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SABIC Reviews

Updated December 3, 2017
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SABIC Acting Vice-Chairman and CEO Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
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Pros
  • Work life balance is okay; 3 years maximum stay is good for learning business ; good for starting; GE culture core driving growth; salary competitive (in 33 reviews)

  • Good work environment and great place to learn (in 36 reviews)

Cons
  • Idiots running the show in Saudi Arabia do not even have a clue where to take this company (in 12 reviews)

  • Struggling to operate efficiently outside the kingdom, too much bureaucracy, Very silo'd approach to decision making - not nimble or agile (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "Mostly positive experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Good people and reputable company trying its best

    Cons

    Pace of reorganization too slow to spoil people's experience with 'business as usual' especially in Saudi Arabia


  2. "Struggling, in transition"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Big player in PetroChem industry. Strong Ability to invest and grow. Deep pockets / low debt level which allows growth

    Cons

    Struggling to operate efficiently outside the kingdom, too much bureaucracy, Very silo'd approach to decision making - not nimble or agile

  3. "Process Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    the environment is great and salary is decent

    Cons

    nothing bad to mention but it is good to have better opportunities


  4. Helpful (3)

    "The company is struggling right now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are great people who work at Sabic. You have an opportunity to work with people from all over the globe. I have learned a tremendous amount and every day brings new challenges enabling me to continue growing my skills.

    Cons

    Sabic bought the Plastics business 10 years ago from GE. Most of the managers and leaders grew up in GE and haven't changed their ways of doing things. So, even though the parent company has high expectations, nothing has really changed (and that is not a good thing). Then after waiting waaaay too long to do anything, now they are throwing one change after another at us at such a rapid pace that you can't fully implement one thing before the next major announcement hits. We implemented SAP and reorganized the business at the same time. Now they announced the Supply Chain group will have to move from North Carolina to Houston. (The announcement came right before the hurricane hit.) Most of the employees in North Carolina have no intention of moving. They are about to reorganize the day employees in Manufacturing. I'm sure these changes will be great longer term, but right now it is difficult to keep up with everything since it is coming at us so fast. A lot of the lower level employees are trying to hold things together but can't make up for continual poor decisions from the top.

    Advice to Management

    Take a breath between these big changes to allow the organization to stabilize a bit.


  5. "Product Developer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed job environment
    Cheap feedstock
    Good compensation

    Cons

    Bad location
    Weak business strategy
    Weak people management

    Advice to Management

    Promote individual based on merits


  6. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    The company has dedicated employees

    Cons

    The work to life balance is not very good


  7. "Leader"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Great strategy
    Challenging market conditions
    Supported professional growth

    Cons

    Needs greater presence in the Houston region

  8. "Good experience"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SABIC part-time

    Pros

    You learn a lot and do jobs that would belong to full time employees

    Cons

    Management is not always the best. It really just depends on who you end up with.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Ok Company"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huntersville, NC
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Huntersville, NC

    I have been working at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and diavoubra

    Cons

    Very unorganized, management sucks, lack of communication through company


  10. Helpful (4)

    "I can't possibly imagine a worst place to work..."

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Marketing in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Many of the day-to-day employees are very talented and great to work with.
    -International company will give lots of international experience, such as travel and working with different cultures, which is a plus.
    -Strong pay & benefits

    Cons

    -The upper level management of the company is completely clueless about how to run a company
    -Constant reorganizations and position shifting leave employees without any stability
    -Shy away from new ideas and initiatives
    -Always over-promises and under-delivers, which creates a bad culture of distrust.

    Advice to Management

    Settle on what kind of business you want to be, then support and encourage your smart employees.


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