Chemtura Reviews in Middlebury, CT

Updated June 20, 2014
Updated June 20, 2014
35 Reviews

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company with change in the air

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Middlebury, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Accountant in Middlebury, CT

    I worked at Chemtura full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Extremely proactive senior management group bent on turning a floundering company into a solid chemical company. In doing so setting up a core business of profitable portfolio groups.

    Cons

    Middle management very rigid for this most part creating an uncomfortable ease among employees. The fear of being laid off by a restructure to create better financials.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Constant Change

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, CT

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

    Pros

    Very good benefits, especially the 401k program. Administrative salaries are competitive.

    Cons

    This place is conatantly laying off and asking those left beind to assimilate more duties into an already full work week while not incurring overtime. Management changes its model far too much. There is always a "re-organization" going on. Due to all the layoffs, there is no opportunity for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Run this company correctly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Customer Service Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Customer Care  in  Middlebury, CT
    Former Employee - Customer Care in Middlebury, CT

    I worked at Chemtura full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Great Company to work,God Benefits .

    Cons

    Upper management very political minded.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communication down the ladder need to be better.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Afforded tremendous challenges in ever changing work environment

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Commercial  in  Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Commercial in Middlebury, CT

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time

    Pros

    Challenge , people, commute, office, opportunity

    Cons

    Incentives, benefits, constant changes and turnover

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reward employees via incentives considering all recent changes and challenges

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Medium size company with a small company feel

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Middlebury, CT

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

    Pros

    Great legacy in the past, long tradition of technology development. The smaller size give you a intimate feeling of the people you work with. Good work/life balance.

    Cons

    Lower pay comparing to bigger chemical companies, decisions are constantly being changed. Company came back from bankcruptcy but still struggling to grow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former Finance Leader

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    Former Employee - Finance Director  in  Middlebury, CT
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Middlebury, CT

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

    Pros

    They pay pretty well. Challenging work environment.

    Cons

    Expected to be "on the clock" 24/7. Incompetent Sr Management. No loyalty to "the troops". Chrurn and Burn mentality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Sell the firm (if you get the opportunity). Ciba did it to the betterment of employees (BASF is a machine).

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

    Great people, not so great management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Middlebury, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, CT

    I worked at Chemtura full-time

    Pros

    The benefits are pretty good at Chemtura. The people I worked with were also great. Everyone had lively personalities and just tried to get all their work done everyday. They will happily accept new people and try to make you feel like part of the team. There are also some really smart people there too with a lot of ambition.

    Cons

    There very much exists an us v. them culture. No one approved of management as every person had an issue with the level above them. Employee reviews didn't make sense as regardless how well you did, you were never given the score (and thus raise) you deserved. There are a so many people at that company that go under-utilized and under-appreciated.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your older employees have gone through a lot with the divestitures, layoffs, and acquisitions. Treat them with respect for staying around. Show some loyalty and try to make it so they can actually enjoy coming into work. You can not hire new, young talent, and expect them to develop and stay to replace the old herd if the company itself does not become a happier place to work at.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    New lease on life in the AgroSolutions business

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Middlebury, CT

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

    Pros

    New senior management in 2011 has made us profitable again. It feels like we are winners after a multi-year losing streak. Opportunities for advancement are reappearing. Non-contributors are being removed or leaving on their own. Management decisions are being made and actions taken after years of paralysis.

    Cons

    Top business managers are tough, sometimes too tough. We don't always understand what their motives are, but we are coming to trust their judgment based on the results. We are short staffed and corporate support roles in finance, legal and HR let us down too often.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not lose your courage. It will take a few more years to solve the problems created by the years of mismanagement leading to our 2009 bankruptcy. Use a few more carrots to go along with the sticks.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Management sucks

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Middlebury, CT

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

    Pros

    No pros to this company

    Cons

    A terrible place to work. Most of management are spineless and will not make a decision. Anyone with brains and iniative gets frustrated and leaves

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Resign

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance Director  in  Middlebury, CT
    Former Employee - Finance Director in Middlebury, CT

    I worked at Chemtura full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Everyone is very collaborative and professional

    Cons

    Limited career growth potential. Training could be better.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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