Solutia Reviews

Updated March 16, 2015
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  1. friendly people working hard to bring company back from former bankruptcy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solutia

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solutia was full of friendly, helpful people. Everyone was welcome, participation and alternate viewpoints were considered, and there are lots of opportunities to distinguish yourself and projects to tackle. Pace of work was very comfortable with a healthy personal life balance, and a strong camaraderie around the office, which extended to off-campus socializing.

    Cons

    There are a lot of vestiges of the bankruptcy, like out-of-date documentation and aging equipment and physical plant. It was telling that few of the employees were interested in buying company stock.

    Advice to Management

    I actually think the management is on a good track, I don't know what else I would recommend doing. They've tried to identify strong young candidates and develop from within, and I think that's a healthy approach.

  2. Solutia was a great company before the buy-out by Eastman.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solutia

    Pros

    Set my own work hours, flexible working conditions, employee oriented (before Eastman), great location, in my home state.

    Cons

    Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman

    Advice to Management

    Was not interested

  3. Pretty good place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Solutia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Management is pretty down to earth most of the time. There were plenty of challenges and the day to day job was interesting. Work and life balance could be kept in check with a bit of effort.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the cyclical business you always had to be worried about layoffs. Not a lot of opportunities to move up the ladder - people have been there a long time.

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  5. Company was bought out

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    Former Employee - North American Premium Brands Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - North American Premium Brands Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    constant change, travel, opportunity for the right person

    Cons

    company was bought out, a lot of uncertainty, Executive staff has all been turned over with in the last 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    create core beliefs and values systems and then implement them

  6. Solid

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    Former Employee - Business Lead in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Business Lead in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good compensation, good smart people working there.

    Cons

    Got sold to Eastman - a lot of good people lost their job

  7. Was a good company

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    Current Employee - Fiinance in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Fiinance in Saint Louis, MO

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation, summer hours, people, location

    Cons

    management are cut throat, too many secrets, no cross training, no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to employees

  8. Interesting company with opportunity

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    Former Employee - Director Marketing in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Director Marketing in Pensacola, FL

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

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

    Pros

    global roles (have been posted in different parts of the US; was eligible for global assignment)
    challenging project work (because the company is relatively lean, it makes the employees wear multiple hats nd do different roles at the same time, opportunity to build your resume is good in the short term
    friendly co-workers (folks are supportive and want to make sure that everyone works together cohesively as a team and share responsibilities)

    Cons

    strategic confusion (too many changes in vision and strategy resulting in confusion down the line)
    bankruptcy baggage (having gone thru a painful chapter 11 filing, the credibility of upper management is low)
    bonus uncertainty (while salaries are around median for the industry, there is always uncertainty abut the extent of bonus and whether it will improve year-over-year)

    Advice to Management

    have clarity and consisitency of vision
    communicate more with employees at all levels
    identify new and exciting growth platforms and invest more in marketing and R & D

  9. Helpful (1)

    Too Many Cut-Backs

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    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    State of the art technologies
    Many learning opportunities
    ok pay
    Bonus (although never consistant)

    Cons

    There have been far too many cut backs without consideration to it's effect on quality/safety.
    Make a safety mistake and lose your job (saw that more than once).
    Corporate goals exist but are hollow (nobody pays real attention to them).

    Advice to Management

    Company was bought by Eastman Chemical. Hopefully, they will see how incredibly understaffed Solutia is, and allow them to hire more personnel. Not many happy people there....

  10. Decent place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    New leadership, no debt, should be opportunities as economy improves

    Cons

    Lack commitment to fiber business, more commodity oriented then value brands

    Advice to Management

    Understand the markets served and be pro active

  11. Intern - marketing development - Brussels

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    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Solutia as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    - Work/Life balance

    - Given responsabilities if performing well

    Cons

    - Limited career development opportunities
    - High employee turnover

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