Ashland

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Ashland Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
111 Reviews
3.1
111 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Treasury Department

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    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
  2.  

    Great place to work

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    • 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
  3.  

    Basic Job with really no future

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

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    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
  6.  

    Process Engineer

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    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
  7.  

    A place to work

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    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
  8.  

    Retired 2013

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    Former Employee - Field Sales Person in Ashland, KY
    Former Employee - Field Sales Person in Ashland, KY

    I worked at Ashland full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ashland gave us an opportunity to succeed as a sales professional, and provided us the necessary resources and support staff to do so.

    Cons

    Our division went through numerous reorganizations and then we were sold to an investment company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide more positive feedback to the worker bees; more than the annual Performance Appraisal

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good company

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ashland

    Pros

    Stable, good management, good systems

    Cons

    Not the highest paying but decent benefits

  10.  

    Many Changes in a short time

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    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
  11.  

    Ashland

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calvert City, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Calvert City, KY

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Pay lower than industry average

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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