UOP Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. Good company to start

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pay is not bad.

    Cons

    Raises are not very good.

  2. Innovative process technology company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    High margin businesses, professional atmosphere, strong parent company, highly capable management team, very good employer for engineers and scientists

    Cons

    Functional matrixed organization, internally focused, work flow can be very corporate (heavy powerpoint component), lots of engineers and scientists so generally introverted employee base

    Advice to Management

    Push for business innovation; less focus on corporate protocol and internal presentation

  3. Helpful (3)

    Just OK Company to Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Technical Advisor in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Field Technical Advisor in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at UOP full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Decent starting salary seeing as I was fresh out of college but slightly lower than average for Chemical Engineers. I attributed this to the fact that I'd be making a lot more while on the road and traveling and having all expenses paid for.

    Cons

    Don't care where they send you on the road or for how long. Months (or years) spent in China could kill a person. No access to internet, poor hygiene/water available gave me health issues that continue 2+ years later, can't come home until job is over. They don't try to make sure you're there with someone your age so you even have someone to spend time with outside of work. Boss didn't care about my mental health. You're a number not a human.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating your people as real humans.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    mixed feelings

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at UOP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good at their core competencies
    Acknowledge and appreciate the importance of understanding scientific fundamentals
    Access to great journals, books and instruments

    Cons

    Very much an old boys' club
    Health care plan keeps getting worse
    Compensation is likely below average
    Very little room for career growth if you're not an engineer
    Buildings are old and seem like they're falling apart
    Managers are unwilling to work together for fear of making the other look good
    Requirements to advance to the next level are unknown
    Morale is very low

    Advice to Management

    Outline clear requirements that have to be met in order for people to advance
    Make it possible for more career movement and growth
    Clearly communicate how resources are allocated
    Offer additional professional training

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good company but bad experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Strategic Marketing Specialist in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Senior Strategic Marketing Specialist in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at UOP full-time (more than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology, most people very competent and professional
    Strong history, treat scientists and engineers well

    Cons

    Manager extremely unprofessional, got fired from DOW and planted himself in UOP as an "expert." Engaged in extremely high risk management practices by allowing bullying in his group (blaming the wrong person) and sexism. He constantly took credit for others' work which is pretty pathetic for someone who they supposedly hired for his experience and bragged most of the day. A former HR employee was frequently making racist comments in public (she got fired though not clear if it was due to this behavior). HR does nothing even when people go to them with concerns. The specialists run around most of the day gossiping and engaged in drama rather than doing any actual work. I can't believe anything actually gets done there.

    Advice to Management

    You need to make sure the managers you put in place know how to manage people. You need to
    actually look at the quality of work being produced and not just listen to the loudest voices.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Pretty Positive so far. Very good people, compensation and benefits are fair to poor.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at UOP full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    High performance culture with lots of smart motivated people. Its really nice to work for a technical leader. Quite a few opportunities to move up. Workforce is very diverse - globally and nice female/male ratio (could still improve).

    Cons

    Weak culture, little social life, lots of dorks. Benefits are poor (most married couple use spousal benefits from other employers) 401k matching is gone in spite of good financial results. Very competitive so difficult to get promoted and move up. Recognition is weak. A really good school for petroleum refining and petrochem industry. Some high profile under performers are not being moved out. Travel ban which is a big no-no for a global org. which derives 70% of its revenues outside the US.

    Advice to Management

    More specific function training. Too much higher level (Honeywell) and safety training. Get serious about six sigma.

  8. Great Experience, Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Chemical Engineer Intern in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Intern - Chemical Engineer Intern in Des Plaines, IL

    I worked at UOP as an intern (less than a year)

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Office culture is very broad and diverse, many peoples from across multi-cultural borders

    Cons

    Very competitive, not easy to climb up the career ladder with little compensation

  9. Helpful (4)

    Development Engineer program "training" overshadowed by R&D assignment work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at UOP full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good experience for young engineers in troubleshooting and data analysis. Forces you to learn quickly and take on several projects at one time. Offers good field engineer refinery experience and Travel at the beginning of your career.

    Cons

    Career Development Program is too long and not focused enough on training and field work in refineries. Work assignments during the first two years are almost entirely office based work. The R&D work assignment culture is stressful and does not give a good work/life balance. Specialist actively try to belittle and embarrass young engineers during presentations. Very negative work atmosphere in R&D.

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees lives outside of work. Engineers on the road should be allowed to take vacation and given enough leniency to make their time traveling worth while.

  10. Decent place to work, it's not like it's any worse than the next company down the road

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Principal Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

    I have been working at UOP full-time (more than 10 years)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work and the science has been high quality. Good people to work with. Technology leader in refining and petrochemicals.

    Cons

    Morale is pretty low, essentially almost all the employees are pretty fed up with short term policies that shortchange long term performance of the company. Several of those who have been at UOP for many years have begun to leave because it's no longer the place they joined. I'm waiting for the new hires to start.

  11. Great place for new gradyates to gain experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer/Scientist-01 in Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer/Scientist-01 in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Aids good personal growth with peer mentoring, great work culture.

    Cons

    Highly political environment very hard to compete and get promotions. Poor compensations

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