UOP Reviews in Chicago, IL

Updated June 28, 2014
Updated June 28, 2014
70 Reviews

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Pros
  • Good technology, great R&D culture, one of the few companies still hiring for US chemical engineers (in 7 reviews)

  • Work life balance they offer can be great if stars align for you (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The company is now entirely owned by Honeywell (in 3 reviews)

  • R&D as a Development Engineer does not allow for the best work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    Chemical Engineer Review

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    UOP has a lot of great opportunities for chemical engineers interested in refining industry both domestic and international. The leadership under the CEO is strong, the overall direction of the company is well communicated to employees. Larger company, good stability and overall outlook.

    Cons

    Training programs for external hires could be improved. Compensation not on par with refining industry. Could have better vacation policy and benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Place to Start a Career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Technical Advisor  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Field Technical Advisor in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Good place to start a career. Interesting travel opportunities. Interesting technologies. They give you a lot of responsibility early in your career, which forces you to learn things very quickly.

    Cons

    The job can be overwhelming at times. Treatment from management has recently become poor. This combined with a lack of benefits has led to many of the more experienced engineers leaving. Younger engineers are often put into situations that they aren't ready for. Jobs are often short staffed, which means extra hours with little to no additional compensation. Benefits have steadily reduced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat your employees better to retain your experienced people.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    UOP: Leader in Technology Development, 2014 marks its 100 Anniversary. A century of Innovation in Oil and Gas Industry.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Design Engineer  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Process Design Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Top Talented Chemical Engineers to work with, may be the Best in the Industry and Not just at the professional level but also at the personal level.

    if you are a truly talented chemical engineer and love the challenge and is willing to put the effort to impact our society, then this is the place to work.

    do you want to leave a "mark" in this world for future generations: then UOP is a place to be and develop all your potential.

    Cons

    as UOP is owned by Honeywell, its Today's leaders are not encouraging/attracting talented professionals, as the benefits are NOT competitive, the salary is below median and the facilities of the company are old and not appealing at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    if you want to continue as the Leader in Tech Development for the Energy Industry, I will say look around and see how the best of the best do it:

    1. Pay competitive salaries and benefits
    2. provide modern facilities
    3. bring back the UOP pride.
    4. UOP should look at how Google or other companies retain their talent and apply those concepts.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Has Potential

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Little 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 ManagementAdvice

    Give back to the employees, stop cutting back on benefits, more perks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to learn from lots of smart people.

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Business 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.

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

    You'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!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Mecca of Refining technologies...

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    Current Employee - Sales Manager  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Though 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

    Cons

    1. 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 ManagementAdvice

    Hire the best, don't make UOP a KPO (Knowledge Process Outsourcing) center...

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer/Scientist  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer/Scientist in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    Honeywell 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Used to be great

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Honeywell 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 ManagementAdvice

    Stop 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    UOP is becoming EPC

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    Current Employee - Project Engineer  in  Des Plaines, IL
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Des Plaines, IL

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

    Pros

    Great Company to work for. Very good Experience

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 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 ManagementAdvice

    Improve 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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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