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Arkema Reviews

Updated December 10, 2018
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Arkema Président-Directeur Général Thierry Le Hénaff
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Pros
  • "Une bonne ambiance au sein de l'" (in 5 reviews)

  • "work environment, management, respectful, good balance between work and personal life" (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "des centres industriels, les usines et centres R&D d'Arkema se situent loin des grands centres urbains" (in 3 reviews)

  • "e comme la plupart des grands groupes" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "Worked in a global business unit."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Phila, PA
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Phila, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Arkema U,S is a great place to work. Opportunities for growth and training are made available to employees. The people you work with are collaborative. Management is helpful toward goal setting.

    Cons

    Incentive bonuses are only for select upper managers. There was no bonus program for other staff contributing to success this may be because the business is French owned & perhaps those types of incentives do not translate well. In America incentives are sought after.

    Advice to Management

    Continue talent development programs.


  2. "Take the job only if you are French"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arkema full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Okay Paycheck and health insurance are all you get.

    Cons

    Compensation is 20% less than the similar company in the area.

    Health insurance is not the best in the area

    French people get all the good opportunities: projects, visibilities, expat, promotions over other nationalities.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arkema full-time

    Pros

    None at all because this company is awful

    Cons

    -horrible culture
    -stressful and toxic work environment
    -HORRIBLE management
    -expected to be on call 24/7, even in a lower level Office position
    -demanding sales department
    -expected to work past your shift ends and it is frowned upon if you do not
    -employees who don’t know how to separate work with other priorities ; often bringing work home and working on weekends and during vacation days .
    -“the needs of the business” are more important than your family
    -pointless performance reviews
    -company is too obsessed about safety
    -upper management complains and panics about every little thing

    Advice to Management

    Care more about your employees and quit expecting them to overwork themselves for a business that could care less about them !

    Encourage your employees and remember that they have lives outside of work !

    What is the point of vacation days if employees are expected to work during them?

    Quit letting other departments control certain things !


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Shady Hiring Practices"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    Decent salary and benefits if hired.

    Cons

    If hired on as a contract employee, beware as it could take up to 3 years to be hired on as an Arkema employee. THIS WAY THEY DON'T HAVE TO PROVIDE BENEFITS or add head count (whatever that means).

    Advice to Management

    Hire contact employees no later completing 1 year of service.


  5. "Aaw"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Arkema full-time

    Pros

    Always a very safe place to work

    Cons

    I cannot think of ant cons


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arkema full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Above average salary and benefit package

    Cons

    Management seemed Unprofessional and while there witnessed very high employee turnover


  7. "Sr. Administrative Assistant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Arkema full-time

    Pros

    Very professional environment and great people to work with and for.

    Cons

    High turnover ratio of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Stay. the course that you are on and decrease the high turnover rate

  8. Helpful (8)

    "Not a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Arkema full-time

    Pros

    Ok pay, good health insurance

    Cons

    Rude employees and upper management , no training , doing things beyond your job duties , not enough vacation time , no sick leave , way too focused on safety , not family friendly, no work-life balance, toxic environment

    Advice to Management

    Treat your emoloyees like they matter and maybe they will stick around . Hire decent people for management positions!

    Arkema Response

    Sep 4, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    We are sorry to hear that you are not satisfied with your current situation with us. Depending on where you are based (France, US, China or any of our 50 locations), I would advise you to get closer... More


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Engineers @ BMT Beware"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Beaumont, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Beaumont, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arkema full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits are okay. Safety training is excellent.

    Cons

    Very high engineer turnover rate, subpar training, lack of teamwork in several areas, extensive overtime for salaried workers, nonexistent work-life balance, bad culture, communication problems, gross inconsistencies in following policies & procedures, assigning evolving tasks not benefiting plant or company, politics, suppressed innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Demote, remove, or provide extensive training to severely mediocre managers.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Great company, great atmosphere and safety driven."

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor
    Former Employee - Shift Supervisor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, SAFETY, just a great place to work. They take safety very seriously and always strive to do it safer. Great pay, overtime if you like it.

    Cons

    I left to pursue other interest.....

    Advice to Management

    Always keep safety as your number 1 goal.

    Arkema Response

    Jun 12, 2017 – Talent Acquisition Manager

    Thanks for your kind words! I will share them with the team and with the Safety Department.