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  • Negative work environment, No teamwork, No Management Support (in 5 reviews)

  • Understaffed and high turnover rate (in 2 reviews)

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  1. "HSE"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - SENIOR PRINCIPAL SAFETY & HEALTH ENGINEER in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - SENIOR PRINCIPAL SAFETY & HEALTH ENGINEER in Houston, TX

    I worked at LyondellBasell North America (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good company; Good Benefits; stable

    Cons

    union environment; resistant to change


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company, and has the potential to be the best"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LyondellBasell North America full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Smart people, hard working and focused. Lots of cost discipline ad the Senior management is very driven to make it the best

    Cons

    Lacks team work spirit and the middle management sucks! HR does not exist in the company - they spontaneously appear during hiring and firing.

    Advice to Management

    Great employees, attend their needs. Keep tabs on the middle management; they are your worst enemy.

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Lying Cheating "Birds of a Feather""

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at LyondellBasell North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent benefits but that's about it...Company has gone from Great to Bad to Terrible. Just marking time before retirement

    Cons

    Negative work environment, No teamwork, No Management Support...HR is a joke! Lying to CYA is common place. AVOID!

    Advice to Management

    Like others have pointed out, Management does not listen or care so why bother giving advice


  4. "Job environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Channelview, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Channelview, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at LyondellBasell North America full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    SAFE, Pay is above average

    Cons

    Too much political environment and polices


  5. Helpful (7)

    "Death to employee morale should be the motto of this company because that's what they practice."

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    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - IT Analyst in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Downtown Houston has a pretty building
    Pay was pretty good, benefits were good, bonuses dropped drastically post sale.

    Cons

    Hostile work environment that is generated and started at the senior management level and pushed down and then festers within groups. Lots of backstabbing here to get ahead because pointing fingers here is the way to get ahead.

    In IT, your self worth is determined by how quickly you close tickets, without regard to reasons behind why some may stay open (due to SLA's, lack of customer response, awaiting management approval and so on). Prepare to be ridiculed publicly by these ticket percentages. Charts posted all over the place with everyone's name and their current ticket count. Its quite demoralizing.

    Unless you are a manager, you have no voice. You do what you are told regardless of how ridiculous or infeasible the task is or you are reprimanded or your job is threatened.

    Managers gossip incessantly about their direct reports to their direct reports so that the backstabbing, mistrust, and finger pointing continues.

    Many managers do not have direction. It was like the Ten little Indians. one by one the good directors and managers left and then there were none and the people to replace them were the masochistic bottom feeders waiting for their turn to rule. Sounds harsh but I'm not exaggerating.

    The work demands of this place became unreal. Expectation to be logged in every morning, before getting to the office, and immediately when getting home in the evening. Weekend work was typical. Expect a 70-80 sometimes 90 hour workweek.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up and look around at the turnover or the lack of energy on your teams. I worked for LBI for 7 years, pre-merger, through bankruptcy and then post. When I first started there it had so many possibilities, great people to work with, and management actually cared about you. The benefits were great, it felt like a family, people trusted each other.Fast forward to post merger(sale) and it bred an indescribable level of dishonesty, hostility, and an overall controlling and demoralizing environment. I actually left there before I had a confirmed offer from the company I was interviewing with. It got THAT bad.

    Ask the people why they are leaving. Call up people who have left in the past and you will get more answers like mine because I was one that left right in the midst when several others were leaving. We all couldn't wait to get out of there. I feel bad for the employees that are still there. They need to know there is a good life outside of this place.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company with good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Buyer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    This place was great to work for. Friendly people who would help you get the job done. Team environment. Really great.

    Cons

    Big company, which is always hard to get any approvals from upper management. They were still readily available when needed.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work. Keep safety a number one priority and allow your employees the path to better themselves and the company.


  7. "Good place to work but some changes must be made"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at LyondellBasell North America full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone is really helpful
    Small feel in a large company
    Great diversity
    friendly managers

    Cons

    Sometimes managers can act childish.
    Do not believe in work travel. No opportunities for that at all.

    Advice to Management

    Hard to do supplier management if you cannot travel to evaluate your suppliers and the condition of our plants nationwide

  8. "big company"

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    Current Employee - Console Operator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Console Operator in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    good network of various locations

    Cons

    european owned creates a different way of thinking towards americans

    Advice to Management

    none


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work if you are young and looking for experience but not if you are already experienced and older"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Middle Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated employees who care about what they are doing. Good safety culture. Pay can be good if you are willing to go out of your way to make your boss look good or make the company more money.

    Cons

    Management treats employees like crap. My way or the highway attitude with management, from the CEO down. Management by fear leads to managers being bullies. Employee input not valued and not wanted. It is all about meeting or beating the numbers, regardless of whether the data is real or not. All of this leads to poor morale. Work-life balance is not good.

    Advice to Management

    It is hard to listen well when you are continuously bullying employees. Learn to shut up and listen and learn from your employees. You (management) are not always the smartest person in the room. A good manager learns how to get the best out of each employee rather than demanding all employees must think and act alike. The latter is management laziness.


  10. "Own you"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Davenport, IA
    Current Employee - Process Technician in Davenport, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at LyondellBasell North America full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Base salary and benefits are ok for the area but lowest in company. You can live off 1 income working here.

    Cons

    More overtime than most people want. They don't hire as people quit or retire, just make you work more overtime. They show you a schedule for a years time and tell you how you can plan your life but what they fail to tell you is, you live from week to week due to the forced overtime

    Advice to Management

    Hire more people ahead of retirement and take better care of the people that choose to stay and hope things get better.


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