Celanese Reviews

Updated September 20, 2014
Updated September 20, 2014
80 Reviews
3.0
80 Reviews
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Celanese Chairman and CEO Mark C. Rohr
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25 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Very friendly people, good work flexibility, and good benefits (in 9 reviews)

  • Great management style, flexible work environment, very collaborative (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • A 9/80 work schedule would provide a better work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • No development opportunities because all the people with the knowledge are let go or get smart and quit (in 3 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great Company To Work For

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Product Director  in  Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Global Product Director in Dallas, TX

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

    Pros

    This is a company that truly walks the talk. Celanese lives the values of their culture in the following order of priority: People - Work Processes - Business Performance.

    Cons

    Ever changing corporate structure and the movement of personnel across the country to facilitate corporate goals. To be successful working here, you need to commit to being transferred to different sites and cities across the US.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to help employees improve their work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Like a family away from a family.

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

    I have been working at Celanese full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    In my time at Celanese I have been able to grow with the company, and see myself as more and more of not an employee of Celanese, but as a family member of a much larger extended family. As with any large company there are political games to play, things you need to know to do or not to do. However overall it is a great environment to grow, as long as you are persistent and motivated enough to do so.

    Cons

    Internal onboarding could use some work, however there are plans to work on this and improve this soon.
    Benefits could be matched better for some specific and more unique jobs, again something the company is aware of and are working on.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing that hasn't been communicated already. I believe upper management has done a good job at approaching the lower levels and asking what is needed to make things better. (something recent). and now upper management just needs to act upon the things stated.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company but career advancement based on BYU

    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

    I have been working at Celanese full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Good people, innovation oriented, the new CEO has still a lot to do to change the culture based on Mormonism

    Cons

    If you are not a Mormon, you will see your Mormon colleagues get rapid promotions after little time spent on the job. There was a culture based on threatening employee but the new CEO is changing this

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Religion should influence career and I believe the new CEO knows it but it is urgent to speed up the culture change.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Still trying to recover from Private Equity Buyout

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Bishop, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bishop, TX

    I worked at Celanese full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They are a former employer. That is the best I can say. Compensation was/is just average.

    Cons

    Throw you into the fire. Most of the people at the Bishop Plant have been there less than 3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is trying to improve the situation but it is an uphill struggle. DO something to stop the exodus of people---whatever it takes!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Frustrating company, mediocrity at its finest

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mid Management  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Mid Management in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Celanese full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good people, good location, good work/life balance

    Cons

    Reactive management, constant change but disruptive change not good change, will not remain competitive at the rate they are going, they lose all their good people because they can't make any progress, record earnings and stock price still drops, solution is always to cut people and admin budgets vs fix the real issues in the company, company stuck in the same pattern and won't get rid of its long standing barriers ( let good relevant talent go)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start thinking strategically and care about retaining a good work force, penny wise and pound foolish, be realistic in your vision/commitments to wall street

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Overall, a great company.

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

    I worked at Celanese full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and a lot of responsibility. Lots of tenure with employees within the business. More opportunity for engineers and technical folks to move around in the business than the shared services departments.

    Cons

    When I was there, employee engagement was not discussed and you could feel the impacts of that in the culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on making sure your people are excited to come to work everyday. Listen to all different levels rather than what's been bubbled up.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    this is a very weird place.

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager  in  Bishop, TX
    Current Employee - Commodity Manager in Bishop, TX

    I have been working at Celanese full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    they hire anyone. cant hardly get fired

    Cons

    don't pay well at all. lose many employees

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

    Many changes over the last 2 years

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Irving, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Irving, TX

    I have been working at Celanese full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Very friendly people, good work flexibility, and good benefits

    Cons

    Recently bonuses taken away for a lot of employees
    Limited promotion opportunities
    A lot of cost cutting recently
    Some business units are very lean, while others are overstaffed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Toxic culture - boring job

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager  in  Dallas, TX
    Former Employee - Global Product Manager in Dallas, TX

    I worked at Celanese full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Benefits are decent with competitive pay, rich HSA, and significant bonus potential. The geographic diversity of the company is also fun. It's truly global, and yet everyone seem committed to maintaining their head in the sand as a corporate ethos.

    Cons

    I have worked for various Fortune 500 companies. The culture at Celanese is absolutely toxic. Everyone operates within a zero-sum mentality. If someone "wins" you "lose" and visa versa.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're losing your best talent with each passing day. Embrace the mediocrity and long term decline of your business.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Good company to start off your career.

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

    I have been working at Celanese full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Many opportunities for the motivated junior level employees; pay structure was very attractive when I began, with a possibility of an annual bonus of up to 40% of your annual base pay; benefits are solid, although eroding as most corporations in the US have recently

    Cons

    Seems schizophrenic when managing priorities within the business units; recent changes to the salary structure have removed bonus opportunities for the majority of employees, leaving in place semi-annual pay increases for employees deemed appropriate; utilization of outside administrative tools leaves little time to complete the tasks being documented by said tools

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define internal ethos among employees; internal integration is fantastic as long as the necessary communication is occurring between the right people

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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