W. R. Grace

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W. R. Grace Reviews

Updated August 5, 2014
Updated August 5, 2014
58 Reviews

2.7
58 Reviews
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W. R. Grace Chairman, President, and CEO Fred Festa
Fred Festa
40 Ratings

Review Highlights

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 4 reviews)

  • Chapter 11 not huge problem-- but still something that you have to explain (in 3 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Leadership Program is really not a leadership program

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Boston, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    A changing company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not good.

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    Former Employee - Chemist  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Chemist in Columbia, MD

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    STOP - stay away!

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    Former Employee - IT Department  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be HONEST for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better and focus on long term growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Perfunctory

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    Former Employee - R&D Associate  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - R&D Associate in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Same level collegues extemely personable

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Pressure!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemist  in  Hesperia, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist in Hesperia, CA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Well Steered Ship

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    For those people focused on management of an existing product-line, W.R. Grace is a great company to work for. It has a very good focus on ensuring that products and services exceed the market norms.

    Cons

    Change is either too slow or too rapid. Those who are trying to implement long-term strategic changes find resources are lacking and resistance at all turns. Meanwhile, projects which have the ability to extract shareholder value are steam-rollered through the organization. If you cannot take the punches... don't work her.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pick a handful of strategic goals, supply them with sufficient resources to succeed and communicate where you are taking the company.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Shrinking Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    Pros

    Generally good co-workers and interesting work.

    Cons

    Declining opportunities ascompany has one lay off after another.
    Constantly promising to come out of Chapter 11 but the deadline always goes by

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring the company back to being employee oriented.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    An old boys club.

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    Former Employee - Remote Sales
    Former Employee - Remote Sales

    Pros

    401K matching, benefits, work from home (sales), company car, cell phone, laptop, expense account, ability to set your own schedule.

    Cons

    No upward mobility, no middle management for mentorship/advancement roles, impossible to get raises, lacking in corporate communication, no technical training or sales meetings (maybe once a year), lack of technical support. The sales force/management is an "old boys" club.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire middle management. Hire more technical support. Have sales training. Get out of bankruptcy!! They have been in chapter 11 for over a decade.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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