Arkema US

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Arkema US Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
51 Reviews
2.6
51 Reviews
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Arkema US Chairman & CEO Thierry Le Hénaff
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Review Highlights

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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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. 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.

  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Planner 5 years at company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5. 6 people found this helpful  

    Administrator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6. 7 people found this helpful  

    Horrible

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

    I worked at Arkema US full-time (more than an 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
  7. 9 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT JOIN THIS ORGANIZATION

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

    I worked at Arkema US

    Pros

    Get a paycheck to keep a roof over your head.

    Cons

    Middle & Senior Management have no accountability. Lower level employees do all the hard work. Good old boys network. Manager will not let you do your work without micromanaging, and are not open to doing this a new, more efficient manner. No room for growth. Everyone is scared to speak their mind or raise concerns because any complaints will turn into an immediate termination. They will come up with an excuse for letting you go even if you did nothing wrong. Middle and Senior Management have no idea how to run a business. They are too busy micromanaging rather than focusing on the big picture. Buyers beware. ARKEMA SUCKS!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire the right people to get the job done, hold everyone accountable for their contributions to the organization, and get out of their way and STOP micromanaging. Perhaps you'll actually start moving the company in the right direction,

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Former Employerr

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

    I worked at Arkema US full-time

    Pros

    Diversity and global nature of company

    Cons

    Young company, showing growing pains

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Death By Committee

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

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

    Pros

    Unparalleled knowledge of chemistry in all its forms, chemical engineering, materials science and chemical processing development. It is not uncommon for even small group to have over 100 years experience in there knowledge base.

    Great company culture, always looking to take new hires under the wing of a mentor and make them feel at home right way.

    Cons

    French ownership which makes all directors and above expats, creating language cultural and expectation gaps.

    Managements commitment to be "middle of the pack" in terms of resources but still demand a class leading output.

    Get ready for meetings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't let your CEO gaffe while addressing the company as he once told us "If moral is low then the door is there" even if that is what the leadership team thinks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a job, not a career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Geneseo, NY
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Geneseo, NY

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

    Pros

    Good pay, plenty of OT if you like it (or not - Forced OT)

    Cons

    12 + hr rotating shifts, bad management, forced OT, no life out of work. THEY OWN YOU!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    develop your site management, and hold them accountable. pay closer attention why production schedules are not met. poor planning, no training, and lack of communication between supervisors and above. hourly workers should be treated better - they are the ones who make the product and $$$! management shortcomings fall on to the production workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Global Chemical Company

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