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  1. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. "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!

  3. "OK company, have worked for worse."

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    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Saint Peters, MO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Strong technical foundation and industry leader. Appears to be forward thinking again instead of playing for margins on the quarterly figures as old CEO did. Attempting to reestablish itself as the dominant semiconductor supplier again. Appears to have good strategy but execution is still not proven yet.

    Cons

    Company is in transition of senior management from two years earlier and is attempting to develop a new company culture but communication is poor in these efforts. Company attempts to infor it's employee's with news letters which is poor medium.

    Advice to Management

    Keep your professional employee's informed. Little on company strategy and role in execution is revealed beloe the diector level.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "MEMC is a place to make money get some valuable experience and move on."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pasadena, TX
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Overall the pay is pretty high, For salary people the overall work experience is satisfactory. It's pretty hard to get fired.

    Cons

    I would not work here as an hourly person. Sick days the first 2 are at no pay. The Pasadena site has a scary process.

    Advice to Management

    Management knows they have a moral problem the turnover is pretty high especially for skilled craft. I really think management is trying to make MEMC a better place to work.


  5. 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?


  6. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great Management, good positive culture, attention to cost control and results, attention to social impact

    Cons

    Not fully thinknig stratgically when managing critical Projects

    Advice to Management

    Accept the risk of taking more HR costs, hiring adequate resources, when managing strategic projects


  7. "Process Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Potential growth company with SOI Product is high demand.

    Cons

    Business not stable due to word wide economy drop significant.

    Advice to Management

    NA

  8. "Decent salary but near zero benefits."

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    Former Employee - Technician in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Former Employee - Technician in Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Some managers are helpful and accommodating.
    - Bare minimum tools are provided for the job but accuracy of the tool is not good enough.

    Cons

    - Some vendors takes a long time to solve problems and some even can't. Management will not allowed to change vendors unless can source a cheaper vendor.
    - Need to work on weekends and even on holidays.

    Advice to Management

    Kindly promote healthy work life balance.


  9. "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.


  10. "Good Company"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at MEMC Electronic Materials full-time

    Pros

    Excellent people. Pleasent working relationships.

    Cons

    Always busy on firefirghting. No longterm strategy.

    Advice to Management

    Vision must be clear


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