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Kemin Industries Reviews

Updated September 21, 2017
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Pros
  • As a working mom, I really value the work/life balance that working at Kemin allows me (in 10 reviews)

  • Family owned, multinational experience, great working condition (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • Care must be taken that your passion for the work keeps your work life balance intact (in 7 reviews)

  • There are some unfair advantages between the different business units (in 6 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly sunny with a few rain clouds"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kemin Industries full-time

    Pros

    Kemin is an exciting company to work for with long-term employment prospects. The company is growing and presents many opportunities to advance and take on meaningful work. I liked the owning family members that I met during my time there and found them to be down-to-earth and intelligent. A good majority of people working at Kemin fit that criteria as well. The campus itself is really nice and the new building is really neat as it comes with a gym, Starbucks, and a cafe.

    Cons

    A select minority of managers are still in their current position even though they have a recorded history and reputation of mistreating and disenfranchising employees. Try to uncover the history of the manager and position you are applying for during an interview. Also, the politics can get nauseating, frustrating, and in the way of good momentum and energy. Arrogance and finger-pointing tends to rear its head as well.

    Advice to Management

    Clearly define what Servant Leadership is and isn't and point out the examples that should be followed. Publicly denounce finger-pointing and create a culture where it is okay to be honest and self-accountable.


  2. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Kemin Industries full-time

    Pros

    They care about their employees.

    Cons

    Sometimes leadership is not willing to make changes.

  3. "Good company, great products"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemist in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kemin Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the team and the work I was responsible for

    Cons

    Had to relocate for husband's job and wasn't able to work remotely

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Great Place to Work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemin Industries full-time

    Pros

    Great company ready to challenge and grow your experience. Never a dull moment - a new interesting project is always on the horizon to keep you engaged and energized.

    Cons

    Care must be taken that your passion for the work keeps your work life balance intact.

    Advice to Management

    The culture of this family owed business is amazing. The goal should be to ensure new senior leadership have the same people oriented skills and practices. Bad hiring decisions should be taken care of quickly.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Controller"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Financial Controller in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Financial Controller in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Cares about employees, opportunity for professional growth, family-owned business, new WWHQ building w/ amenities (gym and cafeteria)

    Cons

    Lean teams which can sometimes cause long hours or stressful situations, constant deadlines to meet


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Kemin"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate II in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemin Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Excellent bonus opportunities and benefits. Family owned.

    Cons

    There are some unfair advantages between the different business units.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Control Manager"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemin Industries full-time

    Pros

    Very innovative company.
    Based on the principles of science.
    Knowledgeable staff.
    Great pay.
    Great benefits.

    Cons

    Older facility that needs updated.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Internal Audit"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kemin Industries full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    great salary if your on the executive bonus program

    Cons

    work life balance is none existent

    Advice to Management

    Hire a real WW President


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Mostly content."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Des Moines, IA
    Current Employee - Research Associate II in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemin Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Production level improvements have been given a clear path forward. Communication has been slowly improving. The new HQ Building is visually appealing and provides some nice services.

    Cons

    No clear path of advancement. Unrealistic deadlines for R&D. Many failures on the sales level come back to R&D, even if that isn't the underlying cause. Many pieces of equipment are seriously outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Provide employees with a growth plan or strategy. Understand that the people who have your ear may try to deflect attention from where it truly belongs.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Inspiring company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kemin Industries full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Kemin has an inspiring vision and many intelligent, kind and visionary team members. Employees are empowered to discover and develop based on their interests. Many big company perks (budgets, tools, facilities, travel, HR benefits) but often has a small company feel (personal relationships across teams, agile decision making).

    Cons

    Because business units operate independently, decisions, strategy and goals often feel misaligned and siloed. The flexible nature of job descriptions and team roles can create an ever increasing, unfocused work load for hard working, successful employees, leading to burnout and frustration.

    Advice to Management

    Keep empowering your employees. Be sure strategic planning has common themes across all groups for better alignment.


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