W. R. Grace Reviews

Updated June 10, 2015
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W. R. Grace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Festa
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Pros
  • Lots of good people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and people committed to the company (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Many in middle management have been put in jobs that they are not qualified to do (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    Chemical Operator at WR Grace- Albany, OR

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    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Albany, OR
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Albany, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at W. R. Grace (More than a year)

    Pros

    Varied work, not routine, for the most part. A great resume builder!

    Cons

    The management team seem to be stuck in the 1970's! Safety is literally laughed at here, harassment is commonplace as well as the violation of labor laws. Health insurance is very expensive, wages are among the lowest, if not the lowest, through- out the company nationwide. The chemical operators are treated very badly compared to the other employees on site.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of lower management save the company from a lawsuit. Bring in supervisors that not only have strong manufacturing backgrounds but ones that are educated in business, labor laws, safety, and time management.


  2. Helpful (3)

    specialty chemical company

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    commands a very good market share

    Cons

    not stable. speculation is that the company is going to be sold

    Advice to Management

    be nice to your people


  3. Helpful (2)

    Needs leadership with vision and strategy

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Middle management is great and supportive. The company Committed to safety of employees. The work is interesting and challenging.

    Cons

    Poor Executive leadership, no business planning, constant lay-off cycles. Senior leadership needs to have real strategies for the company to grow and increase revenue. Instead thy just keep laying off. Very top heavy.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A changing company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Grace has long had high quality products and leading positions in its markets. There are many smart, experienced people. I have learned a lot working here.

    Cons

    The company is changing and is no longer a great place to work. Many of the company's products are being commoditized and the company is responding by cutting costs and reducing new product development. Many top employees have left as growth opportunities have been elimimated. Cost cuts were understandable during the recession, but not now. The lack of growth creates office politics, as people compete for fewer positions. Several top execs are married to each other, which can cause employees to avoid debate and has certainly harmed some employees' careers.

    Advice to Management

    The company "restructures" and shuffles managers often. This creates distractions and does not address the lack of strategy or changing market conditions. It is hard to complete anything but short term projects in this environment. Management should articulate and support a long term strategy that does more than fight competition by cutting costs. That's not a place many people want to work.


  6. Helpful (4)

    Marketing Leadership Program is really not a leadership program

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good. Comfortable life if you land a position since people have been working on an average over 15 years in the same company!

    Cons

    Common big corporation politics. As the only MkLP for the year I expected WR Grace to place me outside USA (when my H1B visa application was not selected in lottery) since it operates in over 40 countries. However, hiring freeze lead to no headcount for a leadership program participant worldwide! Leadership participants looked at as interns or people requiring another MBA program/heavy training needs, within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Strong leadership & more importance to marketing. Communication between divisions and geographies. Need to look at companies such as Eastman Chemical & CIGNA who value their leadership participants & employees & treat their leadership program as a pipeline for true future leaders.


  7. Helpful (2)

    Not good.

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    Former Employee - Chemist in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Chemist in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits including pension and 401K.

    Cons

    Middle management is incompetent at best. At the worst, some are unethical. I have seen a manager destroy departments because of incompetence, losing good conscientious employees because they cannot stomach watching it. Too many people advanced because upper management is unaware of their incompetence.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees feedback about middle management. Do more research. Don't buy everything middle managers tell you. Solicit long time employee feedback.


  8. Helpful (3)

    STOP - stay away!

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Only good as a career starting place to get some experience.

    Cons

    The company has been making and breaking promises for years now since filling bankruptcy. It used to be a career for life place to work but now you always have one foot out the door due to their management changes.

    Advice to Management

    Be HONEST for a change.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Not what I expected. I thought the company was focused in a certain direction and they went a different way after I sta

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I thought the benefits and the ability to work for a global company in a great location was very desirable.

    Cons

    The management was very unpredictable. Lots of turnover. The management was always focused on quarterly results and not forward thinking for a leading company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and focus on long term growth.


  10. Helpful (2)

    Perfunctory

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    Former Employee - R&D Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - R&D Associate in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Same level collegues extemely personable

    Cons

    Managers' attitudes and comments never positive reagrdless of performance, even if bending over backwards


  11. Helpful (1)

    Pressure!

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Hesperia, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist in Hesperia, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Wage and benefites are the highest around. Grace tries to provide a safe and injury free workplace and puts safety first.

    Cons

    Trying to share information between divisions is almost impossible Communication is extremely poor between management and employeesTreatment of disabled employeess is bad!

    Advice to Management

    The Management needs to listen more to employees and input that would help company run better and smoth between divisions.



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