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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila
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  1. "Perfect for anyone who enjoys being a slave to their job"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


  2. "Focus only on short term goals"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Sherman, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good and strong R&D. The pay was decent. Quarterly incentives used to be good. Most of the people are good to work with. Good work life balance.

    Cons

    Management focus is only on short term goals. Need to improve on quality. Quality is not on par with the Japanese companies. Not much opportunities for career advancement. Most of the manufacturing has been shifted to Asia. No long term vision.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on long term vision. Improve quality.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Lot of potential but a absolute mess"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Lot of promise and potential if proper actions are taken
    Good salary

    Cons

    Bad communications among groups
    Politics
    No tools

    Advice to Management

    Look beyond short term focus


  4. "Great Place If You Are An Executive"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company - if the stock analysts would wake up and realize that:
    1) We make wafers that "chip" companies buy -- we are not a "chip" company.
    2) We are not a semiconductor equipment company.
    3) We are the only completely vertically integrated solar company there is - from making poly to selling solar power.

    Cons

    Executives are highly compensated, and get good contracts to pay them well if they get fired. Unfortunately, only Execs get the high salaries and perks, and the only way to become a VP or higher is to get hired in from current execs' companies, or to be lucky enough to be in the Execs' little circle of friends. For the rest of the Managers, Directors, and Senior Directors (new title made up to avoid letting you be a VP), you work tons of hours, have to fly coach all the time, and get small, shrinking bonuses based on impossible goals.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize and reward the middle management. We do most of the work, and you get all of the benefits.

    Find the real root causes of errors and fix or eliminate the problem. There are too many scapegoats used to protect certain execs.

    Remember that Manufacturing makes the bad products. Blame them for once!


  5. "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


  6. "Average at Best"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. "Intense travel"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salaries are at or above the industry average. Benefits are comparable or better as well. Salaried positions receive stock options as an added incentive. Many very talented people in the organization. A real opportunity to see the world.

    Cons

    The travel requirements can be intense for many positions as there is not a lot of manufacturing done in the US.

  8. "Finance Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Exposure to senior management. A lot of responsibility and great industry to work in. Very high caliber of employees who can add significant value.

    Cons

    Horrible communication, isolated, very top heavy with tons of VP'S and directors. The merge with the two business units reall


  9. "Great people, good strategic vision, but fails miserably at execution"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Intelligent, motivated workforce. Global company, multiple learning opportunities, reasonable work-life balance.

    Cons

    People work in Silos, inter-departmental incentives are not aligned. No proper people management systems. Company has been unable to truly integrate its divisions and realize synergies. There isn't a united culture across the company.

    Advice to Management

    Repurchase shares and take the company private, put in place a long-range turnaround plan across 5-6 qtrs. Align incentives and set a unified culture of innovation, respect and performance across the company.


  10. "Tough year for solar industry, even tougher for MEMC"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good history as a semiconductor company
    Fair prospects for solar in future, if 2012 can be navigated
    Pay and benefits comparable to peers in industry
    Can learn about solar industry inside-out and on a global level
    Good opportunity for MBAs to stay a few years and move on

    Cons

    Poor communication overall and cowboy-style decision making by executives
    Poor employee morale
    No effort on employee growth or leadership development
    Disorganized IT and HR


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