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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila
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  1. "OTT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great pay, Great breaks, great co-workers

    Cons

    constant threats of closing the plants, lay offs, and changing schedules


  2. "Poorly managed"

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Good people (non-management) to work with. You can learn technical / process skills quickly

    Cons

    Very authoritative but disorganized management. Will force you to make poor decisions, then blame you for poor results

  3. "Perfect for anyone who enjoys being a slave to their job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in O'Fallon, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Incredibly innovative and cutting edge technology
    Always something new to work on
    Ample opportunity for career growth

    Cons

    Always looking to save money, often by laying off people and leaving others to do the work of many
    Poor morale among employees
    Frequently chooses less expensive out of country options
    Usually have to work about 16 hours a day 6 days a week

    Advice to Management

    Hire more staff from within the States, provide ample staffing for company demands


  4. "Good company, tough business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Good place to work, competitive salaries and benefits.

    Cons

    Tough business. Has been in a downturn for 5+ years now.


  5. "Great Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO

    Pros

    If you are interested in getting it done, you can do it.

    Cons

    Processes not very organized, otherwise it was a really good place to work. I would definitely work there again, and would recommend the company to others.


  6. "Culture has changed supposedly"

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    Former Employee - Employee in Belmont, CA
    Former Employee - Employee in Belmont, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I liked the strategy of vertical integration

    Cons

    Execution of strategy was bungled
    Toxic senior management (most gone now)

    Advice to Management

    Keep changing culture for better


  7. "Overall very good"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Maintenance Technician in Portland, OR
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Company is vertically integrated allowing them to control there own success. Learn your job and do it the best you can to prevent getting laid off during the bad times

    Cons

    At times they have poor planning. Then again, who in the industry doesn't?

    Advice to Management

    Communication to your workforce is key. With the right communication lines, your workforce will see where you are trying to lead and either help you get there, or tell you why that's a bad idea. Either way, you will be successful with good communications.

  8. "Employees wear many hats and work hard, but management decisions are questionable, at best."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging environment. From a technical perspective, I have worked on a broad array of projects and learned a lot. Great work, good pay and decent work life balance.

    Cons

    Management decisions are slow to reality and cause excessive losses to pile up before they decide that things are going bad and that they need to cut back. Then, by the time they cut back, the business turns around and they need to ramp up again and they are slow to ramp up and lose business because they can't ramp fast enough. Then, it cycles again. Never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions more quickly.


  9. "Average at Best"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Competitive base salaries and opportunities to work in Asia.

    Cons

    Review the balance sheet over the past 5 years particularly at cash/equivalents and debt and decide for yourself if these are good trends and did they create acceptable value as a result. It's a very political environment so if you're not good at that sort of thing… This place has gone through waves of leaders since leaving Monsanto from a German utility company that knew nothing about the business and ran it into the ground to a VC that put a tyrant of a CEO in place who extracted every dollar of value for his own personal gain while destroying marketshare and the company's reputation to a rookie CEO with a money losing solar strategy.


  10. "General Feedback"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Excellent technical R&D leadership resources. Culture transformation is a positive. Company has strong core of technical leadership to help drive roadmap.

    Cons

    Solar Materials division of corporation may have the biggest upside but the weakest management. Recent changes may be an improvement but yet to be seen. P&L prospective is too dominant to allow efficient development of the technologies and those whom challenge status quo and the poor decision for the organization on a whole are not embraced or encouraged to bring constructive counter argument. There are plenty of senior managers still remaining whom do not understand the technology they involved with and seldom consult those who do in critical technology and operational related decisions making. Likely organizational inefficiencies will continue in the matrixed organization with the current senior management. Probably need to move out some of those Solyandra managers that they picked up in the last year would be a good start.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace counter argument and encourage data driven decision making instead of short term wins to meet a weekly/monthly reports. Cycle times of the technology involved are discrete in nature and do not fill into weekly and monthly reports well for proper charterization.


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