SABIC Employee Reviews about "saudi arabia"

Updated Jul 19, 2019

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SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
295 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good work environment that encourage development(in 53 reviews)

  • "Very good work-life balance and easy adjustment(in 51 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "Cold Section outside Operator job at petrokemya Sabic Saudi Arabia(in 19 reviews)

  • "Relocation, KSA centric, growth opportunities(in 13 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      S. Accountant

      Mar 8, 2018 - Senior Accountant in Sugar Land, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There are Many good leaders and many career opportunities recently . Good work and life balance. Company offers Good 401K match.

      Cons

      Higher level managers’ response is very slow. Especially from Saudi Arabia. Many new hires in lots of departments which make inefficient operations recently.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      ' A great company for the not-so-great and/or talented worker'

      Jan 13, 2019 - Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      If you are in Houston, and are not good enough to work for a top notch petrochemical company, this is the company for you. Apparently, the only real qualification to work for SABIC is to live in Houston. And the pay is fantastic for the mediocre who will be hired.

      Cons

      Stone age HR practices. Experience and dedication are not valued. Saudi cultural practices have been extended globally, and this does NOT work. The CEO may be valued in Saudi Arabia, but he has literally destroyed the Americas business. This company is a major trainwreck. If you are not Saudi, forget advancement past middle management. This is the worst kind of biased, preferential BS you can imagine. If you are ambitious, and want to grow your career, and make a difference, GO ELSEWHERE!

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      5 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Current Employee

      STAY AWAY

      Jun 14, 2019 - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Health insurance is pretty good

      Cons

      The only thing this company cares about are Saudi men, the women are treated as second class citizens, overlooked, and dismissed. They are trying to push their Muslim culture to all other regions of the world which is a terrible mistake. Overworked and underpaid, basically no values enforced, constant arguing, budget cuts, and you're expected to just "figure it out". Everything runs through KSA, so even if management in Americas, Europe, or Asia request something or present our needs, it is usually shut down right away. Everything is about Saudi Arabia and men. If you aren't a native or a man, forget about it.

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      8 people found this review helpful
    4. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Work in this hostile environment as a last resort

      Apr 1, 2019 - Manager in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      There have been some decent upgrades to their antiquated benefit offerings. The announced acquisition by Aramco will hopefully clean this place up.

      Cons

      This environment is full of sexism. If you are a woman expect to go nowhere and expect to be treated as a second class citizen working around a bunch of entitled self absorbed and dismissive Saudi men. Do your research online- there are little to no women in high level leadership positions. Promotions are nothing more than a popularity contest and a who's who of Saudi's having their international assignments extended to take jobs from more capable people. The Houston office is a TOXIC CESSPOOL with no one being held accountable for their abusive behaviors. People are always leaving and you cannot get approvals to fill their slots when needed. Constant budget cuts create the expectation that you have to do less with more. Managers are responsible for delivering but have no real power as everything is run and decisions made by leadership in Saudi Arabia. You will be overworked, underpaid, undervalued and abused with no one to turn to and no one to care about this. HR is a complete dysfunctional joke!!!!! They allow managers to go around bullying and retaliating against employees and they can't do anything about it because they are doing the same thing to each other and to the people they are supposed to be standing up for. Managers and HR are rewarded for their bad behaviors. No one is in charge of getting this place under control. It used to be such a great place to work but over the past five years or so it has gone completely downhill with bullies, intimidation, liars, schemers and incompetence at the forefront. My advice is to stay far away from this place and only work here if you have anywhere else to go and if you do work here don't make the mistake I did by staying long. I had hope that this place would get better and go back to the way it once was when the environment was like a family working together to common goals, but in the recent years I deeply regret spending any of my career here and hope to get out of here as soon as possible. Pay attention to the warning signs. Stay away!

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      23 people found this review helpful
    5. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Very good company with a long term vision for success

      Jan 2, 2014 - Anonymous Employee in Pittsfield, MA
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Stable, global company with good pay and benefits (middle of the industry, neither a leader nor a laggard in comp/benefits) Lots of opportunities for career development in many areas of the business - if you take personal responsibility to take advantage of the resources available and don't just wait for someone to hand a career to you The company is focusing its resources on operations with long term sustainability and profitability

      Cons

      SABIC is still trying to figure out if it is a Saudi company with global operations or a global company that happens to be based in Saudi Arabia. This creates a bit of employee angst everywhere. For some, change is coming to fast and for others it is immeasurably slow. As SABIC tries to unify its businesses around a common set of standards (systems and values), a level of bureaucracy has crept in that focuses more on checking the box rather than on delivering on business needs and leading real change. Not so much a "con" because it has to be done - but as the business sheds unprofitable/unsustainable operations - there is upset in the ranks. It's just a reality for any global company.

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      4 people found this review helpful
    6. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      Imploding

      Apr 17, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Decent Benefits Worklife balance Pay is above average for the industry

      Cons

      Where to even begin.... Idiots running the show in Saudi Arabia do not even have a clue where to take this company Absolutely the most pathetic company culture of any large organizations I have come across HR is a complete joke. No communication, and no interaction. Zero career growth or even a hint of career development Mass exodus of employees in Europe and Americas Tried to go cheap route and save money on SAP implementation. SAP implementation has destroyed industry reputation in US. Just Ask the Automotive industry Senior Leadership is a revolving door now in US Reorganizing every year. Yes, no misprint. They have a reorganization every year !

      16 people found this review helpful
    7. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Changes moving in the wrong direction.

      Nov 2, 2015 - Northeast 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Smart people. Some work life balance / flexibility.

      Cons

      Very Saudi Arabia centric. Upper leadership suffers from "emperor has no clothes" syndrome.

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      14 people found this review helpful
    8. 1.0
      Former Employee

      Horrible for IT professionals in Americas

      Aug 2, 2016 - IT Project Manager in Huntersville, NC
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Sallary & benefits according to market average

      Cons

      1) No career plan: instead to grow up, they did a mass downgrade on the job titles. As a result, no future expectations about career development 2) No investments on training: even those to keep the professional updated on new technologies 3) Downsizing in the global team: closing global positions, centralizing positions just in Saudi Arabia

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      13 people found this review helpful
    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Pros

      Stability, you can spend your whole career with SABIC with little chance of disruption.

      Cons

      No career growth for IT personnel outside of Saudi Arabia.

      2 people found this review helpful
    10. 2.0
      Former Employee, more than 3 years

      Poor Management - Saudi Arabia

      Feb 25, 2017 - EHS Manager 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good salary and, decent benefits.

      Cons

      Company is owned and run by Saudi Arabia. They have not idea what they are doing and are running the company into the ground. Management is leaving quickly.

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      6 people found this review helpful
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