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  1. "Good company, tight margin for error"

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    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


  2. "Wasted Potential"

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

    I worked at Molycorp full-time

    Pros

    Most coworkers were great people to work with. Exciting new opportunity in a green energy field. Decent pay. Big emphasis on safety

    Cons

    They are currently bankrupt and will likely never come back. Upper management had no idea what they were doing and ended up wasting investors' money. Terrible commute. California taxes on NV residents. No real raises or opportunities to move up.

    Advice to Management

    What management? They're broke!

  3. "Molycorp Minerals-The Black Hole"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Pay-Good Hours- Good Time Off

    Cons

    Layed off with hardly any notice. Management kept the whole thing secretive and never truly informed us of a legit and serious problem.

    Advice to Management

    Keep it real with your employees we have families as well.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "QA/QC analyst"

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    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.


  5. "Huge decline from 2011 onward"

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    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


  6. "So Sad"

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good schedule, great co workers

    Cons

    Upper Management acted blind, did not use appropriated funds correctly.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees you put in charge to lead and supervise. Spend more time out in the plant rather than in the office or on the phone.


  7. "Buyer"

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    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

  8. "Farewell"

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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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Missed Opportunity"

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    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.


  10. "Maintenance Planner"

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

    Pros

    Great pay, great benefits and valuable training that will help in future endeavors.

    Cons

    Management and board lied to investors resulting in many employees being unemployed.

    Advice to Management

    Get new, honest board and reopen the plant.


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