CP Kelco

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CP Kelco Reviews

Updated December 4, 2014
Updated December 4, 2014
9 Reviews
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9 Reviews
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  1.  

    Very Generous and Accountable Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CP Kelco

    Pros

    Lots of work and opportunities to display your talents. Great Safety and safety incentive plans.

    Cons

    Work/Life Balance. 12 hour shifts and supervisors typically work 13 hours a day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to listen to the needs of your leadership and hourly team. You are headed on the right track for success.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Almost 8 years in the maintenance department a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Electrical & Instrumentation Maintenance Technician in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Electrical & Instrumentation Maintenance Technician in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at CP Kelco full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Schedule is good 4-10's 3 days off in a row (S, S, M). Pay is extremely good for the area. Benefits also good.
    Is Union represented except for supervisors and up.

    Cons

    Can be a tough place to work. Bring a well stocked set of skills with you.
    Be ready to learn new things on your own time.
    Is Union represented except for supervisors and up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Outside Bona-Fide training in Electrical/Instrumentation and Mechanical would be good.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Process Engineer

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Okmulgee, OK
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Okmulgee, OK

    I worked at CP Kelco full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good company for an out of college undergrad to gain experience. Colleagues (fellow engineers) at your level are friendly and helpful. Safety, Quality, Maintenance are number one priority for the company.

    Pros:
    Company offsite trips
    Good 401 K

    Cons

    Safety Work Permits: You will be issuing safety work permits to the contractors/maintenance (which can consume 80% of you day sometimes) and will be expected to explain plant daily operations/troubleshooting. It is essentially the job of the Supervisor but you will be pushed into this without any training. This will be your primary responsibility but will not count towards your yearly review. Expect to spend 50% or more of your time on average without any recognition. On the positive side, this will add supervisory experience to your resume and will "make you look good."

    Technical Growth: There is no technical growth, any project scope development, P &IDs development etc (basically the engineering work in the job description) is handled by outside engineering consultants. Your role would be to put it in writing. There are no technical tools utilized to troubleshoot, instead you will rely on tribal knowledge acquired over 35 years and will have to make decisions in the blink. This again is a plus, if you have a low GPA and have struggled in the college to get your degree.

    Work Environment: Lot of drama/politics behind the scenes in management and disgruntled union operators. If one person (outside of your department) doesn't agree with your proposed change, he/she will use all the connections and tools available to ensure you fail. Union employees (with their benefits taken away slowly) inherently hate non-union salary employees. Expect all training/certification and any instructions you would give to the operators go unheeded and at the same time "own the process." On the positive side, this will teach you conflict resolution skills.

    Commute- About two hours of travel each day. If you are not into long commute, this company is not for you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To reduce the high turnover of engineers, please lay down your expectations and prioritize their worklist. If an engineer brings up any work related concern please try to be helpful instead of passively dismissing.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strong company. Very safety and environmentally conscious.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CP Kelco

    Pros

    Global company. Very interesting market and industry. Talented group of employees

    Cons

    Very demanding on the local level. Low morale due to extremely demanding leadership.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Create a stronger sense of community among workforce.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good people, terrible management

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Okmulgee, OK
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Okmulgee, OK

    I worked at CP Kelco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable people, not too difficult, fairly relaxed as far as work hours and lunch time go

    Cons

    Management that has no clue what is going on

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Work for life and stagnation

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at CP Kelco full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Some nice and friendly colleagues, easy to communicate and work with;
    Flexible working hours;
    Possibility to define your own pace of work and objectives;

    Cons

    Stagnation;
    Somewhat adverse to new technologies and ideas;
    Decision making- to-action, takes huge amount of time;
    Lack of good managers with driving power;
    Some lack of cooperation between different projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work more and better with other senior colleagues. Share ideas and create dynamic, interesting and novel projects. Don't be afraid of doing something different for a change a stop having so many days off!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    The company as a whole

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in New Cebu (Philippines)
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in New Cebu (Philippines)

    I worked at CP Kelco full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Its an international company so stability is guaranteed.

    Cons

    Career growth is not so high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give importance to employees performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Management not able to get their act together

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at CP Kelco

    Pros

    Good products, good technological knowledge and a lot of nice direct colleagues to work with, although some are backstabbing people

    Cons

    Very hierarchical. Due to continous changes in management, people are very insecure and do not like to work together. Management is horrible in communications

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Job for life if you keep your head down and mouth shut

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

    I have been working at CP Kelco

    Pros

    Friendly staff, Managers are nice people, company promotes employee job sharing. Pleasant environment, nice offices, summer flex hours, no clock watching by Managers so your time is flexible.

    Cons

    Big slow company, can take months for a decision to be made, very much old style of leading. Average age of Managers is 50+

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a leap into technology and not settle for "Well this is how we did last year" Change is needed from top to bottom.

    No opinion of CEO

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