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"It used to be a great place to work"

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Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO
Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO
Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

It was well run 15+ yrs. ago. They paid well, benefits were good, and management was well liked and respected. The only pros as of 2012 was work schedule and location.

Cons

The company has moved most manufacturing jobs overseas or eliminated jobs from downsizing.
There is very little capital invested maintaining durable goods.
Management decisions were made to make money during the short term with no regard to long term consequences.

Advice to Management

You need to move HQ to either Asia or Europe since the American facilities have all but been closed down.

Other Employee Reviews for MEMC Electronic Materials

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here unless you're desperate"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good for an engineer, though slightly inferior to others on the channel. It's almost larceny that operators are paid >30% over market yet engineers don't despite not a huge difference in pay, especially when OT is offered to operators.

    Cons

    The silicon market for next two years (2012-2014) sucks so layoffs have occurred and will recur. They force the engineers to work out of trailers right next to the Operating facility which handles hydrogen and silane gas which are both explosive. Remember BP Texas City in 2005. The trailers are falling apart and very noisy and hot in summer. Huge safety issues with high injury rate in the last few years and large "we didn't invent it here" philosophy. Most engineers are H1-B so communications in English are very difficult and they are very careful to not ask too many questions. In other words, indentured servitude. Turnover is rampant like Taco Bell.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of pretending to back new and creative ideas necessary for the plant service, i.e. lip service, be willing to take risks. Also, hire competent experienced engineers who know what the hell they're doing instead of green grunts who blunder through helplessly in a dangerous process.


  2. "A very good job in a bad location"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    The R&D team is very strong and most people know what they are talking about. The managers are efficient and helpful.

    Cons

    The area the company is located is in the middle of nowhere. It is even difficult to find good food for lunch. The companies financial status is not stable and this job is not secure.

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