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Updated 18 Sep 2019

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SABIC Vice Chairman and CEO Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
Yousef Abdullah Al-Benyan
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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Incompetent at best"

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    Current Employee - HRBP in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Free parking and work hours are somewhat flexible

    Cons

    Where do I start....no direction from leadership just do this do that....tenure of employees are 1 year or less...KSA is everything USA has no backbone to say no...lack of accountability and ownership...today an email came through asking for specific information and after 5 emails of who should send the information (mind you it was in the system the entire time) person A sends to person B and they sit right next to each other....this is crazy at best

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    Advice to Management

    Change leadership NOW

    SABIC2019-09-19
  2. Helpful (8)

    "STAY AWAY"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at SABIC full-time

    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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    Advice to Management

    Adapt to other cultures and give fair opportunities!

    SABIC2019-06-14
  3. "Amazing journey with an incredible employer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Riyadh
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Genuine desire to making the organisation the best it can be. Strong focus on people development and long term careers.

    Cons

    (Understandable) overriding focus on the needs of the Middle Eastern region (KSA Government is 70% owner of SABIC) at the cost of the other three regions. Still a great company to work for in these other regions, but need to recognise that ME is king!

    Advice to Management

    Continue support for non KSA regions, promoting global culture.

    SABIC2018-01-04
  4. Helpful (14)

    "Waiting to self destruct"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Company is very very profitable. Makes a lot of money and will continue to make plenty of cash through well planned business plans that were developed back in the 1976...

    Cons

    .... New business contracts and JVs are not generating enough profits unless they have feedstock advantage coming from the KSA government. Current CEO focused too much in blaming and accusing everyone and everything except himself for a lack of vision and leadership. It is the poor management and poor vision and leadership that the company has made many poor decisions. Decisions which do not favor the company has been signed and will put the company in future distress. The SAP roll out globally for the former GE Plastics (Innovative Plastics) was another poor CEO decision. There has been sufficient stories and history around companies going bankrupt due to failed roll out of SAP yet the CEO has not taken a personal interest to ensure the roll out plans are full proof. The lack of Oversight from the CEO on the SAP rollout globally has put the company at extreme risk of huge revenue losses, multiple lawsuits for shutting down multiple customers and multi millions of dollars costs spent on air freighting raw materials or finished goods to keep customers supplied. After 6 months of roll out, the plants are still not caught up with lost production from the initial roll out. Also a severe lack of training and preparation for operation staff before the roll out has caused many operation employees to be suddenly incompetent in operational matters. Yet the CEO blames it on the people. These people were used to running a world class operation without any issues. It is not the people problem. It is the lack of oversight from the CEO in understanding the importance and impact risks of a Global SAP roll out. The SAP rollout should have been delayed to give more preparation time or launch regionally instead of globally. The CEO has failed to ensure the teams were well prepared to do the Global SAP roll out due to again, cost reasons. Company has done the worst in people handling, trying too hard to cut cost by putting people in undesirable positions so that they resign and the company saves money from paying retrenchment benefits. All the talk about company value talent are a joke. There is no future career for the young talents in SABIC. The company do not value diversity but want to locate everyone to 1 location by closing sites, slowly losing it's global footprint and also intimacy with customers. While management get big nice compensation, the ordinary employee working extra time due to rationalized positions or poor business decisions have forced employees to give up a lot of their family time, personal time and even put their personal health at risks due to overworked, and yet bonuses are severely cut and not rewarded based on personal effort and performance. The annual employee performance review insists on force-ranking employees to differentiate good and bad just to reduce the pay bonus or raise. Unfortunately, good employees retained from previous restructuring are forced ranked, affecting their moral and future opportunities for growth in the company thus forcing these good talents out of the company. In the next annual review cycle, another round of good talents remaining are again forced ranked and will see a need to move out of the company to grow their careers. Recent restructuring, where combining Chemicals business and Polymers business which make up 70% of SABIC business has created another layer of organization without any cost saving but have negatively affected employee morale. The whole organization is now confused and at a loss how they should effectively operate to move the levers to bring the company growth to the next level.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop asking HR to fake good reviews for the current CEO or company in Glassdoor reviews. This is an unethical practice and lacks integrity. Accept criticism and honest comments and work on real improvement. The current CEO has no vision to bring the company to the next level. The current CEO is destroying the company little by little. Without any vision to increase company revenue but just cutting costs for the last 3-4 years is definitely asking for trouble. The Board should seriously review if the current CEO is doing a proper job leading the company. About costs cutting, stop behaving like "Penny-wise, Pound-foolish". The company is losing more long term.

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    SABIC2017-03-25
  5. "Very Positive Experience at SABIC"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Developing a strong culture in EHS

    Cons

    HR group out of KSA very inefficient and non-responsive

    Advice to Management

    HR needs to fulfill job duties

    SABIC2017-02-18
  6. Helpful (3)

    "West meets Middle East"

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    Former Employee - Director in Albany, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at SABIC full-time

    Pros

    Long Term Outlook (20+ year Visoin) vs making decisions with a "meet the quarter" perspective. Financially sound

    Cons

    Pride can cloud objective facts. Not a strong performance culture, particularly in the KSA.

    Advice to Management

    Leverage the diversity of the talent outside of the KSA. Develop a broader world view.

    SABIC2016-09-14
  7. "All that glitters is not gold"

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     in San Luis Potosí, San Luis Potosí
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at SABIC for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There is a high international exposure from the beginning of your career within SABIC

    Cons

    Very Burocratic procecess among the company, Pioneer and New Programs are directed where the critical mass are KSA and USA, all others such as Canada, South America, Mexico, are not fully considered

    SABIC2016-05-27
  8. Helpful (3)

    "General"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bergen op Zoom
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours, Strong HR / career development practices (for middle management and above), working culture with strong can-do attitude (outside KSA)

    Cons

    Limited growth opportunities and expatriate assignments (outside KSA), salary is not very competitive

    SABIC2015-10-19
  9. Helpful (2)

    "SABIC Americas, Before and After SIP"

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    Former Contractor - Scientist At STC in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at SABIC for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great people, outstanding reputation in the industry, market share growth in the Americas.

    Cons

    In the beginning, and probably until a couple of years ago, SABIC Americas (SAI) was a phenomenal company that truly cared about its employees. After the acquisition of GE and the inception of SIP, things went downhill for the Houston folks specifically. It became a second thought for corporate in KSA, and its benefits package lost its charm with the regional 'harmonization" of benefits (SAI and SIP).

    SABIC2015-01-04
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company trying to figure out its identity."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burkville, AL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great atmoshpere to work. Everyone seemed willing to help each other out to accomplish common goals. Good pay. Good benefits. Company has lots of cash to invest back into the business.

    Cons

    KSA has caused some things to slow down. Recently added safety regulations can seem overwhelmingly difficult to get anything done. Aging workforce is all eligible for retirement right now but there is no clear indication of when they will actually be retiring. There could be a huge out flux of human capital at one time.

    Advice to Management

    Look to the future by hiring and developing promising talent. Work on increasing company name recognition. Don't be afraid to push back on some of the different standards that exist for the American plants as opposed to the other plants in the world.

    SABIC2014-10-02
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