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Don't work here if you are a woman!

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Former Employee - Human Resources Manager  in  Parsippany, NJ
Former Employee - Human Resources Manager in Parsippany, NJ

I worked at Evonik Corporation

Pros

There are not many unfortunately - it is better if you are an Engineer or an expert in Sales - otherwise - not many pros to speak of - pay is ok, benefits are ok - not the worst but not the best.

Cons

If you are a woman in this company - you either have to be under the age of 30 or an Engineer. There is no respect in this old boy's network for any woman 35+ with a brain. If you look at HR - most if not all of the staff are under 30 - it is a running joke within the Company. There are a few managers to respect who are professional and a pleasure to work with - but not many.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

HELLO!! Start respecting women in the workplace - the days of the Old Boys Network have got to go - get some women on the leadership tem.

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Not Desirable (Hopewell organization only)

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    Former Employee - Market Manager  in  Hopewell, VA
    Former Employee - Market Manager in Hopewell, VA

    I worked at Evonik Corporation

    Pros

    Some very interesting chemistry.
    Good technical service equipment - especially in Germany
    The "rank and file" employees are a good group of people. In part due to the shared experience of working in an environment with a poor upper management.
    Also, by and large working with the employees in Germany was enjoyable.

    Salary and benefits are competitive. Not exceptional, but competitive.

    [Neither Pro, nor Con]: It is important to understand that the Hopewell based businesses are essentially independent of Evonik Degussa NAFTA which is headquartered out of New Jersey. At an operating level, reporting, sourcing, etc. all goes back to the Goldschmidt business unit in Essen, Germany. To this extent, these comments should be interpreted only as applying to the Hopewell VA unit.

    Cons

    A highly politicized atmosphere driven by upper management in Essen and by the top eschelon of managers in Hopewell.

    Top management in Hopewell is largely comprised of ex-Whitco people. The attitude and behaviors may simply be the naturual result of a poorly executed acquision in which the only survivors were those who subordinated everything to their career. Whether yes or no, this is a back-stabbing environment where blame is passed sideways and down. Yes, this sounds simply like sour grapes....

    ...on a tangible level:

    I chose to leave when I learned that my budget was only about 25% of what I had been told prior to accepting the job. A porttion of the money was actually "in" my budget but was being spent in other areas as a way to limit visibility in Germany. I was also asked to play minor accounting tricks by pushing product on customers, knowing that it would be returned. Nothing illegal...but you put it all together and you realize that this might not be a good place to settle down.

    As in the other post, there is a definite difference in opportunity between the German expatriates and the "local" employees.

    This is a German company and it is driven by the needs of the German operations. For example, efforts are made to maintain as much production in Essen as possible to maintain favorable capacity utilization & cost numbers...even where more cost effective production & capacity is available in the US to serve US customers. Senior German executives are measured in part by their ability to support the Essen operations. In their defense, German employment laws do create high opportunity costs. Unfortunately U.S. performance measurements don't account for these demands. Don't count on the bonus component of compensation

    Finally, the statistics: There were 3 market manager positions in my group: these positions were held by 9 people in the 3 years from 2005-2007...only one moved to another position in the company & none were asked to leave. People voted with their feet.

    Its an unfortunate story: This is a company with good technology, competitve assets, good global infrastructure, and some very interesting market strategies (if they could be deployed) - it is being torn apart by the after effects of Evonik/Degussa's long string of acquisitions and continuing difficulty in making the evolution from between being a German company to a Multi-national company with headquarters in Germany.

    If you already live in Richmond VA and need a job, well, so be it, staying at home is worth a lot. If you don't, I am not sure that this is the right company to justify relocating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The matrix structure is broken. Get rid of the regional management. Let the business units report directly into the Global Business Managers in Essen. The plant and administration can be managed by a plant manager.

    Listen to the exit interviews. Many people in Essen told me that they were aware of the management problems & particular managers who were a problem.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
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    Good company if you just want a Job and you don't care about advancement.

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist

    I have been working at Evonik Corporation

    Pros

    they still have pension benefit. They are technicallly sound. If you are part of the real degussa not goldschimdt you have more opportunity for advancement
    If you don't mind staying in the same positon till you retire with a little salary increase every year you in the right place.
    In short if you not too ambitious, the Goldschmidt part of degussa is for you

    Cons

    The Goldschimdt part of degussa has poor advancement opportunities for non German.
    The pay is not great and there is dispparity between American part and Geman part
    The Goldschmidt part of degussa located in Virginia has a high turn over. Most management positions are occupy by the Germans. If you are non- German to get a little promotion you may have to spend some time in Germany or be friendly and talk your way up with the Germans.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat every body with the same qualification equal.
    Pay competitive salary

    No opinion of CEO
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