GrafTech International Reviews

Updated February 23, 2015
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  1. former employee turned outside consultant

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people and an interesting product line

    Cons

    uncertainty with respect t to job security

  2. 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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    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)

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

    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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  5. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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.

  6. Helpful (2)

    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)

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

    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 Management

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

  7. Helpful (1)

    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 (More than a year)

    Pros

    work environment looks ok and people are friendly

    Cons

    Unresponsive even to internal job applicants

    Advice to Management

    none

  8. Helpful (3)

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Graftech is a place where good researchers go to die.

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Parma, OH
    Current Employee - Researcher in Parma, OH

    I have been working at GrafTech International

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    It is close to my home and my daughters can stay in the same schools. The pay rate is reasonable even though the benefits are poor.

    Cons

    People trying to build little empires - Some managers that think they know everything about everything - Lack of respect for employees - Too many people that are going through the motions

    Advice to Management

    Try to do something for a reason other than it will line your pockets. The board siphons off so much cash with their constant stock options it borders on blatant greed.

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