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Arkema US Reviews

Updated September 14, 2018
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Arkema US Chairman & CEO Thierry Le Hénaff
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Pros
  • "Paid holidays, schedule flexibility, sometimes I was also given the flexibility to work from home" (in 2 reviews)

  • "Unparalleled knowledge of chemistry in all its forms, chemical engineering, materials science and chemical processing development" (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • "Onboarding and work life balance is nonexistent" (in 3 reviews)

  • "More of the basic research is in France, though there is still a large R&D group in the U" (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Great place to work."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small enough that you aren't limited by bureaucracy but large enough that there are plenty of interesting projects and different chemistry to work with.

    Cons

    More of the basic research is in France, though there is still a large R&D group in the U.S.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in the plants to ensure they have the resources to keep running safely and well.


  2. "Run Far Away From Here!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pineville, LA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pineville, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    No pros to this place !

    Cons

    Where do i even begin to describe working here. First off they need a change in management ! Tje one that they had running the site before wasn’t bad but then they made a mistake of putting an unqualified person in a management position who lacks leadership and management skills. The culture is tense and stressful with a micromanager who thinks you are on his clock 24 hours a day with forcing overtime and constantly contacting employees outside of office hours. The turnaround here is horrible because the person running this place makes it extremely
    Difficult for employees to stick around . From what I am told it still continues to be awful .

    Advice to Management

    Human Resources really needs to get involved in this place and see what is going on behind closed doors . I think they would be shocked to see how employees are being treated . I’m glad to have gotten out when I did and I would never work here again .

  3. "Chemical operator"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Chester, SC
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Chester, SC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Really good healthcare insurance, good safety team results

    Cons

    No accountability, operators screw up and nothing happens

    Advice to Management

    Make supervisors do their jobs of running their people. A360 degree review of management up would be a shocker


  4. "Safety Conscience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Arkema US full-time

    Pros

    Will spend to be safe

    Cons

    Will lump everyone into same set of extra steps for one person (site) not doing their job properly.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "High Engineer Turnovers"

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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 US full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Okay benefits and provided excellent safety training.

    Cons

    Abnormally high engineer turnover rate well known throughout the plant, subpar technical training, lack of teamwork in several areas, extensive overtime for salaried workers, nonexistent work-life balance, bad workplace culture, problems with communication throughout the plant, gross inconsistencies on following policies & procedures, assigning evolving tasks not benefiting plant or company, thick office politics, high tendency to suppress innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Remove, demote or provide extensive training to terrible managers.


  6. "Great place!"

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    Current Employee - Production Engineer Intern in Beaumont, TX
    Current Employee - Production Engineer Intern in Beaumont, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great, and the plant is well ran.

    Cons

    Beaumont is not the most exciting place to be


  7. "Fun and Challenging"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Arkema US full-time

    Pros

    Plenty of autonomy to make your own decisions to grow the sales and profitability of the business

    Cons

    Overlap between management and territory

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule option
    Small plant environment

    Cons

    Company operates too lean, lots of work not enough people.
    Salaries are competitive
    Onboarding and work life balance is nonexistent


  9. "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.


  10. "Career"

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    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.


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