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GrafTech International Reviews in Cleveland, OH

Updated June 9, 2014
Updated June 9, 2014
26 Reviews
2.3
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Joel L. Hawthorne
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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 for 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
  2. 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 for 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
  3. 1 person 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 for 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
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  5. 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 for 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
  6. 1 person 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 for 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
  7. 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 for 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 for 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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Former employee

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Lakewood, OH
    Former Employee - Technician in Lakewood, OH

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

    Pros

    Can't think of one now.

    Cons

    Very poor benefits to most employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more involved on the floor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worked at GrafTech for 2 years

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    Current Employee - Research Technician  in  Parma, OH
    Current Employee - Research Technician in Parma, OH

    I have been working at GrafTech International full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    work environment looks ok and people are friendly

    Cons

    Unresponsive even to internal job applicants

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    This has to be the worst company I have ever worked for.

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

    I have been working at GrafTech International

    Pros

    The work can be challenging.
    Many of my peers are enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    Benefits are terrible except for perks offered to upper management.
    The company appears to lack a true visionary at the helm.
    Many of the managers seem to have gotten their positions through connections to senior management and not due to ability.
    Many managers will take credit for their employees work to greatly advance their own careers while throwing the employee a bone to keep up performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop trying to find a magic business plan in the book of the month and use your own innovation and ideas to create a successful company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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