Stepan

  www.stepan.com
  www.stepan.com
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Small company with great growth opportunity

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL

I have been working at Stepan

Pros

Family run company means senior leadership has a great deal invested in the success of this organization. The company has experienced 3 consecutive record years in terms of financial results through an economic recession. Our senior leaders do a great job of communicating priorities across the organization on a regular basis. Because of the small nature of the company (1800 employees) it feels like a family yet our 16 manufacturing sites globally make the company feel much larger and allows for individual growth.

Cons

Can be hesitant to take big risks and may lose out on big pay offs. Slow to change a very encultured workforce.

Recommends
Approves of CEO

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Why work here?

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Northfield, IL
    Former Employee - Scientist in Northfield, IL

    I worked at Stepan

    Pros

    You need a job badly. You want to live in Chicago. You want to work for a smaller company. The company seems pretty stable, they continue to grow.

    Cons

    Family owned company...limited opportunity to advancement at senior levels. Not located in a convenient location...difficult to get to even though it's close to 94. Since it's essentially a chemical supplier to other industries you don't get the opportunity to do work that is fully relevant to the consumer. Stepan has not always had the most favorable enviromental impact. In the way past they were accused of dumping benzene in Mexico. I think they have worked to clean up their image since.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring in fresh blood from the outside.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    If you have no ambition and just look for a job - go ahead you can retire here.

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    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

    I worked at Stepan full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Stepan company has a strong footprint in terms of production capabilities and Global locations. The company is well known and respected in various industries. The Salaries and benefits are average the work atmosphere is professional.

    Cons

    Problem is Senior Management and a total lack of leadership. Nobody seems to be accountable nor responsible for any Business decisions also if you look for a creative, innovative and inspiring place to work - stay away! This is an old school management style company and pretty much all important positions are filled with long term employees. The years of service are counting more than performance and achievements which is in my opinion a concept for failure long term. Younger, talented and ambitious employees have no change to impact the direction of the company and have no chance to move up the organization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start leading and start implementing change, get rid of continuously under performing Managers and Directors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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