Morton Salt

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Morton Salt Reviews

Updated February 12, 2015
Updated February 12, 2015
38 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morton Salt

    Pros

    Solid company, good product, longevity

    Cons

    training, out of the box thinking (none)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Previously great, now a floundering fish.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fairly competitive salary, average benefits, nice headquarters location with decent amenities.

    Cons

    Substantial layoffs in the last several years has resulted in a significant loss of talent and overall knowledge of the company as well as the salt industry in general. Conversion of the business platform to SAP has eroded the ability to quickly respond to market conditions, instead soaking up significant resources to just function on a daily basis. As a result, fire fighting is the norm.

    Upper management unable to quickly make decisions other than to cut costs and heads. This has created an environment filled with stress and distrust. Long term planning and an employee succession plan is non-existent. Finger pointing is common in middle management and the remaining long term employees are just hoping to hunker down and survive.

    Contrary to the brand image of the Little Girl with the Umbrella, the company is poor in their ability to market their product.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do something to stop the bleeding. Newer employees have little incentive to stay and learn the business, it's only a stopoff and resume filler for their future career elsewhere.

    It may be too late but it's critical that efforts be made to reward loyalty and restore and retain talented employees who care about the brand.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    The Titanic of the Salt Industry

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Perth Amboy, NJ
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Perth Amboy, NJ

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The only pro is the genius who invented the umbrella girl symbol. They should be paying the estate of this man forever, it is the only reason they have a National Following with "When it Rains is Pours" is brilliant, but does not transcend into being a profitable business these days.

    Cons

    Lack of understanding by upper management on how the work is conducted in the field. Nobody takes the time to know the entire business from the ground up. No one in management takes responsibility for anything, with finger pointing the standard norm. People who try and think outside the box, are reprimanded in a hostile work environment. No sense of teamwork, and people starting looking for new jobs within six months of hiring. Cost cutting starts and ends with salaries, while hundreds of thousands of dollars wasted by lack of interest, and experience in supply chain operations. No tools given to managers in the field to make job easier, and attitude of being Teflon, nothing sticks to upper management, while mid level manager left being held accountable for all events with lack of guidance provided. Limited training program, and health benefits with large deductibles, not employee friendly company at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Recent acquisition of International Salt will not help your bottom line, or sales numbers. Your lack of attention to detail will lead you to continue to lose market shares and will ultimately leave Morton Salt open to up start companies taking extended Market share numbers from you. Upper management needs to get its hands dirty, visit the people who do the dirty work in the field and find out what makes the company not work properly, and have open mind to what they say. Hire people who know the Industry and establish a team concept that makes people want to come to work, and be park of the team. Business is about people, and relationships, not bottom lines and finger pointing. Good luck Morton "Titanic" Salt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    analyst

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    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Analyst in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I do not have much to say regarding Pros for this company. Years ago, it was an excellent company to work for. Salary and benefits are considerably average. With the outsourcing of jobs and moving jobs outside the USA, there is too much uneasiness amongst the staff.

    Cons

    Company is drastically downsizing, outsourcing and moving jobs outside the USA. Career advancement is literally stagnant. Management has changed and they are no longer willing to work with the employees. Company has changed over the years and I am sorry to say that so far these changes haven't been proven to be a good thing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees. Listen to their concerns and desires.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Overworked and underpaid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Hutchinson, KS
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in South Hutchinson, KS

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    We have fairly good health insurance for the price we pay per month.
    Most people are hard working and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Pay
    The company wants their salary workers to have a college degree which is fine. However, unless it's an engineering degree you are not compensated for it even if your position matches your degree field. Union workers (that are only required to have a high school degree) are paid just as much or more than those of us that have college degrees in something besides engineering. Basically if you want to work for Morton Salt either don't waste your money going to college or get an engineering degree so you can make enough to pay off your student debt.

    Hours
    This is a great company to work for as long as you don't have a life outside of it. They are constantly changing schedules and forcing people to work. Don't plan on doing anything on your days off unless it's a scheduled vacation day because chances are you're going to be working.
    You don't want to be a supervisor during the holidays. They have to work all holidays and are not given another day off durning the week in exchange. The higher ups at the plant sure seem to get all of their holidays though.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I've heard that back in the good old days Morton Salt used to promote people from within. Not any more. In order to move up you better have a degree (and it better be engineering). As long as you have an engineering degree it doesn't matter if you have experience or not. They will always pick a degreed person over someone that has 10+ years of experience at the same plant. Then the person with nothing but experience ends up training the degreed newbie. Does it make logical sense to run things like this?

    Seems to be a major lack of caring about employees. Good people with lots of experience are leaving but upper management doesn't seem to bar an eye at it. Just goes to show how little you are valued as an employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    CEO is Christian Herrmann. Good guy but needs more time to understand business.

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    Current Employee - N/A in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - N/A in Chicago, IL

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great safety culture. Salary is higher than avg, in similar industry.

    Cons

    Lots of changes. Poor communication. A lot of mismatch between skill and position. No loyalty to employee. Losing a lot of experience because of high turnover.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Match skills to positions. Improve communication between upper management and employee.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Used to be a great place to work! - No more......

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Direct report Managers have been good. Employees used to stay 35 years...NOT now (you're fired or bail), unless you are a trapped long time employee.
    Good pay; health insurance great! Very safe company that values employee safety first.

    Cons

    Rats fleeing a changing (for the worse) sinking ship. Employees used to stay 35 years because such a great place to work..now any longevity over 5-10 years, you are considered a dinosaur with no motivation to change; (they don't ask you and assume since most recent change has been for the worse (2.5 years of sheer misery), you, being an above average employee your whole career, now, is the problem) Most employees that were "Morton Salt" before K+S ownership, are now considered old and are not advanced. BUT, even 1-3 year employees bail constantly for better work conditions in Chicago!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do you have any clue what is going on below you? - obviously not, as you hire NO upper management with any salt industry experience and think everything is "just fine"! -then shocked to hear no one is happy!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Good experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Contractor in Phoenix, AZ
    Former Employee - Contractor in Phoenix, AZ

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly and helpful management, resources

    Cons

    Long hours, some faulty equipment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    It is a great culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contracted in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Contracted in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Morton Salt part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Work is excellent with great pay and benefits

    Cons

    Lack of training and support

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    focus on the future

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    20 year employee, unappreciative company

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fairport Harbor, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Fairport Harbor, OH

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay, that's about the only thing i can think of. Hard industry to outsource, although the possibilty does exist.

    Cons

    Lack of benefits, if you arent upper management your ideas are worthless. No trust or teamwork between hourly and salary. Company constantly divides its employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Plan ahead. Treat your employees as assets and you will have less turnover. Make benefits affordable. Most workers have more experience than management, learn to listen

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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