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Lubrizol Chairman, President, and CEO James L. Hambrick
James L. Hambrick
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    It has truly been a privilege working here

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    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist
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    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time


    Company is very generous to its employees, to its customers, to its shareholders, and to the community. Upper management truly cares about employees and is leading the company in the right direction; they are exceptional leaders. Sophisticated process for career planning and coaching recently rolled out. High degree of role flexibility once you're in. Excellent work/life balance--a great place to work for those with families. Open door policy. Many training opportunities, a great environment in which to learn, respectful culture. Lots of trust, freedom, and privacy given to do your job. Get to work on global projects with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Part of Berkshire Hathaway.


    Very few young employees (20s-30s). No onboarding process/formal training programs in place for newer, inexperienced folks. Few entry level roles besides internships, most require at least 5 years experience. Slow upward mobility. Gender and race bias still exists in some departments, in favor of white males. Risk- and failure-averse culture (management trying to change this). Incremental innovation the norm due to a focus on numbers and returns. Very siloed, little communication between departments. Slow. Safety hazards, such as chemical spills of toxic monomers in synthesis labs, still exist in R&D buildings.

    Advice to Management

    - Publicize what risks you've taken within the company that have failed but still led to success. Give us examples of this behavior. We are confused when you tell us failure is okay, but the metrics say otherwise... - Take the risk of giving younger folks more responsibility and an opportunity to shine. Provide more entry level full-time roles for those who are graduated. Institute onboarding, training, leadership, and mentorship programs to attract fresh talent and fill the succession planning pipeline. - Let those with business growth ideas "fail safe" by instituting an internal business incubator. Many other companies have these--why doesn't Lubrizol? - Monitor the safety of R&D buildings. Safety department might take spills more seriously if VPs walked the halls unsolicited every now and then.

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    Mechanic Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Wickliffe, OH
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied in-person. I interviewed at Lubrizol (Wickliffe, OH) in September 2015.


    Plant tour, overview of job duties and typical work day. Then formal interview with supervisors and HR people, very professional and transparent about what they offer and expect from a potential employee. Asked about job experience and why I wanna possibly move to there company. Also asked how I deal with people who are hard to work with and people who are good to work with and how I handle different situations.

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Lubrizol Awards & Accolades

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America's Top Companies , Forbes, 2009
Barron's 500 , Barron's, 2009
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Headquarters Wickliffe, OH
Size 5001 to 10000 Employees
Founded 1928
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing
Revenue $1 to $2 billion (USD) per year
Competitors Unknown

Lubrizol is a smooth operator -- the company is the world's #1 maker of additives for lubricants and fuels. Its Lubrizol Additives segment includes engine oil additives that fight sludge buildup, viscosity breakdown, and component wear; fuel additives designed to control deposits and improve combustion; and additives for paints, inks, greases, metalworking, and other markets. Lubrizol's Advanced Materials segment (performance coatings and chemicals) delivers its products to the personal care and rubber and plastics markets. The company markets nearly ... More

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