PolyOne Reviews

Updated July 24, 2015
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PolyOne Chairman, President, and CEO Stephen D. Newlin
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Good corporate environment

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Avon Lake, OH
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Avon Lake, OH

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    * top class polymer company

    Cons

    No cons in my view

    Advice to Management

    keep up the good work


  2. Lab Tech.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    There are unlimited opportunities available to motivated employees. Safety is the number one priority and it is not a company that just says that, they really have that mentality.

    Cons

    I do not have any complaints because your environment is what you make it and if I do not have a solutions to offer then I do not complain.

    Advice to Management

    Never stop improving and always fight the "that is how we have always done it" mentality. Stay positive with employees and encourage them to learn and educate themselves in all areas of the business.


  3. Good Room for Growth if You Can Deal with Politics

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, they like to promote internally, decent work environment. Depending on location, managers good with flex time (not at HQ so much). Have extensive resources to help get job done.

    Cons

    Lots of politics (like any corporate company), too many structure/org changes before give time of previous changes to take. Need to stay the course instead of making so many knee-jerk changes.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good Company with Lots to Offer

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Industry Marketing Manager in Avon Lake, OH
    Former Employee - Industry Marketing Manager in Avon Lake, OH

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

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

    Pros

    Global reach, strategic focus, good executive leadership, career development opportunities, professional development tracks (LSS), very competent rank and file employees who will work very hard to get the job done, great performance bonuses offer everyone a chance to make some extra money. Would work for them again one day in a different capacity.

    Cons

    Very conservative culture tends to stifle creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Some long-tenured employees who really need to consider retirement or moving on. Occasional "not-invented-here" mentality tends to rear its ugly head.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up and have fun.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Great company, great vision but be prepared to work very hard

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Pays very well - very competitive. Strong values and ethics, and a strong value approach to their products and services. Great people, most of who will go to the wall to help each other succeed and service the customer. Good benefits and can be a stable place to have a career if you are a consistently strong performer. Many divisions and locations so there are lots of opportunities to explore different product groups and positions.

    Cons

    As a public company, they can often be shortsighted in their tactics in order to ensure they meet their quarterly and year end metrics to maintain/increase their stock price. This can result in different departments having different objectives that may not be in the customer's best interests lon-term. You will work very hard here - in some roles, often nights, weekends and while on vacation. Management gives more priority to commercial and management roles than to support roles which often creates bottlenecks and insufficient support and leads to poor morale. As said in some other reviews, executive management seems to regard personnel as sheep or horses at times - incapable of making good decisions on their own and prone to idleness if they don't stay on them and overload them with metrics and documentation and additional tasks. They have taken away most of the decision making capability from medium levels and hired layers of managers instead, often requiring a series of approvals to get logical things accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    If you have taken the time to train, coach and/or qualify good employees or new hires, trust them to handle the roles that you assign them and try to recognize that while hard work is not the same as results, that most of your employees are doing their best to implement your strategies so it helps to let them know you know that, even when the results aren't as good as you had hoped for or led Wall Street to believe.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Good, but every employer has downs.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent training provided for every position. Clear vision for the company's future. Competitive compensation and good benefits.

    Cons

    Unrealistic quotas. Continued pressure and constant new protocols. Complicated inter workings.

    Advice to Management

    Listen and apply some concerns from employees.


  8. Good Start for College Grads

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Sales Associate in Washington, DC

    I worked at PolyOne

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

    Pros

    Perks - company car, cell phone, laptop, flexible hours, work from home office

    Cons

    Extensive travel, long drives. Loneliness.

    Advice to Management

    Hire more young employees. The age gap is pretty large between the older sellers and the younger sellers.


  9. Sales Representative

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

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits, good work-life balance. Supportive management.

    Cons

    Could improve upon training of new hires.


  10. What Have You Done For Me Lately?

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    PolyOne has excellent benefits and incentive structure. They have deep pockets and lots of resources for growth and development. Their commitment to ethical business practices make it easy to maintain your integrity.

    Cons

    It is sometimes difficult to marshal the internal resources. The expectation is to be traveling 25-50% of the time. This can put a strain on family life if not carefully managed. The training program for hires new to the industry is still maturing.


  11. Challenging work, but poor succession planning

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

    I have been working at PolyOne

    Approves of CEO
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Challenging work Great people to work with Good IT platform Good knowledge sharing Great safety record

    Cons

    Poor/no succession planning People development needs work People are generally overloaded with work, especially at the manufacturing plants People who work at the plants are generally looked down upon by head office Lean six sigma program misguided?

    Advice to Management

    Develop your people and train your managers to be coaches. Re-focus the Lean Six Sigma program on process improvement, instead of using it as a tool to save money.



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