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"Up and down, with many more downs"

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

Pros

The people are great to work with, but the management is not. It will be a great resume builder

Cons

The management does not realize how to keep employees and the employees that remain get inundated with work. Not a great situation

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "I love working for LBI but think that new (last 18 months) management styles have hurt the company more than helped."

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    Current Employee - Just Another Employee With An Opinion in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Just Another Employee With An Opinion in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay with opportunity for growth in most areas. People care about the plant and want it to succeed more so than management does (In my opinon). For most employees, this is not just a job, but a way of life, a career.
    A family environment. Reasonable work schedules most of the time. You do what you have to do to be successful.

    Cons

    It used to be that Lyondell believed in a chart detailing the ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS for the company. Three of the main portions are: Superior Performance, Empowering People and Social Responsibility. It seems to me that many of these topics are no longer desired by management, especially under the "Empowering People" section. LBI management has changed the basic tenents of being an employee. People are scared to take actions that result in ANY risk to the unit. But without a controlled risk, growth of the company cannot occur. This is a delima. Mistakes are viewed as a ticket home and are not tolerated. When you work at LBI, leave your human self at home and never make an error to be successful.

    Advice to Management

    Ask all managment and employees to re-read LBI's ESSENTIAL ELEMENTS and ensure that any policies or management directives are in line with the stated goal. LBI is still a wonderful company, it can just be better... starting at the managment level and working down. MIcromanagement is not a good thing. Push responsiblity down to the lowest leve and ensure every employee has a stake in the sucess of LBI.
    Invest money into plant projects that need to be done, but somehow always get cut. There are 100's of jobs that are worth doing, but get cut every year because someone is being forced to save a nickel or two. My vote is to reinvest a portion of profit from each operating unit and empower the site owners to spend this money in a way that is best for the site.
    Hire a 3rd party to gather employee perceptions of management. People are scared to speak frankly with management as they don't want to be seen as a troublemaker and potentially get themselves fired for excersising their 1st amendment right of free speech.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Can't get good employees anymore due to poor upper management choices"

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    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Engineer in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good 401k retirement plan
    The workers at the plant level are good people to work with
    Bonus is good, but should be better based upon the performance achieved this past year.

    Cons

    Micromanagement by leadership has to stop
    The pay must be better to get and keep good people
    Are in process of disbanding central engineering group. Very, very big mistake
    Too much work with too few people. Makes you not want to take vacation (even though you need it) because you have to work harder when you get back to catch up because no one else is there to fill in for you.
    Not enough good training available to help advance career
    Morale is at an all time low, even though it should be at an all time high.

    Advice to Management

    Your people are your most important asset, not the mechanical equipment. Treat them as such.
    Do not get rid of central engineering group (MESA)
    Keep the employees informed of what the company's plan and I direction is.
    Do not go with the Basell organizational structure, but go back to the Lyondell way. It was much better, made lots of money, morale was very high, and employees were proud to work for the company.
    JG needs to forget his Chevron roots, and go with what works best for this company and these employees in 2012 and on.
    Lyondell used to have an annual World Wide Reliability Forum, and it brought company workers from all around the world together to network, build friendships, and discuss common issues among lots of plants. LBI needs to resurrect this forum (if they don't run off the good engineers that present topics at these forums.)

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