AkzoNobel
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If you want the chance to build your skill set within the company, the chances are there. They have a brilliant training program that can be done in work, or at home.
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Opportunities to build yourself up
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Working with powders
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1) Great benefits and salary which is a real positive. 2) Higher management have absolutely no clue and as a result have driven the place into the ground.3) Chronic underfunding and cost savings have benefited managers bonuses yet lead to poorly maintained equipment and horrid atmosphere.5) world leading vision with world leading underfunding, no tools to do the job that’s expected.4) I agree that I stay because I love the people I work with.
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Salary, benefits
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Everything else
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I worked there for 10 yrs and was not respected as a person for the hard work.its just all paperwork and disrespectful managers and IS NOT customer focused
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Enjoyed serving customers
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Management
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The planned maintenance was very poor, most don’t even go with the work. Too general for the equipment, needs to be more organised.SAP was poorly put together and hit and miss if you can log on to add the information. Drop down boxes didn’t cover the work done or work required to be done.Hand over notes between shift was always to best as you could read what actually was done and what happened to repair the break down or the planned maintenance job.
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Good canteen. Work mate on my shift were very helpful.
Cons
So people on the other shifts didn’t tell what was happening.
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I will keep this simple. This is not a company to join if you have anxiety issues or have suffered stress. Management are not there to help but help their friends only. The culture is based upon who their friends are. I watched people take 2-3 hour lunch breaks and never be taken to task. It really is not a good working culture even though many stay for years.
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As long as u are extremely hardworking and dedicated then you can have a wonderful career within akzonobel and there are opportunities to grow within the company
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I worked at the head office in Altrincham for 30+ years and enjoyed all of them, great place to work because of great people. The management were great. The job was varied and enjoyable. The hardest part of the job was resolving disputes.
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Great atmosphere to work in
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None
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Thoroughly enjoyed my time at Akzo Nobel. A supportive company for career progression. The Felling Site employs a great bunch of hard working people. A very proactive approach to Health and Safety and the well being of their staff.
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Relaxed atmosphere
Cons
Inefficient production equipment
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A fun atmosphere working with highly skilled and devoted people. The business is devoted to your personal development and offers a fantastic work / life balance.
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AkzoNobel is a great place to work in order to reach your potential, the work life balance is created in order to achieve your maximum success and the people are amazing.
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Typical day at work....horrendous. Push, push, push while playing catch up. Bad management from the offset has mutliple people off with stress. I considered it and may do soon after talking to some of the employess that are off as they feel managers push them to it on purpose. Many good management people have been made redundant recently and site management are destroying the company from within. Cut throat and uncaring as another reviewer has put it. Some others have hit the nail on the head. Horrible work culture. Little motivation from employees. Management and staff encourage a bullying mentality. Strategy always changing and unclear, redundancies waves every 2 years Little motivation from employees Salaries are quite low. Hardest part of the job. Management. Most enjoyable part of the job. Going home for the weekend. Avoid working here.
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AkzoNobel is a leader in the Paints and Coatings industry manufacturing household brands such as Dulux, which will always look good on your CV. Brand leading products and a global attitude will bring lots of experience in a multi faceted working culture. AkzoNobel expects extremely hard work for pay that is less than the industry average. A typical day at work will be long with minimum supervision as they expect staff to be self sufficient and self reliant, this can be rewarding on a personal level and helps personal development. The workplace culture is poor due to consultation and redundancy's in all aspects of the business along with a blame culture. The most enjoyable part of the job is the people and the hardest part of the job is never having enough time to do your job, more and more workload is put onto an ever diminishing work force.
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Working for a brand leader
Cons
Long hours and stressful environment
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I enjoy working for AkzoNobel. It’s a fast paced environment and really quite busy. The support I provide is most gratifying and I receive thanks of a sincere nature daily. The staff I work with are all team focused and determined.
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Now retired from the company after 16yrs of hard work. But thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of opportunities for progression but you will be tested on your capabilities by various managers.
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although a big company to work for, culture is good and they do care about the employees. depending on the job role it can be very flexible working hours.
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whilst working at Akzo, i was part of a great team. Fun place to work Great team bonding and outings. was not much of career progressions but good work was rewarded
Pros
you will be recognized for you work
Cons
Limited career progression
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Great company to work for, some very talented people that pull together and work as a team. Huge focus on self-development and lots of opportunity for career progression if you prove yourself.
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Great company, pays well & job fairly secured. The company offer many benefits & look after staff with regular events/social opportunities. Would recommend working there.
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This company only look out for their own . Too many chiefs and not enough Indians !!!! Was left with two other colleagues to run a store with no manager for 9 months then put in some numpty with no company product experience to take charge . Poorly paid , over worked, under staffed stores . Product knowledge out of the window .
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None
Cons
Diversity
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I have been working for Akzo Nobel through an agency for 4 years. I do not have job security or the benefits of being a full time Akzo member of staff.
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Depending on the position you are the typical day at work may contain : Control Room tasks where you delagate manual tasks which include: charging raw materials to reactors, sampling batches during chemical reactions and to required specifications, packing batches to storage tanks/containers. Field operator task which will include the above. Please look at the CV for more details. Other information I will present during the interviews.
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Good wages
Cons
Exclusive environment if you disagree or not a friend or family member
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