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

I worked at Stepan

Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO
Doesn't Recommend
No opinion of CEO

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 Management

Bring in fresh blood from the outside.

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  1. Pleasant, good work life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Stepan

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly work environment, high professional standard

    Cons

    Staff pay is only average

    Advice to Management

    Carry out review of staff remuneration


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

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Account Manager
    Former Employee - Account Manager

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


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