Roquette America Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    A mixed bag

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Keokuk, IA
    Former Employee - Maintenance in Keokuk, IA

    I worked at Roquette America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Opportunities to learn, take on responsibility, interesting projects. Great pay, good benefits though heath insurance was a little high. 401k matching excellent.

    Cons

    Senior management is over their head. Too many levels of management. Too many initiatives and places of focus to perform efficiently. Slow decision making. Lack of realistic long term planning. Unsustainable situation. Recent layoffs eliminated lots of workers, no middle management and didn't appear to streamline operations.

    Advice to Management

    Create efficiencies, reduce levels of management, share resources, empower hourly.


  2. Helpful (2)

    Roquette has so many assets and absolutely no idea what to do with them.

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

    I have been working at Roquette America full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Roquette hires some truly brilliant people. The opportunity to learn and build your Rolodex is there. Benefits are decent.

    Cons

    French 'management' has run RAI into the ground. Unrealistic targets are set without any plan on how to reach them. The plant hasn't been maintained so production suffers. Logistics is a sorry joke. Arrogance and information hoarding is rewarded. Backstabbing is rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Be realistic! If budgets have been set at a level that hasn't been reached FOR YEARS and there is no support how can you hope to succeed? Try treating customers with respect. Take an ethics class. Don't allow managers to abuse employees with impunity.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Turning into the good ole boy system"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Roquette America

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great 401K and very smart coworkers

    Cons

    Used to be a great place to work. Recent layoffs, management sucks, decisions are made by long time employees without business knowledge solely based on feelings. No loyalty, a lot of back stabbing for personal gain, no real team commitment, the employees try to gain recognition with upper management and will stab you in the back in the blink of an eye. No leadership, systems are ancient, management have DO NOT people skills it just really suck.

    Advice to Management

    Take some real management training instead of paying for a high priced YOGA INSTRUCTOR! Thats teaching you how to breath, and hug trees you need people skills, and to understand how to work with them!!! Can't believe a bunch of EXPERIENCED EXECUTIVES dont even have enough business sense to realize breathing and center will not fix Roquette broken problems


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  5. Manager-Energy Production Group

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager-Energy Production Group in Keokuk, IA
    Former Employee - Manager-Energy Production Group in Keokuk, IA

    I worked at Roquette America

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

    Pros

    Location if you like small communities

    Cons

    Very small market share with limited specialties. Not stable


  6. Helpful (1)

    Glory days are well behind them

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

    I have been working at Roquette America full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    International travel is possible. Talented people there. Respected expertise. Geneva and Gurnee are great facilities. 401k plan is unmatched.

    Cons

    French company operating in America that doesn't know what it's doing. No leadership or strategy. Opportunities for advancement are none. Family company culture is way behind it. Too small too be as slow as they are. Outdated technologies. Cost cutting its way to failure. Major riffs between locations. People strongly believe knowledge is power and thus won't share. Lots of manipulation and talking behind backs. So much red tape nothing gets done. 90% of the work is done by 10% and the real problem is the 90% don't realize they are doing nothing.

    Advice to Management

    Take a long look at the upper management and clean house. Have realistic goals and accountability for each manager. Update outdated systems. Fill the pipeline and be forward thinking, not backwards. Take risks and realize doing things differently is good, because doing things the same hasn't worked.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Reality

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

    I have been working at Roquette America

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Hands down, the people are awesome!

    Cons

    Not always a clear communication path. Decision-making is not something leadership does well with.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Global IT

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - OCC IT Technician in Keokuk, IA
    Former Employee - OCC IT Technician in Keokuk, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Small town values from co-workers, good benefits, biggest employer in the community, international travel, competitive wage for the area, involved with local community.

    Cons

    Shuffled a bad manager from BSA to OCC. The manager ran out all good and long time workers from Team Leaders, Senior Technicians, to Technicians that has been with company for over ten years. By the time the company realized the severity of the situation, it was too late; all the experience and good workers had already left.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just shuffle a bad manager around the company; get rid of them. If the company wants to change to make employees happy, bring in good managers that actually listens to the team. Removing a bad manager from one department and giving him another managerial project within the company is not fixing the problem; you're just sweeping it under the rug.


  9. Helpful (3)

    The other guy is right. You have been warned.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Department in Keokuk, IA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Keokuk, IA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The travel is really great if you're in the right role to receive it. The work-life balance for me wasn't too bad. I didn't notice too many people being pressured to work over 40 hours. The training wasn't too bad either. I think these good things come forced from French management though.

    Cons

    It seemed to me the American management was pretty bad. Especially in Keokuk. I wouldn't have taken a job there had I know what I know now about the place. It really is a bad place to either start, or continue a career. There are some seriously rotten apples in management that needed to be booted out long ago. Instead they run roughshod over their employees and have no accountability. I've seen so many good people be ran out just because there are small-minded bullies in charge. Racists, bigots, and just clueless fools who wouldn't last in any other organization.

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, fire yourself. I never knew a competent manager while I was there. If you're unhappy with your life, don't take it out on employees.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Unstable, no direction

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - IT Depart in Keokuk, IA
    Former Employee - IT Depart in Keokuk, IA

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

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to travel. Some great people to work with.

    Cons

    French controlled company, France is always more important. Treats US employees like second class citizens. Extremely financially unstable . Too much reorganization with no direction.

    Advice to Management

    Unless you learn to be fair to all employees, they will not stay. Extreme changes are too little too late.


  11. Helpful (4)

    AVOID THIS COMPANY AT ALL COSTS!!! You've been warned!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Any Position in Keokuk, IA
    Current Employee - Any Position in Keokuk, IA

    I have been working at Roquette America

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

    Pros

    international company may get to travel internationally

    Cons

    Low pay, no raises, layoffs, lots of internal politics, glory days are behind it, the French have no idea how to run an American business but yet are too arrogant to admit it, company is going broke, they are trying to fix it but they dont have a reputation for making good decisions or being able to change fast. Everything is secret, there is no job security, and ultimately the company will be bought or go out of business. 15% was just laid off with no warning. Remaining employees would be smart to put their future in their own hands and find other employment instead of showing up to no job one day.

    Advice to Management

    They made one right move by getting rid of the CEO that was running the company into the ground (french) but it took them too long to figure it out and they wont be able to correct in time to avoid disaster. It's too radical of shift to accomplish in the time needed. Their plan is to have happy employees, but then they take away everything that made it even tolerable. So the plan to save the company is flawed and unobtainable. Management has never listed so what good is advice. Profit is coming from cost cutting, not an actual increase in performance. This is a temp solution.



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