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Westlake Chemical Overview

Houston, TX
5001 to 10000 employees
1986
Company - Public (WLK)
Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK) is a quality manufacturer and dependable global supplier of petrochemicals, plastics and building products, which in turn make life better for people every day. Employing approximately 9,000 people, Westlake operates from 40 operating locations in ... Read more

Mission: Our mission is to provide quality products and services to commodity chemical, plastics and related fabricated products markets. We work to align and focus the interests of our global customers and suppliers with those of our shareholders, employees and communities. We strive to ... Read more

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  • Westlake Chemical Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2016 Results http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQ5KT

    Westlake Chemical Corporation Announces Fourth Quarter and Full Year 2015 Earnings

    HOUSTON, Feb. 23, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Westlake Chemical Corporation (NYSE: WLK) today reported net income for the three months ended December 31, 2015 of $111.0 million, or $0.84 per diluted share, compared to net income of $183.3 million, or $1.37 per diluted share, reported for the fourth quarter of 2014.

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    Careers | Westlake Chemical

    At Westlake Chemical, everyone contributes talent. We work together to enhance peoples' lives through our products and presence in the communities in which we operate. We are a competitive player in the petrochemicals industry and focus our talents on delivering strong business results.

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Westlake Chemical – Why Work For Us?


The integrity, creativity, dedication, diversity and drive of our employees allow us to excel.

Westlake makes chemical and plastic products, which in turn make life better for people every day. We are a quality manufacturer and dependable global supplier of petrochemicals, plastics and building products. Our mission is to serve our clients by enhancing daily life through the products and services we provide. 

We invite you to enhance your work life and career experience by applying your talent here.

As a solid company, Westlake has the resources to be smart about its growth and talent. We hire competent, flexible people who work across a broad range of disciplines.  

Westlake’s employees are competent, flexible people who work across a broad range of disciplines.

 "If you are a person... who wants to be a positive force for change and develop professionally in the process, Westlake offers a lot of opportunities for skill set expansion, creative problem-solving and stepping outside your comfort zone."  

As an intern, you will be asked to complete a variety of tasks and may work on several projects simultaneously.

INTERNSHIP PROGRAM

For college students who would like to take a closer look at career opportunities within the petrochemicals industry, Westlake Chemical sponsors internship programs within a variety of departments such as: Engineering, Operations, Chemistry, Procurement, Supply Chain, Information Technology, Information Systems, Accounting and Human Resources.  The hands-on experience is both challenging and rewarding, and provides the potential for valuable reinforcement to support career aspirations. 

Find out when Westlake will be on your campus through your campus career center. Meet with Westlake professionals in your discipline to learn more about our opportunities! 

Participants will have opportunities to interact with senior managers, current program members and program alumni.

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    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package, double digit 401k match, great bonuses, awesome work/life balance (9-80 work schedule), CEO and upper management really understand the business market which has driven great successful for the company. Safety is driven from the top down and backed up with investment to improve and mitigate safety issue within a plant. The most amazing thing about this company is that when things go bad, people come together to solve problems without passing blame. This is a very professional work environment made up of people who treat each other like family.

    Cons

    Spousal surcharge for health insurance if spouse has options with her employer. not always transparent about career advancement of promotions. Company runs leans with very little turnover of employees, which means advancement opportunities don't come around all that often.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new ideas of a younger work force eager to look at and solve existing problems with a new perspective.

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Westlake Chemical Photos

Westlake Chemical photo of: Our conference rooms are equipped with the latest technology at Corporate HQ in Houston, Texas.
Westlake Chemical photo of: Our unwavering goal is to maintain continuous improvement of the processes, technology and high quality of products and services in the markets we choose to serve.
Westlake Chemical photo of: The vigilant stewardship of the environment and sustainability are at the forefront of everything we do.
Westlake Chemical photo of: Westlake plant sites around the world have received prestigious industry recognition as models for quality assurance in production, installation and servicing as well as safety.
Westlake Chemical photo of: Our unwavering goal is to maintain continuous improvement of the processes, technology and high quality of products and services in the markets we choose to serve.
Westlake Chemical photo of: From well-trained plant operators to resourceful engineers, every employee has a chance to make a significant, visible contribution within the organization.
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Westlake Chemical Interviews

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    Process Controls Engineer Interview

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    Application

    I applied online. The process took 3+ months. I interviewed at Westlake Chemical (Lake Charles, LA).

    Interview

    The interview was more standard personality question based with very little on the actual duties even when I proceeded to ask. The overall atmosphere was very pleasant and cozy as one would expect in Louisiana.

    Interview Questions

    • What concentrated of Electrical Engineering was I focused in   1 Answer
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Westlake Chemical Awards & Accolades

  • Forbes Global 2000 (#1602), Forbes, 2016
  • The Houston Chronicle 100, The Houston Chronicle, 2016
  • 50 Best US Manufacturers (#20), Industry Week, 2016
  • Diamond Leadership Award, The Chlorine Institute, 2016
  • Product Stewardship Award, BNSF Railway, 2016
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