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Updated Jul 17, 2019

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BASF CEO Martin Brudermüller
Martin Brudermüller
21 Ratings
  1. "Great benefits and nice people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tarrytown, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BASF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great benefits, most people are willing to help you and work together

    Cons

    Slow growth opportunities, tough to get out of the shadow of German influence

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on globalization and expansion out of Germany

    BASF2015-10-01
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    "It"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hong Kong
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BASF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - work/life balance - great colleagues - training opportunities - job rotation

    Cons

    The culture has changed quite a bit in the last two years. information is rarely shared and German bosses treat the Asians at work as second class citizens. It's a German company and not a multinational company.

    Advice to Management

    Empower the employees and get rid of so many layers of "senior managers/team heads". Send Germans who are actually open to Asian culture to Asia. i worked with Germans who only speak to Germans - why come to Asia if you are afraid of interacting with the "locals".

    BASF2015-06-02
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    "Large organization, many opportunities"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ludwigshafen am Rhein
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at BASF

    Pros

    Good consideration of work-life balance; company values innovation; compensation well in line with industry standards; opportunities for personal/professional development exist; international

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic, and very German. Can be difficult to advance without a solid knowledge of the language.

    BASF2015-01-13
  4. "Very stable but somewhat inflexible"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Ludwigshafen am Rhein
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BASF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Clear strategy and willingness to stick to that strategy. Big, global player that still treats its employees like family ("Aniliner"). Salary and beneifts for permanent employees are good.

    Cons

    If you are not German or do not speak the language, communicating with corporate HQ in Germany can be challenging. Also, very hierarchical decision making processes which hinder success in markets where flexibility is required. Internal job market is frozen below Vice President level.

    Advice to Management

    Learn from mistakes by other companies: stop with the Job Market idea in which new employees get less benefits and a temporary contract, as it breeds dissatisfaction amongst the ranks. Stop the idea that everything in Asia is cheaper and better, especially research and development. And please stop treating people on the talent list in a way that forces them to burn out before achieving anything, and stop the nepotism...

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    BASF2014-10-27
  5. Helpful (2)

    "Many promises that were never fulfilled"

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

    I worked at BASF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The company is really big and you have the chance to travel a lot if you are lucky otherwise you can ask to move to a new location easily. There are many benefits and work-freetime balance is good.

    Cons

    It is so big that sometimes you feel lost. In my experience I did not get help from the german colleagues that have always been quite unpleasant. There is almost no program of employee development. Headquarters only care of revenues but

    Advice to Management

    Most of the employees don't even know what BASF produces, this is because the internet website is really bad and corporate communication is lousy. It's a real pity, so many employees could be a perfect means of external publicity and corporate culture would also benefit. In my experience I felt the GT too distant, if engineers of other plants could have access to online tools and data, surely costs and time of designing...

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    BASF2014-09-07
  6. Helpful (5)

    "Trouble Ahead"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BASF full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Nice bragging rights to say you are working at the largest chemical company in the world. The company is is very strong financially. If you take initiative you can deal with other parts of the world.

    Cons

    Forget about a career unless you are German. The current trend is the promotion of German females. The nest best thing is an American with a German last name. The Company is totally inflexible in every regard and this extends even to customer engagements.

    Advice to Management

    Cannot run the Company today based old principles from the 1950's. Trouble is ahead unless change is made.

    BASF2014-08-16
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Small time player in Ag Biotech market"

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    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at BASF full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    International corporation with excellent benefits. Potential international travel if you have high enough position.

    Cons

    Total lack of executive diversity. Three reorgs in three years resulted in 14 executive positions staffed with 11 white, male Germans plus one white, male Canadian. Of the other two, one was white, female German. And this was at the new North American HQ for the Ag Biotech division. If you have dreams of advancing, don't spend them here.

    Advice to Management

    Get a clue when so many persons leave for competitors. Stop rewarding people by how many hurdles they put on advancing research projects in the name of corporate stewardship. Start breaking up the non-diverse executive logjam and think beyond 2015.

    BASF2014-08-12
  8. "Professional, challenging, I learned a lot. Solid."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BASF full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    It's a solid company, leader in his sector with an historical presence in many countries. International, challenging, you can learn a lot. Personal relations are generally positive.

    Cons

    Very structured and strongly centrally governed (German Headquarters). Few decisional authonomy left at local level. Few top positions outside Germany. Salary (out of Germany) are generally not high.

    BASF2014-05-15
  9. Helpful (4)

    "Great place to work and live"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Research Triangle Park, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at BASF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Nice place to work overall. Great people, good cafeteria, stable, good long-term outlook, good salary and benefits. Beautiful area to live, close to mountains and coast. Generally nice weather.

    Cons

    Working globally can be a little difficult given the internal politics (e.g., it is a German-owned company and it can be difficult for non-German colleagues to rise to senior positions). It is also a very processed-driven company. Hard to do anything outside the defined process.

    BASF2014-04-08
  10. "Impressive company, conservative culture"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Helsinki, Southern Finland
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at BASF full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Large company with plenty of opportunities for job rotation, career creation Impressive IT systems and some other support functions

    Cons

    Conservative management culture, does not encourage to drive change nor innovation in improving ways of working Difficult to advance in career if you are not fluent in German and willing to locate at headquarters

    Advice to Management

    Develop a more open and collaborative working culture and improve people management skills amonhst managers

    BASF2013-12-28
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