Arkema US Reviews

Updated March 13, 2015
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Arkema US Chairman & CEO Thierry Le Hénaff
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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. Good company, but needs improvement in areas

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Pays well and good benefits and incentives
    Opportunity to move up

    Cons

    Too many meetings
    Atmosphere in the office can be stifling
    Cramped quarters in some offices
    Mircomanging

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let employees be and do their work so the company can flourish. Too much management can be a bad thing for expanding companies.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. The Good and the Bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Service in Exton, PA
    Current Employee - Technical Service in Exton, PA

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Arkema is a relatively large company with good benefits and competitive salary.

    Cons

    Working Environment is not good. Their Human Resources Department runs the company and has no understanding on how to deal with employees to promote a positive work environment. They do not promote teamwork and they tend to create internal friction. The R&D Department has too many voids and silos.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    R&D, Technical Service and Human Resources need a lot of attention.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. Good people, terrible company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arkema US

    Pros

    the people are wonderful here

    Cons

    The company does not value it's greatest asset; it's people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful

    Overall a nice company but small divisions have issues

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cary, NC

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

    Pros

    I have worked here for 10+ years. The company has nice compensation packages and ok benefits. Most middle to upper positions have wide range of responsibilties.

    Cons

    Direct managers are not supportive or helpful. I was supervisived by a "yes" man and he was the worst at helping develope his reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in tune with your reports. Help them during difficult situations. If the ones you manage do well, it is a direct reflection of you.

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

    No Customer focus. Makes bad decisions based on short term financial goals.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Operations in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US

    Pros

    The people are good and team oriented.

    Cons

    Bad Management, Poor decision making.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should start showing some trust in their empolyees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful

    Think twice about working here.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Technician in Reading, PA

    I have been working at Arkema US

    Pros

    Decent salary, tuition reimbursement. Some very good people on the front lines.

    Cons

    Run by incompetent yes men. Corporate nepotism / good ol boy club in full effect. Friends and family of upper management will advance despite being highly unqualified. Will not advance unless you kiss major butt or are French. Morale is non-existant. Management unwilling to change with the times. High turnover. Meetings about meetings of meetings. Blaming and shaming employees because things can't get done, but will not hire enough people to do the jobs the correct way. Only care that everything looks good on paper.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fully staff all of the positions. Care. Lose ego. Listen to operators and technicians who have input on how to improve. They have knowledge about what is needed to get the job done.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    Negative culture, high employee turnover

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    In some business units there can be a strong teamwork a one co-workers; good people to work with. Benefits and salary are average.

    Cons

    Very negative corporate culture; default is that you are wrong unless you can prove you are right; very high turnover so those who stay >1 yr end up being overloaded with work and constantly training new resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work to change culture to that of recognition and reward instead of blame and punishment.

  9. 5 people found this helpful

    Planner 5 years at company

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    Current Employee - Buyer
    Current Employee - Buyer

    I have been working at Arkema US (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Small company feeling. Benefits, good dedicated employees,flexible vacation time, could work remotely when needed.

    Cons

    Not enough headcount, highly overload you with work. Must be available 24-7. Mid to upper level management old school unwilling to change. If you work hard does matter they fire you for no reason. Restructuring all the time. Changing managers all the time. Beware... They make u feel like it is a good secure company and stab you in the back and fire you for no reason. Pay is average.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of old school management. Stop micromanaging. Stop having meetings to talk about the meeting you are going to have in the future. Reward the your employees that work hard for the company. Let bad employees go. Really listen to your employees and try to make change. Stop restructuring 5 managers in 5 years is uncalled for. Hire more head count. Stop overloading your employees. STOP being a boys club company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful

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    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11. 8 people found this helpful

    Horrible

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

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

    Pros

    You get a paycheck and that's it

    Cons

    Management treats employees like they are stupid. The good old boys club is very much alive there. Women and minorities beware.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire them all and higher a team that actually knows how to run a business and respect employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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