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Arkema US Reviews

Updated February 7, 2017
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Arkema US Chairman & CEO Thierry Le Hénaff
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Pros
  • competitive salary, good benefits, good people (in 8 reviews)

  • Pays well and good benefits and incentives (in 7 reviews)

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  1. "Overall good company - some trust issues"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Solid company, many great people to work with, and really smart people.

    Cons

    Some issues with trust. Communication was difficult at times.

    Advice to Management

    Learn your customer's needs.


  2. "Career"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good career advancement, With compititive salary.

    Cons

    Decision making power is with French management.


  3. "customer service"

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

    Pros

    The salary is good pay

    Cons

    Lack of formal training. No communication from supervisors, poor communication from them. Do not take suggestions from staff. Dark environment. Too many meetings.


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  5. "Plant accountant"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Plant Accountant
    Former Employee - Plant Accountant

    Pros

    competitive salary, good benefits, good people

    Cons

    constant upper management changes cause disruption


  6. "Good overall, slow to reward"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in King of Prussia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Arkema US full-time

    Pros

    Its a fine place, decent enough facility, Many good coworkers. Real global teams, and some interesting science going on. Great emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    Slow moving culture. Claims to be "innovative chemistry" but is in reality quite risk adverse and conservative.

    Advice to Management

    Let [encourage] people to move around a bit. Seems many people have been in the same positions for years. Silos have formed and getting things done is difficult


  7. "A great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Ethical company. Excellent work-life balance. Company works hard to cultivate a family culture with a strong emphasis on safety. Great technology company that works hard to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Average compensation. communication can be variable, depending upon where you are in the organization. Your experience will depend highly on your location. Some facilities are awesome.

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation and internal communication. Work harder on employee recognition. Do a better job in developing and promoting your best employees.


  8. Helpful (3)

    "Has potential but it has a long way to go"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Charles, LA
    Former Employee - Manager in Saint Charles, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Arkema US full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Worked with very interesting people with all experience levels. Had the pleasure of working with some long time employees who really knew a lot about the chemical industry.

    Cons

    Have never seen a company more obsessed with safety, to the point of paranoia. If you are in a leadership position, watch out because you will definitely get hammered for anything safety related, even if it was something that senior management was aware of.

    Advice to Management

    Provide a lot more support to your plants. Rather than using scare tactics which is the management style of the 1960s, try to offer a lot more guidance and support.


  9. "Good company with good pay"

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

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with and pay is very competitive.

    Cons

    French control can be tough but you can get used to it.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the workers motivated and happy, and success will come your way.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Strong french hold"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time

    Pros

    Great group of people, competitive benefit package

    Cons

    bowing to the french command is strange and quite challenging

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your staff


  11. "Excellent company"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Philadelphia, PA

    I have been working at Arkema US (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Work environment relaxed, professional, friendly. The whole campus is very clean and even has a volleyball net.

    Cons

    Although everyone is friendly, there was very little connection between me and the higher-ups. But I am only a temp so it's understandable.



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