Kemira Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Kemira Oyj (Nasdaq Helsinki: KEMIRA) is a global chemicals company serving customers in water intensive industries. Kemira has two main segments, Pulp & Paper and Industry & Water. Kemira is headquartered in Helsinki, Finland.In 2019, Kemira had annual revenue of around EUR 2.7 billion and over 5,000 employees. Kemira shares are listed on the Nasdaq Helsinki Ltd.

A former employee mentioned, "Kemira has had the worst management I have ever encountered in my entire career. They promote managers who do not have peoples skills or poor management practices. He made my life a misery and was just out there for his self preservation, advancement, would steal ideas and make them his own. would not recommend at all since it seems that HR is aware of the problem but does nothing about after many many employees complained about him and his immediate boss. But he is still there."


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Former Employee - Manager says

"Leadership in the US doesn’t know how to operatein that US. Recklessly spends money on travel without considering budget and ability to skype. If you’re not Finnish, forget moving up."

Former Employee - Customer Service Representative says

"No professionalism level is low"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"constantly restructuring and unethical company"

Chemical Operator says

"Union is Garbage and doesn't back you"

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"The employees at corporate have no clue where their paycheck comes from (aka manufacturing) and therefore provide no support. The company places too much on factory managers and continue to add more. Senior managers make poor business decisions. Employees are not happy. They have had too many lay offs (3 rounds in 2 years at various levels due to "re-structuring" and lack of business demand). There is too much turn over in management due to the issue previously mentioned and they have a hard time keeping good managers due to overloading them. There is no room for growth and no career plan to help you grow at the factory level. The plant is very old and poses a significant safety hazard."

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"-Upper Management and above is only out for themselves -Re-organization of the business units every 2-3 years -Unrealistic expectations with respect to work load and budget -Extreme under compensation -Low Morale -Shareholders and Management Board do not understand the industries that Kemira plays in"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"This is really the worst place to work at. They have very little consideration for employees here, they treat us like we don't matter. The pay is horrible and management sucks. Everyone here is petty and will do anything to make you feel underappreciated. They literally do not care about you at all."

Reactor Operator says

"The pay is not competitive. The management chain, starting at the CEO all the way to local managers, may have enough vision to see their nose. The tier for pay is horrible. There is over $10 difference per hour between the top and bottom. The company will lay off, recall, and lay you off two weeks later starting that it is too slow to keep you. However, it's too busy to let you take PTO."

Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"They have had too many executive-level leadership changes in the last couple years. It is hard to keep abreast of your task at hand when it changes every few months, without prior notice. The current leadership does not understand the business they are in which goes to explain why most of their facilities are failing, along with their sales. They have went through 2 presidents, 3 directors, 4 facility managers and half their sales force in a 3 year span. What does that tell you about them? Any kind of dissent or offering of alternative solutions/opinions is not tolerated, which explains the turnover. It also explains why they are failing badly as a business, because management has a complete inability to listen to anyone underneath them, who actually understand the real problems, nor give them the necessary support to remedy these problems. So when the dominoes fall, they just continue to yell at everyone and keep complaining about the problems that still exist. They are a regulatory violation and/or a loss of a large account away from folding. And it couldn't happen to a better, more deserving group of people."

Current Employee - Customer Service says

"The company offers no sick pay. The managers are extremely biased and wo try to make your job miserable so you will quit. They don't want to fire you. If a manager feels threatened by you they will try to get you fired. The managers on the o&m team is an extreme micromanager to the point where it causes you extra work. The PTO system is hectic and will show you have time when you really don't. So you get an unpaid vacation. Kemira does nothing to remedy this. Human resources also can not be trusted everything is supposed to be anonymous but they will tell your managers."

Oilfield Polymer Pumper/Operator (Former Employee) says

"Worked in the field, lived in hotel. Not good pay but it was work. Boring job in the middle of nowhere. Would not recommend but a job when I needed it."

Accounts Payable Coordinator (Former Employee) says

"Kemira was not a great place to work, management is not trained well. The finance department is extremely unorganized. i would not recommend kemira as a place to worknone`all"

Supply Chain specialist (Current Employee) says

"Worst management I had encountered in my entire career. They promote managers who do not have peoples skills or poor management practices. He made my life a misery and was just out there for his self preservation, advancement, would steal ideas and make them his own. would not recommend at all since it seems that HR is aware of the problem but does nothing about after many many employees complained about him and his immediate boss. But he is still there.nothing, they are not human in thereBad management, bad HR, bad salary."

Inventory Planner (Former Employee) says

"Intimidation and harassment were the norm. Job was a great job until a couple years ago when all the management left because of the no advancement culture that existed there. Managers were not promoted from within but were outsourced.TrainingLeadership"

Senior Principal Scientist/Executive Consultant (Current Employee) says

"KEMIRA, is very focused on the numbers, but are not willing to ride out any adverse industry conditions. Rather sale operations and lay off people than position the company for success and strategic industry positioning. Kemira has no concept for strategic market positioning and is very poor at truly listening to their qualified employees. Kemira is run by a handful of people trying to employ the same business model and concept to several different industries."

Order Management Specialist (Former Employee) says

"management is horriblethe temps work harder than the employees and are not being hired on. They don't care about employees at all. No training and no room for mistakes. Very busy and fast past but no appreciation to there employeesfree lunches/ not micro managersno traning/ mostly temps/ stressful and very busy not enough help"

EH&S Specialist (Former Employee) says

"Plant manager's friends on the staff get away with murder, can do no wrong. If you don't suck up to the site and production manager, and aren't willing to work 16 hours a day, your every move is scrutinized.Good benefits and payManagement thinks that you have to work 16 hours a day and should be 100% devoted to the company."

Quality Laboratory Technician/analyst (Former Employee) says

"Most of the senior employees are great to work with, but bad managers in most departments cause needless stress and high turnover for new workers. Very little training is given to new employees and there's an almost universal one strike policy for mistakes.PayHours, management"

Accounts Payables Analyst (Current Employee) says

"Wasn't a good experience. They do not give good raises for employees. They show favoritism also. Process are unorganized and IT continues to change things without making employees aware."

Digital Content Strategist (Former Employee) says

"This company has so many changes that people are unsure of the strategy or where it is headed. The work life balance is terrible and everyone seems to be more than one job at once."

Senior IP Patent Paralegal (Current Employee) says

"Need more opportunities for advancement. The employees were good people to work with. If advancement opportunities are important then this may not be for you."

Distribution & Production Planner (Current Employee) says

"The management was lackluster and worried about the little things that do not matter. Will micromanage even when work was complete. But the job was easy and fulfilling when everything was done."

Accounts Receivable Clerk (Current Employee) says

"Kemira is good place to work, however there is little opportunity to grow and advance."

Logistics Coordinator/Customer Service (Former Employee) says

"I learned a lot regarding transportation. Sometimes work was stressful trying to recover loads down due to truck issues. Work needed to be distributed more evenly among employees in certain departments."

Chemical Operator (Former Employee) says

"This job had it's moments. Overall, good job with ok insurance. Pay is less than other plants but is decent. The plant manager was not a good manager. The only good thing that he did was retire. The negative sides of the job are: The supervision is terrible. The union leadership is even worse. It is a union facility, that's a strike against it. Cronyism will get you far, hard work gets you nowhere. I'm neutral about recommending this plant. It paid ok, the benefits were ok. Union contract comes up, somebody is getting laid off."

Customer Service Representative (Former Employee) says

"I learned a lot more in how to use SAP and I learned a lot about the Chemical business. It is a very fast paced, busy company and it is a good place to work."

Service Technician/Sales Intern (Former Employee) says

"This is a company that makes for a good resume-builder. Simple tasks given, in environments that give ample credibility as job experience."

Chemical Process Operator (Former Employee) says

"The overall company is well but the environment is hazardous and the long hours will take a toll on most men. The overall working conditions are hard, from brutal summers to cold winters. The chemicals the employees work with are safe based on the measures put in place. The experience of senior employees will help you be safe and guide you through your work day.Guaranteed days off throughout the weekRotating 12 hour shifts"

Applications Lab Technician (Former Employee) says

"great company to work for, awesome manager. Lots of exciting opportunities. Work isn't hard, great co-workers. Lots of time to enjoy yourself outside of workgreat work life, good companynot many cons, just salary"

North American Buyer (Former Employee) says

"The manager that hired me was wonderful. We had flexible hours and could work from home if needed. After management changed the whole job changed and people felt like there jobs were in jeopardy."

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