Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Reviews

62 Reviews
3.8
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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics President & CEO Tom Kinisky
Tom Kinisky
29 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Pretty good benefits although there is room for improvement to meet younger generations' expectations (in 7 reviews)

  • years, which contributes to job security (in 3 reviews)


Cons
  • Couldn't agree more with a review berlow about bad managers with horrid tempers (in 2 reviews)

  • Like any big company, there is always the red tape to get things approved and signed off which is a struggle (in 2 reviews)

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11 Employee Reviews Back to all reviews

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  1.  

    Good people. Poor Leadership.

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    Current Employee - Manager  in  Clearwater, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in Clearwater, FL

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Technical products, investment from parent company

    Cons

    Executives are removed from reality. Business units are not cohesive, lots of politics and internal competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reboot.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Great for growth, but get out before you burn out

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time

    Pros

    Great opportunity for development and supportive of education and training

    Cons

    Dog-eat-dog politics, too many meetings, too strict on headcount and overloading salaried staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen the reins and allow managers to manage including budget and headcount. Allow more fixed heads to help retain your talent before they burn out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    If you're not French, forget it

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    Fellow employees are fun to work with

    Cons

    Too strong influence from Paris/Corporate
    Culture is backstabbing
    Hard to fit in

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It is just okay!

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer  in  Worcester, MA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Worcester, MA

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    overall flexibility and good benefits

    Cons

    not easy to grow with the company especially as someone who has only BS. Don't feel sense of belonging. Too crazy about everything.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate people to grow and be easy going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    could be much beter

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    nothing really except a relatively good salary, few good colleagues and a small/rapidly declining number of experienced staff.

    Cons

    There are several downsides but nothing as serious as the management. Incompetent management and a total lack of respect to staff.

    Couldn't agree more with a review berlow about bad managers with horrid tempers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    that's a difficult one since mamagement especially upper management is the problem

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    It has been a struggle to continuously re-adapt to 3 different managers for our branch in three years - it's hard.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Boulder, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boulder, CO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    great benefits, good time off plan, retirement plan, good 401k contributions, bonus pay possible, dress is casual

    Cons

    Management is few in number with too much to do loaded on to them. One works hard and picks up all the slack while the other has a horrid temper and is extrememly difficult to work with. There are no checks or balances for bad managers so the problems continue to happen without any effort to mediate on HR's part.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the people you have in place as managers and then go talk to people who work for them or even the ones who don't - hear how they think our office is doing in terms of morale and teamwork. Find out what their managerial styles are really like and fix the issues with more training for the managers or just new managers.

  8.  

    Good company, great coworkers. Mgmt is hostile; treat hourly ee's poorly more concerned about their bonuses;

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Merrimack, NH
    Former Employee - Manager in Merrimack, NH

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    Production staff is dedicated. Supervisors are not so good.

    Cons

    PM and Sups don't care about the employees. They changes schedules often; required to work holiday& at times work 20 days in row. All about $

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a new Plant Manager. Stop playing games. Sr Management is awesome but don't see what goes on in Merrimack.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Stable, Boring Job that goes nowhere

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer  in  Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Northborough, MA

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    Stable Job. Decent people. A few talented people at the R&D center. Ok benefits

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Arrogant Management. Technical competancy low. Intellectually dissatisfying work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on retaining talented people by allowig them to do more science and/or better advancement opportunities.

    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer II  in  Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer II in Northborough, MA

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Work amongst best engineers
    Innovative environment
    High heath and Safety Standards
    Travel opportunities
    Exposure to Corporate Culture
    Job Security

    Cons

    MS and BS engineers treated like technicians instead of engineers. Non PhD engineers not welcomed at meetings, presentations etc. The career growth is also very different for both.
    Too much Red Tape and bureaucracy, as could be expected in a big company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, Saint Gobain is a great company to work for. The technical and other opportunities (training, travel, growth) are wonderful. However, there is a vast career growth gap between MS/BS and PhD engineers. That could be narrowed a little bit.

    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    good place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    broad cross cultural group of colleques

    Cons

    only French were appointed to management - esp top management. Very colonial approach to international business

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire from outside of the Grand Ecoles

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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