Arkema Reviews

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Arkema Président-Directeur Général Thierry Le Hénaff
Thierry Le Hénaff
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  • A great company to work for!

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    Current Employee - Support Functions in Colombes (France)
    Current Employee - Support Functions in Colombes (France)

    I have been working at Arkema full-time (More than a year)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
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    - Opportunity to meet and work with high-level managers.
    - People are passionate about their activities, they have the best interest of their company at heart.
    - Cross-cultural experiences.
    - Good work/life balance.
    - Good share of responsibilities with challenging and interesting assignments.
    - Performance acknowledged and rewarded.


    - Career evolution less dynamic for support functions, as it is an engineering company.

Arkema Interviews

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    Lab Manager Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Philadelphia, PA
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview
    No Offer
    Negative Experience
    Easy Interview


    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ monthsinterviewed at Arkema (Philadelphia, PA) in September 2012.


    Contacted by Placement agency, very professional. Short HR interview, an underling substituted at the last minute for the Director. Hiring manager phone interview was about 1 hr, detailed mix of technical and soft skills assessment. Interview trip met again with a last minute substitute HR representatice (generally interviewed corporate/office positions, not technical) who could not answer technical ladder, reward/incentive systems or how projects/programs are evaluated versus individual objectives.
    Technical seminar well-attended, individual meetings were only with directors and above. Lunch was with 4 peer or direct reports scientists. One junior scientist was wife of a long-time friend. All formal 1 on 1 interviews asked the same 3 questions - have you ever had to fire someone, what was your greatest technical achievement and what was your most memorable "non-success." 6 interviewers, all the same questions. Was supposed to finish off the trip with a short visit with the HR director, since he had missed me entirely, but he went home early.
    The company refused to reimburse me for traveling expenses for the trip (5 hrs driving). My friend told me they laughed about my candidacy as "the bald, old guy with the funny moustache." Appears you can't work for a French comany if you have a moustache. Look at my LinkedIn profile and save us all some time .
    Process took 9 weeks.

Arkema Awards & Accolades

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Top 100 Global Innovators, Thomson Reuters, 2013
Top 100 Global Innovators, Thomson Reuters, 2012
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Additional Info

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Headquarters Colombes, France
Size 5000+ Employees
Founded 2004
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $5 to $10 billion (USD) per year

A global chemical company and France's leading chemicals producer, Arkema is building the future of the chemical industry every day. Deploying a responsible, innovation-based approach, we produce state-of-the-art specialty chemicals that provide customers with practical solutions to such challenges as climate change, access to drinking water, the future of energy, fossil fuel... More

Mission: Meeting the exponential needs for energy, drinking water, and even electronics is becoming an unprecedented challenge on a global scale. Hence these challenges of... More

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