Celanese

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Good place to work, but promotion is limited

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  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Senior Analyst - External Reporting in Dallas, TX
Former Employee - Senior Analyst - External Reporting in Dallas, TX

I worked at Celanese full-time (more than 3 years)

Pros

Excellent training and attention to employee development
Close working relationship with superiors

Cons

Lack of promotion opportunity (unless you are an exception, it seems that you must leave and return to move up)
Some would say a negative culture, but I did not find this to be different than previous employers
New open-concept offices may be a turn off for many

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Increase the number of salary bands to provide promotion opportunities for mid-level employees.
Provide stock units (RSUs) as part of the standard compentation package for employee alignment.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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    Hell, where you get paid. Stay away.

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pearisburg, VA
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Pearisburg, VA

    I worked at Celanese full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Money thrown at you during hiring like bait thrown to dumb fish.

    Cons

    Worst management, especially at the mid-level. Engineers can't advance to management as per policy. They hire bain / mckinsey types to run management. Consequently there is a big disconnect between management and engineering / operations. The philosophy is how can we make as much money as possible while screwing engineers. The turnover here is amazing.

    If you are a good performer, they try to lock you in by offering a substandard long-term incentive agreement (more a bonded labor agreement) with a very restrictive set of agreements. Basically, you sign your career over. Long term dedicated employees ( over 10+ years) who signed such agreements have been sued by the company when the tried to leave for better opportunities & environment.

    Basically it's a thankless job in a vindictive management environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You are not an energy major, so drop the arrogance. Improve your behavior toward core engineering functions, you are nowhere near a premier company and talent will leave for the abundant opportunities in your operating countries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
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    People are kidding themselves if they think this is a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dallas, TX

    I have been working at Celanese full-time

    Pros

    I will admit that there are pockets within the company where things are better than others. Pay is decent. Flat organization allows for good exposure to upper management. They hire talented people (they just have a hard time keeping them around)

    Cons

    The same flat organization doesn't provide enough room to grow. I know people who have been here for 10 on a good career path, but have never had a direct report. In many cases a person's first managerial role has 50+ direct reports. How can you possibly learn who the good managers are this way? Often you report to one person, but someone else does your performance reviews because the person you report to just doesn't like/want to do it. It is quite frustrating to report to someone who you don't actually work for. They do not care about people or employee development. In fact, they don't want people to go out and get professional certifications because they know that they will leave once they have the opportunity. This all culminates in 25+% turnover. It's seriously ridiculous how quickly people come in and out of this place.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Money will not make people happy, only non-dissatisfied. Make this a good place to work and people will stay. If you are confident that people want to work at your company then you should promote and invest in employee development. Give people more decision making authority and build in another level of management. You do not need to pay these people more! The responsibility is enough and you get to find out who will be good managers before their impact is too great. This requires some level of 360 degree feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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