OMNOVA Solutions

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OMNOVA Solutions Reviews

Updated November 7, 2014
Updated November 7, 2014
14 Reviews
2.3
14 Reviews
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OMNOVA Solutions Chairman, President, and CEO Kevin M. McMullen
Kevin M. McMullen
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  1.  

    No accountability at the executive level

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    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 ManagementAdvice

    None, seems too far gone to change now.

  3.  

    Another let down

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

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    travel, plant staff, Customer Service

    Cons

    Management, New Management, Lack of Management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Oppressive work environment with every level of management turning a blind eye.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Fairlawn, OH
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Fairlawn, OH

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work at OMNOVA, especially at the plant level. I always had a great experience at any of the plants I visited.

    Cons

    Old school fat cat mentality in corporate management. If you were promoted to manager or director, they would waste untold amounts of money moving walls, and infrastructure to ensure your office was larger than someone who had a lesser title. If you work in IT there is no work/life balance. You are expected to be available at a beckoning call. IT management all the way up the chain is very petty and self preserving, to the detriment of their direct reports.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do right by your direct reports and stop breeding a culture of sadism.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    poorly run company with to much gread at the top with know respect for the workers that make there salarys

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Multi-craft Maintenance Mechanic in Columbus, MS
    Current Employee - Multi-craft Maintenance Mechanic in Columbus, MS

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions

    Pros

    a pay check and some benifits there are some good people to work with and it was a great company to work for when i started in 1988 .

    Cons

    the working conditions are very hot in the summer months i have seen it a hunderd and eight degrees in the building . its a plant that uses lot of chemicals so it bad on your health !!!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop thinking about yourselfs and start thinking about the people who made you millions of dollars and gave up there lives and familys to fatten your wallet so your family could live on easy street !!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Manager

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Akron, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Akron, OH

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Employees that are dedicated and hard working, challenging work environment, varied responsibilities.

    Cons

    Executives do not provide the resources or tools to make improvements necessary. Sr leadership is responsible for lack of growth of the company. They will soon be out of assets to sell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Grow the remaining businesses, remove technology/systems obstacles so employees can accomplish improvements, allow employees to have some work life balance. Your expectations are unrealistic

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Need some fixes, Middle management forcing out all the good people and workers. Not many left

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

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

    Pros

    Some very good people at the lower levels, too bad they are being forced out

    Cons

    Change for no reason but change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the people not your managers

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

    Should Have Been a Great Place for a Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, MS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbus, MS

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions full-time

    Pros

    There were some very good people who had worked their for many years.

    Cons

    The Columbus Mississippi plant was in the past one of the most profitable plants that Omnova had. But rather that applying sound business decisions, it chose to close the plant that could have handled all the business of 4 others and keep the others limping along until they can get around to closing them as well. Bottom line was that the company want to get rid of the Columbus plant and done so for just that sake. It had nothing to do with business decisions at all. As we were told, "We did not understand big business". They were right, we do not understand big businees when it is doing stupid things.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You cannot shrink your self to profitablility. You have to learn to manage the business not butcher it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    OMNOVA Solutions Review

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

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions

    Pros

    OMNOVA Solutions would bring in some good employees who were competent to work with. Their employee training program is average. Management watch dollars like a hawk.

    Cons

    The company has a "Big Brother" mentality. They believe that whatever any V.P or managing director says must be the gospel. There is no challenging of edicts coming from top management down. To do so means unemployment for the one who does.

    Company is in a state of flux all the time with staffing levels. They sometimes hire when they simply need to use who they have, then are forced to do draconian cuts.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too many chiefs and not enough workers, especially in the IT and maufacturing sectors. Bring in new blood. Reliance on old employees will stalemate company. Share more bonuses with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Overall ok but not great

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

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Nice location and pay level ok

    Cons

    Streesful, gap between senior management and staff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Should have more interaction with working staff

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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