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Rentech Reviews

Updated April 10, 2017
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  1. "Own your own company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Writer/Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Contractor - Writer/Producer in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    I am self employed at the moment and I enjoy it. You are your own boss which comes with a lot of responsibilities but also a lot of freedom.

    Cons

    You are the one who makes it happen. make the wrong decision and you will feel it immediately when it comes to your stream of income.

    Advice to Management

    Be daring, be bold, but be also humble


  2. "Sr. Vice President"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Vice President in Los Angeles, CA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Rentech (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people with exciting growth potential

    Cons

    Lack of cash limits company's ability to grow the business

    Advice to Management

    NA


  3. Helpful (1)

    "The Inmates Run this Asylum"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finance and Accounting in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Finance and Accounting in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are career focused, goal oriented and success driven then Rentech is probably not the place for you. But if you like to fake the funk then this place has your name all over it. They do have Oracle and one of its higher end Business Intelligence tools but aside from that don't waste your time here.

    Cons

    Rentech's first business model was to convert coal to liquids (CTL) diesel, gasoline, jet fuel and other petro chemical products. They would do this by building a 53MM process demonstration unit (PDU). Their PDU ended costing more than 150MM and it never worked. Besides, their "new technology" was nothing more than 70 year technology invented by Germany during WWII to fund their war machine, converting coal to fuel. After 8 years all the original executives are gone, the PDU was sold for about 10MM and their true business model was revealed: 1.) Come up with a sexy story. 2.) Spin it to win it. 3.) Give yourself a lot of stock options each year. 4.) Issue smoke and mirror press releases. 5.) Cash in said options. 6.) Wash, rinse, repeat. Research the lawsuits and note the number of outstanding shares each year. And their current executives aren't any better.

    Now Rentech's business model is selling wood chips at Home Depot. Like you need a NEW publicly traded company headquartered next to Beverly Hills California in one of the most expensive building in Los Angeles to do that. And they have the entire floor. It doesn't take millions of dollars each month in SG&A coming from Los Angeles to figure out that China can sell wood chips cheaper than you, unless you're Rentech.

    Like I said, the inmates run this asylum.

    Advice to Management

    I'm embarrassed to have Rentech on my resume.


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  5. "Leadership? Where?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Augusta, GA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Augusta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Rentech as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company is growing at a fast pace. Young team.

    Cons

    Unstable, lots of uncertainties. No leadership at all! Company is nose diving! There is no clear path forward.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "An utter joke"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People there are friendly, with some notable exceptions. Pay can be decent to quite good, as there are quite a few overpaid employees there, especially higher up the chain. Location is also convenient.

    Cons

    Where do I start? Highly dysfunctional group and it all starts at the top. Highly incompetent CEOt. Kind of makes you think that anyone can become a CEO. There is a lot of dead weight at the top. Not impressed with anyone from upper management, and really only a couple out of the top 10 are adequate. Investors always complain about the expenses at the corporate level, and it starts with compensation. They pay these guys a lot of money and a bulk of the work/decisions gets outsourced to professional service firms. Work/life balance is dependent on what department you work for, but for most it is quite bad for a small, irrelevant company. Unfortunately, some here have equated activity with achievement. This explains their history of terrible investments. No room for much personal growth since there aren't many smart ones to learn from.

    Advice to Management

    Start earning your pay. You know who you are.


  7. "Rentech -"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Denver, CO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good, promising technology, exciting challenge to reduce dependence on foreign oil
    Highly competent staff technically

    Cons

    As startup company with limited income, financing of company and ability to complete new tasks is uncertain
    Pioneering a new area so many challenges

    Advice to Management

    Keep going


  8. "plant operator"

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

    Pros

    money is good, if you want no life. Work all you want.

    Cons

    management is never involved, work nights and nobody cares even safety

    Advice to Management

    get it together


  9. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Rentech as a contractor

    Pros

    A great place to learn a lot.

    Cons

    Hard to stick to a clear job description