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MEMC Electronic Materials Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
30 Reviews
2.8
30 Reviews
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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila
Ahmad R. Chatila
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  1.  

    Awesome ,cool,Mega nice place

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    Former Employee - Saws  in  Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Saws in Sherman, TX

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Excellent atmosphere to working with excellent fellow employees

    Cons

    Long hours , materials logistics were slow and not smoothly handle

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open MEMC South. West back again

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall very good

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician  in  Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Portland, OR

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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
  6.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people. Pleasent working relationships.

    Cons

    Always busy on firefirghting. No longterm strategy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Vision must be clear

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent learning opportunity in new industries

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    strong technical presence in the market place

    Cons

    troubled by industry tough and changing dynamics

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good Experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials as an intern

    Pros

    Very international company and a lot of opportunities there

    Cons

    Some areas are not that well organized

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    tough times ahead in US and Europe

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    well paid especially given location
    good people
    interesting work

    Cons

    volatile field and difficult to predict future
    it is not clear if MEMC will continue to be a major player in semi field
    MEMC has taken a markedly different direction recently by moving upstream in solar - which parts will it keep/shed/grow?

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    pro

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    management is brilliant and respected

    Cons

    work life balance is non existent across the board

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in people and systems ... so people don't have to sacrifice life for results

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    General Feedback

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time for 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

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