Merichem
2.9 of 5 7 reviews
www.merichem.com Houston, TX 150 to 499 Employees

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Updated Jun 29, 2014

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Kenneth F. Currie

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33% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Good people, questionable future

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsGood people to work with

    ConsUncertain of the direction the company is headed; very little faith in Upper Management

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your employees, communicate better.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsYou can do a lot of different things, and make your own job to a certain extent. Made lots of good friends working here.

    ConsThere is no cross company collaboration causing lots of extra rework. Little chances for career advancement. There are also a lot of petty politics, leading to many missed chances for the company to succeed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork Together, and give up the politics already!

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    Merichem is a company providing processes to the oil and gas industry.

    Business Development Manager (Former Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsMerichem offers professional development opportunities. The company is very focused on the oil, gas and chemical industries and offers growth in these engineering disciplines.

    ConsThe company doesn't always communicate its marketing strategies to the front line business development people. This causes the office talent to be under utilized when the goals are not clear.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunication is the key to helpful and happy employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Relaxing, Low Pressure Job

    Lead (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsNo Pressure what so ever
    Great Business Team to work with
    Everyone knows you by name (Small Company)

    ConsIf you are a technology savvy, you might not have much to learn here.
    Slow in making decisions on implementations

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe Aggressive in using IT

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Initially satisfying and challenging, later hostile, laboreous, miserable work environment

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Schaumburg, IL

    ProsSuperior technology to offer many industries. Domestic and International opportunities for project work. Previous management let employees excel in their skill set and gave the impression that career development was a possibility. People were mostly happy in the work environment pre-2006 abeit for a couple upper level persons who's behavior was toxic to the division. Salary was good but could have been a bit higher. Vacation time was more than sufficient for years of work experience.

    ConsArrogant and incompetent new managers that came from a nearby company are driving the quality people away and continue to fill spaces with other "down-the-street" employees. Employees who show drive and initiative are shot down (and not in a polite way - done in condescending and disrespectful ways). Managers don't listen to either employees or potential customers - losing jobs that were ours for the taking. When the leading technology loses a job to a competitor that has no experience in that industry (while Merichem had that experience), that is a wake-up call - however management turned a blind eye to it and blamed the engineers and sales people.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement wouldn't and does't care about anyone - they are a gang focused on themselves and boosting their egos and career titles while the people who really are capable of doing the work are thrown to the way-side. Sad to see a successful company with good people fall apart before your eyes.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Instability Defined

    Technical Staff (Current Employee)
    Houston, TX

    ProsIndustry leading technology, compensation is adequate for the industry. Benefits are also adequate but nothing special. Most coworkers are helpful and friendly.

    ConsThere is a definite hire-and-fire mentality to this place. Instead of identifying those they believe would be successful, management typically hires and hopes for the best. The leash is short, however, and those found wanting (or unlucky) are quickly shown the door. However, long-term employees are just as likely to be canned on a moment's notice. The Great Merichem Bloodbath of 2008-2009 resulted in the dismissal of several long-term and key management individuals.

    The physical facilities are frankly dumpy and depressing.

    Benefits (read 401k) are designed to prevent vesting until you've survived several purges.

    The GM has a Napoleon complex and lacks the necessary judgment needed to identify the type of people that should be placed in key positions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCurrie needs to hold his GM accountable for the ridiculous amount of churn within the organization. The engineering organization suffers from inadequate staffing and leadership which seems to be a result of trying to operate on the cheap. Instill accountability for staying on schedule so that those at the end of the chain aren't left holding the bag.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsThe working environment is family like.

    ConsThey pay to the employee is not high

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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