Westlake Chemical

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Westlake Chemical Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
17 Reviews
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17 Reviews
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Westlake Chemical President, CEO, and Director Albert Chao
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Very nice, stable place to work with outstanding benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - I T in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - I T in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company is very stable financially and has enjoyed tremendous success over the past few years. Excellent overall benefits package which includes a flexible work arrangement schedule, generous 401k matching and bonuses based on company's performance. The management has paid close attention to the needs of its employees and the corporate offices are being completely renovated and modernized and a flexible work arrangement program has been recently implemented! Lots of opportunities to learn if you enjoy being a multi-tasker. The Executive level management team is wonderful.

    Cons

    Some approval processes take a while and that can be frustrating and some types of changes can be painfully slow at times. The corporate offices are in the Galleria area so you have to deal with traffic on a daily basis. Then again, all of the Houston roadways seem to be congested anyway!

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    None

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    Positive Outlook
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  2.  

    Westlake Chemical is a great fit for go-getters! Dynamic & Challenging!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    If you are a person with a "go-getter" attitude who wants to be a positive force for change and develop professionally in the process, Westlake offers a lot of opportunities for skill set expansion, creative problem-solving and stepping outside of your comfort zone. Input from employees is valued by Management, and there are also a lot of very positive, employee-focused movements in the works! The big decisions are made very carefully and selectively, such as the recent acquisition of Vinnolit, and the result is a very strong, well-positioned company that should continue to grow and perform impressively from a financial and production standpoint.

    Cons

    It takes some time to be able to be able to adapt to what appears to be a Chinese-American hybrid culture that values hard work, honesty and accountability but that also operates in a hierarchical manner, which is evident in the stringent and even excessive approval processes that can cause unnecessary delays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue positive improvements being made to promote greater employee collaboration and engagement as well as employee appreciation through pay/benefit programs, updating the office environments and internal process improvement.

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    Positive Outlook
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  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Corporate Finance in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Constantly growing company with good corporate culture. Always a new challenge (in a good way), never boring. Good people, good benefits. Upper management is very open to employees and their feedback
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Occasionally may have to work longer hours but very flexible and accommodating if you have to leave early.

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    Awesome Company

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Stores Supervisor in Calvert City, KY
    Current Employee - Stores Supervisor in Calvert City, KY

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

    Pros

    Treats employees well and is expanding

    Cons

    none great place to work

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    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company for Motivated People

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical

    Pros

    Westlake is a lean company that offers employees the chance to wear many different hats, giving employees the opportunity to expand their skill set and knowledge. If you are a self-motivated person then this is the right company for you.

    Cons

    Because it is a lean company, there is always work to be done. It is not a place where you can coast by.

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  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Satisified

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Operator in Lake Charles, LA

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical

    Pros

    Close to home and good friends

    Cons

    Not a good bonus program

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote within

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  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Top Rated Company in Houston, TX

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

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical

    Pros

    Westlake is a very lean organization that provides the opportunity to take on new and exciting responsibilities. It is in conservative growth mode which positions it well in this rollercoaster economy. Recently it was ranked the Company of the Year in 2011 by the Houston Chronicle.

    Cons

    There is always alot of work to be done because it is a lean organization. This is not a place for people who want to hide in a cube.

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