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Molycorp Reviews

Updated December 7, 2014
Updated December 7, 2014
11 Reviews
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    Molycorp Review

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

    I have been working at Molycorp

    Pros

    Challenging work environment, multiple projects to work on all the time

    Cons

    seems to have no real direction

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    A Clueless Unethical Organization

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical in Mountain View, CA
    Former Employee - Technical in Mountain View, CA

    I worked at Molycorp as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    decent compensation, possible long term career if Mountain Pass plant could be made operational

    Cons

    The most technically incompetent and unethical organization under the sun. Spent $1.5B+ to build Project Phoenix , misrepresented to investors that they knew what they were doing technically, but eliminated the technical staff. Fired the entire mining department when the drilling program didn't produce the desired expanded resource results. Operations is a bunch of clueless mining folks with chemistry or metallurgy degrees that don't understand the process and lie to Sr. management about everything and blame everyone but themselves. Stock is down 70+% in a year and they have no idea how to identify or prioritize the projects necessary to succeed. Anyone decent that can escape already has. This will go down as Enron II after bankruptcy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the entire Mountain Pass management team, especially former FMC'ers. Hire a Sr. VP of technology with authority to make all capital project decisions and hire a team of experienced chemical engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good till the last drop

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Molycorp

    Pros

    Pay and benefits is competitive for the region. Safety gear and boots supplied. Stable work outlook, and generally good people to work with.

    Cons

    Long commute of at leat 50 highway miles one way. Low employee morale amongst employees. Union environment is not always to everyone's benefit.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the employees that work hard and they will take care of you.

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    Accountable culture? I think not...

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative in Mountain Pass, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative in Mountain Pass, CA

    I have been working at Molycorp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, decent benefits even though they cut sick time in half this year. You can cause an Incident or spill of hazardous chemicals and there are no consequences.

    Cons

    From a safety perspective this place is the worst... people by pass safety interlocks and other safety devices and cause spills of hazardous chemical with no consequences, where any other company has zero tolerance. No wonder this place was shut down by the EPA in the late 1990's. The only upward mobility is in operations and maintenance, there is no place to go if you are not those departments. Every quarterly financial report has shown a loss for the last 2.5 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get your shut together and hold people accountable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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    Future hangs in the balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Molycorp full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Potentially a very profitable company but . . . .

    Cons

    . . . it could run out of money before it makes it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Quixotic delusions of Rare Earth realities.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contract Process Engineer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Contract Process Engineer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Molycorp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary; Relocation; Vacation compensation for seniority; Bonus (when there was one)

    Cons

    Work/Life balance skewed to 90% work - 10% life; Operating systems outside of design parameters w/o accountability.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start applying sound business processes instead of knee jerk reactive management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Rookies

    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Baker, NV
    Current Employee - Equipment Operator in Baker, NV

    I have been working at Molycorp full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    work at your own pace,nobody is acountable for any wrongdoing

    Cons

    no voice IN anything youhave to offer.Your supervisers are collage grads with no work experince its hard to take orders from peaple who dont know about leadership

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start making peaple accountable for their mistakes

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    A world class REE deposit with an exciting future. Bad year in 2012.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Senior Scientist in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Molycorp full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers, high pay, opportunity for advancement. Diverse and intelligent group of scientist and engineers.

    Cons

    Destructive corporate management. Intelligent critical thinking could cost you your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Falling REE prices in 2012 had much to do with the recent downturn of an otherwise fast paced and exciting company. Executive management failed to adapt to changing markets. Obscene corporate overspending and executive micromanagement lead to design failures and waste of capital. An overall waste of a titanic opportunity. The new executive management may be able to salvage the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Excellent company with an emphasis on productivity offering an amazing culture.

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    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain Pass, CA
    Current Employee - Network Engineer in Mountain Pass, CA

    I have been working at Molycorp

    Pros

    Great culture. Good benefits. Hard work praised and encouraged. Rapid growth.

    Cons

    Poor planning. Growth beyond capacity. Stuck in small-business mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop back-bone. Do not fear executives. Educate executives to understand the necessity of spending and other issues.

    Recommends
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    Process Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Molycorp as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly staff, good opportunities to grow within the company specially in the supervisor and manager roles, the salary is pretty competitive as well

    Cons

    You maybe given projects to complete with little notice, some task can be very tedious and repetitive (which maybe a pro for some)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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