GrafTech International

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Good place to work

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH
Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH

I have been working at GrafTech International

Pros

Day to day work was challenging, with new projects and business areas providing ample opportunities for significant contributions and recognition. Management supportive of work/life balance.

Cons

Benefits (retirement, health care) were slashed as the company struggled a number of years ago, in spite of management promises to maintain these for established employees and retirees.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Leadership is not just decision-making. It is also about your employees knowing that they will be treated at least as well as investors. Respect. Honesty. Commitment.

Recommends
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    GTI Review

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at GrafTech International (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you have a corporate role you will have a fair amount of international networking, my advice is to take advantage of that, add it to your resume and move forward in another direction.

    Cons

    Poor middle management, mostly conformed by unqualified people, there are very few managers who really stand up for their subordinates or have the minimum leadership skills and experience to be in front of a team, the rest of they just play along and play dead.

    Most of the top management positions belong to senior employees which have been in the company for over 20 years and don't seem to have the intention of retiring in the short term, at the same time, only a few departments in the company are experiencing an organic growth, things rarely move at the worldwide branches and when they move they do so very slow in a highly politicized environment.

    Individual departments / divisions work in silos, generally, corporate initiatives lack the proper executive support and you end up swimming against the tide in the clogged bureaucratic system that's fostered by those at the helm, for instance: facilities in Mexico and Russia are below expectations ( considering all the other locations), and doesn't seem to be any interest from local management to improve them.

    A missinformation atmosphere reigns worldwide, corporate and strategic goals are not communicated throughout the whole company and they reach only middle management whom very often keep them only to themselves, departmental and individual goals are not aligned to achieve these, and when not met, employees in operational functions are held liable with little to nothing of management's accountability, these are common practices in the organization.

    Very often, the job is not matched to people skills and , you got very capable people working on filling up an Excel Spreadsheet for the rest of their careers, and have unqualified people doing a poor job that would be fit for the qualified ones. If you ask to be moved, get ready to get frustrated, your career can stall in here, you run the risk to remain for years strapped to the same spot, having most varied excuses for not getting moved / promoted / raised salary.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Renew your top management, allow talented people with fresh ideas and enthusiasm to develop and propel the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Small time Company disinterested board

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at GrafTech International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    I have a job that pays about 80% of the industry average.

    Cons

    Every one reports within a silo of function and information. IT systems for reporting are non existant. Senior management is extremely self serving with absolutely no long term plan except to figure out ways to pay themselves at the expense of shareholders and employees.R&D is not connected to the business plans and is way too small to support growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a board that is experienced enough to create a succession plan and get rid of the existing CEO

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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