W. R. Grace

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W. R. Grace Reviews

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
58 Reviews

2.7
58 Reviews
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W. R. Grace Chairman, President, and CEO Fred Festa
Fred Festa
40 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
  • Many in middle management have been put in jobs that they are not qualified to do (in 4 reviews)

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

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Lacking Leadership

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Salary is adequate, work life balance is acceptable.

    Cons

    Management is lacking leadership, culture is conflict-ridden.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Compensate frontline Supervisors adequately on an annual basis respectfully.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    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

    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
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Marketing Leadership Program is really not a leadership program

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

    Pros

    Compensation and benefits are good. Comfortable life if you land a position since people have been working on an average over 15 years in the same company!

    Cons

    Common big corporation politics.
    As the only MkLP for the year I expected WR Grace to place me outside USA (when my H1B visa application was not selected in lottery) since it operates in over 40 countries. However, hiring freeze lead to no headcount for a leadership program participant worldwide!
    Leadership participants looked at as interns or people requiring another MBA program/heavy training needs, within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Strong leadership & more importance to marketing.
    Communication between divisions and geographies.
    Need to look at companies such as Eastman Chemical & CIGNA who value their leadership participants & employees & treat their leadership program as a pipeline for true future leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    STAY AWAY

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

    Pros

    “I’m pleased with our progress this quarter,” Grace CEO Fred Festa said in a statement. “We had strong results in Catalysts Technologies with continued acceptance of our new FCC product platforms and strong performance in polypropylene process technology licensing."

    Cons

    Here we go again, more money for the big boys, nothing much for the little employees, The CEO's laughing all the way to the bank. Big money in there pockets. Read the above Pros.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of HR and Legal

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company, Productivity driven and focused on Sales Growth

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Industry Manager  in  Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Global Industry Manager in Annapolis, MD

    Pros

    The people at the company are great. For the most part the hours are flexible adn the work is challenging. The company is focused on alot of training and making the employee aware of safety.

    Cons

    There aren't too many growth opportunities to the true workers for the company. That is unfortunate. Most of the workers are rated in reviews and those reviews may not tell the true story of an employees efforts. We are very top heavy when it comes to the types of jobs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the peple who are working day in and out for upward management growth. Promotion opportunities need to be made to the mid line workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Long time employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Lots of good people to work with

    Cons

    Very slow to move on decisions

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    HR is Grace's IRS

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not good.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemist  in  Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Chemist in Columbia, MD

    Pros

    Benefits including pension and 401K.

    Cons

    Middle management is incompetent at best. At the worst, some are unethical. I have seen a manager destroy departments because of incompetence, losing good conscientious employees because they cannot stomach watching it. Too many people advanced because upper management is unaware of their incompetence.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to employees feedback about middle management. Do more research. Don't buy everything middle managers tell you. Solicit long time employee feedback.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 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

    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
  10.  

    DROP IN 1Q EARNINGS

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

    Pros

    To much big salaries and perks for the big boys

    Cons

    The profits did not drop in the 1Q, that was the big bonuses they paid out to the CEO's and all the big boys at the top merging out from bankruptcy. But also remember the small hardworking employees at the bottom did not benefit by that. The small employees barely got a bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the small employees, Pay more attention. Crack down on managers who are not doing what they are paid to do. Stop giving them all company cars, black berries and I-phones, let them pay for their own like the other overworked employees, who gets nothing. Shame on the CEO.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Excellent company to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Plant Administrator  in  Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Plant Administrator in Milwaukee, WI

    Pros

    They care about employees, offer advancement, education reimbursement, excellent benefits.

    Cons

    They relocated the manufacturing operations from Milwaukee to Chicago. I understood the financial reasons, but it was disappointing to lose a job I loved.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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