Cytec Engineered Materials Reviews

Updated March 1, 2015
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  1. If you are seeking a company that is looking to grow and innovate, Cytec is not the place for you.

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    Former Employee - Engineering
    Former Employee - Engineering

    I worked at Cytec Engineered Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    If you are not in operations, there is good work/life balance. Compensation is ok.

    Cons

    It is a very conservative company which makes it difficult to contribute to growth and innovation.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to stay relevant,, you must invest in innovation. You can't continue to make bigger and more "square" wheels.......instead, invest in technology to make round wheels or you will lose ground to you rcompetitors.

  2. Great place to gain experience and knowledge

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Current Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I have been working at Cytec Engineered Materials as an intern (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    People are really approachable.
    Room for growth

    Cons

    Lack of communication and collaboration between departments

    Advice to Management

    Improve channels of communication

  3. Disorganized with lots of changing priorities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cytec Engineered Materials

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

    Pros

    Coworkers are very friendly and upbeat

    Cons

    Upper management changes frequently causing priorities to change along with it. Many of the projects you work on become moot and get scrapped due to this.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the veterans that have been there longer than you. Stick to both sides of the union agreement.

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  5. Psuedo Tech

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    Former Employee - Technician II in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Technician II in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Cytec Engineered Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Most of the lower managers are great to work with and understanding of circumstances and really try to work with you. The work at times can be monotonous, depending, as they're a manufacturing company.

    Cons

    Upper management is more interested in profits than overall health of the company. Stagnant growth meant massive layoffs across the board and most of it unnecessary and possibly even more damaging in the long run. Union is overly strong and uses their power to promote laziness: they sandbag work until non-union employees are forced to do their work and then they claim grievance benefits for their work being "taken."

    Advice to Management

    Take a closer look at long term ramifications, instead of lining your own pockets.

  6. Dysfunctional

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    Former Employee - Prod Worker in Greenville, TX
    Former Employee - Prod Worker in Greenville, TX

    I worked at Cytec Engineered Materials full-time (more than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Ok pay , great coworkers,i wish there was more i could say.

    Cons

    poor benefits,not open too suggestions.overboard on Safety,for insurance reasons.poor too no communication!!

    Advice to Management

    Grow up!!!

  7. Helpful (1)

    Cytec

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    Former Employee - Utility Worker in Anaheim, CA
    Former Employee - Utility Worker in Anaheim, CA

    I worked at Cytec Engineered Materials full-time (more than a year)

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

    Pros

    The company paid decently and had good benefits. The facilities are decent for this type of industry. There are a lot of plants so there are opportunities to do different things.

    Cons

    Cytec treats its people very poorly much like cattle. They over work people to the point of deciding if they want a job or their health.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to be human.

  8. Helpful (1)

    UNETHICAL, UNCARING COMPANY

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Greenville, TX

    I have been working at Cytec Engineered Materials full-time (more than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Pay. But money isn't everything.

    Cons

    This is an extremely unethical company that does not care for its employees. The only thing that matters to them are dollar signs and shareholders. They do not care about your health or well being. They do not care about those that helped them make all their millions. Employees are nothing but numbers. DO NOT WORK HERE. RUN LIKE YOUR LIFE DEPENDED ON IT.

    Advice to Management

    Get out while you can.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Working at Cytec was stressful, hostile, confusing, and unfair. Leadership is terrible and needs to be changed.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havre de Grace, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Havre de Grace, MD

    I worked at Cytec Engineered Materials 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

    Good benefits, salaries good. Hourly personnel are good people, salary people have issues.

    Cons

    Bad Management practices at this plant. High turnaround in management positions. Frequent diversity issues. Management is not aware of what goes on in their departments

  10. Good Company

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

    I worked at Cytec Engineered Materials full-time (more than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Care about their empolyees. Lots of opportunities for job growth.

    Cons

    Slow to complete engineering projects

    Advice to Management

    Streamline processes to be more agile and enterprising.

  11. Helpful (1)

    Engineering Driven Culture managed by Inexperienced Management who can't make decisions

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    Current Employee - Purchasing in Phoenix, AZ
    Current Employee - Purchasing in Phoenix, AZ

    I have been working at Cytec Engineered Materials full-time (more than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Respectful wages and benefits. Some people are helpful.

    Cons

    Management either plays a blind eye or doesn't want to face the continuous problems with customer service, quality, and overall production issues at each plant level. Upper management is very incompetent with wrong people in the wrong positions. Middle Management has no flexibility and basically flows down their ineptness in not being able to make simple decisions. Cytec would rather lose a customer than take a hit on their financials. Cytec is very risk adverse and don't supply their sales force with the tools to make decisions. Salesman are powerless and only serve as puppets for all decisions made from the President all the way down to the Regional Sales Manager. Cytec constantly roles out new buzz words like "Customer Focus" to give the organization the impression that management cares. Customer are treated like dirt with little concern for professionalism. Management is only concerned about forecasting and running reports while consistently pressuring everyone at every level to justify their position. It's a back stabbing organization where you have to constantly watch your back, and your value as an employee is non-existent. Too many Engineers and Chemists at the management level who don't know how to run a sales organization. Customers are becoming more and more unhappy and eventually this is going to bite Cytec down the road if it hasn't already.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to leave their "Ivory Tower" and actually pay attention to what is going on at the plant level. There is so much ineptness and just overall bureaucracy on making the most simple decisions for fear of backlash from upper management. You're losing a lot of good employees who no longer feel they or their work is valued. The organization needs to simplified in how decisions are made, and empowering middle management to make those decisions rather than waiting on you to make them. Invest more money in hiring more customer service reps, rather than continuously increasing the workload on existing employees, thus sacrificing their ability to respond to the customer. Customers are not being called back, quotations are delayed for as long as 30 days sometimes longer, and eliminating the need to constantly have to schedule a conference call to make a simple decision. Otherwise, Cytec will continue to drive customers away and you will never have quality employees because you can't keep them.

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