OMNOVA Solutions Reviews

Updated July 22, 2015
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OMNOVA Solutions Chairman, President, and CEO Kevin M. McMullen
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  1. Helpful (1)

    The Winds of Change

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Beachwood, OH
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Beachwood, OH

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Finally Omnova is making changes that make sense, the reduction of the "Global Footprint" is the right direction for the contracting business segments. Supporting the new up and coming potential business in the Engineering Surfaces market is also another step in the right direction.

    Cons

    It took 3 years to recognize the over sized footprint, the spend on IT is outweighed by the spend on office supplies....not kidding either.

    Advice to Management

    Spend the savings from Calhoun on the plants that need the updated capacity and that have the potential to add additional contribution margin.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Don't work here

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    You get a paycheck every other week.

    Cons

    Lean staff, people are getting fired or quitting by the handful. The proper tools aren't provided. Excel 2003 for crying out loud!


  3. Solid Company To Work For

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beachwood, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beachwood, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and Benefits. Coworkers are great to work with and extremely willing to help. Overall a pretty good working environment.

    Cons

    Lacking sufficient IT support. Communication between departments/individuals can be poor at times


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  5. 2015 successful placement

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beachwood, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Beachwood, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Current counterparts are dedicated and easy to work with. Department has clear metrics and we are given comfortable latitude to meet those objectives. Balance of work seems in line with the ability to complete things with in the day.

    Cons

    SAP Systems are lacking. Not enough IT / ERP support to review current transactions and update or adjust reports or processes.

    Advice to Management

    Keep a finger to the pulse of the day to day organization and do not lose focus of what gets things done while trying to maintain share holder return.


  6. Prematch ink

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions

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

    Pros

    The money is good,and the benefits are good

    Cons

    The management is a bit unorganized but they are still ok


  7. Depends on where you work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions

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

    Pros

    Some managers are very focused on growth and development of young engineers. There are a lot of opportunities that pop up as this is a larger company.

    Cons

    Some of the plants do not foster growth for youth. There need to be meaningful projects where you work with experienced engineers to learn and grow as an individual.


  8. Helpful (4)

    Run == far, far away

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Manager
    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Manager

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions

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

    Pros

    No pros to list to list at all

    Cons

    Cons=Everything! Expect 24x7 availability - 10-12 hour days not enough, People quit, not replaced = work is spread around, Very stressful environment, Old IT technology like 2003 Excel - joke

    Advice to Management

    Stop greed at the top and overpaid senior leaders Look at inefficient SAP systems at the plants with no useful reporting, cumbersome to use, No IT help at plants


  9. Helpful (2)

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions

    Pros

    1 2 3 4 5

    Cons

    everything 2 3 4 5


  10. Helpful (4)

    No accountability at the executive level

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Strong middle management / director level / plant management. Dedicated, hard working employees.

    Cons

    New HR destroyed culture quickly: HR leadership lack business savvy, are untrustworthy and incompetent. It can be argued that HR has created a hostile work environment in recent months. Lack of accountability: The CEO does not hold the executive level accountable including himself. The company has survived only due to the efforts of the director level and lower. These employees receive no leadership from the executive level. Retirements of president, Jim Hohman, and CFO, Mike Hicks, eliminated any accountability or leadership at the executive level. No work life balance: The employees work 60 plus hour weeks and continue to be squeezed to do more with less resources. It is never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability needs to start from the type down. Try to reestablish the strong leadership and culture of accountability. Reevaluate leadership at executive level. The company was willing to risk an increase in turnover to move to Beechwood but a significant number of the 25% of employees that have left are your higher performers you should be trying to retain.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Weird environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions

    Pros

    The pro is frequent cake.

    Cons

    Strange, arrogant coworkers. Cold environment and very weird culture. Nobody has fun or is especially nice. Open concept workplace is terrible, no privacy. Hire for roles they don't need.

    Advice to Management

    None, seems too far gone to change now.



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