Compass Minerals

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Compass Minerals Reviews

Updated July 16, 2014
Updated July 16, 2014
25 Reviews

2.6
25 Reviews
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Compass Minerals President and CEO Fran Malecha
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  1.  

    Great product with tons of business potential

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    Current Employee - Management
    Current Employee - Management

    Pros

    New CEO and management with enviromentally friendly products.

    Cons

    Immature culture and systems - from engineering, maintenance, safety and process.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set a few realistic goals per year and begin to prevent challenges vs. always being reactive to challenges.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Going downhill quickly

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    There are a lot of very smart, talented and hardworking people here. The work is more interesting than you would expect and the company is very stable in terms of making money.

    Cons

    The new management says all the right things and then does the opposite. They say they care more about employees than old management but they are actually worse. Since old management was pretty bad, that is saying a lot. For example, they spent a lot of time telling us how great the new healthcare plan would be but it turned out to be a lot worse than the old one. They say they want employees to make more of the decisions now but they really just want us to agree with the decisions they have already made. If you have a different opinion you are in BIG trouble. It's a problem because they don't understand the salt business. We all think they are in way over there heads. They are laying off a lot of employees. It's mostly one at a time and no one knows who's next. We are all just trying not to be noticed while we look for new jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to appreciate what has made the company successful for decades and you need to understand that you don't know everything. If you can't, leave and find another company that is a better fit for you. Don't take the company down with you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    New Company, bright outlook

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    new management team leading major change in culture. new direction looks very promising. so far everything new CEO, Fran Malecha, has said has materialized. he does not over promise or sugar coat, he and his team are consistently delivering. that is what we need at CMP.

    Cons

    still have pockets of reistance to change that will need to go if the company will be successful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep doing what you are doing to improve our great company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hopefully getting better

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    Compass has a new CEO (Jan 2013), and although things are still evolving, there does seem to be a better atmosphere than with the previous CEO. Overall, it's a pretty decent company to work for.

    Cons

    It really depends on your manager, but there seems to be limited opportunity for development. The size of the company makes it somewhat difficult to get involved in different things, while also limiting the opportunities for advancement. It's also an "old-school", conservative work culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Things seem to be on the right track. Continue to empower people to do to their job and hold them accountable. Probably need to re-evaluate the number of high level management to the number of support personnel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    People-friendly company to work for

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Take work/home balance seriously.
    Adequate pay for work done.
    Annual review process is good.
    Somewhat recession-proof.

    Cons

    Low salary increases, bonus structure is bad, require 110% performance.
    Workload is sometimes overwhelming with no help in sight.
    Company has not been meeting goals over the last several years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The annual objectives do not reflect reality when employees are asked to meet theem.

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

    Micro-managed & stessed

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    Stable job, decent pay, somewhat flexible, nice building, good co-workers

    Cons

    Micro-managed, cannot move up without a degree, experience means nothing, too many bosses. Stress!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CEO's come in, get rich and leave. Guess it is that way at most companies. Low morale partially due to profit sharing being unattainable for workers; but Senior Management still gets all their perks. CEO told us we're disengaged if we had been there 3+ years and should do company a favor & quit. Started Gallup. HR does nothing to help morale. Before going public we had a lot fewer layers of management and job was less stressful. Very litte job satisfaction, lower morale now. Computer systems flawed. Need to invest in systems & people, everyone stressed. Hard when the CEO has his hand in everything and management cannot make a decision. Where is the B of D's in all this? Imagine someone coming around on New Years Eve at 4:30 to see who left early. Really! Where is trust?

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Could Do SO Much Better!!

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Management in Ogden, UT

    Pros

    Recession proof products, Excellent workforce (for the most part), So much potential to be a GREAT company inspite of itself!

    Cons

    CEO and Leadership Team need to KEEP hiring qualified individuals to manage the company but then give them the authority and responsibility to manage their respective organizations without needing a 'hall pass' to go to the bathroom! The micro-management and ergo the disfunctionality is 'epic'

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You have taken the time and spent the money to hire capable middle management. Allow them to do their jobs without so much unnecessary oversight, unsolicited advice and micro management! CMP Managers have years of experience and are capable of doing our jobs effectively! Hold us responsible for our mistakes and reward us for our successes, but just let us do what we know how to do!! Please remember thant it has been a long time since we were college interns....

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not worth the pay....

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    Former Employee - Finance  in  Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Finance in Overland Park, KS

    Pros

    Salary was good. There are also some really nice people that work for the company with good values and good work ethic.

    Cons

    The management is very negative and tend to micro manage. For example the CEO is involved in seating arrangements and cubicle moves. The atmosphere is overall very negative and very depressing to go to work each day. Many of the lower level employees are good workers but eventually demoralized by upper management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Not worth responding - they don't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Good business model...Senior Management lacking

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    Current Employee - Management  in  Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Management in Ogden, UT

    Pros

    Excellent employees at the plant. Significant potential for growth in the SOP business. Great location.

    Cons

    Senior Management is unprofessional and incompetent. Micro managing is unbelievable and is destroying the business. Vice Presidents make all the decisions and then blame the members of the "team" when their decision does not work. Public ridicule of Site Management is frequent by once Vice President and is leading to numerous resignations. What a great Company this could be if Senior Management would give middle management some authority to act.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give middle managers at the sites the ability to run their location. Give them the authority and responsibility, hold them accountable.

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

    Too much upper management interference.

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    Current Employee - Production Foreman  in  Lydia, LA
    Current Employee - Production Foreman in Lydia, LA

    Pros

    Pay was great, job wasn't exactly hard. Just a huge thumb pushing down on you to get results, when there was no skilled workers.

    Cons

    General Foreman constantly stirred the pot. Expected to work 80 hours a week. When hired was told the company looks forward to outside opinions for a fresh perspective. Although when you give them ideas you were looked at and laughed at saying it won't work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

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