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MEMC Electronic Materials Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
30 Reviews
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30 Reviews
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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila
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  1.  

    Overall very good

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Portland, OR

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is vertically integrated allowing them to control there own success. Learn your job and do it the best you can to prevent getting laid off during the bad times

    Cons

    At times they have poor planning. Then again, who in the industry doesn't?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication to your workforce is key. With the right communication lines, your workforce will see where you are trying to lead and either help you get there, or tell you why that's a bad idea. Either way, you will be successful with good communications.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Employees wear many hats and work hard, but management decisions are questionable, at best.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment. From a technical perspective, I have worked on a broad array of projects and learned a lot. Great work, good pay and decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Management decisions are slow to reality and cause excessive losses to pile up before they decide that things are going bad and that they need to cut back. Then, by the time they cut back, the business turns around and they need to ramp up again and they are slow to ramp up and lose business because they can't ramp fast enough. Then, it cycles again. Never ending.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make decisions more quickly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Average at Best

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

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Competitive base salaries and opportunities to work in Asia.

    Cons

    Review the balance sheet over the past 5 years particularly at cash/equivalents and debt and decide for yourself if these are good trends and did they create acceptable value as a result. It's a very political environment so if you're not good at that sort of thing… This place has gone through waves of leaders since leaving Monsanto from a German utility company that knew nothing about the business and ran it into the ground to a VC that put a tyrant of a CEO in place who extracted every dollar of value for his own personal gain while destroying marketshare and the company's reputation to a rookie CEO with a money losing solar strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Focus only on short term goals

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Sherman, TX

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and strong R&D. The pay was decent. Quarterly incentives used to be good. Most of the people are good to work with. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Management focus is only on short term goals. Need to improve on quality. Quality is not on par with the Japanese companies. Not much opportunities for career advancement. Most of the manufacturing has been shifted to Asia. No long term vision.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on long term vision. Improve quality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    General Feedback

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent technical R&D leadership resources. Culture transformation is a positive. Company has strong core of technical leadership to help drive roadmap.

    Cons

    Solar Materials division of corporation may have the biggest upside but the weakest management. Recent changes may be an improvement but yet to be seen. P&L prospective is too dominant to allow efficient development of the technologies and those whom challenge status quo and the poor decision for the organization on a whole are not embraced or encouraged to bring constructive counter argument. There are plenty of senior managers still remaining whom do not understand the technology they involved with and seldom consult those who do in critical technology and operational related decisions making. Likely organizational inefficiencies will continue in the matrixed organization with the current senior management. Probably need to move out some of those Solyandra managers that they picked up in the last year would be a good start.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Embrace counter argument and encourage data driven decision making instead of short term wins to meet a weekly/monthly reports. Cycle times of the technology involved are discrete in nature and do not fill into weekly and monthly reports well for proper charterization.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Pays well, works you hard, and R&D is infallible

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are based in St. Peters the pay is nice. Coastal wages in the heartland. On the solar side there are some neat new technologies they are working on.

    Cons

    Work life balance is awful. With overseas facilities about 12 hours ahead of us, you are on the phone late at night and early in the morning.
    At the time I was there the R&D team was still inexperienced with certain processes and they were not open to listening to non PHD engineers who did have the experience. Management supported the superiority of R&D.
    Very high turn over in corporate office.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I know times are lean, but think beyond the next quarter when making decisions. Engineers without PHD's can help solve manufacturing issues too.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Fairly good place to work.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    International travel opportunities, career opportunities, fairly laid back work environment, close Finance team

    Cons

    Some would say location, old building that needs to be updated, inconsistencies in some policies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It used to be a great place to work

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    Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was well run 15+ yrs. ago. They paid well, benefits were good, and management was well liked and respected. The only pros as of 2012 was work schedule and location.

    Cons

    The company has moved most manufacturing jobs overseas or eliminated jobs from downsizing.
    There is very little capital invested maintaining durable goods.
    Management decisions were made to make money during the short term with no regard to long term consequences.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to move HQ to either Asia or Europe since the American facilities have all but been closed down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Don't work here unless you're desperate

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good for an engineer, though slightly inferior to others on the channel. It's almost larceny that operators are paid >30% over market yet engineers don't despite not a huge difference in pay, especially when OT is offered to operators.

    Cons

    The silicon market for next two years (2012-2014) sucks so layoffs have occurred and will recur. They force the engineers to work out of trailers right next to the Operating facility which handles hydrogen and silane gas which are both explosive. Remember BP Texas City in 2005. The trailers are falling apart and very noisy and hot in summer. Huge safety issues with high injury rate in the last few years and large "we didn't invent it here" philosophy. Most engineers are H1-B so communications in English are very difficult and they are very careful to not ask too many questions. In other words, indentured servitude. Turnover is rampant like Taco Bell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of pretending to back new and creative ideas necessary for the plant service, i.e. lip service, be willing to take risks. Also, hire competent experienced engineers who know what the hell they're doing instead of green grunts who blunder through helplessly in a dangerous process.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    A very good job in a bad location

    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    The R&D team is very strong and most people know what they are talking about. The managers are efficient and helpful.

    Cons

    The area the company is located is in the middle of nowhere. It is even difficult to find good food for lunch. The companies financial status is not stable and this job is not secure.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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