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Hydrite Overview

Brookfield, WI
501 to 1000 employees
Company - Private
Chemical Manufacturing
$500 million to $1 billion (USD) per year
Great Teams Start with Good Chemistry

By focusing on quality and innovation, Hydrite Chemical Co. has been the front-runner in the chemical industry since 1929. Through dedication and an emphasis on customer service ... Read more

Company Updates

  • Happy Friday! Today we celebrate Mary's 20th anniversary working with us! She's a Cost Administrator at our Corporate location. Mary treats those around her like family and is always a positive light at work. We're thankful for the 20 years she has spent with us and are certain she will have many more accomplishments in the years to come.

    Mary shared, “I have enjoyed working for the Honkamp’s over the last 20 years. They offer a great benefit package and treat you like family. Hydrite is a place I got to improve my skill set, contribute to the greater good, and work with other awesome people.” Thank you, Mary!

  • We're looking forward to attending the Visalia Economic Development Corporation (VEDC) Job Fair at California Dairies next Tuesday, January 8th! Stop by and visit with us if you're in the Visalia area...

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Hydrite – Why Work For Us?

Who We Are

We're family run, privately held and our 975 employees remain our greatest asset. We're committed to every employee through career development and promoting from within. We pay competitive wages and offer above average benefits including a 401(k), pension and profit sharing plan. On top of many successes, we're proud to have been named to the Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel regional Best Place to Work list for six of the past seven years.

Our vision is to provide creative solutions through chemistry and manufacturing to enhance our customer's profitability.

Our mission is to empower employees to be accountable and responsible for their efforts and attitudes to guarantee 100% customer satisfaction.


  • PPO and High Dedutible Health Plan
  • HMO Options also available at Cottage Grove Location


  • 100% coverage for preventative
  • 50% coverage for major


  • Annual allowance

Paid Time Off

  • Paid Holiday
  • Paid Vacation

Flexible Spending

  • Dependent Care account
  • Health Care Exepense Account

Retirement Plans

  • 401(k) with pre tax or roth options. Hydrite matches 30% of your defferral (up to 5%). 100% vesting immediatley
  • Profit Sharing Plan with contributions dependent on company's annual profits. 100% vesting after 6 years
  • Money Purchase Pension Plan with 3% annual contribution. 100% vesting after 3 years.

Life/Disability Insurance

  • 1 X Salary life insurance.
  • Supplemental Coverage
  • Company paid Short and Long Term Disability Coverage


  • Free family wellness coaching
  • Annual wellness challenges and incentives


  • $5,250 per year for undergrad and graduate

Other Benefits

  • $3,000 Referral Bonus
  • Adoption Assisstance
  • R.C. Honkamp Scholoarships
  • Legal Services Insurance
  • Employee Assistance Program
  • Annual Company Picnic
  • Community Giving Events
  • Financial Planning

Why Hydrite? Meet our employees, our family, and our friends and you'll see why.

Want to join our team - find our open opportunities here:

Hydrite has a long history of supporting the communities in which it operates through charitable contributions. Our corporate culture encourages and facilitates community outreach both as a company and as individuals. We recognize that community outreach is a Hydrite responsibility as well as a privilege. We are proud of our employees for helping us reach out to others but realize as an organization that we have the opportunity and ability to accomplish even more.

We have officially rolled out Hydrite’s Community Involvement Program (HCIP) whose goal is to invest in local programs that impact Hydrite communities through a combination of grant giving and volunteerism. Our vision going forward is that each Hydrite facility will form a Community Involvement Team that will co-ordinate a Day of Giving with a local nonprofit organization that provides service in their community. The goal is to provide each employee with the opportunity to give back to their community through volunteer efforts. We have identified four areas of focus:

  • Children’s Needs & Development
  • Education
  • Environment
  • Local Needs


Honestly, character, fairness and trustworthiness are the foundation of our relationships.


Ensuring the success of our customers through innovation, creativity and hard work will strengthen our future.


Excellence, accountability and contributing to a safe environment will be rewarded.


Total commitment to quality and continuous improvement every day through our people, products and services.


Hydrite is a privately held, for profit, diversified, entrepreneurial organization that strives to use resources responsibly. 

Hydrite Reviews

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Hydrite Chief Executive Officer Paul Honkamp
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    "Great Company with Great Balance"

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oshkosh, WI
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hydrite full-time (More than a year)


    Because the company is family owned and operated, it feels like you are with family when you are at work. Your always treated with respect and the work environment is very enjoyable & positive!

    Flexible, Great Atmosphere, Excellent Benefits, Career Development, Family-Driven, Stability, Caring Leadership, Growth, Financially-Strong!


    There are NO Cons with being employed with Hydrite!

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the Great Work!

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Hydrite Photos

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Hydrite photo of: Urban Ecology Center 2018
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Hydrite Interviews



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Getting an Interview




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    Senior Credit Analyst Interview

    Anonymous Employee in Brookfield, WI
    Accepted Offer
    Positive Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied through an employee referral. The process took 3 weeks. I interviewed at Hydrite (Brookfield, WI) in October 2018.


    The first interview consisted of 3 parts. The first part was with an HR representative. The second part was with the manager I would report to & another department manager. The third part was with the CFO. I came back for a second round of interviews which included anther 3 parts. I met with the HR person that I had been communicating with during the whole process, another manager in accounting and finally the other analysts in the credit department.

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Hydrite Awards & Accolades

  • Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin (Midsize), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2011
  • Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin (Midsize), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2012
  • Top 100 Workplaces in Southeastern Wisconsin (Midsize), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2014
  • Top Workplaces(Mid-Size Companies), Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2015
  • Top Workplaces 2016, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 2016
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Pledges & Certifications

Pledge to Thrive

Taking steps to prioritize employee well-being

First Job Programs

Maintain entry-level hiring and career development programs to give people career starts

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