Umicore Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback

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Umicore N.V.. formerly Union Minière, is a multinational materials technology company headquartered in Brussels, Belgium.


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Current Employee - Supervisor says

"If you like management that plays favorites over ability then this is the place for you. The previous GM ruined the company."

Former Employee - Regional Sales Director says

"Unfortunately, still a local mindset. More preference is given to Belgian employees as compared to other nationalities. Culture and values are just on paper."

Former Employee - Chemical Production Technologist says

"Discriminatory, hostile, bullying work environment and weak management"


"Pennywise pound foolish Hard to move up if you are not Belgian Loss making divisions except UPMR and Auto Catalyst"


"Raises don't even match the cost of living. No recognition for hard work. Bargaining unit actually runs the plant."

Current Employee - Senior Manager says

"Business Unit Management's Favoritism People with no accomplishments getting recognized by Excom Need to be Belgian to advance Rules are rules unless you are Belgian Loss making due to operational and quality issues"

Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says

"Gossip is the name of the game"


"Very bad environment, co-workers were vicious and out for themselves, no matter who they had to step on to get ahead. Direct management was an incompetent leader and not fair in dealings with direct supports."

Former Employee - Journeyman Electrician says

"Very poor management. Seem to fire people whenever they feel like it. Manage by fear tactics. Have been found guilty of wrongfull dismissal. Vindictive if bring up safety concerns."

Former Employee - Machine Operator says

"poor management, low wage, they don't know how to deal with employees."

Operador de Produção I (Former Employee) says

"Clima muito ruim para se trabalhar, sem treinamento , o pessoal do escritório pode fazer tudo e o pessoal da produção ñ pode nem ir no banheiro, varios funcionários afastado por Depressão.Convênio médicoManda embora a qualquer momento"

Operator (Current Employee) says

"The management is not honest with there employees. It is a very dangerous Place to work. You're exposed to very dangerous chemicals which causes you to have health problemsNoneManagement not knowing what they are doing"

Production Operator (Current Employee) says

"Umicore is a dead end job. The facility is very run down. Management holds the employees in very low regard unless you have a college degree. You can do your best or very worst, they don't think any more of you either way. Operators here are treated very differently than the rest of the plant. They can be expected to work every holiday, even Christmas, but you won't see any other employees on holidays!"

Agent de nettoyage (Former Employee) says

"très mauvais souvenir,hyper dangereux quand vous nettoyer les cuves d'acides."

Procesoperator (Current Employee) says

"- ze beloven van alles maar er komt nooit iets van - overal is er wel vriendjes politiek - er steekt altijd wel iemand een mes in de rug - jaloesie - ipv eerst denken dan doen, hier is het omgekeerd, eerst doen dan denken - laagste loon in de industrie conclusie: als je niet anders kan is dit een goed bedrijf voor "ervaring op papier" nadien kan je gemakkelijker bij een ander bedrijf starten.Hallo, Wat spijtig dat je huidige werkervaring niet zo positief is.Wil je je ervaring wat gedetailleerder uitleggen door een mailtje te sturen naar ?Dan gaan we er onmiddellijk mee aan de slag.Groeten, Umicore"

Solvent extraction operator (Current Employee) says

"Again I choose not to give my opinion of this company for personal and professional reason that may affect or deter anyone from applying for a position with this company."

Document Control Specialist (Former Employee) says

"I had been a long time employee there when we were purchased by Umicore. In three years it was a very unpleasant and stressful place to work. Mainly do to them downsizing the employees, which was done a number of times over that time span. You just never new when you would be next, which created a very stressful environment for everyone there. In essence, they did not practice Corporate Social Responsibility.compensation was not reducedextremely stressful place to work"

Recycling Technician (Former Employee) says

"Worked here for a few months. Bad experience all around. Lead man didn't know how to train the new hires. Upper management was just as worse. The work shouldn't take 12 hours to complete. Maybe 10 tops. Sometimes it would be a slow night and I would find myself watering the floor for a hour just to keep myself looking busy"

Accounting Assistant (Former Employee) says

"Did not enjoy my time there. Manager micromanaged and if it wasn't their words then it was wrong Good thing was every week fresh fruit, cookies and snacks were provided for the shop staff and office staff BBq's sporadic throughout the summerFresh snacks every weekMicromanaged"

Chemical Operator (Current Employee) says

"cp was a good learning experience . i liked the people i worked with. while i was working there i learned how to turn reactors from reclcled material to finish product. i also learned the process of the plant and how it works. another of my duties was filtering the materials we worked with in order to take out the metals not needed. the hardest parts of the job were keepeing up with all the new equipment that was being put in for upgrades to the system, but that wasn't too bad .work 14 days a monthnight shift, and to far from home, pay, unsafe work environment"

Machine Operator (Former Employee) says

"laid back work environment,learned some new skills with micrometers,calipers,co workers were ok,but wasnt told the truth about eventually being hired from temp to real employee,and finally layed off from them,so not much else to say...nonetoo many to list"

Office Administration (Former Employee) says

"Pay scale is competitive. European management where advancement from production to management does not occur. No future for 50+, and female managers are uncommon. Great opportunity for degreed technical individuals 20 - 30 years and insuranceeuropean management"

General Hand (Former Employee) says

"work was ok, majority of the workers were great but ultimately it was poor decision making that led to the company's down full"

North American Business Line Controller (Former Employee) says

"The work life balance was tested at times. Most jobs in the company was dead end, only the management team from Belgium got to move up in the company."

Machine Operator (Former Employee) says

"the work keeps you on your toes. The environment can be stressful because areas are controlled from a different branch. The pay goes by a job matrix, so the more you learn, the more you make."

fieldcoach/ vervangend coach (Current Employee) says

"Zeer sociale fabriek en veel variëteit . Zeer hoge werkdruk en weinig begripMulti cultureelSlechte loon"

Sales Manager (Current Employee) says

"Management fails to do their homework when positioning individuals in roles. Secrecy among leadership and management. Politics within the HR department Friendships. Company "values" are non-existent for "special employees" Unwilling to consider improvements because the employees resist change and management are part of the problem. Failure to utilize skilled employees to full capacity. Very little room for growth unless certain people approve of you. Expectations are if you treat me as God, I'll consider you. Witnessed dishonest employees being supported by upper management. Again, HR is the biggest issue, so favoritism to "friends".Free lunches sometimes, reasonable benefits, diverse and fun collegesManagement lack skills, HR unprofessional violating people sharing information about employees."

productieoprator (Former Employee) says

"Te kort gewerkt om goede review te geven Kan zeggen dat ik in de bemonstering stond en dat dat een slechte omgeving was om te werken. Collega's waren goed en ook een mix van jong en oud."

General Hand (Former Employee) says

"Shift work Co workers were friendly and east to get along with Night shift was hard straight after day shift but learned to live with it Work mates made work there enjoyableGreat payGoing straight from day shift to night shift"

Finance (Former Employee) says

"Umicore is a great company to work for with great benefits. Co-workers and management are okay. Very high turnover in finance department.Great benefitsAdvancement"