Arkema US Reviews

Updated July 8, 2015
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Arkema US Chairman & CEO Thierry Le Hénaff
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)

  • Good benefits, although the pay is mediocre (in 3 reviews)

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

  • Mid to upper level management old school unwilling to change (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Supply Chain Coordinator

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Phila, PA

    I worked at Arkema US

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Growth Opportunities in the organization

    Cons

    the Facilities were outdated for the most part


  2. Great Company for Young Professionals

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arkema US

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

    Pros

    Upwards Mobility, if you prove your worth

    Cons

    Beaurocracy with some processes, flat hierarchy


  3. Helpful (1)

    Scientist

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arkema US

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good environment to learn, some good people. Good benefit package.

    Cons

    Managers are too much into micromanagement. Annual performance review is unfair and does not reflect the employees' real performance. Promotion is very slow and involves politics.

    Advice to Management

    Get out of micromanagement. R&D managers should learn how to be in the lab rather than just talking!


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  5. Helpful (1)

    arkema

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highlands, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Highlands, TX

    I worked at Arkema US (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    good place to learn and then leave.

    Cons

    corrupt management, safety is all talk, many cut corners, scary to work in units. Caste levels of employees. Good employees quickly leave.

    Advice to Management

    get over your ego trips and actually do your jobs.


  6. Don

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in King of Prussia, PA

    I worked at Arkema US

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    I'm referring to the very short ones that provide no input, only a high rating to pump up the company's overall rating. These people should at least learn how to spell so that they look authentic. As for the pros, the company is a good training ground, but don't expect to go anywhere unless you're French

    Cons

    A hostile work environment once they decide you're too expensive to keep due to your years of experience.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your experienced people. It will save you money in the long run.


  7. Helpful (4)

    Each day becomes a little worse then the say before

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Product Manager in King of Prussia, PA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary, decent benefits, intelligent and friendly peers, opportunity to travel and become a part of a global organizations

    Cons

    Lack of training, All decision are made out of France, US management only cares about themselves, promotions are not based on performance, they are simply based on politics. You get a solid feeling that no one cares about you or your health and that you are only a number.

    Advice to Management

    Remove all legacy managers. They are useless, the results clearly prove that change must be made in the upper level to prevent the turnover of future talents.


  8. Helpful (4)

    The Good and the Bad

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  9. Good company, but needs improvement in areas

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (4)

    Good people, terrible company

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

    I have been working at Arkema US

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

    Pros

    the people are wonderful here

    Cons

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


  11. Helpful (2)

    Overall a nice company but small divisions have issues

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    • Senior Management
    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.



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