Chemtura Reviews

Updated April 5, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    Best fit for me of any of the companies I've worked for. I truly enjoy working there

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some of the best people I have ever worked with. For me it's working with family than just work colleagues.

    Cons

    A lot of changes have occurred over the last year and I have seen a lot of good friends of mine leave the company. It goes with the territory.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Company with change in the air

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 (More than 5 years)

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

    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.

  3. 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 (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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

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  5. Process Support Chemist

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado, AR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in El Dorado, AR

    I have been working at Chemtura full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting, ever changing work!!!
    Great people to work with making it a pleasure to come to work.
    Good benefits

    Cons

    Not impressed with the way upper management runs the company. Way to top heavy. Location leaves something to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Cut out upper middle management, reduce upper management bonuses and reinvest back into the company and your employees!!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Former Finance Leader

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    • 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 (More than 3 years)

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

    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 Management

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

  7. BioLab, Inc a Chemtura Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    BioLab was a great "family" atmosphere company, Had great talent and folks respected one another. Leader in the market with a loyal following.

    Cons

    Corporate influence who really didn't understand the business. Subbusiness had to run everything through corporate, causing delay to action, improper decisions and loss of business.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the old executive team who was successful in contributing growth, loyalty in it customers and staff and gave the corporate strong bottom line performance even in bad times. Too much industrial influence in an consumer focused environment. Performance then.... and now...

  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

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

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    a good job working with great team members

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator C in Conyers, GA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator C in Conyers, GA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    to try to start a career

    Cons

    working around chemicals all day

    Advice to Management

    there great people and give a helping hand and good advise anyday

  10. New lease on life in the AgroSolutions business

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Management sucks

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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

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