GrafTech International Reviews

Updated August 7, 2015
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  1. Good Pay Horrible Management

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    Former Employee - Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay Good People Easy job makes you lazy though

    Cons

    Boring Job Management is pretty much clueless Employees taken advantage of All eggs in one basket, very lucky the doors are still open

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls and quit being such push overs


  2. Director of Continuous Improvement

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Committed to Lean and Continuous Improvement as well as work life balance and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    In a very competitive and difficult market with lots of overseas competition. In a few instances, kept pouring money into programs that had no chance of success.

    Advice to Management

    Continue assessing product rationalization as well as market rationalization.


  3. Helpful (3)

    Total Disaster

    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you could survive at Graftech, any other job is going to seem pleasant as far as everyday work responsibilities.

    Cons

    Just Google "Graftech", don't really need to get into anymore details.

    Advice to Management

    This is what you happen when you proclaim a Dictator without any checks and balances. Well done boys, you made a lot of money, but you should be ashamed of yourselves.


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  5. former employee turned outside consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people and an interesting product line

    Cons

    uncertainty with respect t to job security


  6. Helpful (3)

    Once a great company...

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Negative place to work, but good pay

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    Former Employee - Operator in Lakewood, OH
    Former Employee - Operator in Lakewood, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (1)

    New CEO

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Stick with your plan, econemy is improving.


  9. Helpful (1)

    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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  10. Helpful (5)

    Bureaucratic and arrogant

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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


  11. Helpful (1)

    Technically okay but confusing directions

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist, Engineer in Parma, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

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



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