Chemtura Reviews

Updated July 1, 2015
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Chemtura Chairman, President, and CEO Craig A. Rogerson
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Pros
  • Very good benefits, especially the 401k program (in 4 reviews)

  • Management is not rigid, friendly good people, lots of promise exist within the business and if you are lucky you may have a very nice manager (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management that is addicted to consultants and hasn't had an original idea in 5 years (in 3 reviews)

  • The combining of the Petroleum Additives and Urethanes businesses makes absolutely no sense (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Don

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    Former Employee - Quality Control in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Quality Control in Conyers, GA

    I worked at Chemtura

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    401K program and the Health Insurance was good. Everybody received free product at that time. There were nice people in Chemical Production except for the Supervisors. There were nice people in the Maintenance Department too.

    Cons

    I was so exposed to chemicals that when I now smell cleaning products my tongue burns.
    Peeling ceilings. OSHA must be paid off cause they don't ever visit, why not? It's a chemical company! They asked me to stay and train people after they laid me off.


  2. Helpful (4)

    Poorly run company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Chemtura

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  3. Quarterly focus at the expense of long-term vision has ruined a good company.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemtura

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dedicated and engaged people doing the day to day business of this company are great. In particular, the Great Lakes side has been lucky to have a lot of excellent people who cared about the success of the business.

    Cons

    Management has reorganized this company out of existence. The focus on quarterly results has driven numerous reorganizations that have stripped the company of the people who can actually deliver results.

    Advice to Management

    Enjoy the proceeds of your dismantling


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  5. Helpful (2)

    Falling Fast

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    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)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    flexibility and the people

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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


  6. Helpful (1)

    Understaffed and Overworked

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Greater ability for additional responsibilities due to shrinking workforce.

    Cons

    Lack of communication within businesses and between businesses and departments. Impossible deadlines. No compensation for overtime work. Difficult for internal and external customers to do business with Chemtura. Entire dedicated IT workforce replaced by unskilled and untrained IT non-professionals who cannot carry out the most basic of IT functions thus causing constant disruption in work flow and productivity.

    Advice to Management

    Communicate with staff. Be honest and open about upcoming changes. Provide compensation for staff who have taken on greater responsibilities due to loss of positions. Replace IT staff with properly trained IT professionals.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Constant Change

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Run this company correctly.


  8. Helpful (2)

    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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    Resign


  9. Unhealthy place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Conyers, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nice temp workers, very quiet, most won't get hired, won't pass a background check.

    Cons

    No money to spend on what it would, take to make the air better, will spend it on small improvements.
    The clicques have it made, keep your mouth shut, they don't want to improve.

    Advice to Management

    Put some money in the place, visit it unannounced if you care. Quit putting money in the local OSHA's palm, they have to be on the take, it will bite you one day. Hey OSHA, pay a unannouced visit once in a while, if you care.


  10. You may end up in a dead zone.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Chemtura

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Chemtura is very good in flexible working hours and balancing work/personal life situations. Management is not rigid, friendly good people, lots of promise exist within the business and if you are lucky you may have a very nice manager.

    Cons

    Filed CH-11, poor management and divestitures, lot of ups and downs since merger of GLCC and Crompton. Extremely poor salary, no bonus, no good practice to recognize people's performance, no reward for projects, no career progression possibility exists....

    Advice to Management

    Review available compensations in the market for similar jobs, need to learn to think internationally and not only Middlebury, CT based. Top management never seem to care about lower level employees.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Wait till it's sold before you come to work here...

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in West Hartford, CT
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in West Hartford, CT

    I have been working at Chemtura

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only good thing about working for Chemtura is the hope it will be sold soon and life can be restored to the better days which were "pre-Crompton". If I didn't like the business I work for and the people in it, I would be gone already.

    Cons

    The corporate office is milking the other profitable parts of the business dry and forcing them to make poor decisions to satisfy current quarter deficits. These decisions will impact the future of these businesses, but they don't care much about that.

    Advice to Management

    If you are going to sell, get busy doing it fast. Take your money and run.



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