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Westlake Chemical Reviews

Updated Aug 10, 2019

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Westlake Chemical CEO Albert Chao
Albert Chao
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  • "There are no cons for the place(in 5 reviews)

  • "No more 9/80s or work from home days so work life balance took a major hit(in 3 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review
    Helpful (1)

    "Awesome Company with great benefits!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Has won many awards, hit the fortune 500 for the first time, broke record sales last year and more! Plus: Great benefits, quarterly bonuses + annual bonus + 9/80's in certain departments!

    Cons

    No Cons to speak of!

    Westlake Chemical2019-05-28

    Westlake Chemical Response

    May 29, 2019Westlake Chemical

    Thank you for taking the time out to share your feedback! We appreciate your hard work and contribution toward our goals.

  2. "Beware HR's False advertising"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fairly stable company although stock prices have dropped almost 50% since last year

    Cons

    - Not a progressive company at all. Very old school and authoritarian mentality. Still operates like a private mom and pop shop company. - Beware HR who falsely advertise the company and benefits etc. to bring in good candidates, but once you get in things are different. No 9/80 or work from home for managers and up any more. - Communication is poor and there is no company culture to speak of. - Very cheap and not...

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    Advice to Management

    We are not in the 1980s any more... get moving with the times and realize that you need to make people feel like they are part of something... invest in your people and empower them.

    Westlake Chemical2019-08-10

    Westlake Chemical Response

    August 12, 2019Westlake Chemical

    Since Westlake was started more than 30 years ago, we have fostered a culture upon the ideal of “family”. Several things have marked our success – remaining vigilant regarding safety, the reliable operation of our facilities, being opportunistic about our strategic investments, improving ...

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  3. "Great company, lots of growth potential"

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    Current Employee - Senior Electrical Technician in Plaquemine, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, quarterly bonuses + annual bonus, safe work culture, lots of overtime available to those who want it.

    Cons

    No cons to speak of!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work.

    Westlake Chemical2019-05-09

    Westlake Chemical Response

    May 13, 2019Westlake Chemical

    Thank you for the positive feedback, it is much appreciated! Our employees are our greatest asset and a safe work environment is our top priority. The Quarterly Incentive Plan is one of the key ways we reward employees and recognize the vital role you play as a member of our Westlake ...

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  4. Helpful (6)

    "Slightly better than average"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Decent salary & quarterly bonus plan.

    Cons

    Company decided to eliminate the flexible work arrangement program for all managers. No more 9/80s or work from home days so work life balance took a major hit.

    Advice to Management

    Don't eliminate popular benefits when the unemployment rate is at an all time low. This disincentives employees from wanting to move up within the company. Why would I want to be a manager and have to lose an extra 26 days off per year? This is a good way to make sure your talent moves into management with another company. Food for thought.

    Westlake Chemical2019-04-16

    Westlake Chemical Response

    May 13, 2019Westlake Chemical

    We appreciate you sharing your feedback and concerns as this decision was not made lightly. At the beginning of 2019, senior management reviewed the existing flexible work arrangements, in order to evaluate both their utility and impact on both employees and the business. Given the ...

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  5. Helpful (2)

    "Take care of there people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Plaquemine, LA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good pay good benefits, good bonus

    Cons

    Management doesn’t stand up for you

    Westlake Chemical2019-03-20

    Westlake Chemical Response

    May 13, 2019Westlake Chemical

    Thank you for both the positive and constructive feedback! The relationship between a manager and their team is of utmost importance. We encourage you to sit down, face-to-face, with your manager and give them specific and detailed feedback about what makes you feel this way. If this ...

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  6. Helpful (2)

    "Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Pay is good. Flexible hours depending on department

    Cons

    Upper management tends to play favorites

    Westlake Chemical2019-02-12
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Great if you're not in accounting/finance"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analyst in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Westlake Chemical for less than a year

    Pros

    Great company and benefits. Also corporate location is connected to Galleria mall which makes it convenient for food.

    Cons

    No work life balance. Everyone gets 9/80's except for accounting/finance

    Westlake Chemical2018-12-20

    Westlake Chemical Response

    May 21, 2019Westlake Chemical

    We know that the demands of professional life may be overwhelming at times and that work-life balance is important to our employees. Westlake offers flexible work options for a large population of employees and participation does vary by department. If you are feeling like you have ...

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  8. Helpful (1)

    "Salary"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Westlake Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Salary was competitive for the area

    Cons

    no cons had a good experience here

    Westlake Chemical2018-11-26

    Westlake Chemical Response

    May 21, 2019Westlake Chemical

    Thank you for the positive review! Westlake Chemical (and affiliate companies) aims to offer competitive compensation and benefit packages that rewards individual as well as team performance.

  9. Helpful (1)

    "Logistics"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at Westlake Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Great company. Very family feel from the top down. Lots of tenured employees.

    Cons

    The organization has a definite micro manager approach to decision making. Most decisions require approval from the CEO so the company tends to be slow to react to changing business conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Allow the lower level management to make more decisions and the company will be able to respond faster and much more nimble than today

    Westlake Chemical2018-11-14
  10. Helpful (3)

    "Good compensation, but that's all"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Westlake Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good.

    Cons

    HR is a disaster. There are people employed there who regularly scream and yell at their subordinates and colleagues in meetings and nothing is done. Communication from leadership is very limited. There are little to no opportunities to advance.

    Advice to Management

    Hold all employees accountable for their behavior. Foster a culture of mutual respect.

    Westlake Chemical2018-11-19

    Westlake Chemical Response

    May 21, 2019Westlake Chemical

    We’re sorry you feel like you did not receive the support needed from the Human Resources team. Mutual respect, a professional work environment, and communication are all very important priorities for the company. Many factors affect advancement opportunities – including, but ...

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