MEMC Electronic Materials

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Don't work here unless you're desperate

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Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Pasadena, TX
Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX

I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time for less than a year

Pros

The pay is pretty good for an engineer, though slightly inferior to others on the channel. It's almost larceny that operators are paid >30% over market yet engineers don't despite not a huge difference in pay, especially when OT is offered to operators.

Cons

The silicon market for next two years (2012-2014) sucks so layoffs have occurred and will recur. They force the engineers to work out of trailers right next to the Operating facility which handles hydrogen and silane gas which are both explosive. Remember BP Texas City in 2005. The trailers are falling apart and very noisy and hot in summer. Huge safety issues with high injury rate in the last few years and large "we didn't invent it here" philosophy. Most engineers are H1-B so communications in English are very difficult and they are very careful to not ask too many questions. In other words, indentured servitude. Turnover is rampant like Taco Bell.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Instead of pretending to back new and creative ideas necessary for the plant service, i.e. lip service, be willing to take risks. Also, hire competent experienced engineers who know what the hell they're doing instead of green grunts who blunder through helplessly in a dangerous process.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
No opinion of CEO

30 Other Employee Reviews for MEMC Electronic Materials (View Most Recent)

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    A very good job in a bad location

    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    The R&D team is very strong and most people know what they are talking about. The managers are efficient and helpful.

    Cons

    The area the company is located is in the middle of nowhere. It is even difficult to find good food for lunch. The companies financial status is not stable and this job is not secure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    MEMC is not a company to be

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    Former Employee - Auditor  in  Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Auditor in Saint Peters, MO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I don't have any nice thing to say about this company

    Cons

    Company culture is awfull especially the top management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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