PolyOne Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Come and make some $ get some experience but don't stay longer then 3-4 years

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avon Lake, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avon Lake, OH

    I have been working at PolyOne

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

    Pros

    Pay and incentive are VERY good. Company is very focused on making certain that salaried corporate individuals always hit incentive targets, they have never missed. At the plants, the business places unrealistic and unattainable targets which are based on prior year performance.

    Cons

    Extremely political organization who is shortsighted in the plans for the future. It is an organization where you should not go against the grain, or you will be blacklisted. When negotiating your starting salary, make certain to get as much as you can. There is very little promotions from the inside. There is little to no work / life balance. Expectations for excellence in everything you do with tight timelines is unrealistic.

    Advice to Management

    People work to live not live to work. You are driving your good people out by burning them out. To get to root cause of high turnover, look in the mirror. Your way to increase employee engagement is to overpay individuals, work them to the breaking point and when they complain or ask for help manage them out as an underperformer.


  2. Helpful (3)

    production packer

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Packer in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Production Packer in Wichita, KS

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    really likes the people i worked with.....like a family

    Cons

    company told me they could no longer employ me, offered a severence package, then refused to give the severance package they offered....because they offered a job to other employees and several employees quit...so then they decided to offer me the job....different shift, and a pay cut.....they also refused to honor a bonus due from the previous yr.

    Advice to Management

    treat people like they are important and stand by offers you promise to people


  3. PolyOne is a Great Company

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

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Very customer and growth oriented

    Cons

    Hi turnover for average to low performance

    Advice to Management

    Keep Growing!


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Disappointing

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Challenged Bonus programs was great for senior level

    Cons

    Selfish greedy senior leadership team does not care for employees poor human resources group

    Advice to Management

    They wouldn't listen


  6. Helpful (1)

    Go company to work with.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PolyOne

    Pros

    Co worker are nice to work with.

    Cons

    The pay is not worth my time .


  7. Helpful (10)

    Great pay, no regard for people

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Avon Lake, OH
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Avon Lake, OH

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    High minded goals from CEO - transform from commodity products to specialty solutions Good training opportunities (Six Sigma) Fantastic pay and bonuses

    Cons

    Dull product line and tough to move away from nickel & dime commodity polymers Management approach to people is toxic - very old school and manipulative. They preach collaboration and innovation, but it is every man for himself. Workforce is a weird mix of beat down old timers, MBA wonderkids, and obnoxious arrogant castoffs from other big polymer companys. Executive management lacks any real vision or ability to motivate. They could accomplish so much if they really figured out how to work collaboratively. They pay ridiculous bonuses every spring and you see a lot of good people who cash in and leave after a few years because it is just too demoralizing to work in that environment.

    Advice to Management

    Need to clean house and encourage some of the 3rd floor execs. to move on and take their old school sales and people management methods into retirement.


  8. Helpful (8)

    Company cares only for profits. Employees are only "tools" to be blamed for management failures.

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

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Great Salary, which is the only positive. You will earn it!

    Cons

    Management is uncaring, incompetent and without a moral compass. You will work yourself to death here with zero thanks.

    Advice to Management

    Remember that your employees are your best asset, not working capital


  9. Helpful (8)

    Great place if you like high pay and no decision authority.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lean Six Sigma in Avon Lake, OH
    Former Employee - Lean Six Sigma in Avon Lake, OH

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great pay. Good work/life balance for most groups. Lots of nice people.

    Cons

    Supply Chain & Operations run by someone with an iron first - good luck getting any input on decisions. Other groups may have it better though.

    Advice to Management

    Let go! You hire young, talented, creative people and you lose them because you stifle them.


  10. Helpful (4)

    PolyOne has great image externally. Internally operates more like PolyEight.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Avon Lake, OH
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Avon Lake, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent portfolio to offer customer base.

    Cons

    Tough to do business with as each unit functions independent of each other.

    Advice to Management

    Break down silos for benefit of customers and to become more streamlined and efficient.


  11. Lean and Mean.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avon Lake, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avon Lake, OH

    I have been working at PolyOne

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    -Initiative is rewarded and encouraged -Definitely no feeling of excess in the company - they run a very lean operation -Good balance of managers and senior non-managers -Great place to learn how to cut costs

    Cons

    -treatment of and reliance upon contractors is appalling -VIP/non-VIP class division is disturbingly overt -If you would not fit into a desired mold as an employee, there is no hope of being hired permanently -corporate culture is very closed

    Advice to Management

    Hire some of your contractors, or at least pay them better. There will come a point at which cutting staff to the bone and maintaining a frozen corporate mentality will diminish morale and scare away talent.



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