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better than most, a few caveats.

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Current Employee - Project Engineer in Des Plaines, IL
Current Employee - Project Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

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

Pros

If you ever wanted to work in the oil industry, especially in the refining world, UOP should be your number one objective. Start here and all the doors will open to you. If you're experienced and plan on joining, then it's another story. You will find more opportunities and money in the EPC world (Bechtel, KBR etc..) or in the producers world (BP, Shell, ..)

Cons

Salaries are lower by 20 to 30% compared to Houston area or big oil companies. UOP still relies on their name to attract people, and they don't care about the high turn over they get, specially among young engineers, since there's constant re-supply. What they believe in is that when these guys go and work for a refiner, they'll bring them new business since they'll know UOP. Since the purchase by Honeywell, compensations, benefits, etc.. collapsed even further. Moreover, Honeywell wants to apply thermostat-manufacturing by the thousands-type of mentality, to a customised EPC industry. It just doesn't make sense. From the inside, everything that was said in this site is quite spot on. The most disturbing would be to be dominated by the "I've been here for 40 years so I know everything and everything I say is right compared to the stupid ideas you must have since you've been here for the past 10 years only". This goes along with the erosion from the young generation. what used to be the commitment of a generation or a family (many relatives work here), has disappeared. People leave as soon as they get their "uop stamp", leaving a big gap between the graduates and the soon to retire. To complete the picture, a lot of the design is now done in India or Korea or China, just like fabrication, and it's obviously encouraged by management. Not nice.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Stop thinking a great engineer makes a great manager. It kind of summarizes everything.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Great learning experience with noncompetitive pay

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    Current Employee - PLC Programmer in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - PLC Programmer in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    After you work here you can go to any oil company for a six figure salary.

    Cons

    No chance to progress as people tend to stay on their roles till death.

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  2. 2 people found this helpful

    UOP is a great place to develop a career

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Research Scientist/Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at UOP

    Pros

    Technically recognized leader in the petrochemical industry
    Decorated history in petroleum refinement
    A fantastic learning environment
    Excellent facilities
    Tremendous experience from technical staff (literally the majority of the people have been here +20 years)
    Opportunities to advance exist if you take initiative and work hard
    Great family-oriented company
    Very flexible work schedule
    They always keep it exciting
    They like their staff to be recognized within and outside the company. They want their staff to become world-renowned experts in their field (conference travel, publications, invitational lectures)
    Monetary incentives handed out for job well done

    Cons

    Pay scale is a little lower than comparable positions at other, competing companies.
    Working with HR is a bit of hassle, awkward practices

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to do what you are doing.

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