GrafTech International
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www.graftech.com Parma, OH 1000 to 5000 Employees

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Updated May 23, 2014

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

    Research Engineer (Former Employee)
    Parma, OH

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

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementI don't think management values people working for them enough.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Bureaucratic and arrogant

    Staff Scientist, Engineer (Current Employee)
    Parma, OH

    ProsGlobal company with great people

    ConsSenior management is arrogant & delusional.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCut some top level fat and work on being more customer centric.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Technically okay but confusing directions

    Staff Scientist, Engineer (Former Employee)
    Parma, OH

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

    ConsConfusing directions from the management, not much market emphasis.

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Top heavy organization only focused on current quarter results

    Product Manager (Current Employee)
    Parma, OH

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

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Worked at GrafTech for 2 years

    Research Technician (Current Employee)
    Parma, OH

    Proswork environment looks ok and people are friendly

    ConsUnresponsive even to internal job applicants

    Advice to Senior Managementnone

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

    Research Engineer (Current Employee)
    Parma, OH

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

    ConsBenefits 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 Senior ManagementStop 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Graftech is a place where good researchers go to die.

    Researcher (Current Employee)
    Parma, OH

    ProsIt 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.

    ConsPeople 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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