Chevron Phillips Chemical

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Chevron Phillips Chemical Reviews

Updated December 28, 2014
Updated December 28, 2014
62 Reviews
3.7
62 Reviews
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Chevron Phillips Chemical President and CEO Peter Cella
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They are employee focused and strive to have a good work/life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • 9/80 work schedule, Benefits package (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is given, but at the price of not advancing in your career (in 5 reviews)

  • Performance Management still needs improvements regarding communicating employee's career path in company (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Short term profitability prioritized over being a "great or even good place to work".

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Chevron Phillips Chemical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reputable company, focus on the safety of employees.
    CPChem is small enough to feel like a medium sized company where you know most of your fellow employees.
    Profitable company that is focused on doing what they do well (Olefins-Polyolefins value chain).

    Cons

    CPChem has decided to pay less than the competition over the last 10 years and it's beginning to show. Outside hires since forming the company in 2000 are not of the same caliber as those that came from the parent (oil ) companies. Employee turnover has increased dramatically over the last 6 years with many experienced people moving on to higher paying positions elsewhere.

    Tendency to hire/ promote people within the organization more on who they are related to, go to church with, play golf with, etc. rather than objective work performance, experience, or proven contributions. Being a flat organization and a medium sized company, upward promotional opportunities are severely limited once you are at a mid management level.

    A great deal of micro- management culture still pervades from one of the parent companies, seems totally out of place and a "dinosaur" in today's work environment.

    CPChem focus's on the bottom line is exclusive to developing employees or making it a "great place to work".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your experienced employees, they are what makes the company profitable in the long term.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No respect for life/family balance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager
    Former Employee - Operations Manager

    I worked at Chevron Phillips Chemical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Growing company, good salaries and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of seasoned management, high pressure climate

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 5 people found this helpful  

    Dilbert works here

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Sweeny, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineering Intern in Sweeny, TX

    I worked at Chevron Phillips Chemical as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Safety conscious, laid back, freedom to work without micromanagement

    Cons

    HR is out of control crazy. They may call you up one day and accuse you of harassing the plant manager (whom you've never called) and tell you to stop at once. When you inform them that they are factually mistaken there seems to be a disconnect. They have absolutely no imagination. Mid-level managers care little for the health of the company. They care only of getting next promotion so they can move to a company with more pay.
    They will only pay 'industry average' but somehow think this will get them the 'best workforce'.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Avoid incentives traps. They're starting t pop up.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great Company Name - Poor People Environment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Chevron Phillips Chemical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great brand
    9/80 work schedule + competitive salary and benefits (within chemical industry)

    Cons

    In their own words this company is too lean and too mean, managers do not have leadership skills, they do not know the basics, and the HR department does not do anything about that. Actually they are (HR) the most unskilled people. New management in the surface, but the same old characters in the bottom. Weird culture, or non culture, and forget about core values, they do not exist. Lack off development opportunities, and the HR employee development department its only a name, its manager only is aware of senior executives, does not have any offering for the people that generate the revenue or is in the front line. The only thing that you can breath is fear

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 6 people found this helpful  

    Micromanaging culture, very stifling

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in The Woodlands, TX

    I have been working at Chevron Phillips Chemical

    Pros

    Houston area location, moderate cost of living

    Cons

    Poor work life balance, no telecommuting, unde budgeted departments, over extended staff, antiquated processes, insular minded people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in new people, expand the diversity of thought leadership, update policies to compete w leading companies. Do what it takes to do what you say you want to become

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    The company itself is an excellent place to be; however, the Pasadena plant is not

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Pasadena, TX

    I have been working at Chevron Phillips Chemical

    Pros

    Specific to Company overall:
    - Making significant profits and is rapidly growing
    - Values their new incoming engineers, especially Chemical engineers
    - Tons of career advancement opportunities
    - Have access to some of the best in the industry
    - Well supported by parent companies (Chevron + Phillips 66)

    Cons

    Specific to Pasadena plant:
    - Unions force the company to retain incompetent and highly unmotivated employees
    - Site management is a mix of a few good managers with very terrible ones

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 4 people found this helpful  

    Great place to work - only for new college graduates

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sweeny, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sweeny, TX

    I have been working at Chevron Phillips Chemical

    Pros

    The work can be challenging if you like to work at a sophisticated chemical processing plant.

    Cons

    Management is mainly concerned about making sure that new college graduates are given new opportunities and challenges. They do this at the expense of the experienced personnel that actually get the work done. Currently, Chevron Phillips is not a good place to work if you are a seasoned and experienced employee.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your experienced employees as well or better as you take care of the new college graduates. The experienced employees have put in the time and deserve more respect. Also, the company needs someone to mentor the new college graduates.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good on the surface, lots of skeletons below

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing
    Former Employee - Marketing

    I worked at Chevron Phillips Chemical

    Pros

    Great products, great rank and file workers, excellent financial management and use of assets

    Cons

    Still the good old boys club. Short sighted when it comes to invesstng in growth opportunities

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to understand the customer's businesses a little better

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