UOP Reviews

Updated October 23, 2014
Updated October 23, 2014
85 Reviews
3.2
85 Reviews
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UOP President and CEO Rajeev Gautam
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38 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance they offer can be great if stars align for you (in 5 reviews)

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


Cons
  • The R&D work assignment culture is stressful and does not give a good work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Experience, Great People

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    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer Intern in Des Plaines, IL
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer Intern in Des Plaines, IL

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

    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

    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good challenging work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UOP

    Pros

    I worked as a design engineer and enjoyed the variety of work that was also challenging. Co-workers were friendly, and the company offered plenty of training.

    Cons

    Pay was slightly below average, but UOP did offer tuition reimbursement which made up for the lower pay.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

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

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    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 an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    UOP was once great

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UOP full-time

    Pros

    Smart people, interesting work, has been a leader in the oil refining technology business for 100 years.

    Cons

    Age discrimination when you are over 60 and poor management. Honeywell has installed so many layers of bureaucracy and cost without improvement, just overhead.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Share some of the profits with the folks that make the money for you. Flying a dozen private jets around for the top brass and paying the CEO $54 million last year is criminal.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Surver

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at UOP

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    Long hours sometimes no breaks, shift flex, and no holiday pay

  7.  

    Great company to work for..

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Diversity and endless career growth opportunities.

    Cons

    An engineering degree is a must to enjoy the work at uop.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Enrollment

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    Former Employee - Enrollment Counselor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Enrollment Counselor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at UOP full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work I think.

    Cons

    none at this current time

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none at this current time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

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

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good for experienced engineers with an established expertise in the field. Bad for beginners.

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    Current Employee - Instrumentation and Controls Engineer in Tulsa, OK
    Current Employee - Instrumentation and Controls Engineer in Tulsa, OK

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

    Pros

    Opportunity for advancement within UOP and Honeywell.

    Cons

    Learning what your role is and how to do your job if you don't already know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train new employees with little to no experience in their respective fields.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Well established successful company, constantly in reorganization mode

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at UOP (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Knowledgeable mid level management, very knowledgeable intelligent and friendly coworkers, interesting and stable work, multicultural and casual work environment, good benefits and perks

    Cons

    Functions and roles are not clearly defined. Upper management is pursuing optimization methods which suit a conveyor manufacturing facility, not a research and development institution. This standardization limits creativity and innovativeness of the workers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't fear for your positions, listen to the scientists, researchers and sales people more and consider their ideas on improvement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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