GrafTech International

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GrafTech International Reviews in Cleveland, OH

Updated December 30, 2014
Updated December 30, 2014
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Once a great company...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, down-to-earth people that are world-renound scientists.
    On the one hand, excellent company to work in for growth and career opportunities, but must be part of the 'chosen' group to get recognition.

    Cons

    Very political, not inclusive from a promotion perspective.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1) Transparency needed to rebuild trust with the workforce
    2) Force justification and stringent review of project milestones and show positive, company-centric attributes of why the direction or project was chosen
    3) Document long-term effects (both positive and negative) so everyone is aware and can support the growing pains/progress at each juncture
    4) Reward employees fairly and consistently for hardwork and performing above and beyond their role whether they toot their own horn or not. Stop rewarding the boisterous employees that cannot/do not produce just because they are in your ear more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Negative place to work, but good pay

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    Former Employee - Operator in Lakewood, OH
    Former Employee - Operator in Lakewood, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay and most of the co workers

    Cons

    Managers are afraid to hold anyone accountable because of the ethics hotline..employees are treated different because of it! Not fair to the honest hard worker!! Always talk about layoffs gets depressing.. The rumors on the floor are worse than a high school girls locker room, and management dose nothing to put an end to it

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to manage, hold everyone accountable!! And treat all employees equal, and get rid of the ethics line

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    This should be a cautionary tale taught in business schools

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    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Lots of dedicated employees who have shown resilience and perseverance through the ridiculous and then the sublime as set forth by GTI Management. 125 years of making the product, definitely accounts for something.

    Cons

    Where do you start? A former egomaniacal CEO who surrounded himself with nothing but "Yes" men all thinking that "the plan" would yield mega riches to themselves. Never wanting to understand nor accept true market conditions. A poor investment decision which has done little to help vertically integrate the company with cheap, quality raw materials and brought in outsiders who would soon turn things upside. And a general arrogance!!. An arrogance towards employees, towards customers and throughout the supply chain. Current CEO a nice guy but completely overmatched. There are no answers here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Well now, you reap what you sowed. Unfortunately a lot, and I mean a lot, of hardworking people undeservedly have lost their jobs because of your arrogance and no one willing to stand up to "the King". Those in management roles right now or recently retired should apologize to those left and those who are gone that you weren't willing to stand up to previous management. Again, the damage is done, really not much you guys can do.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    New CEO

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

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

    Pros

    I'm excited about our new CEO Joel Hawthorne. Craig Shular did a great job motivating employees and he picked an excellent replacement in Joel. Graftech is a good company that treats its employees fairly.

    Cons

    Uncertainty caused by the recent proxy fight. Steel industry cycle that has affected company profits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stick with your plan, econemy is improving.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    It is an OK place to work, especially in Cleveland area.

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Parma, OH

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

    Pros

    There were quite some highly skilled and very inspirational people working there and culture is also a positive. Flexible time, ok compensation.

    Cons

    The benefits are not good and getting worse every year. Hard to get promotion just by working hard. Travel policy really sucks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I don't think management values people working for them enough.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technically okay but confusing directions

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people to work with. Good location and benefits. Flexible hours.

    Cons

    Confusing directions from the management, not much market emphasis.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to have better focus and less confusion. Need to reduce the layers of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Bureaucratic and arrogant

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH

    I have been working at GrafTech International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Global company with great people

    Cons

    Senior management is arrogant & delusional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut some top level fat and work on being more customer centric.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Top heavy organization only focused on current quarter results

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    Current Employee - Product Manager in Parma, OH
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Parma, OH

    I have been working at GrafTech International full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They have a fair compensation scale in my opinion and average benefits. They are active in some exciting growth markets.

    Cons

    Frequent rationalization has the employee base at large constantly fearful of losing their job. They are an extremely top heavy organization and rarely if ever make cuts at senior levels. Innovation is a foreign word to the company in the last 10 years and they struggle to even meet their own quality specifications on standard products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the people actually doing the work and thin out or replace those in current management roles.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dictatorship has created unrealistic expectations

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    Former Employee - Sales and Markeing in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Sales and Markeing in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great people at the ground level, strong commitment to safety and ethics

    Cons

    I have read other reviews, and they nail it. The CEO has almost a cult like following with his minions. He is infallible in his eyes, therefore their eyes. Yes men are required, individuals need not apply. Politics are rewarded more than technology. If you are in the commercial end, horrid rules on T&E, which is not surprising since the customer is the last concern.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time for a change. You have created a bloated management force consisting of accountants and lawyer types who have to hire consultant after consultant to figure it out.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    No one challenges the kings

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good, dedicated people who try and do the right thing. Fairly decent salaries.

    Cons

    Wow...Top management never admits their mistakes. Victim of "flavor of the month" management style. Impatience to see anything through. Manages through consultants (why have managers?) Unwielding to the "boss". He is always right, yes man can apply, those who voice their dissent aren't long.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Read the "Emperor's New Clothes". It is a fable that is applicable to GTI. Be realistic and listen to those who have been "around".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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