Lyondell Chemical Company Reviews

Updated January 14, 2015
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  1. The Best!

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    Current Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Customer Service in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Lyondell Chemical Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company Values and safety is very high.

    Cons

    sometimes there are long hours.

  2. No family time

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lyondell Chemical Company

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of overtime if you want that
    Decent pay

    Cons

    Tons of voluntold overtime
    Low starting wages
    Consolidation

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to fast track everybody. It is dangerous to promote people who are not ready.

  3. You are just a number, and racism does still exist!

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    Current Employee - Accounting in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Accounting in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Lyondell Chemical Company full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits, pension, etc.

    Cons

    Slow hiring process, slow advancement, and racism.

    Advice to Management

    I really did enjoy most of my time at LyondellBasell. But after taking a huge pay-cut to get my foot in the door, the opportunity for advancement was limited. Even with a friend in HR, the hiring process took weeks. I actually accepted another offer after interviewing with LyondellBasell and then they finally made me an offer.

    As I did accept and worked for them, I tried to move up. I had a great manager and he referred me to an open position. I interviewed with that manager and we really hit it off. After a few week however, nothing more came about and I was told they went with a more qualified outside candidate. No problem. That is until the hiring manager took me to lunch and apologized "off the record" that due to my race/ethnicity/back ground, his manager declined. He was upset about it but feared for his own job, hence the off the record part. FYI, I was born and raised in Houston.

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  5. Good

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Lyondell Chemical Company

    Pros

    Transitioned company making good strides

    Cons

    Much change and can be stressful

  6. GooGc

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    Former Contractor - SAP Consultant in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - SAP Consultant in Houston, TX

    I worked at Lyondell Chemical Company as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Experienced and Friendly IT Team Members and excellent client to work for.

    Cons

    This is a good company to work, issue might be cyclical industry ups and downs.

    Advice to Management

    None

  7. They have always taken care of me pretty well.

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager
    Current Employee - Operations Manager

    I have been working at Lyondell Chemical Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Salary and benefits are decent. Opportunities are present if you're willing to move around the country. If you're a shareholder, you've done very well.

    Cons

    Used to pay higher in the range compared to our peers. Other companies seem to be poaching our people - salaries aren't that differential anymore.

    Advice to Management

    Need to realize there is a reason people are leaving -- taking lateral moves and making more money in the process.

  8. Engineer III

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    Former Employee - Engineer III
    Former Employee - Engineer III

    I worked at Lyondell Chemical Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Salary, Good Benefits, Team atmosphere

    Cons

    Large company so hard to move up

  9. Helpful (1)

    STILL IN DECLINE

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Chemist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Lyondell Chemical Company full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Medical, Health, Dental, benefits and 401k matching are good. Great people. Decent bonus. Great place for people who work independently and don't need or want to learn anything or grow their career.

    Cons

    Pension plan has been reduced. Salaries and bonuses reduced and continue to decline. Everyone is paid nearly equally which means senior proven and knowledgeable employees are paid equally to newly graduated creating much animosity and a sense of entitlement to the younger group.

    Although reviews are performed annually with the effort to pay the higher performers more through bonus, the system is extremely political and imbalanced. The highest performer in our group received only a meager 1% more than the average performer (in bonus) while other high performers in other groups received 20-50% higher bonuses.

    Think your high performance will get you promoted. Wrong. This system is extremely political if not dog eat dog. If you are polite, work hard, smart, and do more than others - you will get passed over for promotions guaranteed. I was flat denied a promotion for my direct report because "she is too quiet". All her contributions and savings for the company meant nothing. Those promoted - threatened to quit, denagraded others to get their slot, confronted managemnt to get their promotion; absolutely not how it should be.

    We used to have a training program in many of the departments to bring along the new hires and certainly pass along knowledge - much like an apprentice. This was great as it strengthened the department and the company.

    Unfortunately, senior peopel have left in droves as they are not valued, salaries have been frozen and the new pension is terrible. Loss of senior personnel means that the company no longer has the brain trust to teach the newly hired what we already know and have learned through years of work and sharing knowledge. The company doesn't care as the older employee costs them more in benefits and pension.

    There is no end in site to the problems especially while the upper management remains the same. Company needs a new CEO, and executives.

    Advice to Management

    There have been several instances where executives e-mails circulated and stories from the closed door meetings have trickeld out. Each and everyone showed that the CEO, Jim Gallogly, rules by threats and installation of fear. Certainly not a leader - more like a thug. This has become the company culture and is seen in the executives as well as the managment through the trickle down. The culture must change starting by replacing the CEO. HR needs to grow a back bone and let the execs and managment know that there poor behavior is unacceptable. Oh but wait, Jim will fire you for that.......

  10. Hards Workers

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    Current Employee - Global Procurement in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Global Procurement in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Lyondell Chemical Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Lyondell is a good place to work if you are willing to work hard. Everyone here has plenty to do and we are well compensated for it. The company has as its high priority to keep us safe. Benefits are outstanding and if you know how to manage your time, you have a pretty consistent schedule.

    Cons

    Too many meetings, too many people bragging about their workflow on the hallways – shut up and go back to work; therefore, not much is being properly done.

    Advice to Management

    Value the ones who value their job and cares for the company.

  11. Volumetric Accountant

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    Current Employee - Volumetric Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Volumetric Accountant in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Lyondell Chemical Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Everyone experiences a heavy workload.

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