Lubrizol Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Lubrizol Chairman, President, and CEO James L. Hambrick
James L. Hambrick
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Pros
  • Great work-life balance and pace (in 4 reviews)

  • Great People to build contacts and friendships (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • LZ is very specific to it's charter which is "solutions" via formulated chemical packages (in 3 reviews)

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  1. It has truly been a privilege working here

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist
    Current Employee - Chemist
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time

    Pros

    Company is very generous to its employees, to its customers, to its shareholders, and to the community. Upper management truly cares about employees and is leading the company in the right direction; they are exceptional leaders. Sophisticated process for career planning and coaching recently rolled out. High degree of role flexibility once you're in. Excellent work/life balance--a great place to work for those with families. Open door policy. Many training opportunities, a great environment in which to learn, respectful culture. Lots of trust, freedom, and privacy given to do your job. Get to work on global projects with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Part of Berkshire Hathaway.

    Cons

    Very few young employees (20s-30s). No onboarding process/formal training programs in place for newer, inexperienced folks. Few entry level roles besides internships, most require at least 5 years experience. Slow upward mobility. Gender and race bias still exists in some departments, in favor of white males. Risk- and failure-averse culture (management trying to change this). Incremental innovation the norm due to a focus on numbers and returns. Very siloed, little communication between departments. Slow. Safety hazards, such as chemical spills of toxic monomers in synthesis labs, still exist in R&D buildings.

    Advice to Management

    - Publicize what risks you've taken within the company that have failed but still led to success. Give us examples of this behavior. We are confused when you tell us failure is okay, but the metrics say otherwise... - Take the risk of giving younger folks more responsibility and an opportunity to shine. Provide more entry level full-time roles for those who are graduated. Institute onboarding, training, leadership, and mentorship programs to attract fresh talent and fill the succession planning pipeline. - Let those with business growth ideas "fail safe" by instituting an internal business incubator. Many other companies have these--why doesn't Lubrizol? - Monitor the safety of R&D buildings. Safety department might take spills more seriously if VPs walked the halls unsolicited every now and then.


  2. Great Leadership and Additive Plant Environment

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Production Superintendent in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Production Superintendent in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong Investment in factories Develops young engineers Stability due to Berkshire Hathaway Unique training programs Responsible waste management Great B2B marketing

    Cons

    Discourages external education - learn the Lubrizol way Lack of sustainability commitment Lack of communication when benefits changed for soon-to-retire workers

    Advice to Management

    Think ahead to petroleum limitations Appreciate the strong growth plans and commitment to your plants!


  3. New Employee

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Company willingly spends time and money to assist professional development in all levels of employees. Company is reinvesting in locations to be ready for long term success.

    Cons

    Some locations are small and do not allow for upward growth of employees. Change is steady, but slow.


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  5. LSPI Review

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time

    Pros

    LSPI is a great company that is doing very well, even in the current oil market.

    Cons

    Its a smaller company inside a much larger one and it is unclear how difficult it will be to move between jobs/careers.


  6. Used to be great, now under micro management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wickliffe, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wickliffe, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Used to be a great company to work till current CEO came in. All the employees were like family members. They respect each other and their ablity of work. Each of members do their own favourite and best of them. No micro management at all. Managements believe staff members and staff members do their best for the company. Many talented members were there in each section of department. Even CEO himself sends out unknown individual like me for appreciating my work to help the emergency situation of the company. Previous CEO's speach was always inspiring and fun to listen at annual speach.

    Cons

    Now after current CEO came in, all the atmosphere was changed. Now the company was changed to focus on stock market value rather than actual works in the company. Many of chemists left company told me that there came in micro management and they can not spend time searching for new inventions. This effect was caused by merging another company and micro management concept came in. Each employee tries to show off what they does and tries to lick up management by detail daily verbal report. Management does not like people who wants to do their own way. Employee has to obey management's command which some times is wrong as they don't know the real daily operation in detail.

    Advice to Management

    Many good friends are still working there. Please let them do what they want to do for the company freely without worrying about moey/time of the company. The nature of company is steady. The inventive environment is important in any area of the company.


  7. Chemical Engineering Co-op

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineering Co-op in Wickliffe, OH
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineering Co-op in Wickliffe, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Lubrizol (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Specialty chemical company that prides itself in sustainability and innovation. As a co-op, there are many opportunites to travel and contribute greatly to the company. Co-ops really gain insight into what it'd like to be a full-time engineer.

    Cons

    Rarely long hours are required. Being the on call engineer for your process comes with the responsibility of running batch experiments. Can sometimes be difficult to totally unplug from work.


  8. Great Place to Work

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Managers and colleagues encouraged you to learn new skills and make suggestions as an intern. Flexibility in work schedule-most important point was finishing assigned work.

    Cons

    Full time employees complained some about pay. Can be difficult to get an understanding of what other parts of the company are doing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work - Lubrizol is clearly a company that is going to do well and invests in its employees.


  9. Lacking Strategy

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Management in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401K, and salary competitive. They have global reach, make acquisitions which boosts the product portfolio, and are owned by Berkshire Hathaway. Attracts some bright people.

    Cons

    Rotating managers makes for inconsistent strategy. So big that one team doesn't know what the other team is doing. Don't do product or business marketing, which handicaps their success going to market. I was in a commercial position and there was no written strategy, no defined product benefits, and no market plan template to even create these things. Often the smart people don't listen to market facts gathered by the little people.


  10. Manager

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Company looks out for its employees, stable

    Cons

    Lack of accountability, passive aggressive culture

    Advice to Management

    Hold people to the expectation and listen to employees for ways to streamline work.


  11. Great Cleveland Company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time

    Pros

    nurturing environment to grow in

    Cons

    Keep quiet and get your stuff done and you'll be up for the next step. Being a squeaky wheel isn't a good thing.



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