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Chemtura Reviews

Updated January 28, 2015
Updated January 28, 2015
49 Reviews
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Chemtura Chairman, President, and CEO Craig A. Rogerson
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  1.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Conyers, GA

    I worked at Chemtura full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    solid business base for main company, implement change, make capital investments,

    Cons

    Just came out of bankruptcy a couple of years ago, some divisions being sold off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bob Wood stayed to long, go back to the old structure before 2003.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Could be better with a better management

    Former Employee - Scientist in Naugatuck, CT
    Former Employee - Scientist in Naugatuck, CT

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

    Pros

    Good benefits and competitive salary compared to other companies around. Friendly atmosphere to work within the same level in the organization.

    Cons

    Job insecurity due to too many restructuring instances. inefficiency at the managerial and business levels to make projects successful. No opportunity for growth management for the workers. Favoritism shown by some management leaders to some of the employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leaders should find ways to rebuild the company with better project management and proper utilization of human resources rather than resorting to layoff at every instance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    I have enjoyed many years of working at Great Lakes Solutions, a division of Chemtura.

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    Current Employee - Research in West Lafayette, IN
    Current Employee - Research in West Lafayette, IN

    I have been working at Chemtura

    Pros

    Direct managers give freedom to do work as I have seen fit. Compensation and benefits have been good. West Lafayette has been a great place to raise a family.

    Cons

    A recent upper level management change has left Great Lakes Solutions in a precarious position. No longer are employees actual people but simply a number on a spreadsheet.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Poorly run company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chemtura

    Pros

    The only pro for this company is that it isn't long for this world.

    Cons

    Senior "leadership". The CEO brought all of his friends from a previous company along and moved the company headquarters to Philadelphia because he didn't want to move. Interseting in a company that isn't making any money. The only trnasplant was a lower level HR manager that whispered the things the CEO wanted to hear so he could get promoted. None of the "leadership" is qualified to run a company, their only qualification is they sold a company together before and that's why they are here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. The sooner the company gets broken up and sold in pieces, the better for the people in those pieces.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Falling Fast

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

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    flexibility and the people

    Cons

    management doesn't care about anyone, at all.... its all about cutting costs and making money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    don't treat the business like it'll be sold in the next yr

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great team culture until overall company downsizing, good benefits

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Lafayette, IN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Lafayette, IN

    I worked at Chemtura full-time

    Pros

    Was a great team culture and very happy to work with my teammates even despite going through bankruptcy in 2009-10. Benefits and are hard to beat and also competitive salaries. The West Lafayette site is a great college town, but it is being de-emphasized in 2014 versus headquarters and plant sites. Generally good market positions in its 2 remaining major businesses, but innovation/vitality is lower than it should be.

    Cons

    Sticking with top-down goals despite market realities caused serious issues with business performance. Significant restructuring in 4Q every year 2012-2014 as major pieces of the company sold off. Now acknowledge that the company will not exist in its current state - will be sold off or acquired; however acquired employees have generally been happier with their new firm. Constant downsizing continually means doing the same or more with less, and few career development opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make the major portfolio changes as quickly as possible - communicate them and get them over. Prolonging the pain and cutting too many people in the short term will damage the long term potential of the businesses and thus their value to an acquirer. Difficult to do in a shrinking company, but having personal development opportunities and a clear vision would retain and attract the right people.

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

    The corporation treats its company like red headed step children. Only worried about their top end.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator

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

    Pros

    Good as it can be. We got excellent life insurance benefits. Very small work force on its way out the door.

    Cons

    Bad as it can be. Office management lacks credibility. Safety is key, but the management finds no interest in it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be very careful. The shareholders could desert you.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    ok place to work, but needs more full time opportunities..

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Chemtura as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    good team environment and competitive production. great schedule very predictable hours.. four ten hour shifts Fridays off!

    Cons

    NO FULL TIME OPPERTUNITIES, and as a temp you got treated sub-human

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    equalize TREATMENT of full time and temporary workers. and offer more opportunities to those who have proven themselves

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    A revolving door! At Chemtura employees are the last thing to take care of.

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

    I worked at Chemtura full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good place keep in your resume.

    Cons

    Management is careless of employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    employees are the most valuable asset of each company. Do not let them leave easily no matter in waht level the organization they are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Strong products, indecisive management

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Middlebury, CT
    Current Employee - Regional Sales Manager in Middlebury, CT

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and relative independance working with the end customers is the highlight of the job.

    Cons

    Independance stems from a lack of structure and direction. No clearly defined culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Define a culture, create clear career advancement opportunities, decisive action.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

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