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Updated Jul 17, 2019

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BASF CEO Martin Brudermüller
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Engineer/R&D"

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    Former Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Charlotte, NC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great resources and the opportunity to work with really talented, smart, and nice people. People had a great sense of personal integrity throughout the organization, and even though I was a woman engineer in a very male-dominated business, I was treated with respect.

    Cons

    Promotions and opportunities can be biased to Germans, but this is a German-owned company, so this is not a total shock. Depending on where you (manufacturing/plant versus directly in a business), there is not always a good work/life balance and long hours are pretty standard.

    Advice to Management

    While efforts have been made on a corporate level to create a better work/life balance, many business units do not recognize this or respect this.

    BASF2013-09-29
  2. Helpful (9)

    "Absolutely Destroyed Engelhard Corporation - BASF Catalysts is an empty shell today"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntsville, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at BASF full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    deep pockets unasailable market share in Germany good process engineering skills focus on environment

    Cons

    bureacratic, cold, aloof, stifling duplicitous - none of the statements made during the takeover of Engelhard turned out to be true weak, dishonest, pathetic management - starting with the team that integrated Engelhard If you're not German you have no future with the company at all Weak R&D low-end, commodity business focus - inevitably will lose out due to rise of Middle East higher-end chemical businesses, US...

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    Advice to Management

    Bring in non-Germans to senior positions Consider spin-offs of some overseas units, which are clearly poorly run (i.e. US operations) Stop firing people on a regular basis for no defined reason Avoid all these lawsuits you attract for HR and other actions

    BASF2013-10-04
  3. "Challenging, rewarding and exciting every day"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Florham Park, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    great work life balance, lots of responsibility at an early stage in career

    Cons

    very german, strict and regid

    Advice to Management

    take some advice or tips from the googles of the world and try to make the office younger & more vibrant

    BASF2013-01-28
  4. "Solid fair company struggling with oldfashion leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Solid, successfull, good salaries, intelligent people around. BASF SA contributes a lot for professional development. Things work well and processes are perfectly german established.

    Cons

    HIerachical environment, people cannot say waht they really think - not even the Geramns very known for the critical attitude. Brazilians make the perfect German process a mess, but still better than the average in Brazil. Oldfashion Leaders, strange decisions about people.

    Advice to Management

    Do not be affraid to tell the real truth to the employees, even if it is not good news!

    BASF2012-12-16
  5. "Excellent opportunity to work for a great company and diversify your experience."

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

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

    Pros

    Company provides you with many opportunities in many different disciplines as long as you are willing to seek them out. Well respected company in the industries it serves. Job security.

    Cons

    German culture not for everyone. Tough getting around the big company red tape at times.

    BASF2012-10-26
  6. Helpful (1)

    "World leader in catalyst production"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Technically very strong. They have experts for almost everything technical niche, but they are mostly based in headquarters in Germany. As part of the world's largest chemical company, there are many career opportunities outside of the catalyst division.

    Cons

    BASF struggles with poor customer service and account managers. They fail to develop the close personal relationships that are key in any business. Customer service is hindered by complex systems which make delivery of products painfully slow. The influence of the German culture is very apparent. This can be both good and bad.

    Advice to Management

    Staff the product sites with adequate process engineer support. The work/life balance they talk about means very little when you have a plant that must run 24/7 and is not heavily automated.

    BASF2012-09-08
  7. "Awesome place to work (Taiwan)"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Taipei

    I worked at BASF full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Empowerment, team work, company alignment, patient co-workers, awesome benefits, little or less reporting, complete freedom, great training programs, awesome HR and all supporting functions, great career development) almost flawless.

    Cons

    Slow in decision making, better to learn German. Too much life, not enough work

    Advice to Management

    Keep it up!

    BASF2012-08-29
  8. "Felt like a "Step Child""

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at BASF full-time

    Pros

    Okay compensation and benefit. Variety jobs to choose from. Big name on resume.

    Cons

    Germans are given the first priority for promotion, despite their experience or education level. The company runs like a government office. Your career path depends on who you know. Change management on annual basis in many groups, mostly German come and German go.

    Advice to Management

    You were not born to the position you are holding. Respect each employee.

    BASF2012-08-24
  9. Helpful (2)

    "review of basf"

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    Current Employee - Scientist in Tarrytown, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    BASF overall is a good company, they care about the employees and they make and effort to keep a good work/life balance. They allow flexiable hours (like every other friday off for working 80hours in 9 days) and encourage employees to use all of their vacation. They have A LOT of resorces avaliable to get things done, and are continually tying to promote cross-business unit teams.

    Cons

    The biggest problem is that it can be difficult to navigate through the red tape. Being a german company it can sometimes feel like you are removed from the people who are making all of the decisions which can be frustrating.

    BASF2012-07-05
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Changing but in a slow pace"

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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Shanghai, Shanghai

    I have been working at BASF full-time

    Pros

    As big chemical giant, could provide u many internal transfer opportunities. Quite flexible working hours and friendly work environment. Driven by R&D/Innovation globally.

    Cons

    Very much German dominant.. Slow in decision making process as no difference from other big company..

    Advice to Management

    Localize quicker

    BASF2012-07-04
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