Oxbow Carbon

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Oxbow Carbon Reviews

Updated July 10, 2014
Updated July 10, 2014
4 Reviews
3.6
4 Reviews

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  1.  

    Equipment operator

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxbow Carbon

    Pros

    Good living wage for Chicago land area.

    Cons

    Plant permanent shut down

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start selling more product , so they can start the plant up again.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Good place to work. Benefits are competitive, and living / working in West Palm Beach is not too shabby either.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Manager in West Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at Oxbow Carbon full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and compensation are competitive; bonus' are paid when possibe. Lot's of good people to work with. Low turnover allows for people to really know how things work and not be a revolving door. Senior managment are approachable and actually remember you / your name. This does not happen in companies with thousands and 10s of thousands+ unless you are part of the top 1-2%. Not being a public company allows for some sanity away from decisions to meet your quarterly earnings, sometimes at the expense of better decisions by public companies. As Oxbow is smaller in people than its industry peers (1,000 vs. 10,000+), it is surprisingly nimble and you can make an impact much easier than the oppostive = lot's of people but very little capital and profit per person.

    Cons

    Some offices / plant locations to work in can be a challenge, especially in the more industrial areas in the southern US and remote areas in Europe / Asia. The travel associated can be a bit tiresome getting to those remote locations. I would say an expected amount of 'how we do business' compared to other companies this size and capitalization. Coming from a 'small' company (<200), or a 'large' one (>5,000) does require getting used to the culture; especially if from a different industry or business sector.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Great Health Benefits, decent pay, nice bonuses (but can be unpredicable)

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Accounting and Reporting in West Palm Beach, FL
    Current Employee - Accounting and Reporting in West Palm Beach, FL

    I have been working at Oxbow Carbon

    Pros

    There are very high quality employees here, slackers are not tolerated. The business is complicated and offers a lot of opportunities to learn. Managers are able to manage their staff how they see fit which offers a lot of flexibility in scheduling and work distribution. Technology, software and systems are ahead of the curve and everyone is provided quality computers and any software that is needed for their job.

    Cons

    Limited hiring from within, the company is more likey to bring someone in from outside rather than promote from within. Some disorganization as to the direction where the company is going. Overall a good company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Less knee jerk reactions to the problem of the moment and better planning would be advisable. Also, stay the course once a plan is in place.

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good job,good benefitis ,great people for the most part

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxbow Carbon

    Pros

    Great place to work,good benefits,good insurance ,I could retire here except for the reason noted in the next section

    Cons

    Micromanaging supervisor( only reason I would leave,and I'm looking)
    Able to bank vacation days but then not permitted to take them thus losing days by reaching the maximum

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be proactive with mid management
    Would like to have an employee handbook...if there is one I haven't received it yet

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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