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Kemin Industries Reviews

Updated August 17, 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 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Care must be taken that your passion for the work keeps your work life balance intact (in 6 reviews)

  • There are some unfair advantages between the different business units (in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great Place to Work."

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Financial Controller"

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    • 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

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Quality Control Manager"

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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 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.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Review of Kemin"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • 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.


  5. "Internal Audit"

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    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


  6. "Mostly content."

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    • 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.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Inspiring company"

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    • 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.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Account 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 Kemin Industries full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Some employees are highly talented and great team-player colleagues. For some business units, Kemin's reputation in the industry is very good. As long as this continues, it is very rewarding to deliver great service to customers.

    Cons

    Delivering to the customer requires covering up the internal shortfalls, tension and in-fighting. Personal advancement is based on internal connections and politics, not skills or deliberate mentoring. There are serious gaps in skills and leadership on the management teams.

    Advice to Management

    Step back and seriously re-set to align with the company's values, especially integrity, respect and quality. As part of that re-set, recognize and reward genuine Servant Leadership, not the hollow promise of servant leadership talk that is never delivered on because executives are rewarded only for self-preservation.


  9. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Cls in Des Moines, IA
    Former Employee - Cls in Des Moines, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    It's a great company with some great opportunities to grow personally and professionally. I worked in a lab and really enjoyed the things I was able to work on for the KN group

    Cons

    can be complex at times. i didn't get to see the new headquarters but I really enjoyed our location downtown. however, the new gym and cafeteria would have been nice to have during the winter months.

    Advice to Management

    keep being innovative.


  10. "Great place to work"

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

    I have been working at Kemin Industries full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I enjoy the work that I do and the team I have. I feel supported in my job and enjoy the perks of working for a family owned company

    Cons

    its sometimes difficult to navigate with so many different businesses and products, but for me who went to school for animal science, and wanted to be close to home, its a great place to work

    Advice to Management

    the high touch nature of how you do things is nice. it connects with a lot of people.


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