Formica Reviews

Updated April 16, 2014
Updated April 16, 2014
8 Reviews
3.5
8 Reviews
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  1.  

    In my time I have seen this company go from being really troubled to one that is performing very well.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Formica full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Strong management team, great brand, healthy culture and financially sound organization. It is a very people oriented company with alot of teamwork. Overall a good place to work.

    Cons

    Limited growth in the marketplace. This impacts the number of career opportunities available.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep pursuing the current path and build the brand. Keep investing in new products and technology.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good people, horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Formica full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    People are passionate about what they do, if they're where they want to be. Everyone is generally good to work with and easy to communicate to.

    Cons

    Company seems to want to spend a lot of money in many areas including hot shot new hires instead of training and compensating current employees. Expect an endless list of priority one projects, difficult to manage family and work like at times, little to no advancement opportunities from within, management under values most of it's employees, management fails to solve reoccurring problems.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Offer more input, training, and opportunities for advancement. Offer flexible work schedule, opportunity to work from home. Remember...consistent little words of encouragement to employees goes a long way. You will earn their respect by letting them know how much you care if they succeed. Remember, you succeed when they do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Decent company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Formica

    Pros

    Very intelligent and humble people

    Cons

    Poor communication, no focus on organization

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  5.  

    I miss it. If you don't fit in, be ready for harrassment.

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    Current Employee - Electrician  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Electrician in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Formica full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Work independently, and if you like challenges

    Cons

    Communication is a big factor. They have meetings but no clear details. Like what was the problem when first call. Some pass Downs are they had troubles getting it running. Need everything that was tried and checked, so that next shift don't spend 4 to 6 hours doing the same thing. !!!!!! "Communication! "!!!!!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know a person, don't listen to what others say.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Well Established American Business Icon.

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    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative  in  Sacramento, CA
    Former Employee - Territory Sales Representative in Sacramento, CA

    I worked at Formica full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    The company has changed ownership a few times over the last several decades and for the most part has stayed true to its core values of supplying quality products to a changing housing and design market.

    Cons

    They had a manufacturing plants in Roseville, CA and Reading, OH. Under one of the ownership groups a few years ago, they decided to close the California operation because of the high property values and the promise of immediate high profits on the sale of said real estate. This move hindered the company's ability to service the west coast in the same manner they had historically done for three decades.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think long-term; which is hard to do if you are a management group that is looking to come in make a quick profit ("pick the low hanging fruit") and sell the company to someone else.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    My experience a big disappointment

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    Current Employee - Senior Accountant  in  Cincinnati, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Accountant in Cincinnati, OH

    I have been working at Formica

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Formica is the location in Evendale, Ohio. Most of the lower level employees are friendly to work with.

    Cons

    Formica is a company that still believe in the good old boys network in order to advance. They is no one in human resources that you can go to if you have problems. If they do not like you, when lay offs come around you will be part of it. Formica does not believe in promoting minorites. You will find them all in one department and very unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Formica needs to realize that the employees there are really good people. They would like to come to work and be treated with some respect and dignity. Formica need to develop their staff and manangement group that represents the makeup of the community of Cincinnati. Certain individuals should have been fired a long time ago. Other left the company and were welcome back with open arms with a promotion upon coming back.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Disfunctional survivor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Formica

    Pros

    Brand recognition, good design, some training

    Cons

    Lack of consistency, quality, and passion

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to making what the customer wants and not what you want to make.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Gained additonal learnings

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    Former Employee - Head Sales-Western India Region  in  Mumbai (India)
    Former Employee - Head Sales-Western India Region in Mumbai (India)

    I worked at Formica full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great scope for learning and developing

    Cons

    Petty internal politics,specially in india.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Exit interviews must be arranged by European HR dept.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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