W. R. Grace

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W. R. Grace Reviews in Cambridge, MA

Updated February 23, 2015
Updated February 23, 2015
16 Reviews
1.6
16 Reviews
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W. R. Grace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Festa
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16 Ratings

Review Highlights

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
  • Chapter 11 not huge problem-- but still something that you have to explain (in 3 reviews)

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

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    A changing company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    THE ONE GRACE

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Secretary in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Secretary in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    There are no best reasons, no office culture, no morals.

    Cons

    The biggest con, Poor management, a company that is only for the big boys, and not the hard working employees.You should be able to come to work without fear of getting back stab.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What ever happen to All for one, One for all, "THE ONE GRACE", and all the employees they screwed out of their jobs. All the hard working employees they let go for no good reason, the employees who made all of them rich, and all the asbestos victims. Don't forget all the current employees who just lost their jobs and got screwed once again, and there is more to come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    STOP - stay away!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - IT Department in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - IT Department in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Be HONEST for a change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good, but lots of politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Operations Manager in Cambridge, MA

    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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat employees better and focus on long term growth.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - Java Developer in Cambridge, MA
    Current Contractor - Java Developer in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Cambridge, MA

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good if you are not an aggressive person

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at W. R. Grace

    Pros

    Good salary and convenient location.

    Cons

    There is limited career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More cross functional team activities.

    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company to get good skills.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at W. R. Grace

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Limited upward mobility in some groups.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    For the most part a good experience.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Cambridge, MA
    Current Employee - Sales Manager in Cambridge, MA

    I have been working at W. R. Grace

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    No opinion of CEO

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