LyondellBasell Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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Pros
  • The pay is good if you are lucky enough to be soul-mates with your manager (in 10 reviews)

  • Good pay, fair work life balance, senior management is not true to word (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • overworked, no work/life balance, high turnover in supply chain (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. Process Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time

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

    Pros

    This company emerged from bankruptcy in 2010 but they have achieved a lot ever since. Here are some pros-

    - co-workers are smart and willing to help
    - there is a great amount of technical work, which is challenging. So you will have that feeling of accomplishment at the end of the day
    - safety first--no compromise
    -fair benefits--not phenomenal but certainly not the worst. The company has pension plan and bonus.
    - I always felt like my job was interesting, partly due to good manager but also due to the nature of work

    Cons

    1. 11-12 hour work days are very common (so you may hate it if you hate your job but you wont mind working that long if job is interesting, which is generally the case)
    2. no 9/80 schedule, meaning you end up having a 60 hour week
    3 location is a concern, but guess what, most chemical plants are located outside of city limits

  2. Operation Tech

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LyondellBasell full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The work it self isnt hard work.

    Cons

    They own you. Swing shift with no home time. All your days off turn into Work overtime a lot of time with 24 turn arounds from 1st shift to 3rd shift.

    Advice to Management

    Remember its the operators who keep the place running smoothly and safely

  3. Winning company

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LyondellBasell

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

    Pros

    The new CEO is buidling on all the strengths of the past - good profits, excellent safety and growth - and is now buidling the focus on people. This company is in a strong position to provide growth opportunities for all.

    Cons

    We're a company that focuses on being the best, and if you don't mind working hard, its a good place to be.

    Advice to Management

    Work with the new CEO and continue to build the culture as the best place to work for our people.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LyondellBasell full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good place to work in Italy

    Cons

    rare opportunity to grow up

    Advice to Management

    no advice

  6. No changes

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Channelview, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Channelview, TX

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    pays good and the people who do the work are great, even thou most have already quit.

    Cons

    All the managers are in each others hip pocket

    Advice to Management

    use your on brain about your employees and not what some other manager thinks that doesnt have a clue about there job.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Long hours and autocratic upper management approach

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Category Manager
    Former Employee - Category Manager

    I worked at LyondellBasell full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits if you are working 45 hours a week. (The working hours are more like 55 hours a week. ) The physical office surrounds are very nice.

    Cons

    The leadership has one approach under the past CEO. Expect to work long hours and every changing business initiatives. This is also a lot of employee turnover and a survivor mentality. Senior management is not recognizing the importance of team building or employee retention. Lack of training to the employees was quite apparent.

    Advice to Management

    Train the people and adopt new methods for team building.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Great Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at LyondellBasell as an intern

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

    Pros

    Great people and a lot of room for advancement.

    Cons

    The locations are not ideal.

  9. Helpful (3)

    Record profits generated by this Refinery but currently attempting to cut benefits for hourly workers

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at LyondellBasell

    Pros

    They generate millions of dollars in profit monthly

    Cons

    They currently have their salaried employees operating the plant 24/7. Overall plant safety is being sacrificed by inexperienced skeleton crews and contractor maintenance. Managers, Engineers and other salaried employees are manning the units and control consoles until their labor dispute has been resolved

    Advice to Management

    A company that generated 4.8 Billion dollars in profit last year should not be having a labor dispute over employee benefits and labor costs. Its the people that make the company.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Don't bother

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Equipment Operator
    Former Employee - Equipment Operator

    I worked at LyondellBasell full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Love the covered motorcycle parking.
    Seemed like a decent place the first couple days.

    Cons

    Will fire you for the smallest infraction. A co-worker was fired for making a u-turn on the road in front of the plant.
    Company stuck in the past. I have zero tolerance for zero tolerance policies.

    Advice to Management

    I hope every single talented employee you have quits (or u fire them) to work somewhere else. You deserve to fail. No wonder they filed for bankruptcy.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Good time spend

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at LyondellBasell

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Steady, fair pay check, good bonus (17 years of service).
    Ability to contribute and make a difference. Professional training is not an issue
    Good people, great team work and co operation cross functional..

    Cons

    Management has changed since the re org due to the bankrupcy filing in 2009
    I would still be there if I didn't feel unappreciated with all the contibutions

    Advice to Management

    One "Oh S---" wipe out 10 "That a Boy" does apply both ways since the market for experience engineers are tied. Do it if you don't want to keep that employee.

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