Manager (Current Employee) – Parsippany, NJ – November 1, 2018
Let's quit comparing any company to a mythological standard. All companies exist to make money and DSM is no different, The difference is that DSM goes further than any other company before they have to lay people off and they are compassionate when they do so.
And of course they have managers that should not be but every company has this. DSM has an extensive management development program where any willing manager can develop her skills.
They care about the environment, the people, and spend an enormous amount of money on their development. They pay 80% of the health care premium and have incentives for living healthy. Benefits also include 3 weeks paid vacation to start, life, short-term disability, long-term disability plus others, and every year I have been there, they have provided an average salary increase of 3% even when they did not meet their financial goals.
So, is DSM perfect? Of course not. But taken as a whole, there are very few companies out there that can compare. Finally, I write this being one of the employees in the Materials group where it was announced that they would be investing less in. This means we have to do more with less and will probably get sold off.. Even then, DSM is a good place to work.
The company has a heart and truly cares equally about People, Plant & Profits.
On-Site Support Engineer (Former Employee) – Winchester, KY – October 25, 2018
Good Company - but have been letting employees for almost 10 years now. This does not give a person a very good feeling if they will have a job or not. This is not the environment that will keep people when they do not know if they have a job or not.
Benefits were good, job not to hard, but some management staff could be changed to make life better.
DSM is a great place to work. They not only care about their employees, but believe in giving back to the community. They care about sustainability and making the world a better place. The company culture is great. I enjoy going to work everyday.
VP April 2017 (Current Employee) – Conroe, TX – April 23, 2018
too much travel and time away from family. My position requires two people to do it, but i have been the only one for 5 years, company offers 401k plan and has been the best on helping me grow my 401k funds. The company has way too many meetings that aren't necessary
DSMWorker (Former Employee) – Schenectady, NY – October 18, 2018
This is for DSM Schenectady NY. Don't trust management or say anything to HR if you havr a problem, they will act as if they defending you, and then throw your case out. Go to work and just do your job. Trust no one, they back stab you real bad. Don't speak up in meetings , never speak for your right, There is no such thing in that company, they will get rid of you. Work you took you drop, no family life, if you talk up, they get rid of you.
Regional Vice President (Former Employee) – Home based office – March 3, 2018
Meet with multiple dealer principles regarding CRM products and services. Outline the benefits of Higher Gear CRM and supporting services for normal and special saes operations. Close deals and complete contracts, organize launch schedules,ensure payment collections.
Process Technician (Former Employee) – Belvidere, NJ – December 14, 2017
I was only three 4 years but I learned many things and had an eye opening experience on products, procedures, and implementation of their raw materials. I find it amazing with what we can do now days with technology and engineering. I made many friends and had a great time while employed there. I got involved with he ERT and safety department. I went to fire school and got involved with the volunteer fire department. This was a fun place to work. Good compensation and benefits.
Compensation and benefits.
uncomfortable feeling when you are worried of the longevity of your employment.
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Lexington, MA – September 24, 2018
This was my first job out of college. I loved the environment and the people I worked with. Global company that tries to do the right thing. As a contracted employee I was let go because I tore the meniscus in my left knee. As far as I know they really liked me. Was very surprised that they cut bait with me like that and sort of tarnished the experience a bit.
Culture, family oriented, relaxed, but very organized
While I worked there, DSM was in a time of purchasing multiple smaller companies. Job redundancies were being eliminated, with most of the acquired companies being the ones to lose employees. Corporate employees either needed to transfer to New Jersey, or to Europe.
Manager (Current Employee) – Parsippany, NJ – October 14, 2017
The company is small enough for employees to have impact and reach into multiple job functions. Large enough for customers and suppliers to recognize DSM as a market leader. The company has a well respected and clear vision and mission, but struggles to develop a culture to support it. There is a serious lack of training and knowledge management which has caused internal confusion and less than desired business development over the past few years. This is compounded by less and less HR staff as an employee resource. Therefore many new employees to the company feel lost and confused and lacking career direction. There are a lot of good people here, but many are under valued and under utilized as the company looks elsewhere to import a culture they have tried to develop over the past 5 years. The hardest part of the job is a lack of career advancement and visibility to what could be next if you want career growth. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people you work with domestically & globally and the safe, pleasant work environment at most locations.
Safe working conditions, global network, market respect
Career development, base pay tends to be lower due to good benefits
Responded daily to customer requests for regulatory and quality documentation support. The departmental goal was to complete a standard, simple request within 48 hrs. More complex requests ranged from 10 days to 30+. The workplace culture was connected and friendly.
Great benefits and competitive salary
HR does not support the employee during times of management conflict.
District Sales Manager, New York Region (Former Employee) – New York, NY – July 10, 2018
The DSM leads a district sales team of 12 to 15 route sales representatives. Responsibilities include sales & expense accountability of $10M to $15M in annual revenue. This includes leading & overseeing day-to-day sales, sales operations, logistics, inventory, scheduling, training and customer selling. Additionally, the DSM is responsible for performance management and development of the team.
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee) – Augusta, GA 30909 – October 30, 2018
During my time working at the DSM site in Augusta, GA I always felt unsafe working there. The chemicals are very dangerous and so many people that have worked there have developed cancer. Although safety was a outstanding, the chemical exposure was awful.
Fermentation Lab Technician (Former Employee) – Elgin, IL – May 6, 2018
The management is decent along with the job security. HR and IT is terrible following a downsizing. Pay is more or less competitive but ability to advance is very low. You can horizontally advance by relocating to another division.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Ontario, CA – March 19, 2016
Worked there (Fortitech) several years before it got acquired by DSM in 2014 and until that point it was running smooth. Once DSM steped in and gave the plant manager power, then all productivity levels came to a fall. Manager hand picked her best friend to be her right hand (assistant manager) in accordance with HR person. Bad decisions lead to good workers leaving and getting fired left and right and no longer looked forward going to work. Constantly firing and hiring new people all the time because that is how management the ONT facility make it work. If DSM were to appoint a new manager today, I will honestly go back because there is a lot of good people working there.
Full time job, good 401k and good people around you.
Management controls this facility their own way, not the DSM way.
fermentation opperator (Current Employee) – Germantown, WI – March 27, 2014
DSM bought this plant in Germantown and didn't even have a plant manager for the first 8 months or so. They just let the management that Cargill left behind run the show. When they finally did get a plant mgr. he just supported and protected the regime already in place.
The culture on the floor has really gone downhill. It's really a shame. They have some great workers and really treat them terrible.
Pay is good with a great 401k match. About the only good thing there besides for co-workers.
The actual work is rather enjoyable. Not too hard, just a pain putting up with all the extra sideshow they put on you .
Under Cargill you felt like a part of the team under DSM you feel like they are trying to find a reason to fire you.
Many of their good workers have already left or got fired. Management just has an "I don't care" attitude towards all this.
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Ontario, CA – March 15, 2017
the people there good for the most part management need a lot of work their is some good this like company party's. but there is no job security if i can give -stars i will, management talks down to employees and only promont people who kiss up to them. as we became more part of dsm management has no idea how to handle things, and if you want to talk to a hr person you have to call a 1800 number but the 1800 number only handles payroll the 1800 number gives you a email adders to contact.they was always on you to produce even if there was little to no jobs to do.