Arkema US

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Arkema US Reviews in King of Prussia, PA

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Pros
  • In some business units there can be a strong teamwork a one co-workers; good people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Overall competive benefits package (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Morale is at a definite all-time low at both the King of Prussia site and headquarters in Philadelphia (in 3 reviews)

  • Middle & Senior Management have no accountability (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Big company, value of internship depends on who you work under.

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    Former Employee - Intern in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Intern in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US part-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay, good exposure to how a big chemical company works. Interns are given nice working conditions and an office.

    Cons

    Corporate culture runs everything and you have to waste your time with things related to that. Some people do not care to have interns work under them and under utilize them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 6 people found this helpful  

    Administrator

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Matching 401K, the ability to work from home basically sums it up

    Cons

    The lifers are lazy and afraid of change, the french run the company from France EVERYTHING goes through them so change really never happens... they just keep kicking the rocks down the road. Racism is the norm and runs rapid at the KofP campus. I would run and run FAST!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen and make changes don't just keep sending out that same tired a** survey because you do nothing absolutely about the issues..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Global Chemical Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company invests a lot in safety, provides good benefits and compensation, but work-life balance is sometimes off as reduced headcounts sometimes result in people having to handle more than they should. Very good opportunities for mobility within the company.

    Cons

    Work-life balance is sometimes a negative. Each business unit has its own unique culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider increasing headcount to improve work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Has crossed a line.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Can be good for interns or others just starting out for foundational career experience.

    Comprehensive benefits package.

    It is evident that top local management tries to provide a high quality workplace. It is also evident that there are severe constraints in the way of achieving this.

    GMs and Business Directors are usually rotated every 3 years so if you need to stay in an unfortunate situation, the situation is likely to change. Of course, this also works in the other direction!

    Some good investment in infrastructure and business opportunities for future growth.

    Cons

    Where to start?! HR is a subpar, despite an organizational build outsized for the service provided. It is difficult to find anything positive to say about most HR liaisons to the BUs or staff groups. One certain HR miss is the annual survey that is purported to be anonymous, but targeted follow-ups reveal the opposite. HR also aggressively supports lateral job moves to the extent that it is widely viewed as self-serving.

    Career options are limited because most BU management is centered in France, and a disproportionate number of expats are given jobs in King of Prussia. So far, no husband & wife expat teams have been concurrently assigned to the same BU, but that is rumored to change soon, to the complete bewilderment of many and outright concern of some.

    Business and product development progress is weighed down by excessive administration requirements and highly politicized funding allocations. R&D and Staff group relationships are highly politicized with polite veneers.

    Business administration operations are weighed down by an excessive pull to standardization across disparate product lines. This is further aggravated in some cases by the choice of lower cost software systems that do not provide sufficient capability for decision support. Since all projects are successes, this can result in some unfortunate person being assigned to a recurring, no-win, data clean up role to create the appearance of success but in reality just shifts work from one area to another.

    The consolidation of the Business offices from Philadelphia to King of Prussia at the R&D site remains a hardship for many employees. Even employees who have a relatively easy drive to KOP have commented on their preference to commute by train and to work in a city environment. Additionally, the new work areas for the business people are substandard with excessively close quarters, insufficient lavatories and insufficient conference areas. The BU work areas are a constant source of aggravation and an impediment to optimal performance for many employees. The combination of difficult commutes, poor work areas, and stingy work-from-home options contribute to highly challenging work-life-health-balance situations for some employees.

    An upgrade to the onsite cafeteria at the time of the business office relocation fell far short of the need on multiple levels. It is just sad to see the company promote healthful living in internal communications and with initiatives in wellness benefits and then fall short of holistically supporting those initiatives with the food offerings in the cafeteria and vending machines, especially when the whole idea of having a cafeteria is to provide a positive element to employees.

    The team atmosphere that existed 10 years ago has been replaced by a disenfranchising and strongly hierarchical organization. Employees who were courted to stay with the legacy company in years past with promises of growth, expansion, and opportunity have yet to see that opportunity and now instead are seemingly viewed as aged and costly "resources."

    The wellness medical benefits, while good, can be difficult to utilize, and the company that administers Arkema's self-insured plan, Aetna, falls short in supporting employee efforts to do so. The same question posed to Aetna in regards to medical benefit coverage will get different answers on different days. Services that should not require copays are too frequently assessed them and it is extremely difficult and time consuming to have these errors acknowledged and corrected. Other benefits require advocacy by the employee to obtain them, to the extent that they consume inordinate amounts of time and create the very stress they are supposed to alleviate. Other health and wellness services through multiple 3rd party vendors are spectacularly unhelpful beyond the most basic questions.

    As a former employee, my new grass may or may not remain greener for long, and I wish both the company and my former colleagues the best. There is still some strong potential that can be realized with smart management and investment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shake up HR. Temper the politics of the staff groups and R&D.

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

    Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Pros

    Health benefits and location of corp. site

    Cons

    HR is made up of the most untrust worthy employees!! Not an employee friendly company in United States.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lousy pay! Despite what you may think.... It is not a privilege to work at Arkema!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    The best eighteen months of my working career, working in the glass coatings group.

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    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Process Engineer in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful people in my group, hired me based on my job experience, not on my degrees. Safety first company. Flexible working hours. I was able to go to China twice to assist with installation and commissioning of glass coaters.

    Cons

    Laid off due to economic conditions in glass manufacturing world wide. Our number one costumer did not renew yearly contract for chemicals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work. Maybe push sales force a little to get sales.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Nice company to work with

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Diverse technology and professional people

    Cons

    hard to change positions for technical people

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall good management team. Need to be more proactive of innovation.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very flexible

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    Former Employee - Engineer in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Engineer in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US part-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great learning experience for young engineers. Part time work was flexible. Lot of experienced people to answer questions and present ideas to.

    Cons

    Facility had cut back a lot of jobs due to the downturn in the economy. However, at the time this was very commonplace everywhere.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 5 people found this helpful  

    OK experience

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    Current Employee - Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good location, good work/life balance

    Cons

    No motivation for PhD level employee. Scientist level employee does not have bonus while the entry level manager receives significant bonus. Management team does not care employees' career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care your employees; Improve communication with employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    A Giant Vampire Squid Sucking The Knowledge Out of the American Employees and Then Discarding Them

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    They make it easy to leave, which is fine with them, since they're constantly downsizing.

    Cons

    The productive employees are used by non-productive management types and then scapegoated and terminated.

    The HR department is made up of clueless bean counters.

    The roads around KoP are a slow-moving parking lot.

    Office politics rule, so if you travel a lot, you have no idea what traps the slackers have set for you when you get back. After all, if someone is going to be let go, they don't want it to be them.

    Raises are poor and the bad employees are rewarded like the good ones.

    Lack of funding for new products.

    Lack of career development. They don't want to get your hopes up that you might actually get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your American employees like your French ones.

    Quit posting misleading reviews here.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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