Albemarle Reviews

Updated March 9, 2015
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Albemarle CEO Luther C. Kissam, IV
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Pros
  • Work environment is informal; managers are approachable (in 5 reviews)

  • Workload is stabil and low, work life balance is acceptable (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management doing nothing about the serious issue with retaining new engineers (in 5 reviews)

  • The different plants have extremely different cultures and sometimes operate as fiefdoms (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Operations and process engineer

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    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in South Haven, MI
    Current Employee - Operations Engineer in South Haven, MI

    I have been working at Albemarle full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    has been challenging and interesting

    Cons

    Long work hours and OK mentoring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better mentoring system for new hires/college graduates

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. Can be a great company or a terrible company to work for

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Albemarle

    Pros

    The pay is great in most cases. Depending on which site you work at or what management is in place the experience can be very rewarding. There are some great managers with in the organization.

    Cons

    The upper management rotates from one facility to another about every three years and in most cases do not spend enough time at each site to accurately gage the employees at each facility. In some cases there are some very poor managers that move through the organization from one site to another that can end your career with Albemarle for not fitting into a certain click and really not have much to do with your overall performance.

    Very poor HR practices.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    As hard as it may be when placing managers in control of a facility be sure they are the kind of person you want to represent your company, those that have the correct moral character.

    Neutral Outlook
  3. Great company to work for

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albemarle

    Pros

    The company seems to be making a strong effort to make employees happy.

    Cons

    hard work < perception by others

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  5. Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Albemarle full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The plant works 9-80's. Good people to work with in most cases.

    Cons

    Pay not competitive, work life balance use to be good but is now changing due to the companies lack of hiring qualified craftsmen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    A great place to work. Benefits are above average.

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Albemarle full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    A great place to work. Benefits are above average. Off work every other Friday.

    Cons

    Management doesn't support training unless it is a company sponsored training. They don't want to spend the money to further train their senior employes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more supportive of the senior employees and quit paying so much attention to the new hires and young employes. Realize that your senior employees are the backbone of the company and treat them as such.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Great experience, was able to contribute to meaningful projects immediately.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albemarle

    Pros

    You get to work on actual projects on day one. As a chemist you get to look at many different reactions and build your knowledge and technical skill set.

    Cons

    Very competitive environment. Almost all of the chemist have a lot of experience and Ph Ds. Which isn't really a com since older employees are more than willing to teach younger less experienced employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing what you are doing.

  8. Solid company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Albemarle

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Good benefits and salary.

    Cons

    Politics, bottleneck management, and more politics

  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Good starter company but not a lot of longterm growth.

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    Former Intern - Co-Op in Houston, TX
    Former Intern - Co-Op in Houston, TX

    I worked at Albemarle as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    You can be as motivated as you want to be. Pretty laid back. Bayport site has some of the most interesting mechanical equipment. There's a lot of chance to get big projects under your belt early and learn a lot. Great company for resume boosting.

    Cons

    Highly motivated people don't get recognition for their work. Management doesn't listen to your opinion. Cheap about everything they do. A lot of work with little credit. CEO said that we're a company that expects above average work and pays mediocre. A lot of people there complain about the pay. Job stability subject to recessions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and show how much you appreciate in them. Invest money where it matters in order to make money.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Summer Internship

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    Current Intern - Process Engineer in South Haven, MI
    Current Intern - Process Engineer in South Haven, MI

    I have been working at Albemarle as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great place to intern as a chemical engineering student. Was given lots of projects and space to complete them with reasonable independence. The people in south haven were great to work with and seemed to balance work and life well.

    Cons

    Locations can be remote. Human Resources department is terrible. The operators seemed to be working a lot of over time but the engineers did not seem stressed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire new HR department period, it is embarrassing how bad it is. I was only an intern for 3 months so no input on the overall business trend or long term vs short term strategies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful

    Great spring co-op but unstructured

    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Intern - Electrical Engineering Intern in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Albemarle as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Co-workers were very personable
    Flexible schedule if required
    Freedom to help out wherever needed
    Not very technically challenging

    Cons

    Too many job changes within the company
    Insufficient direction and responsibility as an intern
    HR is disconnected and inefficient
    Not many opportunities for personal employee improvement
    Management did not seem well-aligned to a common set of priorities and company goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns more individual responsibilities, instead of letting them help out with whatever is needed at the time. Instead of having them on the side to assist, give them projects to grow their abilities as an engineering student and future engineer. An intern's job should be well-defined in order to give them an opportunity to succeed.

    HR needs to be more in tune and integrated with other departments.

    No opinion of CEO

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