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PolyOne Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
34 Reviews
2.5
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PolyOne Chairman, President, and CEO Stephen D. Newlin
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  1.  

    Productive 24/7

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Seabrook, TX
    Current Employee - Operator in Seabrook, TX

    I have been working at PolyOne full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Good benefits, with matching 401k

    Cons

    Low wages and minimal overtime possibilites

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Operator

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Crew Chief - Operator in Seabrook, TX
    Current Employee - Crew Chief - Operator in Seabrook, TX

    I have been working at PolyOne full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    PolyOne is a great place to start your career to gain experience.

    Cons

    Multitude of schedule changes - lack of a set schedule
    Large turnover which leads to large portion of the work force that lacks experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hold Management Team more accountable when mistakes occur. Don't allow mistakes to be swept under the rug. Corrective actions will prevent similar mistakes from reoccurring.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Contractor

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

    I worked at PolyOne as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Good old boys, very old school for this ever changing tech driven world

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Does solid compensation overcome high stress and low career options? Yes...for now!

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

    I have been working at PolyOne full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    I 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 ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul 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!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Professional top sales environment

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

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

    Pros

    Excellent training in sales, encourage team participation. Compensated fairly with good benefits. You were rewarded for work accomplished, but also penalized for missing targets. A great environment for former GE Plastic employees

    Cons

    Very competitive internal environment. There is high requirement on forecasting accuracy and detail reporting. Much of this work needed to be done on after hours time and cut into family life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Not the same as it was....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - TDE in Rancho Cucamonga, CA
    Former Employee - TDE in Rancho Cucamonga, CA

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people, wonderful memories, good product mix

    Cons

    narrow scope of advancement for engineering types

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to the street

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Not a bad company

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

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

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

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

    I have been working at PolyOne

    Pros

    Great pay and the people are genuinely nice and supportive.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Take 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.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    The R & D Engineer

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)
    Former Employee - Research Scientist in Singapore (Singapore)

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

    Pros

    Well Structured and well organise

    Cons

    Career Progression Slow, Lack of Innovation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need a change in the management style

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Specialty driven organization

    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    Consistent path to achieve specialization as a differenciator

    Cons

    Evolving organizational culture. Below average HR management

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