Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

  www.plastics.saint-gobain.com
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Big Company, small location atmosphere ruined by politics

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrimack, NH
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Merrimack, NH

I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

Pros

Worldwide scope of an organization with great technical products and processes that can challenge technical people as well as good benefits overall.

Cons

Overall management handling of local employees is poor; continual changing of General Managers who always have to "make their mark" in order to move themselves up don't have a clue typically about the business unit creates a political atmosphere where most middle managers have to try to fit into the new manager's thinking to survive. The French obsession with head count, rather than investment dollars, creates a more haphazard work atmosphere as well.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Change your overall productivity measures so that each manager can have P&L responsibility based on investments and not just on head count.

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    Great place to start your career

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer II in Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer II in Northborough, MA

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Work amongst best engineers
    Innovative environment
    High heath and Safety Standards
    Travel opportunities
    Exposure to Corporate Culture
    Job Security

    Cons

    MS and BS engineers treated like technicians instead of engineers. Non PhD engineers not welcomed at meetings, presentations etc. The career growth is also very different for both.
    Too much Red Tape and bureaucracy, as could be expected in a big company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overall, Saint Gobain is a great company to work for. The technical and other opportunities (training, travel, growth) are wonderful. However, there is a vast career growth gap between MS/BS and PhD engineers. That could be narrowed a little bit.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Good place to start your career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics

    Pros

    Large, diverse, talented group of scientists and engineers. Perhaps too inward looking when trying to find new approaches to solving problems. However, diversity aids talent and skill development of newly minted MS and PhD employees. Good cross fertilization of talent from different technical backgrounds. Could have been supported with improved business interactions

    Cons

    If you are not French and want a leadership role - look elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look outside of the Grand Ecoles for your leadership. While talented - you are inbred as well

    No opinion of CEO
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