AMCOL International Reviews

Updated March 5, 2015
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  1. Great Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMCOL International

    Pros

    Benefits were ok, pay was ok, freedom to do your thing was the best part.

    Cons

    Low pay for some workers, behind the times on benefits but for the most part they were reasonable.

  2. Was a great company, before merger.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMCOL International

    Pros

    Great work life balance, autonomy.

    Cons

    After merger, lno direction, security or long term future.

  3. Currently undergoing strategic changes due to being acquired.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I worked at AMCOL International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Company remains a good place to work for technically oriented people.

    Cons

    Stress related to merger of two companies, and resulting cost cutting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate. Focus on growth.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5. My experience with AMCOL System Inc.

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    Former Employee - Help Desk Tech in Columbia, SC
    Former Employee - Help Desk Tech in Columbia, SC

    I worked at AMCOL International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    They have an outstanding training department. The teamwork at AMCOL among the employee is great.

    Cons

    Communication with management is lacking. There is no true leadership in the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on leadership skills and understand you employee job and positions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at AMCOL International

    Pros

    The programs are really well managed. Each Friday, one of the senior executives will sit down and chat with us over donuts and coffee. Such a valuable time to learn about their careers and pick up your own advice for your own career.

    Cons

    Not a fast-paced company, can take as a pro or a con. For me, it was a con.

    Approves of CEO
  7. Salesforce Administrator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at AMCOL International

    Pros

    Great work life balance, work friendly enviornment

    Cons

    Not much career growth. Better personal skill development

  8. Amcol intern-2013 summer-had a great experience

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    Current Intern - Research and Development Engineer in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Current Intern - Research and Development Engineer in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I have been working at AMCOL International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Great People, wonderful work environment, the company is driven for success from the top down, it is a great place to start and build a career

    Cons

    If you are looking for a fast-paced work environment, this is probably not the place to work, simply because the nature of the manufacturing industry is regimented and planned out

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up great work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. Senior Management not in touch, very political good old boys network

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    Former Employee - Customer Service in Hoffman Est, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Hoffman Est, IL

    I worked at AMCOL International full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Wonderful Building. Most employees want to do a good job.

    Cons

    On paper the work the business looks solid, but with 80% marketshare there is no incentive to make any changes, can anyone say Sony Betamax? There is talk of changes that need to happen but no one will make them. They don't want to upset the applecart then wonder why so many people are not happy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Open up your mind. AMCOL has big opportunity to grow but you continue to shut down people with new ideas. A perfect example of this is the innovation team, what a pharse. It was a flavor of the month.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. Senior Management Communication is non existant in this office

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    Former Employee - Customer Service Function in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Employee - Customer Service Function in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I worked at AMCOL International full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Office space is very nice, professional atmosphere peer to peer

    Cons

    My manager offered me no feedback, no signals that there was any problem. I walked into a meeting room and there he was with an HR person letting me know I didnt work at AMCOL anymore. When I asked why he did not give me any information. While the business I was involved with was small we were making progress, and with no reasoning for the change, it made me wonder how committed to the business they were.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    This is a good old boy network. There were no more than 2 women leaders in this business, with virtually no upward opportunity for females regardless of talent. Rather than work with the team members they choose to fire with little or no cause and do not offer any opportunity to learn outside of what you bring from your previous job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Great learning experience!

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    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Hoffman Estates, IL
    Former Intern - Summer Intern in Hoffman Estates, IL

    I worked at AMCOL International as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    - really nice office building
    - company goes to great lengths to develop employees
    - managers and senior managers very approachable and willing to coach their employees
    - culture of autonomy lets you bring ideas to the table and gives the opportunity to create your own job
    - mobility within company is great

    Cons

    - decisions can be made rather slowly
    - some of the units do not have a clear and cohesive overall strategy, where team members are not all on the same page

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Facilitate unity among troubled business units, and get rid of the gossips (my advice for every company in general!)

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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