Henkel: where the fun never happens....
Chemist (Ehemaliger Mitarbeiter) – Rocky Hill, CT – 23. Mai 2019
Henkel is not for the faint of heart. Priorities keep shifting, management only cares about themselves and if the numbers are not met, severance packages are the rule NOT the exception.
Henkel has a "forced rating system" whereby other managers around the country who do not even know your name get to rate you against other employees in your band. You need to have a manager who advocates for you which means you'd better "kiss up" to your supervisor for the support you need for you rating. Raises (minimal) are based on ratings so if you do not get the rating you deserve your pay takes a hit. HR is a joke, HR works for the company NOT you so you will not get a fair shake voicing any concerns.
Favoritism abounds so be forewarned. if not one of the favorites, your career can quickly be stunted. If your career is stalled and the numbers do not come in as promised to Corporate, you could be targeted in a "restructure", meaning "laid-off".
Lastly, be prepared to work long hours, especially if you are in the labs or Tech Service, you'll do quite a bit of traveling. Many times, the management team works remotely, a perk I guess if you're a manager.
You are fairly compensated when you start, BUT if you do not progress, your wages will stagnate. They have a bonus structure, but difficult numbers need to be hit to receive. There stock purchase program is a PLUS, purchase shares at 30% of market pricing, and it pays a decent dividend, but you need to work 2-years to be eligible.
Decent benefits, stock purchase program (see below)
Management: Horrible, Lay-offs (frequent), minimal long term stability