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SABIC Reviews

Updated August 13, 2017
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SABIC Acting Vice-Chairman and CEO Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
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  • Idiots running the show in Saudi Arabia do not even have a clue where to take this company (in 11 reviews)

  • Upper management clueless about what Is really going on with some divisions (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Good Summer Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Very well paying job for students looking for job before internships

    Cons

    Not much work to do, a lot of wasted time


  2. "SABIC is a versatile company that offers challenges as well as a wonderful diversified working atmosphere."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Mount Vernon, IN
    Current Employee - Shift Lead in Mount Vernon, IN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    SABIC offers competitive wages, a great teamwork atmosphere, and potential for upward movement. SABIC has a high regard for training and development which includes an integration of nice learning platforms.

    Cons

    The wages are competitive because of the long hours that you can put in depending on where you work within the organization. Overtime can be the norm, along with work on weekends. At this time the growth potential is not what it could be.

    Advice to Management

    You have many "Diamonds in the Rough" that are waiting to shine. There is a lot of interest from many working in the organization to transition to specialized/ Exempt level roles, and a lot of opportunity lost because of the lack of a roadmap to make this happen. There needs to be more guidance and mentors in place to help bring forth our hidden talent.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good company but need to fix issues"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good management personnel and technical support.

    Cons

    SAP implementation issues have really impacted US.
    Customer service. Too many key people have left the company.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to challenge employees and empower them to be successful. Improve image with customers due to material delivery issues.


  4. "Poor Management"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits at the begining

    Cons

    Micro management, dictatorship, does not allow growth

    Advice to Management

    If your going to operate in the US understand us before anything else


  5. "From the manufacturing viewpoint"

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    Current Employee - Operations Engineer
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have truly enjoyed working with the people employed here. They have a good culture as well as very talented individuals. The plant sites are also very safe and have best in class EHS practices.

    Cons

    The SAP installation took a large toll on the company. There has been a lot of turnover in supply chain and management roles and the overall roll out of SAP was understaffed, which continues to cause stress for the business.

    Advice to Management

    We've been suffering for years on initiative overload.


  6. "Production Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Great health and life insurance benefits.

    Cons

    Mandatory over-time and not enough time off.


  7. "Good people but management is lackluster."

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huntersville, NC
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SABIC (More than a year)

    Pros

    The Healthcare plan is not bad. And managers are reasonable people with solid backgrounds and credentials that makes most of them very suited for the job.

    Cons

    Management is slow to react and affect change in any meaningful way without a months worth of requesting. They seem to be playing this "bare bones" style of employment where they keep multiple(6-9) temporary workers on the books instead of just hiring 1-3 full time personnel and letting them hold accounts and be a real part of the company and the customer's experience.

    Advice to Management

    Hire managers and customer service representatives that will stick around for more than just 18 months and then leave as soon as the opportunity presents itself. Too much managerial attrition also!

  8. "Ethical and Inclusiveness company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Specialist in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Specialist in Pittsfield, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SABIC (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Very ethical company to work for

    Cons

    Centralized Leadership on Headquarter.
    No multicultural interested.

    Advice to Management

    It´s ok to have leaders out headquarters.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "RUN, DON'T WALK AWAY"

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    Former Employee - Citywest 12 in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Citywest 12 in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unless you hail from the Kingdom of SA, there are no pros for you at SABIC Americas.

    Cons

    There are so many cons that I won't be able to list them all.

    1. There is a good ole boy mentality running rampant throughout the company. Women don't climb the ladder here. You are to be seen and not heard. I've seen many times an incoming male has been made supervisor over the female employee that has trained him and been there 10 years or more.
    2. Promotions are nonexistent; unless of course you are a Saudi native. Once you are hired, you stay in that position basically your ENTIRE career. Of course they will rename your position over time to make it seem like you matter, but the pay doesn't increase with the title change.
    3. Raises and bonuses are based on how much your manager likes you; no matter how well you do your job. Make the Saudis mad once, and you are on their radar for your career.
    4. Management refuses to hire competent employees. Now that GE has moved in , they rely heavily on a "it's not what you know, it's who you know" type of thinking. Nepotism is the used in this company excessively. Employees have to carry the weight of 2-3 positions because management won't hire enough employees to do the jobs. It's cheaper to keep contract employees. But harder for full time employees because we work weekends, overtime, and holidays with no comp time or overtime pay.
    5. Any new or fresh ideas that are presented to streamline processes are shot down by management. Any change that is brought up must come from them or it won't be accepted.
    6. They have too many consultants advising them on how to run a business that they don't understand. How can someone who never used SAP train those that have used SAP for more than 10 years? Train wreck indeed.
    7. Human Resources is there for a title only. If an employee has a complaint about management, it is quickly swept under the rug. Their main purpose is to create files against employees that the Saudi's have targeted for dismissal. They do not care about the well being of the employees.
    8. The setup of the workplace is promotes a hostile workplace. Tiny cubicles stacked together leave no privacy for anyone. This leads to people being annoyed by others if they are on a conference call, speaking to others, or just fidgeting while thinking. If you have a heavy voice, this will not be the place for you.
    9. Benefits are comparable to others in the industry. There is nothing that separates SABIC from any of the others.
    10. My final con would be that the management is so shady that they instructed supervisors and managers to come to Glassdoor and post positive reviews in order to drown out the negative truths that employees are giving. They even sent out a memo through HR warning us not to write anything negative on here or we will be dismissed. Shady, shady, shady!!

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to listen to your employees. Value their opinions and their experience. SABIC can go far if upper management would get their heads out of the clouds and come down and speak with the workers now and again. Keeping them in the dark is not the right way to go. Also, do a clean sweep of the directors and managers. There are too many underqualified individuals in the top positions and making horrible decisions (could be why there are so many failed audits). Reward the successes of the workers. If you value work/life balance the way you say you do, then give employees comp time when they are required to work overtime, weekends, and holidays. Give service awards. Do something! People will work harder when they know that the company cares for them.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "The Best in early stages and the worst later"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Lead Scientist in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very friendly atmosphere, good benefits
    Big ideas for research. Lot of good words on papers.
    Heavily rely on Saudi talents that's avail now.

    Cons

    A lot of like minded employees want to keep bosses happy by not doing anything useful. Chicken managers with no future horizon. Just counting days/years because executive management has no clue. Come down and talk to real folks who work in labs. Local managers don't allow them to talk to upper echelons. Once it happened and there was a clean sweep. Now they are gathering again.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of consultants. So called imported scientists from DOW and GE will sink SABIC before 2025 who are retrying rusted engines. By that time they will be out of doors with hefty emoluments.


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