MEMC Electronic Materials
2.6 of 5 29 reviews
www.sunedisonsilicon.com Saint Peters, MO 5000+ Employees

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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila

Ahmad R. Chatila

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30% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExcellent technical R&D leadership resources. Culture transformation is a positive. Company has strong core of technical leadership to help drive roadmap.

    ConsSolar Materials division of corporation may have the biggest upside but the weakest management. Recent changes may be an improvement but yet to be seen. P&L prospective is too dominant to allow efficient development of the technologies and those whom challenge status quo and the poor decision for the organization on a whole are not embraced or encouraged to bring constructive counter argument. There are plenty of senior managers still remaining whom do not understand the technology they involved with and seldom consult those who do in critical technology and operational related decisions making. Likely organizational inefficiencies will continue in the matrixed organization with the current senior management. Probably need to move out some of those Solyandra managers that they picked up in the last year would be a good start.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEmbrace counter argument and encourage data driven decision making instead of short term wins to meet a weekly/monthly reports. Cycle times of the technology involved are discrete in nature and do not fill into weekly and monthly reports well for proper charterization.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Pays well, works you hard, and R&D is infallible

    Process Engineer (Former Employee)
    Saint Peters, MO

    ProsIf you are based in St. Peters the pay is nice. Coastal wages in the heartland. On the solar side there are some neat new technologies they are working on.

    ConsWork life balance is awful. With overseas facilities about 12 hours ahead of us, you are on the phone late at night and early in the morning.
    At the time I was there the R&D team was still inexperienced with certain processes and they were not open to listening to non PHD engineers who did have the experience. Management supported the superiority of R&D.
    Very high turn over in corporate office.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI know times are lean, but think beyond the next quarter when making decisions. Engineers without PHD's can help solve manufacturing issues too.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Fairly good place to work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsInternational travel opportunities, career opportunities, fairly laid back work environment, close Finance team

    ConsSome would say location, old building that needs to be updated, inconsistencies in some policies

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    OK company, have worked for worse.

    Senior Process Engineer (Current Employee)
    Saint Peters, MO

    ProsStrong technical foundation and industry leader. Appears to be forward thinking again instead of playing for margins on the quarterly figures as old CEO did. Attempting to reestablish itself as the dominant semiconductor supplier again. Appears to have good strategy but execution is still not proven yet.

    ConsCompany is in transition of senior management from two years earlier and is attempting to develop a new company culture but communication is poor in these efforts. Company attempts to infor it's employee's with news letters which is poor medium.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep your professional employee's informed. Little on company strategy and role in execution is revealed beloe the diector level.

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    MEMC is a place to make money get some valuable experience and move on.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Pasadena, TX

    ProsOverall the pay is pretty high, For salary people the overall work experience is satisfactory. It's pretty hard to get fired.

    ConsI would not work here as an hourly person. Sick days the first 2 are at no pay. The Pasadena site has a scary process.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement knows they have a moral problem the turnover is pretty high especially for skilled craft. I really think management is trying to make MEMC a better place to work.

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    Decent salary but near zero benefits.

    Technician (Former Employee)
    Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

    Pros- Some managers are helpful and accommodating.
    - Bare minimum tools are provided for the job but accuracy of the tool is not good enough.

    Cons- Some vendors takes a long time to solve problems and some even can't. Management will not allowed to change vendors unless can source a cheaper vendor.
    - Need to work on weekends and even on holidays.

    Advice to Senior ManagementKindly promote healthy work life balance.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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