GrafTech International Reviews

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Joel L. Hawthorne
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  1. New CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

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

    Pros

    I'm excited about our new CEO Joel Hawthorne. Craig Shular did a great job motivating employees and he picked an excellent replacement in Joel. Graftech is a good company that treats its employees fairly.

    Cons

    Uncertainty caused by the recent proxy fight. Steel industry cycle that has affected company profits.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with your plan, econemy is improving.

  2. Great place to work as long as market conditions are good

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Generally good morale, as long as market conditions are good. Approachable executives and nice people to work with. Strong culture of ethics.

    Cons

    Very connected to market conditions, and expands and contracts accordingly. Lots of recent layoffs. Some archaic policies, work conditions, and programs/computer systems. Some cronyism. Insufficient training. Undervaluing of some key roles. Weak HR leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Update of systems needed to stay competitive and increase efficiency. Increase compensation to retain top talent.

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    Good place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at GrafTech International

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Day to day work was challenging, with new projects and business areas providing ample opportunities for significant contributions and recognition. Management supportive of work/life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits (retirement, health care) were slashed as the company struggled a number of years ago, in spite of management promises to maintain these for established employees and retirees.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is not just decision-making. It is also about your employees knowing that they will be treated at least as well as investors. Respect. Honesty. Commitment.

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