Kemin Industries

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Kemin Industries Reviews

Updated June 24, 2014
Updated June 24, 2014
15 Reviews

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  1.  

    Fast growing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Quality Control Chemist  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Quality Control Chemist in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Kemin is a good place to work. It's a family owned company, with plenty of employees who have been there 20 plus years. The bonus program is nice, and there are a lot of perks provided to employees over the year.

    Cons

    Kemin struggles with their growth sometimes. People are overworked before management recognizes that additional resources are needed. And then it's even longer before you get them.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    A Good Place to Work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good work life balance. In my experiance, culture is flexible and accomodating to a personal life. Your job is what you make of it, some people advance very quickly, others stagnate. Seems to be a constant effort to improve the company, recognizing weaknesses and working to correct them.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast-maybe too fast. Most business units have outgrown the space allotted to them. I'm also oftentimes confused on how certain employees make it to management positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on developing and retaining your quality employees. If an employee shows potential, don't refuse to promote based solely on years of experiance.

  3.  

    Middle of the road

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Associate II  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Research Associate II in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Some groups have good work/life balance. Good benefits.

    Cons

    Salaries are comparatively quite low. Also, researchers have little opportunity for job growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Employees need more motivation for staying, like more frequent promotions and higher salaries.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    A good company that continues to grow

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Associate
    Current Employee - Research Associate

    Pros

    Employees are fairly compensated for their work and are often rewarded for their hard work.

    Cons

    It can be difficult to advance depending on the position or sister company for which you belong.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow subordinates to live up to their potential.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great company, but has a very bureaucratic and conservative culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Marketing Intern in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    - Great people
    - Good pay
    - Good internship program
    - Company is genuinely interested in your success and growth as a person and employee

    Cons

    - Very bureaucratic
    - Very "blah" products, however, most B2B companies don't have very exciting products
    - Company doesn't like to take any risks whatsoever

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep focusing on employee happiness, but try to take some risks to attract younger candidates.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  7.  

    Ethical, family-owned, focused on science, gives a lot to the local community

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Extremely flexible with scheduling, all work is purposeful, great people that work well together, rewards employees that do well and isn't afraid to let non-beneficial employees go, great bonus checks, unique rewards such as a day off for the annual charity auction and paid days off for volunteering in the community

    Cons

    Some departments go through managers frequently which can make getting a promotion difficult

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Pretty good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Dishwasher  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Dishwasher in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    They have been willing to be flexible with me while in school.

    Cons

    They over work good workers

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Good place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate  in  Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Associate in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Good company to work for. They pay well and have a good benefits package. Management goes out of their way to make everyone feel welcome and apart of the team.

    Cons

    Some of the projects can be difficult to work on due to the company having multiple divisions so there can be breakdowns in communication or just a lack of care sometimes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II  in  Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Research Assistant II in Des Moines, IA

    Pros

    Family Atmosphere, Growth, Company Trips, Bonuses.

    Cons

    Difficult to promote within same business unit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your Team happy. Be transparent and timely.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
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  11.  

    Driven by Marketing not Research

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate

    Pros

    Transparency
    Average to good fringe benefit package
    Lots of opportunity to learn and cross-train across functional areas (if you're self-motivated)
    Non-management employees as a whole are extremely talented hard-working folks
    High ambition growth directives
    Family-feel
    Does a lot of good in the community

    Cons

    Wages are below market
    Focus is on marketing/sales, and manufacturing; research and development is a tertiary underfunded function
    Conservative and slow to change for a family owned technology company
    High incidence of inexperienced, poorly trained, or otherwise inadequate management at both mid- and executive level
    Culture has shifted away from rewarding performance and experience without doctoral education
    Work-life balance is poor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay reasonable market value for your talent and follow through with directives. Best laid plans and goals are irrelevant in the face of an inability to retain talent and repeated poor execution.

    Doesn't Recommend

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