Solutia Reviews

Updated March 16, 2014
Updated March 16, 2014
34 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company, good people, good benefits, bought by Eastman Chemical

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager Finance  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Manager Finance in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Solutia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company is dress down, informal and overall very relaxed atmosphere. People are very easy to get along with and generally opprotunities are given if people are motivated or seek them.

    Cons

    Since company was purchased, employees maybe moving to Kingsport or required to move for current job. Eastman is much larger than Solutia, could be a good thing if willing to relocate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep skill and jobs here, please do not close St. Louis office.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Company was bought out

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - North American Premium Brands Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - North American Premium Brands Manager in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    constant change, travel, opportunity for the right person

    Cons

    company was bought out, a lot of uncertainty, Executive staff has all been turned over with in the last 2 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    create core beliefs and values systems and then implement them

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Solid

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Lead  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Business Lead in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good compensation, good smart people working there.

    Cons

    Got sold to Eastman - a lot of good people lost their job

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Was a good company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fiinance  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Fiinance in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Solutia full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Vacation, summer hours, people, location

    Cons

    management are cut throat, too many secrets, no cross training, no room for advancement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening to employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Interesting company with opportunity

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director Marketing  in  Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Director Marketing in Pensacola, FL

    I worked at Solutia full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    global roles (have been posted in different parts of the US; was eligible for global assignment)
    challenging project work (because the company is relatively lean, it makes the employees wear multiple hats nd do different roles at the same time, opportunity to build your resume is good in the short term
    friendly co-workers (folks are supportive and want to make sure that everyone works together cohesively as a team and share responsibilities)

    Cons

    strategic confusion (too many changes in vision and strategy resulting in confusion down the line)
    bankruptcy baggage (having gone thru a painful chapter 11 filing, the credibility of upper management is low)
    bonus uncertainty (while salaries are around median for the industry, there is always uncertainty abut the extent of bonus and whether it will improve year-over-year)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have clarity and consisitency of vision
    communicate more with employees at all levels
    identify new and exciting growth platforms and invest more in marketing and R & D

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Too Many Cut-Backs

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Engineering in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    State of the art technologies
    Many learning opportunities
    ok pay
    Bonus (although never consistant)

    Cons

    There have been far too many cut backs without consideration to it's effect on quality/safety.
    Make a safety mistake and lose your job (saw that more than once).
    Corporate goals exist but are hollow (nobody pays real attention to them).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Company was bought by Eastman Chemical. Hopefully, they will see how incredibly understaffed Solutia is, and allow them to hire more personnel. Not many happy people there....

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Was a great first job

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Solutia

    Pros

    Culture was great, good balance of work and fun

    Cons

    Solutia no longer exists, acquired by Eastman Chemical

  9.  

    Great hands on learning in the manufacturing industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Louis, MO

    I have been working at Solutia full-time

    Pros

    - Can don many hats and learn quickly
    - Very transparent structure (easy accessibility to different ranks)
    - Strong, innovative managers who promote new ideas and innovation and efficiencies

    Cons

    - Need to chart your own path to success - so if you are not a self starter you will get stuck
    - Salaries

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Excellent Place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - HYPO  in  Trenton, MI
    Current Employee - HYPO in Trenton, MI

    I have been working at Solutia full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great pay, actually care about you,

    Cons

    Moved US jobs over seas

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop taking jobs from US

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Positive

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Intern  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Intern in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Solutia

    Pros

    It is a large company, but it seems smaller because everyone communicates and seems to work together well. I learned so much during my time at Solutia.

    Cons

    The training process was intense, but overall it was very beneficial because I gained a lot of corporate working experience.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I think management did a very good job of communicating with each other and relaying information to all of the employees.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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