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Arkema Overview

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Colombes (France)
10000+ employees
2006
Company - Public (AKE)
Chemical Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Solvay, Dow
A designer of materials and innovative solutions, Arkema shapes materials and creates new uses that accelerate customer performance in lightweight and design materials, biosourced materials, new energies, water management, solutions for electronics, and the performance and home ... Read more

Mission: Arkema fosters interaction with its stakeholders, and innovates around 6 solution-oriented research platforms which shape the Group's R&D to address the major global trends today and in the future.

Arkema Reviews

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Arkema Président-Directeur Général Thierry Le Hénaff
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    "Supply Chain Management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
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    I have been working at Arkema full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Offers Work life Balance; Strong safety culture; Numerous long term 20+ year employees; Opportunities to advance available but you need to be creative.

    Cons

    Office condition are not ideal.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to communicate with employees and acknowledge the value their contributions

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Arkema Interviews

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    Lab Manager Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Philadelphia, PA
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    Easy Interview

    Application

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 2+ months. I interviewed at Arkema (Philadelphia, PA) in September 2012.

    Interview

    Contacted by Placement agency, very professional. Short HR interview, an underling substituted at the last minute for the Director. Hiring manager phone interview was about 1 hr, detailed mix of technical and soft skills assessment. Interview trip met again with a last minute substitute HR representatice (generally interviewed corporate/office positions, not technical) who could not answer technical ladder, reward/incentive systems or how projects/programs are evaluated versus individual objectives.
    Technical seminar well-attended, individual meetings were only with directors and above. Lunch was with 4 peer or direct reports scientists. One junior scientist was wife of a long-time friend. All formal 1 on 1 interviews asked the same 3 questions - have you ever had to fire someone, what was your greatest technical achievement and what was your most memorable "non-success." 6 interviewers, all the same questions. Was supposed to finish off the trip with a short visit with the HR director, since he had missed me entirely, but he went home early.
    The company refused to reimburse me for traveling expenses for the trip (5 hrs driving). My friend told me they laughed about my candidacy as "the bald, old guy with the funny moustache." Appears you can't work for a French comany if you have a moustache. Look at my LinkedIn profile and save us all some time .
    Process took 9 weeks.

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Arkema Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Global Innovators, Thomson Reuters, 2013
  • Top 100 Global Innovators, Thomson Reuters, 2012
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