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Updated Nov 24, 2014
Updated Nov 24, 2014
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    Developing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Half hour phone interview. I was then called for an on site interview which consisted of 5 45 minute interviews. 1 with an HR Rep and the others by managers and engineers at various sites. Behavioral questions mainly apart from one set of technical questions by a manager which consisted of conceptual chemical engineering based questions. Still awaiting a response.

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    No Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview
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    Developing Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took a dayinterviewed at Arkema US in November 2014.

    Interview Details

    One on campus interview, 45 minutes. I had networked a little before the interview with some employees, so the interview was more just a talk about what I wanted to do and what Arkema was about. No real questions at all.

    Second round interview in King of Prussia, PA. 5 total interviews, all 45 minutes. One with HR about placements, benefits, QnA, and making sure you are a reasonable person to work with. 3 were with various employees. They all gave a speech about that they did and maybe 4-5 behavioral questions per interview. All of the behavioral questions were pretty straight forward. Sometimes they would ask follow up questions about your experiences to gain more info. One interview was with a manager, so it was little more technical. You get to pick an area of chemical engineering and he asks questions about its fundamentals to see what you know. Topics include distillation, heat transfer, etc. This 5-10 minute technical question can make or break you. You know your stuff, I'd say you have a good shot. If you don't know, I think it would be hard to get an offer. They are looking for smart people who understand how chemical engineering works.

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    Reasons for Declining

    Good pay, but received an offer with a company I thought had more variety and long term potential.

    Declined Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Buyer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied online – interviewed at Arkema US.

    Interview Details

    Took HR forever to bring me in for the second interview - The human resources staff extremely laid back they sit behind locked closed doors while the rest of the company operates around them. Very strong culture to fit into.
    The workload was massive please get the job description so your prepared.

    Interview Questions
    • I interviewed with four people it took almost 4 hours they had a set of standard interview questions, prepared. I was then asked to come back again with a presentation and met with three more people.   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
    Negative Experience
    Difficult Interview
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    Engineer Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    Fairly standard interview process with a regular phone interview followed by an on site visit. The on site visit was a day of interviews with engineers and managers at multiple levels and of course one HR interview.

    Interview Questions
    • Given a specific problem and a change in the energy economy, how would you solve it and implement the solution?   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    I got an email that confirmed the time of the first phone interview from the HR. It was about 30min phone interview with the HR within 3 days. Then the on-site was scheduled in 3 weeks. It was a very tight day. Presentation in the morning, followed by 1-1 interviews with 8 scientists. People are nice there. The working environment is fancy. I actually enjoyed discussions with everyone.

    Interview Questions
    • what kind of working style do you find most efficient?   Answer Question
    Accepted Offer
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    Scentist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Anonymous Interview Candidate
    Interview Details

    phone interview

    Interview Questions
    • just ask few question about my status, and said may set up another interview with manager.   Answer Question
    No Offer
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    Pims Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sanford, NC
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Sanford, NC
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 3 weeksinterviewed at Arkema US in April 2013.

    Interview Details

    I went through a recruiter. The first phone interview was with the Ops Director and hiring manager. We walked through my resume in detail. Within 2 weeks, I interviewed on-site (Arkema flew me in from out of state). The on-site interview consisted of 4 rounds. Round 1 - VMS leader took me on a plant tour. Round 2 - two VMS leaders. Round 3 - Ops Director. Round 4 - HR. The culture at Arkema is very Lean oriented.

    Interview Questions
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Arkema US in February 2013.

    Interview Details

    First had an on campus interview.
    Two months later got invited for a on-site interview.
    On site interview was from 8 am to 4:30 pm. One on one with Scientists, Managers, R&D directors and VP of research.
    Left with a very good impression of the company.

    I had read a lot of negative reviews. Talking with the people there during the interview process dispelled these. It looked like a company with a troubled past till 2010 but the company has been doing great since then. Employee satisfaction also has increased a great deal since 2010.

    Interview Questions
    • Top management asked questions about how I made my career decisions at every stage in my career   Answer Question
    Reasons for Declining

    Had an offer from two other places. Was a very difficult decision.
    They also offered a very competitive salary

    Declined Offer
    Positive Experience
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Application Details

    I applied through college or university. The process took 2 weeksinterviewed at Arkema US in September 2011.

    Interview Details

    Interviewer asked preset questions that were most likely read directly from a list. Althought, the interview was for a scientist job, the questions were very standardized (ie. Tell me about yourself, What are your strengths? Tell me about a time when you solved a problem...etc...). The interviewer did not seem very interested in my answers and was very impersonal.

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    Reasons for Declining

    Declined onsite interview because had heard bad things about the company environment and did not have a positive phone interview experience.

    Declined Offer
    Negative Experience
    Average Interview
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    Scientist Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Anonymous Interview Candidate in King of Prussia, PA
    Application Details

    The process took a dayinterviewed at Arkema US in February 2011.

    Interview Details

    The interview started early morning and consisted of seven or eight 1:1 interview and a presentation. A lot of behavior questions were asked and many of them were the same. So be prepared well. Some questions I remembered. Why did you go to this college, why did you choose our company, what is your strength.

    Interview Questions
    • is there any question you expected me to ask but I did not ask?   Answer Question
    No Offer
    Neutral Experience
    Average Interview

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