Customer and Logistics Supervisor (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – December 12, 2017
I've learned a lot while working at this company. I've learned how to manage barges and set up the lightering to transfer from vessel to barge. The hardest part about this job is learning Oracle once you master the system everything else is a breeze.
Enjoyed my time working here. Flat hierarchy and truly "open door" policy. There could be more accountability but overall great culture. While there isn't a lot of room to grow; there is plenty of opportunity to learn new skills.
Jack-of-all-trades engineering with challenging deadlines and decent benefits
Sr. Process Engineer (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – January 31, 2017
At the time I was at Merichem their business philosophy for the Process Technology Division (PTD) that I was in was to emphasize speed in our client deliverables. A process engineer like me would be responsible for developing the whole FEED package for a proposed caustic or amine treating system based on sales sketches and either Merichem, or more often than not, client specifications. Because of the emphasis on speed there were often late nights and sprints at the sales imposed deadlines that were a constant frustration; especially since the sales people were trying to dazzle the client with our speed rather than work with them to meet their deadlines. We would often break our necks to meet a "deadline" only to have the client wait several months to look at the product. This insane pace stressed many engineers enough to leave the company. If you could adapt and manage the stress there were many opportunities to travel and interface with clients as a process engineer or you could travel even more as a tech service engineer supporting installed process units or as a sales engineer. Benefits were OK. Compensation was average with usually a pretty good bonus.
Lots of learning opprotunities, Lots of travel and client interface
Work was artificially too fast-paced, Management was very closed-minded
Manager (Current Employee) – Houston, TX – September 1, 2016
Merichem, at its core, is a great company. Senior management needs some changes if the company is going to return to greatness. Decisions are being made for the benefit of individuals instead of the company. No career ladders, minimal raises. You're pretty much stuck where you start.
A small research facility that provided great opportunities for learning
Research Chemist (Former Employee) – Houston, TX – March 18, 2014
Hardest part of the job was the lack of advancement. Roles were too strictly defined and opportunities for growth and advancement were extremely limited. Co-workers were great! Most enjoyable part, while it was enjoyable, was having a supervisor that was not a micromanager