I worked at Powdermet full-time (More than 5 years)
Could work on a distance, nice smart very reasonable boss, nice salary, very educated, motivated, smart people in the staff. A lot of trust between the people. A lot of work - but also a lot of assignments to chose from.
The area is bad; everybody needs to travel from afar to get to work, the workload is very large - so there is always something to do on the weekends. The company has strong connections with oil producers, that are in the downturn now.
Advice to Management
Keep working like you do now! Makes sense to diversify from oil - or build up the security/savings to wait until oil price goes up again.
I applied online. The process took 4+ weeks. I interviewed at Powdermet (Euclid, OH) in October 2011.
I was first interviewed over the phone by the HR manager, who asked a number of behavioral questions. The next day I was interviewed over the phone by one of the project managers, and we discussed my experience, the type of projects they were working on and where I would best fit. I didn't hear back about an on-site interview for a couple of weeks, so I emailed the HR manager and she quickly replied to get the ball rolling on that. At the on-site interview I met with the general manager; we discussed where I would fit best and he asked a lot of behavioral questions. I then gave a presentation of my graduate work to the general manager and the engineers. After the presentation, the general manager left and I talked with the engineers, all of whom are in their twenties, for a while. I was asking them far more questions then they were asking me, and they were very forthcoming about what they liked and didn't like about working at Powdermet and living in the Cleveland area. After that was lunch, a facility tour and a brief meeting with the HR manager. They made an offer the next day.
Reasons for Declining
I felt the offer was quite low for a PhD whose expertise closely matches the work they do. I made a counteroffer based on numbers from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and NACE, and emailed them my sources. The next day I received an email stating they could not meet my salary requirement and good luck in my job search.
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