Solvay, as a large company has lots of challenge and opportunities. the culture is very dependable on which location you land, management, division within the company, etc, but in general expect good people to work with. Bureaucracy is a little bit higher than usual, being a european company, but still more efficient that many.
Sr. Research Scientist (Former Employee) – Pittsburgh, PA – January 12, 2016
They bought a failed company and laid off everyone, then hired 35 more people including me, and after a little more than a year they're closing down and tossing everyone out again. No judgment or intelligence behind any decisions, just a bunch of moronic corporate jargon straight out of Office Space, greed and short term thinking.
If you're a woman you get lots of maternity leave.
Fantastic place to work. Great management and employees. Job was extremely interesting. A lot of work to do. I was kept very busy constantly. Morale at that location was high until production slowed down due to crude market deteriorating. The low oil prices forced no oil production. The product this facility manufactured was Guar which is used for fracking in the oil industry.
Great management and great employees. Interesting work.
Was only a temporary assignment. Production had drastically reduced, company had major layoffs including temporary staff.
Staff Scientist (Current Employee) – Bristol, Pa – July 10, 2015
Gained a lot of experience from industry experts, retention rate of employees tells all(my supervisor has been here for 30 years). Really laid back place as long as you fulfill your duties. Geeat pay and benefits.
Summer fridays, lots of pto good pay, great benefits, competitive salary
Production Specialist/Utility & Head Operator (Current Employee) – Baton Rouge, LA – June 16, 2015
Its buying and selling to leverage itself in the new economy and has become a major player in the chemical industry. As they have sold off thier unwanted intities has left some increased cost on old employees
Operations Supervisor (Current Employee) – North Charleston, SC – July 7, 2014
My Job is a integral part of the operations, we oversee every aspect of all the daily activities 24 hours a day. The hardest part of my job is communications among the different departments. I enjoy what I do most of the time being able to interact all the different areas within the plant and with the operators.
Underground Mine Maintenance (Current Employee) – Green River, WY – July 4, 2014
it is a company has WAY to Cronyism is partiality to long-standing friends, especially by appointing them to positions of authority, regardless of their qualifications. Hence, cronyism is contrary in practice and principle to meritocracy.
Cronyism exists when the appointer and the beneficiary are in social contact; often, the appointer is inadequate to hold his or her own job or position of authority, and for this reason the appointer appoints individuals who will not try to weaken him or her, or express views contrary to those of the appointer
As for all the mine it is a clean mine and there are great people that work there I love it and it will be a retirement job..
I.S. Specialist / Systems Administrator (Former Employee) – Green River, WY – March 12, 2014
I started at Solvay prior during the big Y2K scare, in 1998. We had a bunch of upgrading and other changes to accomplish in preparation for that. I got to work in a way that fit my style very well and I flourished there.
On any number of projects, I saw a need that I believed I could fill and I was allowed to step in and do it. It was very gratifying. I built some really good, beneficial systems for them over the years and I appreciated having the freedom and trust to be allowed to do that. I owe some of my most valuable skills and experience to my years there.
Toward the end of my time there, management changes began to alter that environment and disallow the same level of creativity to solve problems and automate processes. Management goals began to oppose direct help for end users and development of new systems to do it. My biggest joy at work was evaporating.
The coming change from "what's most beneficial to my users?" to the typical, self-interested help-desk-and-trouble-ticket approach sucked the joy out of the job for me. This played a big part in my decision to leave Solvay.
Also, being a European-owned company, there are some very real differences in management attitudes and style when compared to the usual American-owned company. The sense of openness and mutual respect drops off more quickly as you interact with people higher up in the org chart.
good pay & benefits; good people at the local level; variation in daily work
increasingly structured workplace; little opportunity for advancement
Project Engineering (Former Employee) – Baltimore – March 11, 2014
Work there for less then a year and sad to say this was one of the worst experience company I been a part of. Management is clueless with your job. Good luck getting training you ask and nobody knows? since they don't have HR around the Conner, you would have to contact a person in Brazil to get some sort of idea. Training was the worst part of all...
Senior Project and Process Engineer (Former Employee) – Baton Rouge, LA – February 27, 2014
I came from an environment that was fast paced and challenging when I stepped into this role. I would typically be done by lunch and would be in out digging around the plant for optimization opportunities while training young engineers.
Chemical Operator (Current Employee) – Blue Island, IL – January 2, 2014
Great group of guys to work with. Great job rotation, good business flow, great stepping stone. Horrible management. Big on safety (during safety meeting) get ir done job mentality. New rules on a daily basis, can't trust supervisors. "There are no accidents. Always operator fault." Nothing fixed till somebody gets hurt.
rotation, clean environment, good co-workers, good pay, good benefits.