Infineum Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
Updated May 15, 2014
25 Reviews
3.6
25 Reviews
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Infineum Chief Executive Xavier le Mintier
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    Unless your background is as a contact engineer and you're preferably Italian then there is little scope for progression

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Logistics Leader  in  Abingdon, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Logistics Leader in Abingdon, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Good salaries, location and bonus scheme

    Cons

    Career progression is almost impossible unless you are "on the list" which most people aren't. There is no interest in whether line managers are any good and there are a lot that aren't. Too much money wasted on unimportant initiatives and paying consultants. No respect for work/life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget that there is some fantastic talent who deserve good management and progression

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Best Retirement Home Ever!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant  in  Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Operations Assistant in Singapore (Singapore)

    I worked at Infineum as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    It is a boon for those who resist changes, who do not want to be outstanding, love office politics. And those who are already retiring, since wages (except CPF contributions) do not change as you age. In case under the modular skill systems, you get into better wage bands as you move around different departments to gain more skills.

    Cons

    If you don't know how to play office politics, you're a goner. The first few lessons that I have learned is this "Take care of yourself first, don't bother helping others", "Don't change anything, know what the customer want".

    Whilst the company has received multiple WSH awards, the Health part is misleading, since the canteen does not fall under Infineum but Exxonmobil. Catering always get the order wrong, unhygienic food, complains goes unheeded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Mr. Xavier, I do have a headache working in your plant. (Response to your 2012 January question)

    Feed back from the old timers, it's better to have an "Ang Moh" (Caucasian) in charge.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A great place to work - very supportive working environment.

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    Current Employee - Infineum  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Infineum in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Infineum

    Pros

    Supportive working environment
    Good work/life balance
    Flexi-time

    Cons

    Difficult to climb up ladder as a chemist without a pHD

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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    Friendly people and a poor corporate environment

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    Current Employee - Graduate Chemist  in  Oxford, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Graduate Chemist in Oxford, England (UK)

    I have been working at Infineum

    Pros

    The job security is very good and the people and environment are generally very positive.

    Cons

    The is next to no career development, expertise is not valued and there is no real progression chances without public school education.

    There is performance related pay, so each month you are paid a significant percentage less than what your wage should be then it is paid 4 months after that year. This means you forfeit it if you leave.

    Even within groups there are massive differences in development. Managers are technically deficient and tend to force their support downwards rather than striving upwards.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The management style is not dissimilar to Exxon-Mobile in that change happens very slowly but totally irreversibly.

    Managers that look after their staff are seen as weak and tend not to progress.

    Recommends
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