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PQ Corporation minds its Ps and Qs when producing industrial chemicals. It is one of the world's largest producers of sodium silicates (a glass product made from sand). Glass-bead products from its Potters Industries affiliate are used in highway striping to reflect headlights. PQ's glass beads are also used to grind and process pigments for paints, – more... inks, and cosmetics. Its potassium silicates are used in welding rods, soaps, and detergents. PQ's magnesium sulfate is used in animal feed, packaging, and pharmaceuticals. Zeolytst International (a partnership with a  Royal Dutch Shell unit) makes zeolite-based catalysts and adsorbents for a range of chemical and petrochemical applications.

PQ Corporation markets about 40 different silica-based chemical and performance product lines and operates about 60 chemical and manufacturing sites worldwide. 


The company's PQ moniker dates back to Philadelphia Quartz, which began selling sodium silicate in 1861


After more than a century and a half of family ownership, PQ Corporation has gone through several ownership changes in the latter half of this decade. It was owned by the founding Elkinton family until 2005, when the family sold the company to an affilite of JPMorgan Partners. JPMorgan then sold PQ to the Carlyle Group for $1.5 billion in 2007.


Not long after Carlyle Group acquired the company, it merged PQ with former competitor Ineos Silicas, creating a billion-dollar behemoth that still retained the name PQ Corporation.


In 2011 the company was 60% owned by the Carlyle Group and 40%owned by British chemicals giant INEOS Group (40%). 


PQ Corporation traces its roots to a family soap and candle business opened by Joseph Elkinton in 1831 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
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What is it like to work at PQ Corporation?

3.3
Work/Life Balance
3.5
Compensation/Benefits
3.2
Job Security/Advancement
3.0
Management
3.3
Culture

What are people saying about the leadership at PQ Corporation?

47%
of employees approve of CEO’s performance
CEO Approval is based on 17 ratings
3.0
Stressful, busy at times
Written by Operator (Former Employee) from Muscatine, IA on November 15, 2018
It was a decent place to work but not enough employees to do all the work that needed to be done. It was basically a bubble gum and duct tape facility. Holes everywhere. Management was horrible at the facility I worked at.
Cons
Short breaks. Bad machines or Equipment
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What do employees at PQ Corporation say about culture and work-life balance?

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Competitive
Collaborative
4.0
Co-op at an R&D facility
Written by Chemical Engineering Co-op (Former Employee) from Conshohocken, PA on May 14, 2017
I was a co-op at a medium-sized R&D location. Day to day, I was tasked with aiding a lab technician perform tests on silica gel beads (product) and create silica gel in the lab based on new recipes. Later on in my co-op, I was tasked win creating P&ID drawings on some of the older systems that had no engineering drawings on record. The work culture - more...
Pros
Friendly work environment
Cons
Lab testing is not the most interesting thing in the world
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