Ascend Performance Materials

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Updated March 30, 2015
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  1. Helpful (2)

    Good Company, Great People

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Wellness perks, laid back culture, good work/life balance, good pay.

    Cons

    Still fighting some of the "old culture."

    Advice to Management

    Continue to create avenues for your employees to drive value back into the company. Dont focus too heavily on "cost savings" - this doesnt work everywhere.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Great Place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Alvin, TX
    Current Employee - Coordinator in Alvin, TX

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    competitive pay, employee wellness programs, opportunity for advancement

    Cons

    no pension offered to employees

  3. Helpful (1)

    Best Kept Secret - Decatur Site

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Understand the point of view: I have worked in several environments from R&D sites to production sites. I have worked in global businesses and physical worked for weeks at a time in several cultures in at least 8 countries. I have worked in large very posh companies (for everything that means in travel and project funding). With that said, I have to say that Ascend is GREAT! This isn't to speak badly of my previous employers - they were great too!

    This company has a family feel, high impact projects, clear definitive goals with big picture clarity, and led by a management team that is honest and focused. I have been encouraged to network with other sites, outside contacts, develop through perfessional societies through giving talks and meeting others. At Ascend, there is high visibility on your projects and funding hasn't stopped anyone to date that I've seen (which is quite remarkable for a company this size). The professionalism is the highest I have seen yet in industry! Safety focus is very high. Very energetic and helpful engineers and staff. Everyone wants to do a good job and go home feeling proud anywhere you go but here it is more sweepingly pervasive.

    I don't see anyone overworked. I saw comments below on that one... doesn't make sense at this site. With that said, people don't play around at work... they are focused and work hard but then people go home. That is another thing, I have never seen people hang out so much outside of work as they do here. Engineering groups are constantly meeting (learning and also for fun). Also, people are constantly talking about having spent the weekend together playing tennis, boating, or whatever.

    I don't know how this group all found eachother but it is a pretty cool situation.

    Cons

    Would love a cafeteria to eat on-site.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the coaching that I have seen thus far. I really enjoy that extra effort. Keep employee retention high to keep this place unchanged.

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  5. Helpful (3)

    Open your eyes, Decatur, Al

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator in Decatur, AL
    Current Employee - Operator in Decatur, AL

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Use to be a good company till they brought in the HRBP a few years back.

    Cons

    They just let the best HR person we have ever had go she helped the employees and really cared about what was going on. Can't believe they would let her go and keep the HRBP that everyone is afraid off. We have lost so many good employees because of her.

    Advice to Management

    Open your eyes and see what is happening the corporate office has had several complaints on her and yet they keep her around. No one wants to deal with her and now we have no one in HR we can trust that knows what's going on. She can't even answer your basic benefit questions what a joke.

  6. Helpful (2)

    Good company gone bad

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Pensacola, FL

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good employees who give it their all. Most operators have been around a long time. A good sense of family among the workers.

    Cons

    Top leaders do not care about work life balance which is ironic because they preach it all the time. Its all about the numbers but employees are working with antiquated equipment. There are no realistic expectations. People are expected to work 7 days a week and are put down if they don't. After 15 years of service, just can't take it anymore. It is now causing issues with family life and I'm not the only one feeling that way. Unfortunately I'm at what is considered the better of the sites.

    Advice to Management

    Practice what you preach.

  7. Helpful (1)

    Was a good place, getting worse daily!!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Alvin, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Alvin, TX

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Shift employees are great, close drive from home

    Cons

    Management has destroyed this place, safety is no longer a priority, company refuses to spend money to fix the equipment. AN2/3 has had more leaks from failing pipe and equipment in the last year than in the history of the unit. People leaving faster than they can hire.

    Advice to Management

    It will not help!! They don't listen and they don't care

  8. Helpful (4)

    Interviewing Process

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everyone on the interview team was very welcoming and put me at ease. The interview agenda was very well organized. The benefits and compensation package that was offered exceeded my expectations.

    Cons

    The mere size of the plant and the reporting structure may be overwhelming for some. However, employees at Ascend seem to be very patient and willing to answer questions.

  9. Helpful (4)

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible schedule- competitive salary
    401k match is healthy

    Cons

    People are stretched a little thin at times.

    Advice to Management

    Make realistic expectations

  10. Helpful (1)

    Co-op at Ascend Performance Materials

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Co-Op in Decatur, AL
    Current Intern - Co-Op in Decatur, AL

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company
    good hourly pay for students (co-op)
    Everybody here is always happy to help

    Cons

    Nothing worth mentioning! They can may be get the co-op s involved in a lot more stuff

  11. Helpful (3)

    Perfect Co-Op Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Co-Op
    Current Intern - Co-Op

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials as an intern (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good hands on projects for manufacturing Co-Ops.
    There's a variety of talent and people to learn from if you seek them out.
    Nicest people you will ever meet work there.
    Most mentors are flexible about you taking off a day or two a term.
    There's plenty of opportunities to grow yourself if you pursue them.

    Cons

    Sometimes you're not given enough work if you don't pursue projects on your own.
    Mentors and other engineers can be too busy to help you at times.
    HR is not always helpful for your questions or concerns or will take an extended amount of time (a month or more) to get back to you.

    Advice to Management

    There's not too much advice for me to give. You run a good Co-Op program that I'm proud to be a part of and you make an effort to show that the Co-Op program is important to you too.
    Organization within HR would be nice. It's sometimes hard to reach them or get all my questions answered fully.

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