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Updated March 22, 2017
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Pros
  • Benefits, Competitive salary, Work -life balance (in 20 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 7 reviews)

  • Lack in systematic approach and decision making (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    company cares, good benefits, safety focused

    Cons

    too focused on numbers, short-term goal


  2. "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.


  3. "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


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  5. "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.


  6. "Great Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    They are truly concerned about worker safety and plant site safety. They also pay competitively.

    Cons

    The plant site was getting older and some production was being moved elsewhere.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Almost a nightmare"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineering Co-Op
    Current Employee - Process Engineering Co-Op
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at DSM full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The job is easy and relatively low stress

    Cons

    Terrible pay with a depressing location that will leave you wondering why you took the job.

    Advice to Management

    God have mercy on you all


  8. "Exton, Pa Mechanical Engineering Co-op (Packaging)"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends

    I worked at DSM full-time

    Pros

    -Friendly company with a lot of people willing to help you learn

    Cons

    -Low variability of projects
    -Easy to get stuck with tedious work

    Advice to Management

    Develop projects for interns to fulfill in their 6-month period


  9. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great opportunities to participate on cross-functional teams

    Cons

    Lots of organizational change, although ultimately to make company more nimble


  10. Helpful (4)

    "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


  11. "Executive Positions"

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    • Senior Management
    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.



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