UOP
3.3 of 5 60 reviews
www.uop.com Des Plaines, IL 1000 to 5000 Employees

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UOP President and CEO Rajeev Gautam

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Great place to learn from lots of smart people.

Design Engineer (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

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

ProsBusiness is booming, lots to do but not overwhelming.
Lots of smart people to learn from.
Ample opportunity to move around (if you desire).
Great place to learn the refining petrochemical business...stay for your whole career if you'd like.

ConsWork culture is stuck in the 90's, not appealing to millennials.
No on site work out facility.
Getting crowded, many people doubled up in offices
Older buildings - nothing pretty to look at.
Vacation schedule is bad...2 weeks for the first 5 years is tough, takes long time to earn 3+ weeks.

Advice to Senior ManagementYou're going to need to catch up with cutting edge companies as it relates to work culture, flexibility (hours, vacation, etc) and other perks and benefits to attract (and keep) the young talent!

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Has Potential

Project Engineer (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

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

ProsGreat work-life balance, a good mix of every age group, many nice people to work with, stable job, work experience is great.

ConsLittle employee recognition/benefits/perks, office is out-dated, lack of work amenities, slow work progression, not enough vacation, and hard to understand management mentality.

Advice to Senior ManagementGive back to the employees, stop cutting back on benefits, more perks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Mecca of Refining technologies...

Sales Manager (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

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

ProsThough there are many, here are some top ones:

1. One who owns 90% technologies to refine the crude knows it all, inside out. There is no one else who can ever come near that claim to fame.

2. Hardcore technology company with clear focus on specific segment of the industry, now diversifying by making use of existing capabilities and strengths

3. A company where majority of people have experience of 20-30 years plus. Normally someone with a 20 year experience counts themselves "young" in the company.

4. The deep knowledge of domain, the facilities at R&D centers, the global presence, and think tanks in the domain makes it a Mecca for sure

5. Have access to all the major refiners globally, that means have seen problems and issues from all part of the world that are posed in the industries. So they know it all.

6. Very analytic approach to problems, no one shows arrogance for the knowledge they possess, rather majority of the people love to share their experience.

7. Majority of the people comes from a strong professional or educational background, you feel good here.

8. If you are bright and the best in your subject, there is no limit on what all you can learn and what all you can be trained by UOP

9. Work life balance they offer can be great if stars align for you

Cons1. Salaries

2. Some people of course, as every place has that kind of elements

3. Owned by a company from a different industry has its own problem. Honeywell has its own DNA whereas UOP has its own, probably a personality conflict is evident some time. But there are pro's also for the same

4. UOP technology is not cheap, compared to many other players from Europe. That may be a problem while competing in the market

5. Now they are having big time compromises on quality of people being hired, that can be a suicide in knowledge driven industry in general, and for UOP being the quality gurus in

Advice to Senior ManagementHire the best, don't make UOP a KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) center...

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Excellent company with incredible resources, expertise, and unique position in the petrochemical industry

Senior R&D Engineer/Scientist (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

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

ProsGreat learning environment, cutting edge resources, great people to work with tremendous knowledge base. UOP really has a lot of opportunities and a nurturing environment, but you have to want it. There are a lot of incentive-based opportunities available that will get you noticed. Although owned by Honeywell, UOP has its own company culture, very tight-knit group of scientists and engineers. Having Honeywell as the parent company has its advantages however (stock options). Overall a great work experience.

ConsHoneywell has somewhat diluted the company culture, many obscure meetings and company philosophies, pay is a little on the lower side, you do have to work long hours to get recognized, and everyone is overworked. People tend to stay in their roles so advancement is somewhat limited.

Advice to Senior ManagementIt wouldn't hurt to hire a few extra bodies to help shoulder the workload as opposed to trying to squeeze the last drop of work from us to find the workload it too much.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Used to be great

Engineering Manager (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

I have been working at UOP full-time for more than 8 years

ProsStable company with growth potential. Still has some of the remnants of a company that cares.

ConsHoneywell has taken a company that used to be great and stressed it to the breaking point. What used to make UOP a great company to work for - benefits, knowledgeable employees, technical expertise are slowly being traded away for short term profit. Honeywell consistently pays under the market rate.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop giving the core employees reasons to leave. The trend of stripping away benefits makes it EXTREMELY difficult to compete with other companies in the market. Candidates turn down UOP positions on a regular basis because our benefits are not competitive. The loss of educational assistance for core employees in the 5 block is a MAJOR detractor from working for Honeywell.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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UOP is becoming EPC

Project Engineer (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

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

ProsGreat Company to work for. Very good Experience

ConsUOP is hiring new engineers like EPC firm. They will soon start layoff people once work load is reduced. very low pay. Very Stressful work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Hard-working company with very low pay, little upward mobility, and extremely poor culture

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

I have been working at UOP full-time for more than 8 years

Pros- Industry leader in downstream oil & gas technology design and licensing
- Located in the middle of the greater Chicago area (which is great if you are local)
- Very high turnover (especially at junior levels), so there are always job openings
- Can provide good learning opportunities straight out of college (especially if you want to eventually work at BP, Exxon Mobil, etc..)

Cons- executive management is out of touch with the reality of employee concerns and broader issues facing the company
- middle management is incompetent, and solely exists as a buffer between the employees and upper management
- company culture is stuck in the 1970s, because of so many people with 25+ years of experience in all departments of the company; these people are extremely resistant to any changes in the status quo, which makes life very difficult for younger employees
- the workload is intense, and work is pushed down to junior level employees, with little structured support, leading to tight deadlines and high levels of stress for folks who are inexperienced
- most senior level engineers have transitioned either to a business administration or marketing role, and they do not respect technical folks
- you will stagnate after 2-2.5 yrs in a given role; however, as a policy, management pigeon-holes people in positions for at least 6-8 yrs (maybe even longer if you don't speak up)
- middle managers show a lot of favoritism when giving promotions; each group is run like a personal territory by its manager, with little accountability; as a result, some groups are extremely painful to work for, and you are at the mercy of your direct manager
- pay is well below market; raises don't even keep pace with inflation; Houston satellite office folks make 40%-60% more for the same exact role because those folks can go to other competing employers in the Houston market
- vast majority of technical folks (Engineering Dept, Tech Services, Research & Dev, Equipment) are overworked, and underpaid; so overall morale is very low, and employees do not want to help each other
- despite claims in their marketing brochures, people are not valued; there is no focus on personnel development in the long run

Advice to Senior ManagementImprove pay structure, have a transparent policy on promotions, and change your culture to be more inclusive of younger employees (any one below age of 35)

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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It is a great company with people supporting you as long as you are interested in educating yourself

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

I worked at UOP full-time for more than 8 years

ProsThe people are the number one asset at the company. There are various skill lvels and different personalities. Striking the right cord with people is the key - they will then give you the time if you are willing to learn.

ConsThe corporate environment is changing at UOP quite a bit. The company is now entirely owned by Honeywell. As a result, the trim down and get immediate results seems to be the culture they are driving for without paying too much attention to growing the people internally. Can allow for various disconnects along the way.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Not bad, routine place to work

Pilot Plant Operator (Former Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

I worked at UOP full-time for more than a year

ProsNice people, some opportunity for advancement. Depending on how much training you want to achieve, you can get farther. Otherwise you can get complacent in the operator position.

ConsGenerally older people in the pilot plants, very routine work. Sometimes instructions get confusing. Overnight 12-hour shifts are every two weeks.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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better than most, a few caveats.

Project Engineer (Current Employee)
Des Plaines, IL

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

ProsIf you ever wanted to work in the oil industry, especially in the refining world, UOP should be your number one objective. Start here and all the doors will open to you. If you're experienced and plan on joining, then it's another story. You will find more opportunities and money in the EPC world (Bechtel, KBR etc..) or in the producers world (BP, Shell, ..)

ConsSalaries are lower by 20 to 30% compared to Houston area or big oil companies. UOP still relies on their name to attract people, and they don't care about the high turn over they get, specially among young engineers, since there's constant re-supply. What they believe in is that when these guys go and work for a refiner, they'll bring them new business since they'll know UOP. Since the purchase by Honeywell, compensations, benefits, etc.. collapsed even further. Moreover, Honeywell wants to apply thermostat-manufacturing by the thousands-type of mentality, to a customised EPC industry. It just doesn't make sense. From the inside, everything that was said in this site is quite spot on. The most disturbing would be to be dominated by the "I've been here for 40 years so I know everything and everything I say is right compared to the stupid ideas you must have since you've been here for the past 10 years only". This goes along with the erosion from the young generation. what used to be the commitment of a generation or a family (many relatives work here), has disappeared. People leave as soon as they get their "uop stamp", leaving a big gap between the graduates and the soon to retire. To complete the picture, a lot of the design is now done in India or Korea or China, just like fabrication, and it's obviously encouraged by management. Not nice.

Advice to Senior ManagementStop thinking a great engineer makes a great manager. It kind of summarizes everything.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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