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Molycorp Reviews

Updated April 21, 2017
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  1. "Good company, tight margin for error"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Mountain Pass, CA
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Mountain Pass, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning environment. Good experience for safety measures.

    Cons

    Management sometimes lacked good communication to team. Very hard production targets and overspending made company go under a bit too quickly.

    Advice to Management

    Be more open


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    "QA/QC analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Former Employee - Laboratory Analyst in Englewood, CO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Molycorp (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Molycorp was a great place to work, and the QA/QC team were all dedicated hard working people, with heavy sample loads and changing matrices, adaptation and team efforts to handle throughput were a must.

    Cons

    At times engineers did not want to hear the advice of the analytical department when test results were not in desired specifications. Engineering should be more willing to accept that they were not meeting requirements rather the thing changing test methods would alter results.


  3. "Huge decline from 2011 onward"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Pass, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Pass, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Molycorp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great salary
    Nice to be home every day by 4:40 pm (because business hours were 7am-3:30pm)

    Cons

    50 mile commute to work (Las Vegas to Mountain Pass)
    California income taxes on Nevada residents
    Aged facilities and furnishings
    Dust everywhere
    Poor decision-making by executives led to bankruptcy


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  5. "Buyer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Buyer in Las Vegas, NV
    Former Employee - Buyer in Las Vegas, NV

    I worked at Molycorp (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Molycorp has been a great company to work for.

    Cons

    I have no cons for this company.

    Advice to Management

    n/a


  6. "Farewell"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - ICP Lead Chemist in Mountain Pass, CA
    Current Employee - ICP Lead Chemist in Mountain Pass, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Molycorp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Received very valuable experience in helping commission such a massive and state of the art facility. Learned a lot about process technology. Was fun working with young people from all over the country.

    Cons

    Communication and team work between departments had major lapses. Therefore lots of wasted time and effort on projects, experiments, etc.

    Advice to Management

    Management did a terrible job at putting the right people in the right places, or more importantly, removing the wrong people.


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    "Missed Opportunity"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Pass, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Pass, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Molycorp full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company offered so many challenges in an effort to increase production that there was never a dull moment. The company had a very diverse group of knowledge and skills in the workforce. The salaries were competitively strong. The Benfits were good and they had the best 401K I had ever seen.

    Cons

    The responsibility and the accountability were not placed on the appropriate persons. The Plant Leadership Team did not allow the responsible employees to be the decision makers for their processes. It was all about a pound out the door with no respect to costs. There was a failure to delegate authority and listen to the ground floor. Communication was all downhill. A change at the senior management level occured two years ago and no change was made at the plant level. At that point, the poor decision making that had been occurring just continued. Regardless of the market for Rare Earths, there was no thought out plan for surviving adverse market conditions.
    When you spend the amount of money that was spent to build this plant, you should start putting the processes in place for determining where the money should be spent and why. Processes should be put in place to also maintain the equipment. Running equipment to failure is very rarely the correct method but it is definitely an expensive one.
    One other dissappointment was the substandard skill level of the operators. There was some good ones but most were inexperienced and never trained to be an operator. It was quite apparent when they have no idea why the suction and discharge valves on a pump need to be open before starting a pump.
    Overall mismanaged project to increase the production ten fold. Poor decisions by Plant Leadership Team and Senior Management led to the bankruptcy of the facility.

    Advice to Management

    Advice at this point is a moot point. Future owners/investors should develop a plan of attack that will yeild products with profit margins greater than $0 and have a strategy in place to be more resilient to the market of Rare Earths.


  8. "Too Little too late"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Molycorp (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company had promise to succeed

    Cons

    Corrupt management was allowed to do what they wanted until the end.

    Advice to Management

    Action taken was Too Little, Too Late


  9. "The legacy will not die"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Las Vegas, NV
    Current Employee - Supervisor in Las Vegas, NV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Molycorp (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Opportunities abound. Resume filler promotions. California salary. People with little to no experience were able to try several different jobs.

    Cons

    Rewards without achievement. Charisma counted more than performance. Mismanagement of funds. Management and supervision would single out individuals they didn't like it felt like a threat.

    Advice to Management

    Run the plant based on making money not spending. Award employees who achieve these goals. Stop reinforcing the negative. Change the legacy of the plant this is the second failure since the 1998


  10. "Great everywhere except front office"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Mountain Pass, CA
    Current Employee - Warehouse in Mountain Pass, CA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fantastic pay, good people to work with. great 4day schedule

    Cons

    company went bankrupt. Bad front office leadership led to many people losing their jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job with finances, keep the workers happy.


  11. "Very odd decision making led to bankruptcy and shutdown"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Pass, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mountain Pass, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Molycorp full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    It was a fun place to work while it lasted. Most people were friendly. A lot of random and good experience to be had.

    Cons

    Poor management and even more poor financial decision making. One engineer with 10 years of experience there approved a $1 million conveyor belt project to speed up one circuit, when this circuit was already one of the fastest areas... this money should have been spent elsewhere...The same engineer also proposed a plan to the bankruptcy team that explained their original plan to keep half of the site in operation to make LREC was a bad idea, and that LREC wasn't even necessary. Then the bankruptcy team decided that since LREC wasn't necessary, they were better off shutting the entire site down and firing over 95% of the workers. Very strange and suspicious behavior and decision making by a lot of people involved.

    Advice to Management

    No advice necessary for current management. Soon the bankruptcy financers will take over.


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