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Albemarle Reviews

Updated February 16, 2017
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Albemarle CEO Luther C. Kissam, IV
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Pros
  • Strong organization, family oriented and excellent work life balance (in 6 reviews)

  • Great work environment, access to sophisticated applications, flexible work schedule (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Lots of long hours and too many emergencies (in 4 reviews)

  • Headquarters was in Baton Rouge at the time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong organization, family oriented and excellent work life balance

    Cons

    Need to invest in more training

    Advice to Management

    Work on career development of employees


  2. "Albemarle"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Albemarle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    9/80s are nice when you are able to take them

    Cons

    Promotions based on who you know not what you know. Promotions given to those who move to other locations.

    Work hours - often worked long hours and weekends


  3. "Management needs work"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Manager in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Albemarle full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company is very stable and growing. Great potential. Was able to attract great talent and the first impression is that they really care about their employees.

    Cons

    Management seemed unorganized at times and there was a perception that the employees in the field were more valuable than the ones in the office. There was a tendency to stretch the employees really thin.

    Advice to Management

    Connect with the employees. When projects arise, get all of the stakeholders together in the beginning of the project instead of the tail end. Train the field managers on HR and Payroll Compliance.


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  5. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Albemarle full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    This is a great company to work for. They are very flexible with your schedule and a family 1st company.

    Cons

    Not much of a growth company. They need to vest more money into R&D if they wish to blow their competitors away. Need to focus less on business IT and bioinformatics and focus more on R&D and operations.


  6. "Projects are challenging, employees are treated well"

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    Current Employee - Research Advisor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Research Advisor in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Albemarle full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Albemarle stands behind its employees in some truly incredible ways
    Benefits package is really good
    Projects are challenging
    There is very little competition among coworkers - and a lot of collaboration
    Management is typically very up-front if there is a perception that you need to change something

    Cons

    Time pressure is often intense
    Management often gives up on research objectives if the first few experiments don't yield the desired results.
    There are too few opportunities for professional advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Look for avenues through which employees could advance their careers. Otherwise, pretty much continue doing what you are doing.


  7. "Interesting work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Albemarle full-time

    Pros

    Large R&D organisation with lots of technical challenges.

    Cons

    Difficult to push for innovation because of hierarchical structure.

    Advice to Management

    Move ahead with your time


  8. "Sales Service Specialist"

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    Current Employee - Sales Service Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Current Employee - Sales Service Specialist in Baton Rouge, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with many parts of the company, which gives you the chance to see what other jobs are like.

    Growth in professional skills.

    Great coworkers.

    Flexible, understanding department managers.

    Cons

    No clear path to career advancement.

    Not enough emphasis on continuing education other than monthly refresher lunch meetings.

    Pay is not commiserate to responsibility.

    Advice to Management

    Albemarle needs to provide career opportunities to more than just those with Chemistry and Chemical Engineering degrees.


  9. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Albemarle full-time

    Pros

    Unlimited career opportunities, competitive pay and benefits, variety of locations, challenging work

    Cons

    Some positions require a good bit of travel, which can be a positive or negative depending on your interest


  10. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Albemarle full-time

    Pros

    Many great people in the company and many departments appear to be excellent place to work. Pay was very competitive.

    Cons

    Although many departments were a great place to work and enjoy a career, the department I was in did not have that going for it. This department has had the same job openings for a very long time as word gets around.


  11. Helpful (5)

    "Very poor leadership team"

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    Former Employee - Director in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Director in Baton Rouge, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    For new college grads in chemistry or chemical engineering, the experience you get at ALB will be quite valuable later in your career. ALB practices every major unit op you learned about in school and then some. While starting salaries make not be the absolute highest in industry, they're usually competitive.

    Cons

    The leadership team is extremely weak. Of the top five leaders listed in the 10K, none have run a chemical plant and only one has run a chemical business (it is now worth half what it was when he took over). The CEO is an attorney and so is his top lieutenant. Unfortunately, neither one of them is very self assured, so they typically pick subordinates who are non-threatening and as weak as possible. Do you have any idea how bad a Chemist or Sales Director you have to be to be weaker than a career attorney? Unfortunately, this lack of leadership has now made it down into the ranks and plants. My advice to those looking for a job at ALB is to acquire as much valuable experience as possible and leave 2-3 yrs out of school.

    Advice to Management

    At some point, you will be held accountable for both long and short term performance. Stop thinking about who you like and feel comfortable with and start thinking about who can run a plant or generate earnings for the shareholders. Fire everyone that's never disagreed with you.



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