INVISTA

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4 people found this helpful  

Leadership AND HR need to get a CLUE

Current Employee - Market Manager in Kennesaw, GA
Current Employee - Market Manager in Kennesaw, GA

I have been working at INVISTA (more than an year)

Pros

MBM philosophy provided it was practiced.
Friendly group of employees even while working in a sometimes hostile environment
Excited about pension program and

Cons

MBM philosophy NOT practiced by leadership or HR. Both have an attitude of superiority and arrogance to customers and direct reports. As a relatively new employee sought after by Invista for employment, I am amazed at how delusional leadership is With their understanding of the marketplace and what is necessary to become profitable.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

LISTEN to your employees, especially the field, when it comes to retail. Truly practice a dose of humility. Admit when you are wrong without excuses. Perhaps if you walked the MBM walk, profitability wouldn't be far behind.

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  1. 7 people found this helpful  

    They don't "Walk the Talk"

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at INVISTA full-time

    Pros

    Good parent company, Koch Industries with strong guiding principles (MBM). There seem to be opportunities to work for other businesses within the Koch group. There is room to advance within Invista and the benefits are okay.

    Cons

    There is a lot of "MBM speak" but no real practice of it. HR seems to veiw upper management through rose-colored glasses. Business decisions are slow and are often too little, too late. The business isn't doing well but nothing that they try ever works. They don't seek best knowledge from others who may be very qualified to give it and often discount the abilities and knowledge of the workers, including their field force. They tend to lay off the individuals that AREN'T the problem. The problem really lies with the individuals making all of the bad decisions, not the people working for them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There has been one constant within the leadership of this company that has never changed and is the very reason that the company is in the shape that it's in. This constant came with the company when it was purchased from DuPont and has managed to survive all these years. It is unfortunate that no one in Koch has noticed or even cared to address this.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 9 people found this helpful  

    Rudderless

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at INVISTA full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ethical company that takes great pains to make sure they operate compliantly.
    There have been situations where even the upper leadership is held accountable for following the principles of the company. Nobody is above the policy.
    One of the few remaining companies with a defined pension plan.

    Since it is private, the company plans for the long term instead of seeking short-term measures to make it look good for the stock holders. The days of dropping year end inventories to zero, only to scramble around to rebuild them in the new year are over. Key decisions that are financially justified can be made quickly. However, the financial analysis and recalculation can be excruciatingly slow and wasteful, considering the variability in the business premises.

    Cons

    Has the secrecy and big brother measures of Apple with none of the benefits. This results in requiring multiple levels of oversight and review of business activity that bogs down the decision making process.

    HR is lacking as exemplified by how new employees are brought on board. One is required to sign a scary employment agreement that benefits the company at the employee's expense. It is up to each function to develop their own grounding process such that a new employee may have to go through many channels to get basic things such as laptop, cell phone, credit card, and access to databases. These functional silos are endemic throughout the company.

    Pay policy sounds good on paper but is flawed in execution. There are no annual cost of living adjustments, so one has to practically seek another job offer in order to negotiate a pay increase. Bonuses are based on business performance, but the way they are awarded is shrouded in secrecy and seem arbitrary. Business has been poor so bonuses have been little to nil for the past few years. Leadership claims to want to attract A players, but there's greater probability that they leave.

    INVISTA's businesses are under tremendous competitive pressure, but there is lack of insight and courage to break out of existing business paradigms to succeed in the long term.

    The

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Wake up. When the economy improves, there will be a huge sucking sound as your key employees leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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