GrafTech International

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My time there helped to destroy my excellent past reputation and pushed me out of my profession.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

I worked at GrafTech International

Pros

The pay and bonuses were good and the technical staff is conscientious and a pleasure to work with.
The work is challenging and interesting.

Cons

Benefits are horrible for a company of this size.
Some members of management are not to be trusted under any circumstances.
Employees are not treated with respect by some levels of management.
Recognition and appreciation are hard to come by at some technical levels. When pictures are taken to honor groups for achievement it looks more like a roundup of the "usual suspects". Sometimes technical staff that helped to develop products are not even invited.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Upper management needs to take a closer look at the way lower level managers operate and not just give them a pass because they make good yes men.
Let employees share in the company success in a more equitable manner than bonuses that are controlled by "manager's disgression".
Change the attitude that, "If good things happen it's because of great management - If bad things happen it's the rank and file employees fault."

Doesn't Recommend
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    Great experience but the last year has been tough.

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    Current Employee - Employee
    Current Employee - Employee

    I have been working at GrafTech International full-time

    Pros

    Great people, varied experience, small enough to know everyone at the site, heavily involved with charitable organization.

    Cons

    Market tanked, layoffs, lack of communication, lots of uncertainty in the organization right now.

    Negative Outlook
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    This should be a cautionary tale taught in business schools

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    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of dedicated employees who have shown resilience and perseverance through the ridiculous and then the sublime as set forth by GTI Management. 125 years of making the product, definitely accounts for something.

    Cons

    Where do you start? A former egomaniacal CEO who surrounded himself with nothing but "Yes" men all thinking that "the plan" would yield mega riches to themselves. Never wanting to understand nor accept true market conditions. A poor investment decision which has done little to help vertically integrate the company with cheap, quality raw materials and brought in outsiders who would soon turn things upside. And a general arrogance!!. An arrogance towards employees, towards customers and throughout the supply chain. Current CEO a nice guy but completely overmatched. There are no answers here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well now, you reap what you sowed. Unfortunately a lot, and I mean a lot, of hardworking people undeservedly have lost their jobs because of your arrogance and no one willing to stand up to "the King". Those in management roles right now or recently retired should apologize to those left and those who are gone that you weren't willing to stand up to previous management. Again, the damage is done, really not much you guys can do.

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