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Pioneer President Paul E. Schickler
Paul E. Schickler
207 Ratings
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  • "Long hours, no advancement, constant changes in head count(in 21 reviews)

  • "Upper management has unrealistic expectations of what can be done with little resources (monetary and staffing)(in 15 reviews)

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  1. "Fast paced and fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pioneer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good career progression if willing to put yourself forward. Excellent colleagues and dedicated staff Reasonably good work-life balance Good pay

    Cons

    Rush to market can sometimes seem chaotic some antiquated views persist in the European section of the business

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    Pioneer2013-05-19
  2. "Extensive Change"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Edmonton, AB

    I worked at Pioneer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The company had a fairly supportive working environment and encouraged continuing education. Focus on quality research and products.

    Cons

    Work life balance wasn't ideal and extensive overtime is expected. Upper management has unrealistic expectations of what can be done with little resources (monetary and staffing). Extensive change has led to instability during the recent merger and spin.

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    Pioneer2019-09-03
  3. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Associate in Minneapolis, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pioneer full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Work life balance is great

    Cons

    Lots of work and change

    Pioneer2019-01-16
  4. "Frustrating job"

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    Former Employee - Production Technician in Plymouth, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I worked at Pioneer full-time

    Pros

    Most of the technicians are nice, good people. The job is pretty easy, most things are idiot proofed. Starting pay isn’t bad especially without any schooling or experience. Start with 3 weeks of PTO from day 1.

    Cons

    Leadership in the plant is far from stellar. Most of their decisions create frustration among technicians. The schedule is terrible and it will be changed with just a weeks notice. The plant is always understaffed and takes a minimum 4 months to replace a full time employee. The supervisors will do onboarding which is just making an employee sign papers to cover the company’s rear end, and then have someone who isn’t qualified to train the employee. The technology is great until it fails, and then nothing can operate. When it stops working then the plant will be down for at least 2 hours, up to 8 hours at times. The plant is centered on team work rather than people individually doing their jobs. Therefore, only a couple employees will carry the team while others just sit around slack. The company will make financial decisions and it only hurts the employees. The work/life balance is awful. For only 3 months of the year do you work a regular schedule, the rest of the year is spent on off shifts or extended shifts. A “restructuring” happens every now and then, and only good employees who are knowledgeable are let go. Also, when good employees are wanting to leave, management will do nothing to try to make them stay. Lastly, the company rarely hires from within, especially if you are qualified. But coming from outside of the company with no seed experience will earn a job. A technician will never make it past a team lead.

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    Pioneer2019-02-09
  5. "Maintenance Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor in McLeansboro, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pioneer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good Benefits and pay. Work life balance ok.

    Cons

    Many sites are remote which leads to group silos and not much collaboration.

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    Pioneer2018-12-04
  6. "Great Company, Great Coworkers"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Johnston, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pioneer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Flexible, friendly, and good work life balance.

    Cons

    Culture of meetings. Many levels of hierarchy.

    Pioneer2018-09-18
  7. Helpful (3)

    "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Pioneer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, decent benefits, work atmosphere depends a lot on your co workers.

    Cons

    Tons of hours, lots of travel, no comp time, pretty bad work life balance at out lying facilities. Boring mundane tasks that last week's to months. The attention to safety is good on some level but here it requires tons of time, wasted resources and headaches. Mergers, downsizing, and good ole boy mentality makes you wonder how long you'll have a job if you're not your direct supervisors bff.

    Pioneer2018-08-12
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    "Bright Future"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Pioneer full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Networking Opportunities Exposure to Leadership regularly Good pay Ad-hoc benefits like GM Discount and local businesses

    Cons

    Work life balance-especially at stations Merger changes-expected timeline the next two years (previous 3-4 years as well)

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    Pioneer2018-01-08
  9. "Research Associate II"

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    Former Employee - Research Associate in Johnston, IA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Pioneer full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits, great work/life balance

    Cons

    Repetitive work, lots of meetings, management

    Pioneer2017-12-05
  10. Helpful (1)

    "RS"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Johnston, IA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Pioneer full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Good work life balance and benefits,

    Cons

    1. At work : Too much politics , very few workers and a lot managers. If you are friend of a manager (in any way), you will end up in a to-be successful project and get promotions and raises very fast. A lot of attention to over-staters and loud talkers. 2. Core values: The core values are a bunch of joke in the company. Employees would laugh at you if are asked upon seriousness of the company in using them. These are at the disposal of the management to trouble and/or fire employees . No ethical standards. 3. R&D; It is supposed to be discovery company, but science/ discovery is not encouraged anymore. 3. Managers: Nothing to say about them. I doubt somebody would say I learnt from my boss. There is no transparency from the management. 4. Performance management: Bosses show the their creativity while reviewing the performance management and year end reviews. You are always compared to a lower level grade worker. This is the only company where it is acceptable to compare employees with each other ( in a negative way and demoralize the employees). The whole process is questionable as the employees should be bucketed into groups (irrespective of their performance). 5. If you are not a local, stay out of this company. You will be stuck and waste your time and will not get any help. Please go to some enlightened working place. 6. Useless HR: They are rubber stamps of management. You neither see them nor do not pay attention unless it involves an outsider (generally love to punish them).

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    Pioneer2017-12-13

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