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MEMC Electronic Materials President, CEO, and Director Ahmad R. Chatila
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Stay away from MEMC"

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    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sherman, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Programmer/Analyst in Sherman, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The actual employees, and generally first line supervisors, are all decent folks. Benefits (insurance, etc) were not too bad and the salary was competitive.

    Cons

    The regular shutdowns and forced PTO meant that it was crazy to go on vacation.

    There was a complete lack of growth opportunity at MEMC, other than perhaps for some of the engineers But overall things were so bad that nobody advanced, nobody's career grew, nobody learned anything.

    It boils down to total mismanagement by Nabeel and the upper management.

    MEMC is just a horrible place to work overall. STAY AWAY.

    Advice to Management

    Great job saving MEMC from bankruptcy, but don't you think it's time to ease up a bit?


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Terrible, absolutely aweful. What a bad, bad place to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive pay and a non-downtown Location

    Cons

    Everything is bad. There is a non-existent work-life balance. Terrible office conditions. Moral is horrific. Complete lack of training and unreasonable expectations. This place is a sweat shop. If you read this, RUN!!! I wish I had.

    Advice to Management

    Change the culture and appreciate your employees by promoting a positive work-life balance and give them tools to succeed while setting attainable goals.

  3. "Behind the curve all the way"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great folks to work with. Nice and quiet location away from the hustle and bustle of the mainstream St. Louis work areas. Great pay if your a senior level executive.

    Cons

    IT has great people but no leadership. They have a great leader but they give him no power. Everyone can walk all over literally anyone in IT as they are treated like dirt. They don't spend a dime on IT. Projects are on and off again like changing your shoes. Same applies to IT budget/IT spend. Over a year to make a SharePoint decision. SAP decisions are a joke and not worth mentioning from the standpoint of executive leadership not having a clue and a half. Their SAP support people consist of six or seven people and literally support the world! They get no support, no thanks, are treated worst than, well, need I go further?

    Advice to Management

    The MEMC CEO has got to go. He is completely missing the boat when it comes to IT. He won't be able to compete because he doesn't have a clue about the strategic or tactical nature that IT plays in moving the company forward. Stop cutting costs on IT. The new CFO also has no clue either. They're going to have to spend the money eventually. May as well do it right. The IT group needs to be elevated up in the food chain. Way up! Its a very poorly run company.


  4. "MEMC is not a company to be"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Auditor in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I don't have any nice thing to say about this company

    Cons

    Company culture is awfull especially the top management


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Don't work here unless you're desperate"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pasadena, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is pretty good for an engineer, though slightly inferior to others on the channel. It's almost larceny that operators are paid >30% over market yet engineers don't despite not a huge difference in pay, especially when OT is offered to operators.

    Cons

    The silicon market for next two years (2012-2014) sucks so layoffs have occurred and will recur. They force the engineers to work out of trailers right next to the Operating facility which handles hydrogen and silane gas which are both explosive. Remember BP Texas City in 2005. The trailers are falling apart and very noisy and hot in summer. Huge safety issues with high injury rate in the last few years and large "we didn't invent it here" philosophy. Most engineers are H1-B so communications in English are very difficult and they are very careful to not ask too many questions. In other words, indentured servitude. Turnover is rampant like Taco Bell.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of pretending to back new and creative ideas necessary for the plant service, i.e. lip service, be willing to take risks. Also, hire competent experienced engineers who know what the hell they're doing instead of green grunts who blunder through helplessly in a dangerous process.


  6. "It used to be a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO
    Former Employee - Technician in Saint Peters, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was well run 15+ yrs. ago. They paid well, benefits were good, and management was well liked and respected. The only pros as of 2012 was work schedule and location.

    Cons

    The company has moved most manufacturing jobs overseas or eliminated jobs from downsizing.
    There is very little capital invested maintaining durable goods.
    Management decisions were made to make money during the short term with no regard to long term consequences.

    Advice to Management

    You need to move HQ to either Asia or Europe since the American facilities have all but been closed down.


  7. "Great Place If You Are An Executive"

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    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!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Lot of potential but a absolute mess"

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    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


  9. "Focus only on short term goals"

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    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.


  10. "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.


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