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Oatey – Why Work For Us?


About Oatey

Since 1916, Oatey has been manufacturing quality products for the plumbing industry..

  • Oatey's market-leading products include:
  • Solvent cements for joining plastic pipe and fittings
  • Vent stack roof flashings
  • Solder and flux for joining copper pipe
  • Washing machine outlet boxes
  • Sure-Vent® air admittance valves
  • Residential and light commercial drains
  • Related plumbing specialty products

Oatey products can be found in residential and commercial applications. Our products have achieved excellent brand name recognition with consumers and wholesalers. We continually strive to offer innovative solutions to any plumbing application.

All Oatey products are backed with the highest-quality technical and customer support programs in the industry. Oatey is headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, with manufacturing and distribution facilities located throughout the world.



Whether you were born to work with numbers, help customers or develop new technology, you will find a great home within Oatey. We’re always looking for dynamic professionals to further our visions and help us achieve our goals. We’ll take your personal growth and development seriously as we embrace diversity and personal development not only because it’s the right thing to do, but also because it’s smart business.

Whether you join our Marketing, Engineering, Finance, Supply Chain or any other functional area, you’ll get to the heart of a key business area. You could become part of the local or international business function. With either direction you’ll begin to understand why Oatey is the market leader in the plumbing industry. We are a diverse business with a global mindset.


Make the most out of your potential and get more out of your career.  We’re proud of our history as a 4th generation, privately owned company. We value our associates and provide a robust amount of opportunities for growth.

  • Financial Rewards: salaries, profit-sharing, retirement
  • Health and Wellness: company paid/employee shared medical, welfare and supplemental plans
  • Time Off: paid holidays and vacation
  • Education, Training & Development: tuition assistance, professional memberships, opportunities for advancement


Throughout Oatey's history, we have embraced social and environmental consciousness leadership as part of doing business. In 2000, we began exploring how to expand our impact in these areas through implementing sustainability principles. Sustainability means creating products – like lead free solder – processes, services, facilities and communities that improve our quality of life while maintaining the capacity of the environment to provide for future generations. Sustainability is more than green, more than environmental.

Sustainability is an integration of personal health, community, economic and environmental values and needs. Business has started to measure their impact, calling it the Triple Bottom Line. Sustainability principles will help us reduce our costs, increase our revenues, help to restore our environment and enhance our community.

Our Cleveland distribution facility meets the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) standards set by the Green Building Council and was awarded a Silver rating. This means that our building will: reduce the impacts of natural resources consumption, reduce operational costs, enhance associate comfort and health and minimize strain on local infrastructures.

Oatey Reviews

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4 Ratings

    Very Accepting and Relaxing When Paced Well

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    Current Employee - Production Technician in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Production Technician in Cleveland, OH

    I have been working at Oatey full-time (more than an year)


    The best reasons for working at Oatey are you get a lot of hours, holiday pay and benefits. They will train you in areas you are uncertain of how to do the work, and you will be a leader no matter what after a while.


    Some of the challenges of working here is attendance is of utmost importance, and you must let them know in advance when you need time off.

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    If I were to share some advice with upper management, I would say don't be so aloof with those waves.

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Oatey Interviews

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    Technical Representative Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Application Details

    I applied through a recruiter. The process took 6+ weeksinterviewed at Oatey in October 2011.

    Interview Details

    I was first contacted for a phone interview, but the recruiter / H.R. rep was ill-spoken and sounded confused on the message. Through my own resources, I tracked down the H.R. department and followed up. They asked for (another) copy of my resume, and salary requirements. From there I was contacted for a phone interview by their H.R. rep. The actual questions were the basic pre-screening, but a heavy focus on smoking and drug use per their new policies. After a series of leading questions, I was invited to an initial group interview with C.S. super, Director, and H.R. - basic open ended questions and introductions.

    After this interview they pulled me aside, and spoke more frankly stating that they were screening to be sure they weren't hiring "a drama queen". After assuring him I was emotionally and professionally stable, I was invited to a third interview meeting a series of directors and decision makers. This was conducted over a period of 4 1/2 hours in a small corporate conference room. I was then interviewed by a series of Sales Managers, product managers, directors, an attorney, and H.R. once again. All parties asked the same questions more or less - basic interview open ended questions.

    I was contacted about two weeks later for another 1-1 interview with the Customer Service Manager, where most of the questions pertained to workflow and systems at my current job. Once Id advised her that most of this information was proprietary, she ended the interview. The next day H.R. called for for yet a 5th interview, being a lunch date. We all met at Oatey and drove to a local Bar (just opening up for the day) in Parma, Oh. where 3 customer service reps, their supervisor, and the director all grilled me about my current job and its systems. I cordially skated around the questions, finished lunch and parted with handshakes. On the way out to the parking lot, I asked the Director about compensation as it wasn't covered at any point in these interview. She stated that information would be made available upon an offer of employment.

    This was my last communication with Oatey.

    In my experience, i felt that these interviews were more fact finding or probing for tips in the implementation in how they do business. I don't use this word often, but VERY SHADY operation.

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Oatey Awards & Accolades

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Merchandiser Award, Equity Plumbing, 2013

Additional Info

Website www.oatey.com
Headquarters Cleveland, OH
Size 500 to 999 Employees
Founded 1916
Type Company - Private
Industry Manufacturing

Oatey Co. is the leading manufacturer of solvent cements, roof flashings, washing machine outlet boxes, air admittance valves, plumbing chemicals, wax bowl rings, and hundreds of other plumbing specialty products. Found in many residential and commercial applications, Oatey products have earned the trust of both plumbing professionals and consumers since 1916. Oatey Co... More

Mission: Our core values are a reflection of our beliefs:

-Honor God in all we do
-Conduct all aspects of our business with honesty, integrity, and humanity
-Promote good... More

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