in Exton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    It was a great experience for a 6 months full time job (co-op), the environment is friendly and all employees are professional.

    Cons

    zero complains about this co-op experience


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Frustrating"

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    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Marketing and Sales in Parsippany, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at DSM full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I read some of the pros that other people post and find them difficult to believe. I have nothing positive to say, however, based on my own personal experience. I would give this company zero rating if the Glassdoor website allowed it.

    Cons

    Their systems are frustrating. They still have not provided 2016 W2 forms to their employees and former employees. The recorded message as of today is that the data is still pending from their payroll vendor. Looks like I have to file an extension for this year's tax return. I provided this as an example of how most of their systems operate. It's near impossible to get anything accomplished because of the lack of adequate support systems.

    Advice to Management

    There needs to be more accountability for outsourcing all their areas in an effort to save money and have less employees in house do the work.


  6. "Meh"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    great personnel . . . for the most part

    Cons

    if you're not Dutch, you're not much


  7. "A fast ride to make the numbers, unfortunately in a slap shot way, no slowing down for lessons learned implementation."

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Cromwell, CT
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Cromwell, CT
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People, pay scale, benefits and 401k, nice location, good products that I believe in, nice facilities, lots of company team building events.

    Cons

    No work life balance (nights/weekends), managers do not act on employee input, only sales/marketing driven regardless of impact to every other group.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your people lost in the trenches, increase efficiencies, implement processes, and add much needed headcount.


  8. Helpful (5)

    "Used to be proud to work there!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DSM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay is a pro. Also having on site emergency services.

    Cons

    Work/Life balance, hard to move anywhere in the company if you are a female or not part of the right group. Long hours. Work even in treacherous weather. Benefits have been cut. Bonus' have been cut and hard to attain now. Work place bullying allowed to happen with slaps on the wrist if that.

    Advice to Management

    This place used to care about the employees. It stopped around the time of the manager transition. This is supposed to be a diverse and gender friendly organization. It may be so in the Netherlands but not in Greenville, NC


  9. "Executive Positions"

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    Former Employee - Various Executive Level Jobs in Fredon, NJ
    Former Employee - Various Executive Level Jobs in Fredon, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A global >€8bln life sciences and material sciences company that truly tries to make the world a better place. Do Something Meaningful.

    Cons

    While it aims to be a diverse company that engages all employees, it is not very consistent at letting the non performers go and promote the best talents fast enough.

    Advice to Management

    Give the most engaged and talented employees more authority to make changes for the better. Empower and Reward them.


  10. "Great company to work for, with some caveats"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parsippany, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DSM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Big corporation resources, structured way of doing everything, good work life balance, good benefits, clear culture agenda. Organization is willing to change in response to market demands.

    Cons

    Limited career advancement. Slow decision making - too many stakeholders, risk averse.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on action and results, less on process. Encourage more entrepreneurial behavior. Simplify decision cycles.


  11. "Trying to evolve"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at DSM full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company offers great benefits and opportunities for advancement. The employees are dedicated and engaged and want to " do something meaningful".

    Cons

    Management is slow to make decisions and often does not involve those who actually do the work to assist in the decision making process.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in the employees who do the work and ask for their suggestions. Don't assume you know it all.


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