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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

Working at Westlake Chemical

Westlake Chemical (NYSE: WLK) is a quality manufacturer and dependable supplier of petrochemicals, plastics and building products, which in turn make life better for people every day. Westlake employs approximately 9,000 people from 40 operating locations in 7 countries around ... 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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  • "..Thanks to the dedication and efforts of our employees...We delivered good results for the first quarter of 2017," said Albert Chao, President and CEO of Westlake Chemical. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQF8I

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    This release makes reference to certain "non-GAAP" financial measures, such as EBITDA, as defined in Regulation G of the U.S. Securities Exchange Act of 1934, as amended. We report our financial results in accordance with U.S. generally accepted accounting principles ("U.S.

  • Communications Manager Erika Soechting accepts Westlake Chemical's Top 25 Company for Diversity in Texas Award at the 13th Annual Diversity and Leadership Conference on April 19, 2017 hosted by the National Diversity Council.

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Westlake Chemical – Why Work For Us?


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


Every day, Westlake products are seen, used and depended on throughout the world. We make and market approximately 19 billion pounds of petrochemical and fabricated products annually. Over the past two decades we have built a reputation for being a dependable, safe, world-class producer and supplier.

Our mission is to serve our clients by enhancing daily life through our products and services. We do this by providing innovative and useful products, maintaining high standards of customer service and operational excellence with a constant focus on managing costs.

We support, develop and inspire our people to achieve their personal best and treat them with dignity and respect.
As a solid company, Westlake has the resources to be smart about its growth and talent.


Westlake Chemical is a historically stable and growing international company. We hire competent, flexible people who work across a broad range of disciplines. From well-trained plant operators, to resourceful engineers, to multi-faceted professional staff, everyone has a chance to make a significant, visible contribution.

As a solid company, Westlake has the resources to be smart about its growth and talent. We invite you to enhance your work life and career experience by applying your talent here.

We invite you to enhance your work life and career experience by applying your talent here.
Westlake strives to provide a competitive compensation and benefits package that rewards individual as well as team performance.


Westlake is an international corporation with the culture of an entrepreneurial firm. Westlake employees have potential to add impact and create value in an entrepreneurial environment, where we continue to build on our business success by reviewing business opportunities and finding ways to improve. 

Westlake strives to provide a competitive compensation and benefits package that rewards individual as well as team performance.We also have a strong tradition in sharing company successes with our employees. 

As a solid company, Westlake has the resources to be smart about its growth and talent.
As an intern, you will be asked to complete a variety of tasks and may work on several projects simultaneously.


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.  

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

    Westlake recently acquired Axiall. It was a major acquisition and Westlake is still working to incorporate the Axiall facilities. Even in the midst of changes Westlake has ensured that the former Axiall facilities have the resources to promote safety; even to the point of adding safety department headcount. This is the 4th acquisition I have been a party to in my career and I think Westlake Management is doing a fine job.

    Cons

    Not much here. Westlake is taking the best from Axiall such as core principles and incorporating into Westlake as well as promoting some of Axiall's better performers. Looking forward to the future.

    Advice to Management

    I would like to see more communication on future structure but understand that it is probably still being determined.

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Westlake Chemical Photos

Westlake Chemical photo of: College internships in plant process technology and engineering enable students to learn, grow and potentially become the next generation of Westlake employees.
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.
Westlake Chemical photo of: Our open-office environment promotes collaboration and team work at Corporate HQ in the historic Galleria area of Houston, Texas .
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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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