INVISTA Reviews

Updated April 16, 2015
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  1. Awesome management philosophy embraced by most - not all - leaders

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at INVISTA full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Market Based Management philosophy helps us all think critically and make good business decisions. It's such an unfair advantage that I'd consider it confidential IP if Charles Koch didn't already write a book about it. "The Science of Success", you should read it especially if you're considering working here. High emphasis on value creation and results. Knowledge sharing and collaboration are encouraged. Not everyone will agree but I personally feel that the sky's the limit in terms of what I can contribute, by empowering myself and following what we call "Principled Entrepreneurship". You won't ever be criticized for applying MBM thinking. Respectful environment, people get along well, pretty fun place to work. If you're looking for work-life balance you can find it here, but it's probably better if you look somewhere else if that's really your thing.

    Cons

    Not ALL leaders embrace MBM. There are a couple of pretty egregious examples and it's demoralizing for the people in and around those work groups.

    If you can't find fulfilment in your work, it's not INVISTA's problem it's yours. In other words, maybe a little cold to some on the human side but that comes with the territory in a management environment that stresses value creation and results.

    Advice to Management

    MBM sets such a clear definition of what's expected of leaders that when it's not followed it's very obvious and very disappointing to the rank and file. You have leaders who give lip service to MBM, but in reality operate on politics and power. We all know who they are. Don't tolerate it. Charles wouldn't.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Channel Marketing Intern

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    Former Employee - Channel Marketing in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Channel Marketing in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at INVISTA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Cross-functional experience: got to work with different business areas as well as lead projects in different fields
    - Open door policy: the opportunity to meet with anyone at any level of the company
    - Real work that has valuable impact on daily operations
    - Learn about other Koch companies/opportunity to apply to them
    - Great hourly compensation

    Cons

    - Limited to your own projects. I asked if I could help someone else in a different project and was denied. Perhaps because they wanted me to be able to focus on my own work to be able to deliver on time.
    - No full-time offers at end of internship

  3. Helpful (1)

    Learned a lot from this experience

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Kennesaw, GA

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very respectful of every employee and, in fact, won't tolerate disrepect. Always encouraged seeking out employees strengths and moving that employee laterally, or promoting from within.

    Cons

    Upper, upper management sometimes makes decisions without fully understanding how it may effect all facets of the sales cycle- i.e. the customer's needs.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees more through a bonus or increase in compensation.

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  5. Helpful (4)

    Frustration due to lack of mentoring by manager.

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    Former Employee - Director in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at INVISTA full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and benefits were adequate compared to other organizations. I was able to buy carpet for my new house at a greatly discounted price.

    Cons

    Management left a lot to be desired. My manager had no clue as to what it took on a daily basis from me to accomplish my assignments. No raises were given unless you could provide value to the company.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire someone to be a manager, be sure to assess their ability to manage.

  6. Helpful (3)

    INVISTA Won't Be Around for Long!

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at INVISTA full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Free coffee. Friendly people. MBM principles are awesome when followed.

    Cons

    Benefits; the healthcare plan is horrible. You have to accrue sick time and it is a privately on company so you are not off on all of the national holidays. No raises. Alot of people receive high pay but do offer much to the company. The industry for carpet is not doing well at all. HR is cluesless about the lack of work most of the employees do.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the baby boomers waiting for retirement and hire intelligent people who can actual turn the business around. If you constantly are losing good people, there is a reason why. Quit promoting and switching the same people around in the company.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Leadership AND HR need to get a CLUE

    Current Employee - Market Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at INVISTA (More than a year)

    Pros

    MBM philosophy provided it was practiced.
    Friendly group of employees even while working in a sometimes hostile environment
    Excited about pension program and

    Cons

    MBM philosophy NOT practiced by leadership or HR. Both have an attitude of superiority and arrogance to customers and direct reports. As a relatively new employee sought after by Invista for employment, I am amazed at how delusional leadership is With their understanding of the marketplace and what is necessary to become profitable.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your employees, especially the field, when it comes to retail. Truly practice a dose of humility. Admit when you are wrong without excuses. Perhaps if you walked the MBM walk, profitability wouldn't be far behind.

  8. Helpful (8)

    They don't "Walk the Talk"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at INVISTA full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good parent company, Koch Industries with strong guiding principles (MBM). There seem to be opportunities to work for other businesses within the Koch group. There is room to advance within Invista and the benefits are okay.

    Cons

    There is a lot of "MBM speak" but no real practice of it. HR seems to veiw upper management through rose-colored glasses. Business decisions are slow and are often too little, too late. The business isn't doing well but nothing that they try ever works. They don't seek best knowledge from others who may be very qualified to give it and often discount the abilities and knowledge of the workers, including their field force. They tend to lay off the individuals that AREN'T the problem. The problem really lies with the individuals making all of the bad decisions, not the people working for them.

    Advice to Management

    There has been one constant within the leadership of this company that has never changed and is the very reason that the company is in the shape that it's in. This constant came with the company when it was purchased from DuPont and has managed to survive all these years. It is unfortunate that no one in Koch has noticed or even cared to address this.

  9. Helpful (10)

    Rudderless

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    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Senior Professional in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at INVISTA full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Ethical company that takes great pains to make sure they operate compliantly.
    There have been situations where even the upper leadership is held accountable for following the principles of the company. Nobody is above the policy.
    One of the few remaining companies with a defined pension plan.

    Since it is private, the company plans for the long term instead of seeking short-term measures to make it look good for the stock holders. The days of dropping year end inventories to zero, only to scramble around to rebuild them in the new year are over. Key decisions that are financially justified can be made quickly. However, the financial analysis and recalculation can be excruciatingly slow and wasteful, considering the variability in the business premises.

    Cons

    Has the secrecy and big brother measures of Apple with none of the benefits. This results in requiring multiple levels of oversight and review of business activity that bogs down the decision making process.

    HR is lacking as exemplified by how new employees are brought on board. One is required to sign a scary employment agreement that benefits the company at the employee's expense. It is up to each function to develop their own grounding process such that a new employee may have to go through many channels to get basic things such as laptop, cell phone, credit card, and access to databases. These functional silos are endemic throughout the company.

    Pay policy sounds good on paper but is flawed in execution. There are no annual cost of living adjustments, so one has to practically seek another job offer in order to negotiate a pay increase. Bonuses are based on business performance, but the way they are awarded is shrouded in secrecy and seem arbitrary. Business has been poor so bonuses have been little to nil for the past few years. Leadership claims to want to attract A players, but there's greater probability that they leave.

    INVISTA's businesses are under tremendous competitive pressure, but there is lack of insight and courage to break out of existing business paradigms to succeed in the long term.

    The

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. When the economy improves, there will be a huge sucking sound as your key employees leave.

  10. Helpful (6)

    If you want a new manager every 4 months then work here!

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at INVISTA

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

    Pros

    Ability to work on your own.

    Cons

    Horrible upper management. New managers every 6 months. no focus for field force nd not much conistency. Seem to make poor hiring decisions or promote people for no obvious reasons.

    Advice to Management

    Try to get a clue. Your field force told you 5 years ago that we needed a green story and Sorona was a good product. you never listened and now you have had to let most of your field force go and are no longer a respected in the industry. Most competitors are laughing at you.

  11. Helpful (6)

    Good experience to take to a more ethical employer

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    Former Employee - Division Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Division Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at INVISTA

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

    Pros

    Good benefit package. Koch's principles are a good guideline and in theory SHOULD be the foundation for a strong growth company.

    Cons

    Unable to keep up with new technology that is taking the place of stainmaster. Upper management chooses to not address competitive products are taking market share at a rapid speed and eventually there will be no need for field reps at all. Discussions were made by senior leaders about how to run the company without TMs or BAMs. I would recommend all field reps see the writing on the wall that there will be no jobs in the next 5 years max. Find employment where managers treat and pay employees fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR relations with employees, really take a look at who you have in place and if that person is the right fit for the role. Work on culture and listen to your people, they want to help keep the business operational.

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