This place has just gone down-hill ever since Air Products split and Versum was created. Management here is a joke and they don't take you seriously. When you're hired they say you're a valued employee but as you experience your first couple of days you quickly realize how false that statement actually is. 85% of the technicians are already looking for other jobs to get away from this sinking ship. When management asks what's going on and you tell them they claim that what you're saying is a lie or incorrect and that they don't believe that.
If you're looking for a job where people who DON'T perform the job are the ones writing the procedures which make no sense, this is the company for you.
The pay is decent but for what we do it should be way more, Samsung pays Versum over 190$ a man hour but has technicians here being paid 15$ an hour. This is outrageous and unheard of.
The shifts are decent for having ample time off but I feel the 4 day week on can be a bit long and mentally tiresome. This jobsite has become so negative and toxic due to the lack of real leadership everyone is wanting to jump ship.
If you like Stress, Slow paced work, terrible management and long sweaty days, this is the job for you.
I personally suggest you get hired on elsewhere making more.
Chemical Technician (Current Employee) – Austin, TX – July 10, 2018
The Positive: 12 hour shifts are great and allow for longer weekends. Most fellow techs are good to work with. The bad ones are usually identified for you in the first week or two. It's a large site and a lot can be learned if you take it upon yourself to research. For the most part you will always work in a safe setting. 5S makes for a mostly clean environment. Basic levels of PPE are readily accessible, though what to wear is always based off a spreadsheet which is a hazard in itself. Tools (drum lifters, forklift, cylinder/air carts) in poor condition are probably the biggest hazards.
The Negative: Techs are thought of as un-knowledgeable if they don't agree/abide by everything. Overhear the wrong conversation and this is very evident. This makes change based on technician's views, hard. Actual training is rare. It is believed that Powerpoints and huge procedures which read like legal documents (with initials on every single line) are the solution. Expect to get writers cramp from signing your name. Management is pretty bad. Micro-management is huge. About the only thing left you can do without needing permission or someone watching you, is use the restroom. Pay can be decent if you play their system and you're lucky enough to get a sit-down. It's not about how hard you work or what your responsibilities include, its about getting a book full of signatures and remembering answers long enough for your 20 minute sit-down. Shifts rotate from days to nights every three months. A lot of techs do not like this and try to trade. Trading isn't always available or "approved".more...
Final: If you're an independent thinker or problem solver who wants to know the "whys" or solve the "hows", this place isn't for you. If you're looking for a job where you can show up, do what you're told then go home, this place might work for you. Management is looking for robots, not technicians.less
Consolidated schedule, fellow techs are good for the most part
Im not sure about the rest of the company but Versum SAS site can be a toxic environment to work in. They encourage you to rat out your fellow employee and when you don't the punishment is severe. They use fear of loosing your job to keep you in line. When you make a mistake they use you as an example to the others. If you are in the Navy or was once then you will be hired in at a higher level and higher pay regardless of your experience. Its like a revolving door there, almost like they have to meet a quota every month. Very toxic environment and I'm not talking about the chemicals.
Paid lunch break
Management doesn't have a clue and it shows, like loosing departments to other contract companies.
Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) – Tempe, AZ – June 13, 2018
Saying management is a joke would be a huge understatement. Antiquated processes and approach to everything. The retards on the manufacturing floor make more money than the scientists in the lab. Nothing is clear. The mandatory training they force down your throat is about 16 straight hours on job critical aspects like European shipping laws. Just in case you were to ever have the need to ship a laptop battery to the U.K. you will be set! Literally, worst company I have ever worked for. If for some reason McDonald's isn't hiring and your that desperate take a chance, but goood luck!
Manager (Current Employee) – Tempe, AZ – May 14, 2018
This is a great time to be a part of Versum. We have completed our separation from Air Products and have developed our own culture and values. Work is gratifying because it's impactful and meaningful. Management has an open door policy and values feedback. We have the opportunity to collaborate together to shape the future of the business. It's very exciting!
General Business (Current Employee) – Allentown, PA – May 10, 2018
Employees are not valued and upper management is awful. I believe upper management knows about the low morale but doesn't care to do anything about it - they are more concerned about the numbers. It is very frustrating to work at Versum because you try your best, recommend changes or possible improvements but your ideas go nowhere because there are control freaks at upper levels.
I strongly recommend NOT working at Versum.
Really expensive healthcare to the point where you choose not to go to the doctor, terrible management
Operations Technician (Former Employee) – Tempe, AZ – May 6, 2018
Perfection was demanded in this high paced environment. We frequently missed breaks and felt pressured to take short 10-15 minute lunches. Leadership was all talk with no effective solutions to issues even though they asked for feedback. It eventually would lead to issues. Most people I talked to there were disgruntled and had a low opinion for the company.
Process Specialist (Current Employee) – Tempe, AZ – April 2, 2018
Originally a great start-up turned high stress. As the company progressed from start-up to Air Products to Versum, the overhead corporate pressure increased more and more. Employees are told that they make the company but then told it's all about the share holders and keeping them happy. Upper management is awful. They collect fat bonuses while promotions and bonuses suffer beneath. You literally cannot advance unless you have a PhD. Even Master's degrees have poor career advancement. If you have a bachelor's degree stay away. Beware, they have a non-compete so once you sign it be prepared for lack of growth and increasing stress!
safe environment, non-managment employees
pay, healthcare costs, stress level, resources, career development and advancement
A quickly spiraling company from a once great place to work
Senior Research Technician (Current Employee) – Tempe, AZ – March 26, 2018
learning opportunities are abundant but they will not lead to career advancements unless you have a PHD. The people are great to work with but are too brow beaten to voice concerns about the management of the company and future direction of research.
Manager (Current Employee) – Tempe, AZ – March 19, 2018
Employees are not valued, upper management does not appreciate the lower level employees. There is a serious lack of focus and direction. Priorities shift, projects are not able to be completed before new ones are assigned. Communication is poor. There is a constant feeling of being set up to fail.
Place to gain experience,not fit for long term advancement
Assistant Chemist (Current Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – March 5, 2018
Priority of sample analysis are communicated at the beginning of the day and data/results are expected at the end of the day. The department offers opportunities to learn various technical/analytical skills however poor management prevents any advancement due to lack of time management, communication, and guidance. The company as a whole is very successful, the people are great to work with however some managers are totally blindsided by what is happening to their employees. The hardest part of the job is accomplishing all that is expected of you without any means of promotion. The most enjoyable part of the job is when people get together for luncheons or to play table tennis or foosball.
Chemical Plant Operator (Current Employee) – Tamaqua, PA – February 13, 2018
Hectic 12 hour days, management doesn't listen to operators. Dangerous chemicals, and training and continuing education are lacking. Union workers are 2nd class citizens. The hardest part of the job is keeping up with the demands of the workday. fast paced manufacturing environment. Hometown, PA It pays well though.
Chemist (Current Employee) – Carlsbad, CA – February 11, 2018
Management is concerned with numbers and not with their people. I feel like the focus is getting the most work for the least money and not in developing skill in their workers and a better team environment.
Flexible work hours, good vacation policy, safety is very important
No opportunity for advancement, low pay, no sense of value to my manager or the company
Megasys Manager (Current Employee) – Santa Clara, CA – January 25, 2018
Versum is a spin off of Air Products. We are still a new company but thriving. Although I feel that I am well compensated, Versum isn't always competitive on salary alone. They make up for some of that with pretty good compensation package.