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Updated Jul 12, 2019

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BASF CEO Martin Brudermüller
Martin Brudermüller
21 Ratings
  1. "so far so good"

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      Current Employee - R&D in Singapore

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

      Pros

      it's always good to start your career in a big and famous company, you can get formally training in many skills and get familiar with how this big company run.

      Cons

      It's a german company, so it takes the degree very serious. For example, if you want to have a promotion in technical related field or R&D, you'd better have a Ph.D degree.

      Advice to Management

      none

      BASF2012-06-06
    • Helpful (1)

      "Little opportunity for professional growth"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Doesn't Recommend
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at BASF

      Pros

      401K matching is better than any company I know Stable company

      Cons

      There is a large focus on attracting and retaining talent, but not enough training, growth opportunities, and responsibility are provided for the company to be a good place to start a career. Also, to move up in the company, you either need to be German or work in Germany.

      Advice to Management

      Simplify the rating system and make sure that it is clearly understood by all employees. Choose managers that will be effective leaders and train them to ensure that they improve. Managers should undergo 360 reviews and their compensation and advancement opportunities should be strongly tied to the review outcome.

      BASF2011-03-20
    • Helpful (4)

      "It was like working in a Dilbert cartoon..."

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Doesn't Recommend
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at BASF

      Pros

      Big, financially sound company that is diversifying away from traditional, cyclical commodities to more of a specialty product focus. From a financial point of view, they are well run and profitable.

      Cons

      BASF Corp cares very little for their employees. The HR mantra "build the best team in the industry" is a joke. Benefits are consantly being slashed, salary increases at or below cost of living increases and unless you are a German, good luck advancing above a mid management position. The beauracracy there is out of control, it just amazes you that any work can get done. They are (rightfully) so concerned about anti-trust,...

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      BASF2011-02-17
    • "Solid company, you'll work hard"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at BASF

      Pros

      Large corporation, multiple opportunities for career changes or locations. Benefits are reasonable. They work very hard to remain competitive in the market and are a leader in most of their markets.

      Cons

      The need to remain competitive means they work with minimal staffing which means the hours can be long. It's a German company and Germany is #1 priority - multi-billion dollar job-saving programs are implemented at headquarters while other regions are downsizing - lowers morale.

      BASF2011-01-20
    • "BASF"

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      Former Employee - Systems Business Analyst in High Point, NC
      No opinion of CEO

      I worked at BASF

      Pros

      Pay well. Good benefits. Good Bonus pay outs for project work. Good Internal career movement if you are in the right location. Good internal training and development programs including recognised certifications.

      Cons

      Lack of professionalism and poor communication in dealing with people in remote locations (i.e. not HQ), defensive practices between businesses and services - blame game going on. Conflicts between Regional US HQ and Corporate HQ in Germany. Very German like practices - do as your are told rather then invite challenges and creativity.

      Advice to Management

      Encourage free flow of information. Try to reduce the defence practices & talk to each other rather then escalating every issue to higher management and starting a blame game. i.e. if something is wrong - talk to that person directly before going to their managers. Time management in particular email management should be manadatory

      BASF2010-08-19
    • "BASF Corp - limited career growth"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wyandotte, MI
      Doesn't Recommend
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at BASF

      Pros

      salaries are above average of chemical industry autonomy solid company reputation bonus

      Cons

      no established criteria for promotions career growth limited unless you move to germany for assignment silos everywhere typical german mentality (product focused, not customer focused)

      Advice to Management

      communicate and lead

      BASF2010-08-17
    • Helpful (3)

      "Steady, Conservative Operation in RTP"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Raleigh, NC
      Recommends

      I have been working at BASF

      Pros

      Fair salary and benefits Leadership generally delivers open communication to staff Pleasant work environment and (mostly) very talented people at all levels

      Cons

      Work/Life balance can be tricky German company - very process oriented, it stifles creativity and business progress sometimes even gets in the way of delivering on sales Weird career pathing and review process

      Advice to Management

      Listen to your the people in the middle management roles. When you hire people for their specialized skills let them do their jobs vs. listening to sales people that don't understand how products come to market. Avoid giving key departments too many managers fast tracking their way thru departments and divisions within BASF every two years .

      BASF2010-01-10
    • Helpful (1)

      "Solid company that is part of a the world's largest chemical company will provide opportunities with patience."

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      Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Florham Park, NJ
      Recommends
      Approves of CEO

      I worked at BASF

      Pros

      BASF Catalysts is division of the largest chemical company in the world. BASF values innovation and science and its large size provides alot of opportunities.

      Cons

      The company is veray large and moves slowly. Although BASF Catalysts is located in the U.S., BASF is very much a German company and there appears to be a non-German glass ceiling in the company. Although English is the "company Language" it is not uncommon for management to break off into private German discussions in the middle of meetings which tends to excluded non German speakers.

      Advice to Management

      Push more decisions and management out to other companies rather than following a German centralized model. The company is too big to be run centrally give the fast speed of today's technology and business.

      BASF2009-05-04
    • Helpful (6)

      "Overall good place to work, but not without its flaws"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Research Triangle Park, NC

      I have been working at BASF

      Pros

      Good opportunities for advancement if you push hard enough, good pay packages and benefits, strong position in the industry, great people at mid-level positions, somewhat flexible work hours- but it depends on the manager, nice work environment

      Cons

      Forget moving past a certain level if you are an American- all decision makers for the North American business are non-Americans, very political environment that tends to reward those that play along, poor work-life balance in well-paying positions, constant turnover in many positions- no continuity as people are constantly moved around, generally poor professional development process, way too process oriented- very German...

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      Advice to Management

      Confidence in people, as opposed to process, would go a long way in improving the work experience at BASF

      BASF2009-03-01
    • Helpful (2)

      "Nice place to work and progressively changing..Maybe."

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      Current Employee - Scientist II in Detroit, MI
      Recommends
      No opinion of CEO

      I have been working at BASF

      Pros

      Global companies with a lot of chances to move around and experience different settings, departments and countries. Good process to move scientist from the lab to technical sales and other jobs if they get bored of the science. They really care about work/life balance and employee satisfaction. Safety is the most important thing when doing anything.

      Cons

      There is no chance for a non-german to get promoter beyond a manager. All the sites in the world has German over-sight from someone from the head office in Germany. All teams are led by German people. All decisions must also go through head quarters.

      Advice to Management

      If you want to move into world markets, you should hire some local people in these markets to take the leadership roles, not just as local workers. Stop complaining that non-germans have no company loyalty because the fact that you are stifling their upward movement is making them leave. Why waste all this money to train them if you don't let them get a leadership role?

      BASF2009-01-18
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