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INVISTA Reviews in Kennesaw, GA

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Pros
  • Management seems to care about employees having a good work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • it paid, good benefits good, safe place to work, unless they had to get it done quick (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • No cost of living increase; no merit increase (in 4 reviews)

  • This results in requiring multiple levels of oversight and review of business activity that bogs down the decision making process (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    INVISTA Won't Be Around for Long!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Former Employee  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    Pros

    Free coffee. Friendly people. MBM principles are awesome when followed.

    Cons

    Benefits; the healthcare plan is horrible. You have to accrue sick time and it is a privately on company so you are not off on all of the national holidays. No raises. Alot of people receive high pay but do offer much to the company. The industry for carpet is not doing well at all. HR is cluesless about the lack of work most of the employees do.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire the baby boomers waiting for retirement and hire intelligent people who can actual turn the business around. If you constantly are losing good people, there is a reason why. Quit promoting and switching the same people around in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 4 people found this helpful  

    Leadership AND HR need to get a CLUE

    Current Employee - Market Manager  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    Pros

    MBM philosophy provided it was practiced.
    Friendly group of employees even while working in a sometimes hostile environment
    Excited about pension program and

    Cons

    MBM philosophy NOT practiced by leadership or HR. Both have an attitude of superiority and arrogance to customers and direct reports. As a relatively new employee sought after by Invista for employment, I am amazed at how delusional leadership is With their understanding of the marketplace and what is necessary to become profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    LISTEN to your employees, especially the field, when it comes to retail. Truly practice a dose of humility. Admit when you are wrong without excuses. Perhaps if you walked the MBM walk, profitability wouldn't be far behind.

  3. 8 people found this helpful  

    Rudderless

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Professional  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Kennesaw, GA

    Pros

    Ethical company that takes great pains to make sure they operate compliantly.
    There have been situations where even the upper leadership is held accountable for following the principles of the company. Nobody is above the policy.
    One of the few remaining companies with a defined pension plan.

    Since it is private, the company plans for the long term instead of seeking short-term measures to make it look good for the stock holders. The days of dropping year end inventories to zero, only to scramble around to rebuild them in the new year are over. Key decisions that are financially justified can be made quickly. However, the financial analysis and recalculation can be excruciatingly slow and wasteful, considering the variability in the business premises.

    Cons

    Has the secrecy and big brother measures of Apple with none of the benefits. This results in requiring multiple levels of oversight and review of business activity that bogs down the decision making process.

    HR is lacking as exemplified by how new employees are brought on board. One is required to sign a scary employment agreement that benefits the company at the employee's expense. It is up to each function to develop their own grounding process such that a new employee may have to go through many channels to get basic things such as laptop, cell phone, credit card, and access to databases. These functional silos are endemic throughout the company.

    Pay policy sounds good on paper but is flawed in execution. There are no annual cost of living adjustments, so one has to practically seek another job offer in order to negotiate a pay increase. Bonuses are based on business performance, but the way they are awarded is shrouded in secrecy and seem arbitrary. Business has been poor so bonuses have been little to nil for the past few years. Leadership claims to want to attract A players, but there's greater probability that they leave.

    INVISTA's businesses are under tremendous competitive pressure, but there is lack of insight and courage to break out of existing business paradigms to succeed in the long term.

    The

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. When the economy improves, there will be a huge sucking sound as your key employees leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 5 people found this helpful  

    Good experience to take to a more ethical employer

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Division Manager  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Division Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    Pros

    Good benefit package. Koch's principles are a good guideline and in theory SHOULD be the foundation for a strong growth company.

    Cons

    Unable to keep up with new technology that is taking the place of stainmaster. Upper management chooses to not address competitive products are taking market share at a rapid speed and eventually there will be no need for field reps at all. Discussions were made by senior leaders about how to run the company without TMs or BAMs. I would recommend all field reps see the writing on the wall that there will be no jobs in the next 5 years max. Find employment where managers treat and pay employees fairly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve HR relations with employees, really take a look at who you have in place and if that person is the right fit for the role. Work on culture and listen to your people, they want to help keep the business operational.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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