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Cooped at Ascend

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Current Employee - Coop
Current Employee - Coop

I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials part-time for less than a year

Pros

Nice People. Very willing to answer question and help.

Cons

Alot of leg work to find a little bit of information

Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Other Reviews for Ascend Performance Materials

  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sr. leadership has little tolerance/respect for peoples' lives outside of work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Ascend Performance Materials

    Pros

    Most people at my location were very smart and capable. Excellent teamwork.

    Cons

    Recently established, privately held company is establishing a large (and expensive) bureaucracy also know as corporate HQ. These very political execs create a lot of non-value added work for staff as they jockey for position. All hat, no cattle ...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Shrink the bloated HQ and recognize and support the people at "ground level" in the company who actually do the work. And most importantly, recognize that leading by fear and intimidation are only good for short-term results; you will drive away your best people.

    Doesn't Recommend
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    Good experience in first 3 years. Looks to be a good place for the future.

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Alvin, TX
    Current Employee - Engineer in Alvin, TX

    I have been working at Ascend Performance Materials full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Very positive outlook for the future. Ascend is supporting many new ideas to better the company. They have a Wellness team that is gaining budget year after year to support events and healthy challenges; they are finally starting to talk about a flexible work schedule (no new polices as of 8/1/14); and the leadership team is actively looking for growth opportunities for their mid-level experience workforce.

    Future business outlook looks promising.
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    Cons

    There seems to be 2-3 members of the plant level leadership team that are part of the old guard and run the show. You better not say anything contrary to any of these key elders or your career will be stalled and phased out.

    Slow moving company with regard to change -- however they are at least moving in the direction of change. For example, they are just now recognizing need to develop and maintain their 2-6 year employees, just now recognizing need for flexible schedules, more development opportunities between senior engineer and management and more competitive bonuses/salary packages.

    IT policies are absolutely archaic and impede productivity.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Find your top talent, value them and retain them.
    2. Identify non-performers and get them to improve or manage them out of the system. Focus on a culture of individual accountability and move away from the shotgun approach.
    3. Leverage IT technology for productivity improvements

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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