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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46 Ratings

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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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    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. Great Work-Life Balance

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Cambridge, MA

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Chemical Operator at WR Grace- Albany, OR

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Albany, OR
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Albany, OR

    I have been working at W. R. Grace (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Varied work, not routine, for the most part. A great resume builder!

    Cons

    The management team seem to be stuck in the 1970's! Safety is literally laughed at here, harassment is commonplace as well as the violation of labor laws. Health insurance is very expensive, wages are among the lowest, if not the lowest, through- out the company nationwide. The chemical operators are treated very badly compared to the other employees on site.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of lower management save the company from a lawsuit. Bring in supervisors that not only have strong manufacturing backgrounds but ones that are educated in business, labor laws, safety, and time management.


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  5. shift mechanic

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    Current Employee - Shift Mechanic in East Chicago, IN
    Current Employee - Shift Mechanic in East Chicago, IN

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    great pay, good benefits with option to buy a week of vacation. 401k plan is decent. safety record is great for chemical industry. overtime

    Cons

    life balance is not good working swing shift, work weekends, holidays and shift changes every week. overtime is frequent and you may be held over often.


  6. Summer Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W. R. Grace

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great internship program. Learned how the chemical processing industry works and got hands on experience.

    Cons

    Not exactly clear how the internship is meant to lead to employment contract. Need paths for moving upward.

    Advice to Management

    Continue growing the internship program and make paths forward towards employment


  7. Responsible for all Treasury accounting (derivatives, debt, FX and cash).

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with!

    Cons

    Company is spinning into 2, with one moving headquarters.


  8. Helpful (2)

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W. R. Grace

    Pros

    the pay was very good

    Cons

    the lying by the management was terrible


  9. Helpful (1)

    Former Mechanical Engineer

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chicago, IL

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was a fun place to work

    Cons

    Very unstable company. There has been layoffs within the last 5 years. And they have not replaced anybody who has left on there own accord.

    Advice to Management

    None


  10. Helpful (3)

    specialty chemical company

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Engineer in Columbia, MD

    I worked at W. R. Grace

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    commands a very good market share

    Cons

    not stable. speculation is that the company is going to be sold

    Advice to Management

    be nice to your people


  11. Helpful (5)

    Chemical operator at wr grace albany

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Albany, OR
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Albany, OR

    I have been working at W. R. Grace

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It is very productive at the albany site and lots of growth in the future

    Cons

    We need more experienced management, and safer working conditions. The pay does not reflect the hazards that are associated with this job. Top pay for chemical operator is 23.63 an hour as of 2015 and usually you start out at 15$ an hour. The insurance cost for a family is 600 to 800$ a month.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to learn some team building skills, and get better at communication. Understanding how to improve the processes.



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