Merichem Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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Kenneth F. Currie
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  1. Intership

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Merichem as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great team leader
    Good Pay
    Very organized
    Good technical experience

    Cons

    Lab work can be repetitive
    Experience not very relevant to much industry
    Management is distant

  2. Great place to work, lots to do

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Merichem full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Merichem is small and if that's your thing it has all the pluses. Management doesn't breath down your neck, you are free to do your job however it best makes sense, and nobody tells you know to making things better. They are willing to spend money on basic training needs as well.

    Cons

    Being small sometimes means there is more to do than there are people. It also sometimes means doing things that aren't your job because they have to get done. They are also only in the oil and gas industry, which is cyclic by nature.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to pursue growth.

  3. Nice place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Houston, TX

    I worked at Merichem as a contractor (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    small company, good work/life balance,

    Cons

    less growth typical of small company

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  5. Good people, questionable future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Merichem full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees, communicate better.

  6. folly

    • 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 Merichem

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 Management

    Work Together, and give up the politics already!

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX

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

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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 Management

    Communication is the key to helpful and happy employees.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Very Relaxing, Low Pressure Job

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lead in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Lead in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Merichem full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    No Pressure what so ever
    Great Business Team to work with
    Everyone knows you by name (Small Company)

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

    Be Aggressive in using IT

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

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL

    I worked at Merichem

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Superior 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.

    Cons

    Arrogant 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 Management

    Management 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.

  10. Instability Defined

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Technical Staff in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Merichem

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

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

    Cons

    There 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 Management

    Currie 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.

  11. Positive

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

    I have been working at Merichem

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The working environment is family like.

    Cons

    They pay to the employee is not high

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