Albemarle Reviews

Updated July 7, 2015
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Albemarle CEO Luther C. Kissam, IV
Luther C. Kissam, IV
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Pros
  • The work environment is very easy going, meaning that there is not much back-stabbing or position fighting (in 5 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management is ever making moves for short term stock gain and ignoring long-term growth (in 5 reviews)

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

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  1. Middle of the Road

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albemarle full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    DuPont shift for some, decent pay, minimal hands on management. Multiple production units within site so operators in a plant with long downtime are moved around rather than fired. Union free.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunities for growth, anemic bonuses, extreme differences in workload within similar departments, schism in company culture between rotating shift and weekday personnel, frequent staff turnarounds. Union free.

    Advice to Management

    Beef up the bonus, align metrics across sites, lose the touchy feely training and get someone to make orientation and mentoring not worthless.


  2. Helpful (5)

    Difficult place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Advisor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Advisor in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Albemarle

    Pros

    Good place to get a varied background in a Chemical engineering

    Cons

    Chaotic, lacks long term focus, lack of communication

    Advice to Management

    Quit mistreating new hires


  3. Great Learning Environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albemarle

    Pros

    Great people to work for and learn from. Environment is generally laid back with occasional crunch times.

    Cons

    Hard to move up or negotiate salary.

    Advice to Management

    None


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  5. Operating very lean

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Albemarle full-time

    Pros

    Ability to transfer to different sites to gain more experience. International opportunities available. 9/80 schedule available at most U.S. sites. Given lots of responsibility right out of the gate.

    Cons

    Work/life balance is a struggle at some sites. Many sites are VERY lean. Most functions are expected to work long hours.

    Advice to Management

    Need to hire more employees to fill open positions. Need more competitive wages to retain craftsman, operators, and younger engineers.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Little structure but good opportunities for advancement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baton Rouge, LA

    I have been working at Albemarle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    plenty of opportunities to advance quickly if you show initiative and have a likable personality.

    Cons

    HR extremely disconnected from employees and the chemical market

    Advice to Management

    Value the experienced employees and motivate them to change instead of pushing them aside. You need the consistent experienced employees, even if they're not the top performers.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Fairly new with company. Top down culture, very old-school.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Diversified company with great growth potential and great market position. Appears to provide excellent opportunities if you are willing to move around a lot.

    Cons

    Communication is very top down and not done well. Decisions are made without proper consultation with stakeholders. Doctorate degrees appear to be overvalued in this company. "Fear culture" with open expression not encouraged. Stifling IT policies (including BYOD) and travel policies is unkind to frequent travelers. Bonuses almost non-existent.

    Advice to Management

    Need to shake up senior management by breaking up the old cliques and bringing in new blood. This company seems to be straight out of the 1980's.


  8. Helpful (2)

    Can be a great company or a terrible company to work for

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Albemarle

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Operations and process engineer

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    has been challenging and interesting

    Cons

    Long work hours and OK mentoring

    Advice to Management

    Better mentoring system for new hires/college graduates


  10. Helpful (1)

    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


  11. Ok place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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



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