W. R. Grace Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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W. R. Grace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Festa
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Pros
  • Lots of good people to work with (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people to work with and people committed to the company (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Many in middle management have been put in jobs that they are not qualified to do (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great Work-Life Balance

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Grace is a great place to work. The culture is very open, people are nice and there is a lot of cross-function projects, where you can broaden your scope and learn how to work with teams. There are events for employees to gather and interact. Besides that, it has extensive parking, a subsidized cafeteria with great food, a well equipped gym and it's very close to the red line.

    Cons

    The company does not sponsor international candidates.


  2. Helpful (2)

    A changing company

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Grace has long had high quality products and leading positions in its markets. There are many smart, experienced people. I have learned a lot working here.

    Cons

    The company is changing and is no longer a great place to work. Many of the company's products are being commoditized and the company is responding by cutting costs and reducing new product development. Many top employees have left as growth opportunities have been elimimated. Cost cuts were understandable during the recession, but not now. The lack of growth creates office politics, as people compete for fewer positions. Several top execs are married to each other, which can cause employees to avoid debate and has certainly harmed some employees' careers.

    Advice to Management

    The company "restructures" and shuffles managers often. This creates distractions and does not address the lack of strategy or changing market conditions. It is hard to complete anything but short term projects in this environment. Management should articulate and support a long term strategy that does more than fight competition by cutting costs. That's not a place many people want to work.


  3. Helpful (3)

    STOP - stay away!

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    Former Employee - IT Department in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Only good as a career starting place to get some experience.

    Cons

    The company has been making and breaking promises for years now since filling bankruptcy. It used to be a career for life place to work but now you always have one foot out the door due to their management changes.

    Advice to Management

    Be HONEST for a change.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Good, but lots of politics

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    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good interaction between departments, good working conditions

    Cons

    Supervisors do not always know what is going on, since they are playing up to politics


  6. Helpful (5)

    Not what I expected. I thought the company was focused in a certain direction and they went a different way after I sta

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I thought the benefits and the ability to work for a global company in a great location was very desirable.

    Cons

    The management was very unpredictable. Lots of turnover. The management was always focused on quarterly results and not forward thinking for a leading company.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees better and focus on long term growth.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Great oppurtunity to learn with higly experienced colleauge and work life balance

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    Current Contractor - Java Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Java Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    --Awesome Colleage with great technical skills --great mangement and very approachable --verifi Technologies is a It divison of W.R. Grace

    Cons

    --team people not so friendly.real professionals

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work


  8. Good

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very nimble company with minimal layers of management.

    Cons

    Nimble company was often restructuring organization which left minimal levels of resources.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on Key projects and listen to the industry marketing experts.


  9. Good if you are not an aggressive person

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good salary and convenient location.

    Cons

    There is limited career development.

    Advice to Management

    More cross functional team activities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Great company to get good skills.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    many long term employees with feeling of family at many locations. Great work/life balance.

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility in some groups.


  11. For the most part a good experience.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Cambridge, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The opportunity to work in a structured enviroment where training and education for their employees was first and foremost. Very big on training and education for all levels of personnel.

    Cons

    Disappointed with the promotional aspects as it seemed to a fast track to those that were on the inside track or had mentors that further those individuals careers.

    Advice to Management

    I would make sure that the opportunities that are offered to the entire organization is done with merit and achievement.



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