Chemtura Reviews

Updated April 5, 2015
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  1. Overall a good experience. As a young engineer it was a great place to get a ton of experience.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Great working environment at the West Lafayette site. Always seemed to have uncertainty in the company with where it was heading.
    Good working experience

    Cons

    Never seemed to have well defined goals or objectives that were also attainable for the future of the company.

    Advice to Management

    Be more definitive in future goals and relate better with all employees. Keep in mind even the lowest on the corporate ladder.

  2. Helpful (1)

    I have enjoyed many years of working at Great Lakes Solutions, a division of Chemtura.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research in West Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Research in West Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Chemtura

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Direct managers give freedom to do work as I have seen fit. Compensation and benefits have been good. West Lafayette has been a great place to raise a family.

    Cons

    A recent upper level management change has left Great Lakes Solutions in a precarious position. No longer are employees actual people but simply a number on a spreadsheet.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Falling Fast

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, CT

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility and the people

    Cons

    management doesn't care about anyone, at all.... its all about cutting costs and making money

    Advice to Management

    don't treat the business like it'll be sold in the next yr

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  5. The corporation treats its company like red headed step children. Only worried about their top end.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good as it can be. We got excellent life insurance benefits. Very small work force on its way out the door.

    Cons

    Bad as it can be. Office management lacks credibility. Safety is key, but the management finds no interest in it.

    Advice to Management

    Be very careful. The shareholders could desert you.

  6. Strong products, indecisive management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Middlebury, CT

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Competitive salary and relative independance working with the end customers is the highlight of the job.

    Cons

    Independance stems from a lack of structure and direction. No clearly defined culture.

    Advice to Management

    Define a culture, create clear career advancement opportunities, decisive action.

  7. Helpful (1)

    A shrinking entity.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Salary & benefits are competitive. This is a relatively flat organization, without a lot of layers. It is also very lean (not sure if that is a con, for the work loads it creates).

    Cons

    Having to live with the uncertainty of downsizing every September (2012, 2013, 2014). Many have old school managerial styles, unwilling to listen to and execute new ideas. Pretty low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Listen. Encourage feedback (not at the top, require lower level managers to solicit feedback. You are getting it too lean to be able to compete and survive for very long.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Understaffed and Overworked

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Greater ability for additional responsibilities due to shrinking workforce.

    Cons

    Lack of communication within businesses and between businesses and departments. Impossible deadlines. No compensation for overtime work. Difficult for internal and external customers to do business with Chemtura. Entire dedicated IT workforce replaced by unskilled and untrained IT non-professionals who cannot carry out the most basic of IT functions thus causing constant disruption in work flow and productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff. Be honest and open about upcoming changes. Provide compensation for staff who have taken on greater responsibilities due to loss of positions. Replace IT staff with properly trained IT professionals.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Constant Change

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, CT

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good benefits, especially the 401k program. Administrative salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    This place is conatantly laying off and asking those left beind to assimilate more duties into an already full work week while not incurring overtime. Management changes its model far too much. There is always a "re-organization" going on. Due to all the layoffs, there is no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Run this company correctly.

  10. Helpful (1)

    AMAZING

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people, challenging environment, and growing company!

    Cons

    I would not say there are any cons to working here

  11. Helpful (2)

    Lack of Communication prohibts growth

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Adrian, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Adrian, MI

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits and flexibility of hours are great.

    Cons

    -Management lacks communication with those under them causing strife and limiting growth in the company.
    -There is a lack of training to new comers if you are salary- hourly gets all the training the need/desire.

    Advice to Management

    Keep an open door and let everyone know what is going on.

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