Wacker Chemie Reviews

Updated Jun 2, 2020

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3.7
77%
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83%
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Wacker Chemie President and CEO Rudolf Staudigl
Rudolf Staudigl
24 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good products and german stratergy(in 5 reviews)

  • "Some of the German cultural influence has had positive effect(in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • "Working culture is too much German business style for an international operating company(in 4 reviews)

  • "The HR department has over 100% turnover in the last 3 years if that tells you anything(in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Avg Salary"

    5.0
    Current Employee - IT Manager 

    I have been working at Wacker Chemie full-time

    Pros

    Work culture is good, international exposure

    Cons

    Fast paced working styles with slight imbalance

  2. Helpful (1)

    "Better than average, but ever changing.."

    4.0
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Charleston, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wacker Chemie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Facilities are mostly safe and clean. Opportunities are there to move up or around different job functions if your qualified. Experience can be gained here for future opportunities elsewhere. Most schedules are 12hr rotations which presents a 7 day off period per month. Benefits are average.

    Cons

    12 hour rotating shifts with slim chances of getting day shift only. Plant management seems to have a yearly trend of shifting for the good or sometimes bad through either production goal stress or getting promoted. Basically though in my experience if you do you job and are present when your scheduled they do respect it. Unfortunately we lose many experienced operators through higher paying or different scheduled companies.

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  3. "Good not great"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Chemist Engineer in Adrian, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wacker Chemie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Wacker is a very stable company, and has hardly ever laid anyone off. Their pay is average if you live in the Adrian area. They have the tools to do your job well, and will listen if you think you need something.

    Cons

    Raises are small and once a year and you can only expect a large (5%) raise every 5 or so years. Your bonus is based on many things outside of your control.

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  4. "Poor"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Wacker Chemie full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and that's it

    Cons

    Understaffed, bad managers, and dangerous.

  5. Helpful (1)

    "Dont"

    1.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
     
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Wacker Chemie

    Pros

    Pay was on par for the area

    Cons

    Management is awful. So much cost savings it was impossible to do your job.

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  6. "The frauds and the fools"

    3.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Crushing Operator in Charleston, TN
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wacker Chemie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Salary and paycheck,exercise,explosions, vending machine

    Cons

    Unprofessional, Unstable, Inconsistent, Invalidated, managed for a toxic environment

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  7. "Love it"

    5.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cleveland, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wacker Chemie full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Best job i've ever had!

    Cons

    I have no cons at all

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Trending Downhill"

    2.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Wacker Chemie full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    It's an organised environment with decent benefits and some good people. Some of the German cultural influence has had positive effect.

    Cons

    The organization is very atypical for an American plant. As they figure things out, benefits have been removed over time, pay has not gone up, raises are rare, and the good people seem to be leaving. Management is totally tone-deaf to any feedback from employees. Examples: Pay for operators has not been consistent with other plants in the area, leading to good operators leaving and unskilled operators sticking around. Pay for engineering doesn't develop over time as they lack a pay progression system. They rolled one out toward the end of my tenure and the experience levels didn't come with increased pay.

  9. "Good German Company"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician 

    I worked at Wacker Chemie full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Good benefits and salary for the position - Diversity of projects - German work structure - Safety oriented culture - Travel opportunities if you have the right skill set(s) - There was fairly frequent opportunity for OT if justified by management - Application of techniques that can easily be transferred to you

    Cons

    - Seasonality of the industry I was working - A bulk of the work is very repetitive (could be a pro depending on your view) which can lead to boredom especially if you are testing experimental material on machine(s) - Slow to implement changes sometimes - Occasional favoritism - Some colleagues can be difficult to work (depending on your personality)

  10. "Great company to work for"

    4.0
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charleston, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Wacker Chemie full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Long term commitment to business, safety focus, investment in employee trainings. Good performers have competitive pay, bonuses, and promotional opportunities. Bad performers complain about pay, career advancement, etc.

    Cons

    High workload, slow decision making in matrix organization.

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