MEMC Electronic Materials

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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.  

    MEMC is not a company to be

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

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

    Pros

    I don't have any nice thing to say about this company

    Cons

    Company culture is awfull especially the top management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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 (more than an 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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lot of potential but a absolute mess

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Lot of promise and potential if proper actions are taken
    Good salary

    Cons

    Bad communications among groups
    Politics
    No tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look beyond short term focus

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Behind the curve all the way

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Great folks to work with. Nice and quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream St. Louis work areas. Great pay if your a senior level executive.

    Cons

    IT has great people but no leadership. They have a great leader but they give him no power. Everyone can walk all over literally anyone in IT as they are treated like dirt. They don't spend a dime on IT. Projects are on and off again like changing your shoes. Same applies to IT budget/IT spend. Over a year to make a SharePoint decision. SAP decisions are a joke and not worth mentioning from the standpoint of executive leadership not having a clue and a half. Their SAP support people consist of six or seven people and literally support the world! They get no support, no thanks, are treated worst than, well, need I go further?

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The MEMC CEO has got to go. He is completely missing the boat when it comes to IT. He won't be able to compete because he doesn't have a clue about the strategic or tactical nature that IT plays in moving the company forward. Stop cutting costs on IT. The new CFO also has no clue either. They're going to have to spend the money eventually. May as well do it right. The IT group needs to be elevated up in the food chain. Way up! Its a very poorly run company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible, absolutely aweful. What a bad, bad place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Competitive pay and a non-downtown Location

    Cons

    Everything is bad. There is a non-existent work-life balance. Terrible office conditions. Moral is horrific. Complete lack of training and unreasonable expectations. This place is a sweat shop. If you read this, RUN!!! I wish I had.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture and appreciate your employees by promoting a positive work-life balance and give them tools to succeed while setting attainable goals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Place If You Are An Executive

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Growing company - if the stock analysts would wake up and realize that:
    1) We make wafers that "chip" companies buy -- we are not a "chip" company.
    2) We are not a semiconductor equipment company.
    3) We are the only completely vertically integrated solar company there is - from making poly to selling solar power.

    Cons

    Executives are highly compensated, and get good contracts to pay them well if they get fired. Unfortunately, only Execs get the high salaries and perks, and the only way to become a VP or higher is to get hired in from current execs' companies, or to be lucky enough to be in the Execs' little circle of friends. For the rest of the Managers, Directors, and Senior Directors (new title made up to avoid letting you be a VP), you work tons of hours, have to fly coach all the time, and get small, shrinking bonuses based on impossible goals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recognize and reward the middle management. We do most of the work, and you get all of the benefits.

    Find the real root causes of errors and fix or eliminate the problem. There are too many scapegoats used to protect certain execs.

    Remember that Manufacturing makes the bad products. Blame them for once!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    OK company, have worked for worse.

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Strong technical foundation and industry leader. Appears to be forward thinking again instead of playing for margins on the quarterly figures as old CEO did. Attempting to reestablish itself as the dominant semiconductor supplier again. Appears to have good strategy but execution is still not proven yet.

    Cons

    Company is in transition of senior management from two years earlier and is attempting to develop a new company culture but communication is poor in these efforts. Company attempts to infor it's employee's with news letters which is poor medium.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep your professional employee's informed. Little on company strategy and role in execution is revealed beloe the diector level.

    No opinion of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    MEMC is a place to make money get some valuable experience and move on.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    Overall the pay is pretty high, For salary people the overall work experience is satisfactory. It's pretty hard to get fired.

    Cons

    I would not work here as an hourly person. Sick days the first 2 are at no pay. The Pasadena site has a scary process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management knows they have a moral problem the turnover is pretty high especially for skilled craft. I really think management is trying to make MEMC a better place to work.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stay away from MEMC

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sherman, TX

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials

    Pros

    The actual employees, and generally first line supervisors, are all decent folks. Benefits (insurance, etc) were not too bad and the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    The regular shutdowns and forced PTO meant that it was crazy to go on vacation.

    There was a complete lack of growth opportunity at MEMC, other than perhaps for some of the engineers But overall things were so bad that nobody advanced, nobody's career grew, nobody learned anything.

    It boils down to total mismanagement by Nabeel and the upper management.

    MEMC is just a horrible place to work overall. STAY AWAY.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great job saving MEMC from bankruptcy, but don't you think it's time to ease up a bit?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Decent salary but near zero benefits.

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    Former Employee - Technician in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Technician in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)

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

    Pros

    - Some managers are helpful and accommodating.
    - Bare minimum tools are provided for the job but accuracy of the tool is not good enough.

    Cons

    - Some vendors takes a long time to solve problems and some even can't. Management will not allowed to change vendors unless can source a cheaper vendor.
    - Need to work on weekends and even on holidays.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Kindly promote healthy work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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