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Westlake Chemical Reviews

Updated October 24, 2016
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Reliability Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer
    Current Employee - Reliability Engineer
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits package, double digit 401k match, great bonuses, awesome work/life balance (9-80 work schedule), CEO and upper management really understand the business market which has driven great successful for the company. Safety is driven from the top down and backed up with investment to improve and mitigate safety issue within a plant. The most amazing thing about this company is that when things go bad, people come together to solve problems without passing blame. This is a very professional work environment made up of people who treat each other like family.

    Cons

    Spousal surcharge for health insurance if spouse has options with her employer. not always transparent about career advancement of promotions. Company runs leans with very little turnover of employees, which means advancement opportunities don't come around all that often.

    Advice to Management

    Embrace new ideas of a younger work force eager to look at and solve existing problems with a new perspective.


  2. "Millwright Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Planner/Scheduler (Promotion) in Prairieville, LA
    Current Employee - Planner/Scheduler (Promotion) in Prairieville, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits and salary is competitive.

    Cons

    None that I can think of.


  3. "Good place to work, great benefits"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, good training. Great location.

    Cons

    Not a lot of delegation of decision making. Most decisions made at a high level.


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  5. "Great work life balance"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Geismar, LA
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Geismar, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The pay is very competitive, and the 401k match is great. The vacation and benefits are also good. Very interesting and challenging work, you can stay as busy as you want to be, but still have a good work-life balance. You will get to work with a lot of talented people, and the company is very good about investing in the employees and developing them.

    Cons

    The insurance does not cover spouses if they can get insurance from their company. But it does, fortunately cover children.


  6. "Excellent Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly, professional, efficient work-place environment

    Cons

    No cons come to mind


  7. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Sulphur, LA
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Sulphur, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good people, pay, benefits and generally easy work. Great opportunity for advancement within or getting the experience to move on.

    Cons

    Shift work, long hours and tedious.


  8. "Operator"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calvert City, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calvert City, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Westlake Chemical full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay and easy work after learning the plant.

    Cons

    Tough for new hires. Gossip is rampant throughout the company and most of it spews from a top heavy management model.

    Advice to Management

    Stop all the back stabbing and create a loyal environment again. There's too much gossip. It starts with you.


  9. "Good stable company with good benefits"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good solid company with a positive outlook. Great location and opportunity to grow. The office has been renovated and looks very nice and modern.

    Cons

    The company needs to invest in technology. Management could use more training and a more positive approach to employees.


  10. "Highly enjoy my job"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits, culture, focus on safety, diversity, bonuses, retirement matching, retirement contributions, paid holidays, paid vacation.

    Cons

    Advancement track is not as clearly defined as I'd like.


  11. "The worst of the Worst ....."

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    Former Employee - Process Technician in Geismar, LA
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Geismar, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great starter job for a Process Operator, you will get a lot of hands on experience but the turn over rate it unreal.

    Cons

    Westlake Chemical, Geismar has the worst management, and training program ever. Once hired, you get a outdated book of the process, your shown how to make your round and collect you samples, then you basically have to learn the entire process on your own. Being that you are not trained properly, you are at very very high risk of being seriously injured, or worse. Also managements #1 priority is to find reasons to write up and seek disciplinary actions upon their employees hints their unbelievable turn over rate.



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