LyondellBasell Reviews

Updated August 30, 2015
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LyondellBasell CEO Bhavesh V. “Bob” Patel
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Pros
  • The pay is good if you are lucky enough to be soul-mates with your manager (in 10 reviews)

  • Some plant level leadership support interpersonal skills growth and work life balance (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is tilted towards work (in 11 reviews)

  • Some of the senior management act sincere but cannot make the changes that need to be made (in 15 reviews)

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  1. LYB Review

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inventory Accountant in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Inventory Accountant in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great benefits. I have met a lot of great folks working here. I think that their is a positive culture and that the company will continue to be very profitable for a long time to come.

    Cons

    Not a lot of formal training. Hard to move around in the organization, segmented. Have had issues working with folks from other departments.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to look for training opportunities for employees.


  2. No consistency

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Technician in South Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Technician in South Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is excellent although you have to work long hours for it. If you are under 40 its a great place to start your career but don't stay over 5 years. Company is solid financially.

    Cons

    Older employees are not valued. Younger employees are brought in and senior operators are demoted back to entry level jobs to make room for them. Standards are very different from site to site and even from unit to unit within the same site. Creates an atmosphere of unequal treatment of employees. Excessive favoritism leading to unqualified people in leadership positions at 1st line level.

    Advice to Management

    Standardize the way you treat employees and show loyalty to those who have spent their career with you.


  3. Great Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Category Manager in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    High paced, competitive market that will lead you to great success if goals are met. Very lucrative bonus structure, again if goals are met.

    Cons

    High paced, competitive market. The petrochemical space is a growing one, especially in the Gulf Coast area. Labor continues to be a struggle for all the expanding markets in the area.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work in the communications space. The more we know the more we feel included in the decisions and the positive direction we are currently moving in.


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  5. Summer experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work culture. Amazing people. Positive attitude.

    Cons

    They're just not as well known.


  6. Environmental Production Coordinator

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits. Strong Company

    Cons

    management changes too often. Workload can be too much


  7. Good pay and benefits - hard on workers

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Humble, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Humble, TX

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good, some flexibility on work hours. New CEO so maybe there will be better times ahead.

    Cons

    Lots of hard work and pushing the limits of peoples abilities. No work life balance, leaving early is discouraged. Company is not impressed unless you are driven and put the company above all.

    Advice to Management

    Add more headcount so there is a better work life balance.


  8. Love my job, hate upper management.

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    Current Employee - Master Data Administrator II in La Porte, TX
    Current Employee - Master Data Administrator II in La Porte, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and good coworkers. Relaxed atmosphere. My job is challenging and interesting. My direct supervisor is supportive and enjoyable to work for.

    Cons

    Upper management cares only for THEIR bottom line. As long as they are getting their raises, bonuses and incentives, the company is on track. And cutting in to everyone else's pay to do it suits them just fine. It is a "if you don't like it, go somewhere else" attitude.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the rating system you now use to determine raises. It is a horrible system. Supervisors can not look employees in the face and honestly tell their employees that the rating they are getting really has to do with their performance. It has more to do with who's turn is it it get more or less this year.


  9. They've increased pay, but the culture and morale is still negative

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay has been increased to a very high level. Benefits are at a level with the rest fo the market.

    Cons

    Org chart is way too flat. There are minimal opportunities for E4 and E5 engineers to move up. Myself and my peers feel that we have jobs and not careers. There is minimal bench strength for most technical/management positions.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the org chart and create positions to give young engineers technical / management experience. I'm happier as a shareholder more than I am as an employee.


  10. Great place to build a career

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Lake Charles, LA
    Current Employee - Operations Technician in Lake Charles, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Industry leader. Great team to work with in operations. Very friendly and communicate well. Safe environment. Competitive pay relative to other sites in the area.

    Cons

    No pension or retiree medical.


  11. LyondellBasell

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hard working, highly educated, high caliber workforce. Extreme commitment to Safety. Strong focus on efficiency and profitability, which is great due to ESOP. Strong in all markets it participates in. Very interesting work. Flat to falling on costs year to year, ensures lean staffing in strong economies and weak economies, so minimal layoffs in weak economy. (bankruptcy in excepted.) New CEO in 1/15 is a breath of fresh air!

    Cons

    High turnover, kind of a sweat shop, forced ranking often moves people at the top years before to out the bottom a few years later even though no chnage in performance, especially in high performing teams. As a manager, if you do a superior job recruiting high caliber team members, you are eventually penalized by having to force rank strong performers to below average to satisfy "the Curve". Also, when problems occurr, the tendency is to blame people, not systems or policies. Employees feel insecuree about continued employment.

    Advice to Management

    Put some discipline in the system by a) establishing a minimum time for employees to stay in a position, and b) allow employees to be promoted within an existing position without needing to chamge positions to get promoted. Currently, employees are allowed to apply for new positions after 12+ months. Since turnover is high, positions open up fairly frequently. and people move to new position before learning their position. (It's like eating our young.) Hard to get traction on significant improvements with such high turn in jobs.



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