Pros: compensation, safety culture
Cons: long hours, rotating shifts
By far, I've made more as a Production Operator at Arkema than any other position I've held. As of today, the average salary for a person holding a Master's degree or higher is only around $59k... that is the starting salary of a Union employee at our site. With overtime, I hit around $70k/year. Now that the important part has been said, there's also – more... room to comment on the culture and management at Arkema.
They do seem to favor intrusive leadership, but that is understandable, seeing how we work around highly hazardous materials (explosives, flammables, toxic, corrosive, etc.). The management does a good job of keeping a watchful eye on employees, ensuring quality of production and contentment of employees.
Old timers whine a lot, but once you've worked here for a bit, you'll find that there's not much to complain about. – less