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Ashland Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
113 Reviews
3.0
113 Reviews
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Ashland Chairman and CEO Jim O'Brien Jr.
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • It is somewhat flexible work life balance (in 7 reviews)

  • Good Benefits with significant HSA contributions (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • At times work life balance was not the best (in 4 reviews)

  • The upper management is not very supportive to employees (in 6 reviews)

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  1.  

    Frequent reorganization

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

    I worked at Ashland

    Pros

    Some smart people, cafeteria, gym, credit union

    Cons

    No real focus on meaningful training for office employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees, not in reorganization

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Treasury Department

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Treasury Group in Covington, KY
    Former Employee - Treasury Group in Covington, KY

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

    Pros

    I enjoyed their Southern culture that prevailed (ie kind, etc). Benefits (401k match) was good at the time. People were mostly long term in their tenure there.

    Cons

    No real upward mobility after a certain point, largely because people never left above you. To be fair, most places are like that at a certain level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Very disjointed and unprofessional from the top down,

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - There IS No Real Room to Grow In the ASI Departments in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - There IS No Real Room to Grow In the ASI Departments in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    There were some great helpful people who worked for the Company unfortunately none of them work for the Ashland Specialty Ingredients line of Business. But if you are able to get involved with some of the more seasoned employees you have a fair chance of learning alot

    Cons

    Very unprofessional environment and toxic relationships exist between many of the leadership teams. The training is spotty at best and most of what you learn comes from teaching yourself. The leadership team for ASI is a messy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on being professionals and micro managing the things that really matter. Work on hiring the best workers and not allowing personal advancements based on friend groups.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Tech in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Lab Tech in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Ashland

    Pros

    Very flexible schedule. Great work environment.

    Cons

    Not a lot of support to grow

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees more

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Basic Job with really no future

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ashland

    Pros

    The People are nice mostly. The job itself is a fair balance of work and pay.

    Cons

    Upward mobility is almost non-existent. Even if the person is loved by their boss and they fraternize with each other daily there is just no open positions to move up. Evaluations are extremely unfair IF you are not in the right group.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to be filled by better leaders or at least people that know how to lead a group and not just people that know how to use the system.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    always be prepared for re-org, furloughs and early retirement

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Manager in Lexington-Fayette, KY

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

    Pros

    small campus, walking trail, gym on site

    Cons

    poor morale, leadership not united

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Assonet Location- Bully Bosses and Sexist Attitudes

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Assonet, MA
    Former Employee - Quality Assurance in Assonet, MA

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, good first job

    Cons

    Rather than managing the site, the management holds personal vandettas over petty things, like not going to the christmas party. They treat employees like criminals and are completely paranoid. After years of excellent reviews and no issues, I started to be treated like I did something wrong. I gave my notice and they fired me after that. Wouldn't even let me come in to get my belongings. Come to find out the supervisors ex girlfriend wanted a job there. Very unprofessional supervisors and management. The bully culture persists in the unsafe work practices and anyone who speaks up is vilified. Corporate HR is useless. If you file a complaint they ignore you. There is no where to move up either. Stay away at all costs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    bring in a new management team

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Many Changes in a short time

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

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Have been able to grow and develop there (when at the former, purchased company), flexible work arrangements.

    Cons

    With the recent move, it is now a long commute, many people have left. Company is not replacing many of the slots now open.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire those that are temping now, as we need the people who do that work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    Process Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ashland

    Pros

    Ashland offers a lot of work in different areas.

    Cons

    Ashland offers very little flexibility and does not encourage innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11.  

    A place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Resource
    Former Employee - IT Resource

    I worked at Ashland

    Pros

    Valvoline is a great brand.
    Still takes decent care of resources they let go in frequent reorganizations.

    Cons

    Reorganizations every 18-24 months.
    New managers don't seem to care or want to get to know heritage Ashland resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Realize you have talent that has worked there for 20+ years.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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