Ashland Reviews

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
86 Reviews
3.0
86 Reviews
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Ashland Chairman and CEO Jim O'Brien Jr.
Jim O'Brien Jr.
54 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • It is somewhat flexible work life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • Good pay, similar to industry averages (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • The upper management is not very supportive to employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Performance reviews are not entirely fair and there is not much recognition for a strong performer (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Overall, good experience gained and good connections made.

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    Current Employee - Logistics Intern  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Logistics Intern in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Ashland as an intern for more than a year

    Pros

    Non-linear internship that lets you interact with many different internal and external customers. Great experience gained in logistics buying and incident investigation.

    Cons

    Ashland does not have a young culture.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good people

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Was able to get some great experience. The people there were great to work with.

    Cons

    Management would sometimes present themselves like they knew what was going on when they really didn't know how the day to day operations went.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Train with your employees so you can really understand what they do.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    While working for ISP Corp., the company was bought by Ashland. Almost immediately started to lose business.

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    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Bridgewater, NJ
    Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Bridgewater, NJ

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Colleagues from ISP were a good team. Laboratory facilities were satisfactory. All in all, growth opportunity is probably no worse than other large international companies.

    Cons

    Company is not stable. Virtually no opportunity for professional growth. Benefits were very poor and continued to provide less over time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to advice from your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Ashland full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    People are wonderful! Management pushes internal promotion.

    Cons

    Hard to adjust to constant buying and selling of companies.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Not the best but pays the bills

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    Current Employee - Account Manager  in  Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Account Manager in Dublin, OH

    I have been working at Ashland full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    No one knows anything so you can make up things the way you want

    Cons

    Cheap when it comes to bonus, they will find ways to shrink your bonus pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave the company to a better management if you are too weak to stand up against activist investors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Bad

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    Current Employee - Chemical Operator  in  Port Neches, TX
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Port Neches, TX

    I have been working at Ashland full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Decent money and benefits days off are nice when you can get them, that's about all the good things I can say about this Ashland plant.

    Cons

    Too much overtime, no work life balance, horrible working conditions, poor management, rampant racism, barely working equipment low pay for conditions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Good company

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    Former Employee - Director of Marketing  in  Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Director of Marketing in Dublin, OH

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Much upward mobility and many different divisions if you have the desire to work hard, put in a lot of hours, and learn new things

    Cons

    Those who succeed give a lot of personal time and sweat equity to the company. Sometimes the nature of a matrix organization makes it difficult to determine who the decisionmaker really is.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay for talent

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dominated by personal wealth attainment among senior mgmt; employee base treated as a corporate liability.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There is a broad range of positions available, from pure research to manufacturing, back office and commercial. Well networked employees should be able to achieve mobility across this structure to develop a broad skill set and diverse resume.

    Cons

    Ashland's employee self serve center, HR2U, is more commonly known as "HR s(rew you", which is not an unjustified characterization of Ashland's treatment of current and former employees. Decision processes are dominated by top-down autocracy, so if you prefer being a gofer or puppet it's an ok place to work, but if you expect an inclusive decisions making environment, this isn't the right employer for you. Probably an ok place for clerks; not a good place for mid level supervisor or manager development. Cronyism, so blatantly unchecked in the recent (2014) reorganization, occurs all too frequently.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Institute processes to ensure inclusive decision making; so often I have witnessed an employee base executing against a plan that they actively discuss won't work. They know what would work, but there is no mechanism to influence the direction; listen to your employees! Implement 360 degree reviews for all leadership positions (to the highest levels). Insist on evidence that cronyism and autocracy are not happening; don't just go through the motions of a process that is purported to reduce their occurrence.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good place to work if you do not value your career or want to progress

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Ashland full-time

    Pros

    People are generally nice and good to work with.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult to progress unless you become part of the "good old boys network". Way too many policies and procedures, takes forever to get anything done. Salary and benefits are not the best. Poor personal vs. work life balance. Re-orgs and/or layoffs seem to come around every 18-24 months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop your people and be open minded to change! Management from the top down needs a serious wake up call.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Ashland

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    was a stable company to work for

    Cons

    currently not heading in the right direction

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get focused

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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