Koppers Holdings Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
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Koppers Holdings President, CEO, and Director Walter W. Turner
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  1. A great place for low expectations!

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    Current Employee - Maintenance
    Current Employee - Maintenance

    I have been working at Koppers Holdings full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    The company is very relaxed, mostly because upper management has no idea how the place operates, so they don't expect the employees to know much/ do much either.
    The pay is good, but that's usually because they need people to work overtime to accommodate the understaffed facilities. Most of the facilities are falling apart, held together with bubble gum etc- so from a maintenance standpoint, you'll never run out of things to fix!
    The benefits package is pretty average in comparison to other large companies.
    I gave four stars because they money is there if you're willing to deal with the stupidity of upper management.

    Cons

    The management can't be trusted to get much of anything right as their going through a phase of trying to retrofit a dinosaur business with all the modern ideologies that so many businesses are using (lean management, six sigma lean, etc). So things are not smooth to say the least.
    The working conditions are decent for a chemical plant, but the company isn't proactive and isn't interested in YOUR safety. They say their interested in safety to cover their behinds, but they only fix issues if a) someone gets hurt, b) the safety issue is costing the company money.
    There isn't much room for advancement for new union hires or new salary hires. The salary hires are very cliquish

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people that have been working in the chemical plant for years know about chemical plants. The people that sit at the desks know about sitting at a desk. Please stick to getting customers and managing books, leave the nasty stuff to us.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Discouraging

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Koppers Holdings

    Pros

    Companies contributions to 401k retirement plan

    Cons

    At this time i would rather refrain from answering

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3. they suck for management

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    Former Employee - Switchman in Florence, SC
    Former Employee - Switchman in Florence, SC

    I worked at Koppers Holdings

    Pros

    nothing but a paycheck and some deals for overtime

    Cons

    the management is a joke they work u like a slave then get rid of you asap when one little thing they dont like happens

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    they need to completely get rid of them all and maybe then things would get better

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Huge disconnect between corporate and plant level

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    Former Employee - Professional Level
    Former Employee - Professional Level

    I worked at Koppers Holdings full-time

    Pros

    Family friendly environment at the plant level.

    Cons

    Perceived unfairness between corporate life and plant level dealings. Plants are in disrepair, and corporate is lush...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Understand that the plant level folks are the reason you have a high rise office....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. An okay place

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Koppers Holdings

    Pros

    Weekly pay for hourly workers

    Cons

    Very few move up company latter into better positions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to be more genuine in caring for and about level employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
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