PolyOne
2.9 of 5 22 reviews
www.polyone.com Avon Lake, OH 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 1, 2014

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PolyOne Chairman, President, and CEO Stephen D. Newlin

Stephen D. Newlin

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44% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Does solid compensation overcome high stress and low career options? Yes...for now!

    Senior Business Development Manager (Current Employee)
    Avon Lake, OH

    ProsI was initially attracted to PolyOne due to their competitive salary and bonus structure - sales bonuses are earned from individual results, unlike other companies where their bonuses are mostly determined by how well the overall company does. This company puts an especially high emphasis on the role of sales, and there are many opportunities for public recognition. While some of my colleagues have personality conflicts with the senior management running each division, I find that they are very straightforward in their comments. Sometimes it's hard to hear, but it's better than being lied to. If you blame them for wanting to make money, you've come to the wrong company.

    ConsI started off making about 20% more than a few of my colleagues who had been with the company a number of years and had much more experience than I in the plastics business. While I alone now benefit from this (I never shared my true salary with them!), it seems to me that PolyOne treats new people better than those who have been loyal for some time. I've also only seen a handful of times where someone internally got promoted out of an individual contributor role. The reality sees to be, if you're doing good at your job, you're too valuable to lose, and the company is better off hiring management from the outside. This is good for short term stability, but I know it ticks the current employees off.

    The work-life balance is average to poor, but that's what's expected when you're focused on short term results. We continually change course, have weekly changes in strategic direction, but at the end of the day, we go after "everything" because nobody wants to say no and be blamed for missing their number. I set my own personal limits, like no emailing on Saturdays, because if you don't set your own boundaries, you'll go nuts. It's worked for the stock price, but I question if this madness is sustainable.

    In all companies, there will be people who take credit when things go right, and blame others when the bottom falls out. Expect the same here. Luckily I had a good mentor when I started, and took the time to develop professional relationships with those known for that to minimize my exposure. So far, it's worked.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverhaul human resources - Do your best to avoid ticking off your workforce by promoting competent people who could be superstars with some coaching. Be clear on expectations, and reward people for their accomplishments. And stop cutting costs to make your numbers look better. Having to drive 7 hours because you didn't want to approve a $400 plane ticket - come on!

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Not the same as it was....

    TDE (Former Employee)
    Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    ProsGreat people, wonderful memories, good product mix

    Consnarrow scope of advancement for engineering types

    Advice to Senior Managementlisten to the street

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not a bad company

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsChallenging work environment, competitive salaries and benefits. Seem to care about employees well-being with ways to improve your health.

    ConsInexperienced management; need to be available for work, day, night, weekends and holidays..Vacation is available but unable to take it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    PolyOne was a great experience, but the work can get monotonous and boring very quickly.

    Intern (Current Employee)
    Avon Lake, OH

    ProsGreat pay and the people are genuinely nice and supportive.

    ConsThe work can get very boring very fast. I mean, it's plastics. How exciting can that get? Something needs to be done to alleviate the monotony.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTake a more vested interest in the mental and emotional health of your employees. Sometimes the mind cannot handle another minute of staring at a computer and that should be seen as normal and ok.

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    Research Scientist (Former Employee)
    Singapore (Singapore)

    ProsWell Structured and well organise

    ConsCareer Progression Slow, Lack of Innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed a change in the management style

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Specialty driven organization

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsConsistent path to achieve specialization as a differenciator

    ConsEvolving organizational culture. Below average HR management

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    Decent company to work for

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPerformed well during downturn. Stable job.

    ConsCan be more clear on long term goals.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGreat job managing through crisis during the recent recession.

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