Renewable Energy Group Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    People oreinted and a team atmoshere

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Bio Deisel Process Operator
    Current Employee - Bio Deisel Process Operator

    I have been working at Renewable Energy Group full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    ability for advancement,above average pay

    Cons

    long hours, sometimes long comute to work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need to upgrade pay scale to be comparative in the market

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    exciting company, no appreciation for employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Renewable Energy Group full-time

    Pros

    opportunities to work in various departments, generally good people to work with. many people here do appear to be content with their job. great industry to work in, growing quickly

    Cons

    management takes no interest in happiness or satisfaction of employees, purely negative feedback. no appreciation for hard work or employees. departments are reluctant to help eachother. at times there seems to be genuine animosity if asking for help or clarification from another department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take an interest in whether or not employees are happy, and whether their job is making them miserable. try to be a little more receptive to feedback from employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Experience varies between departments, but overall pretty awful place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Renewable Energy Group full-time

    Pros

    The company is growing quickly. I actually thought the pay and benefits were pretty good. It was a big bump for me at least when I joined There are opportunities to move around within the company. Good place to get experience in a growing space, although the two year mandatory non-compete agreement makes this kind of a moot point.

    Cons

    No camaraderie as a company. Very department vs department feel to the work culture which is bizarre since they only make one product so there aren't the natural kind of rivalries you would expect from other types of businesses. Just genuine animosity between people. Management does not care about the well-being of their workers at all. Numerous instances of multiple people complaining to all levels of management and HR about the same issue and getting no response.

    Small example is that the building is kept at 75-76 degrees and is surrounded by windows so you are in the sun all day. Very uncomfortable and everyone complains about it but they won't turn up the air. Very Orwellian work culture, a lot of whispering and looking over your shoulder. Many business procedures were justified by what "looked good" and not necessarily what was the most productive way of doing things. Business is chronically understaffed and this is intentional. They claim it is so they don't have to lay people off when there is a business downturn but that is pretty transparently not the reason. A lot of open hostility and negativity in the building.

    Outside of upper management I don't know a single person who said they liked their job, and even many of the managers were pretty negative about coming in to work.

    Stroburg is no longer the CEO FYI, it is Dan Oh. I think Jeff is still on the board though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too focused on short term shareholder returns. The business has no long term health if you can't retain and motivate good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Multitask and learn quick

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - No Time for Breaks Or Lunch  in  Ames, IA
    Current Employee - No Time for Breaks Or Lunch in Ames, IA

    I have been working at Renewable Energy Group

    Pros

    Great place to get foot in the door into biodiesel. Cool logo. They want to dominate the market and will buy out competing proprietary technologies and incorporate into existing plants. They want to expand and grow. Easy to get hired. Good place to make a name for yourself as a leader forward thinker. Run so lean they have to be profitable. Makes resume interesting.

    Cons

    Pay is far below competing hourly wage scale. No internal I&C employees at all plants, they hire by contract to resolve controls issues, but they do resolve them. They run too lean on staffing, make rules then expect you to bend/break them to get everything done. Have spill and accident history, that should tell you something. Concerns about long term retention and attraction of top talent. Non compete agreement will spur talent away and non competitive pay keeps workers looking for cross opportunities in competing sectors.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure plants are adequately staffed first for safety and second to quell discontent and frustration. Then do thorough evaluation of current employee resumes and position. There are some really smart hard working people here. Smart enough to know they can get a better deal elsewhere with little effort but work for the prestige and employment specific experience.

    Stop trying to hide job advertising, using cloaked third party agency. Post all jobs on the internal website including management positions. Employees know every position your seeking to fill we are not dumb. Reconsider the non-compete agreement, they usually don't hold up in court for hourlys anyway. Attract top talent by advertising direct on indeed.com, anybody with half a brain knows its the best employment search engine and will be looking there, if they're not then they probably are not as resourceful as desired.

    Biodiesel in itself is too select. Look at some long term expansion into coproduct development/usage of the glycerin or merger with special ethanol, bio butanol producers.

    No opinion of CEO

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