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FMC Reviews

Updated October 14, 2014
Updated October 14, 2014
57 Reviews
3.0
57 Reviews
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FMC Chairman, President, and CEO Pierre Brondeau
Pierre Brondeau
26 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pay and benefits are good, but they have to pay enough to try and keep people from leaving (in 3 reviews)

  • FMC has a fairly stable work force (for those interested in job security) (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor management, particularly in HR at Green River (in 3 reviews)

  • It being a chemical company the IT department is not given much attention (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Mediocrity rules

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Unable to Share in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Unable to Share in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at FMC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexibility around working hours and locations. Some great people at the middle and lower levels of the corporation, although they usually leave after a few years. I also had one incredible and exceptional boss, who also left of course. I wish I could say more good things - but that was about it in my experience. However, I have heard good things about the company's Agriculture division (where I didn't work).

    Cons

    Where to start? The division where I worked had no strategy, partly as the result of years of cost cutting and under-investment, partly due to a lack of industry and customer understanding, and partly due to a management culture that emphasizes conformity and analytical skills over creativity and teamwork. By the time I left, trust in divisional and senior management was at very low levels and so many people had left or been fired that it was difficult to see a meaningful future for the business.

    I was also concerned that I wasn't going to learn much. With one exception, the business' current leaders (at least in my area) were kind of nice but stunningly mediocre thinkers. They also knew nothing about their customers or their customers' businesses and weren't interested in them. When I offered to lend an important (and short) industry article to Someone, the response was "Nah, that's what I have you for." The contrast between FMC and my current employer in this respect is staggering.

    One of the saddest things of all is that I never heard anyone in HR or management use the word 'teamwork' other than superficially. It was all about 'leadership' and the individual. This emphasis led to a lot of very silly meeting behaviors (one-upmanship, talking for the sake of talking, putting down others to enhance one's own standing, etc). Again, where I now work is a huge improvement.

     If you like highly political, inward-looking environments that emphasize style and self-promotion over commercial flair, technical skills or ability to drive results, you will love this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not much point, is there?
    (-;

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

    I wonder what we will do next???

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at FMC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are pretty good

    Cons

    little growth opportunities, operates using 20 year old strategies

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to lead and inspire

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Don't work here!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Clerical
    Former Employee - Clerical

    I worked at FMC as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    No pros for me, I couldn't get out of here fast enough. Lots of issues with "cliques" and favoritism. Since my departure, perhaps something has changed. I certainly hope so.

    Cons

    I was led to believe that this company cares about environmental issues, they don't. I'm glad I was able to find another job, this place just wasn't for me.

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

    Rewarding work for a narcissistic management team focused on tormenting employees to 'foster growth'.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Agriculture Products in Ewing, NJ
    Former Employee - Agriculture Products in Ewing, NJ

    I worked at FMC full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Antiquated culture in R&D, NPD process present great opportunities to generate new business.
    Many hard working, dedicated employees.
    Lots of long-tenured employees lend stability.
    High technical skill set and training within the work force

    Cons

    Managenent believes in 'chaos' theory to drive innovation - meaning they throw everyone and everything into chaos with frequent plan, scope, market changes to 'keep you sharp'.
    FMC = Forever Making Changes
    Core management team is condescending, aggressive, demeaning, and confrontational - labeling it the FMC way it's a corporate value to be abrasive... the S. Philly HQ fits in geography and attitude.
    Management is susceptible to flashy stories and scenarios regardless of relationship to outcomes, prior performance. Often degrees, appearances matter more than results and have more credibility.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend less time protecting the inner circle and more time on high value contributors. Don't protect bad employees just because they've crossed the magical 7-year tenure threshold. Don't move problem managers around because they are in the circle but leave a disaster of dismissals, declining performance, and damaged employees in their wake. Don't buy the story - focus on results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not what I was expecting

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    Former Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Proposal Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at FMC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits, moderate opportunity for growth

    Cons

    Good ol boy network, little respect for female employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good salary, advancement is difficult, employee turnovers about every 4 years.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at FMC

    Pros

    The salaries are fair, and the people are great!

    Cons

    There does not seem to be any regard for family and work balance. Most employees are overwhelmed by the amount of tasks that they are responsible for.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote and hire more U.S. employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    A roller-coaster ride

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at FMC

    Pros

    They pay good, most of the people were great to work with, casual work environment (yes, we could wear jeans to work).

    Cons

    Lean staffing, long hours and little recognition for your efforts. No consistency with policies, annual performance reviews a joke, a majority of managers didn't even bother doing them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Implement consistent policies,ensure the performance evaluations are mandatory for all employees, weed out inept managers, investigate complains of unethical manager behavior.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Slack of Effort, yes, I said Slack, not lack

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    Current Employee - IT IS In Your Systems
    Current Employee - IT IS In Your Systems

    I have been working at FMC

    Pros

    Right now there are none. Please be careful when reading about FMC because the Oil and Gas group get s awards for being a good employeer (not sure who they paid for the awards).

    Cons

    Poor communication and goal setting by managemet for the orgnization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up and get busy, quit waiting to establish goals and objectives. Listen to your employees and give them the tools to do their job.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Highly Political, "Forever Making Changes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FMC

    Pros

    Salary
    Strong supply organization
    Contine to make money despite themselves

    Cons

    Politics take driver seat, not the good of the company.
    Ever changing organization results in no continuity on strategy and projects

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop the games, agree on a strategy and commit to it. Short term successes will continue to keep the company in shareholder's good graces, but a sound and consistent long term strategy is lacking. Why wait to see what comes of the future and react when you can play a part in shaping it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not true to stated vision!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at FMC full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Fairly good benefits and general work environment. Worked with some really good employees who cared about doing the right thing to get the job done correctly.

    Cons

    Employees are given very few promotional opportunities or room for growth. Management not focused on appreciating the employees and their contributions. Most of the stated goals were completely different on paper than what was actually practiced. Actions by management were typically based on who your individual manager was and their own personal agenda, not the same as the company's projected vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More accountability for managers to actually move the company in the desired direction. Disconnect and morale issues have caused loss of talent that cannot be easily regained.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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