W. R. Grace Reviews

Updated August 28, 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. Featured Review

    Attractive Employer - adequate Benefits & great career opportunities

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - International/Intercultural Teams - Chances to develop your own "career" - Great Benefits Package - Motivating Tasks and Projects - Clear and transparent company goals - Experienced global Leadership

    Cons

    - HomeOffice concept not really accepted in many countries (lack of flexibility)


  2. R&D

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time

    Pros

    Company is willing to train for all related applications and is upfront about deadlines and duties.

    Cons

    Job load vastly differs depending on employee's principle investigator

    Advice to Management

    Adequately distribute product testing to maximize work flow


  3. overall

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    Can improve on work life balance


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  5. Steady work

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor and Safety Coordinator in Cypress, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance Supervisor and Safety Coordinator in Cypress, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Companies work schedules allow for fair amount of overtime.

    Cons

    A lot of turn over in management.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with employees


  6. Helpful (2)

    Research Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Columbia, MD
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good overall morale. Salaries are reasonable. Training programs are available.

    Cons

    Management oversight is severe. Too much time is spent reporting to management.

    Advice to Management

    Be more long range thinking instead of living quarter to quarter and month to month.


  7. Great place to start

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

    Pros

    Small, many projects, good pay, good benefits, lots of opportunities to learn.

    Cons

    Nepotism, mismanagement, disconnect between leadership team and employees.


  8. Operations manager

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    - Community focused on customer.

    Cons

    - Influenced by construction cycle.

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  9. 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.


  10. LOTS OF NEPOTISM AND LACK IN HIRING BLACK PEOPLE

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    Current Employee - Legal Secretary/Paralegal in Revere, MA
    Current Employee - Legal Secretary/Paralegal in Revere, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Not a very nice company to work for.

    Cons

    The company still have lots of Nepotism, husbands and wife making big salary, and not doing much, they don't like hiring black people, mostly white people and chinese. Also most of the managers are not doing the work they are getting paid to do. Still have a lot of people consulting, company split but still carrying the same name, with no changes.

    Advice to Management

    Hire decent people who could do the work, go and visit the departments and check up on all the back stabbing that is going on at Grace, Also check employees who are getting paid to work five days a week and only working four days week for the past ten years, and not doing any work, because they have bosses who is protecting them.


  11. Helpful (2)

    not the greatest

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    Current Employee - Senior Director in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Senior Director in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    pay is adequate, benefits are good, one of the few companies to still offer a defined benefit pension (although that could change with planned separation into 2 companies)

    Cons

    This is the most top-heavy, bureaucratic organization I have ever worked for. Management has no trust in their employees. If you aren't a vice president, you will not be making any decisions. It is impossible to get anything done.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your people. Quit micromanaging.



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