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W. R. Grace Overview

Columbia, MD
1001 to 5000 employees
Company - Public (GRA)
Unknown / Non-Applicable
Grace is…
World-class TALENT working together to solve problems…
developing the best TECHNOLOGY to serve our customers…
confident in the TRUST we have earned in the industry and beyond.

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Mission: Our promise to customers, to our communities, and to ourselves is to deliver value; safely, reliably, and creatively. When we do, the lives touched by our products and those of our customers are made better.

W. R. Grace – Why Work For Us?


About W.R. Grace & Co.

Grace is…

World-class TALENT working together to solve problems…

developing the best TECHNOLOGY to serve our customers…

confident in the TRUST we have earned in the industry and beyond.

You’ll find the products of Grace’s culture of invention in toothpaste, car bumpers, cans and bottles, roads, biofuels, plastics, petroleum products and so much more. With more than 1,000 patents, the people of Grace are developing and delivering breakthrough catalysts and materials technologies to improve the quality of life across the globe.

Our promise to our customers, our communities and ourselves is to deliver value – safely, reliably, and creatively. When we do, the world becomes a better place…and we grow. We’re seeing dramatic growth right now beyond traditional markets and into the world’s fastest growing economies.

Where do YOU fit?

Can you contribute to our culture of safety and respect? Can you collaborate with customers, co-workers, partners and communities in long-standing relationships of quality and commitment?

Can you see yourself as part of a global talent base building industry-leading business segments?

Grace invites you to find out where you fit. Take a look at the opportunities now available in functions as diverse as manufacturing/operations, finance, information technology, supply chain,  sales/marketing, human resources, and engineering. If you’re ready to lead, ready to grow, and ready to make a difference, we want to hear from you. Learn more at


Opportunities to Grow and Lead 

In the Grace culture, we roll up our sleeves and take responsibility for ways to meet customer needs and move the company forward.  Our teams and our business segments work together, so it isn't long before employees are closely connected with ample opportunities to make a difference on a project or in an important role.  

We begin with our Vision, Purpose, and Values.  On this foundation, we have built a leadership strategy, spelling out the behaviors  we value in leaders and enabling each of us to see a clear path to growth.    


Grace strives to be a premier specialty chemical and materials company. We provide innovative technologies and value-added products and services around the world to enhance the quality of life.


We are dedicated to our customers. They trust us to provide products, knowledge, technologies, services, and the people to make their products work better.


  • Teamwork: Treat each other with respect. Work safely and effectively with each other to win in the marketplace. Communicate openly and candidly.
  • Performance: Provide products and services that will make our customers successful.
  • Integrity: Maintain and expect the highest level of ethical behavior.
  • Speed: Work with a sense of urgency to meet our customers' needs.  Move quickly to seize opportunities in the marketplace. Anticipate market shifts and respond before our competitors.
  • InnovationEncourage people to constantly look for new ways to create value.


Across Grace, every employee has the opportunity to lead.  And every successful Grace leader demonstrates core behaviors. 

  • Deliver Results:  Performance, outcomes, walking the talk, meeting commitments;  bottom-line-oriented Grace leaders can be counted on to exceed goals and consistently outperform.
  • Engage:  Grace leaders are engaged.  They are actively involved with and taking ownership for their teams' priorities, contributing ideas to improve things, adapting to change, always willing to help, and ready to expand their role in response to a team need. 
  • Communicate:  Grace leaders inform, inspire and persuade, enabling team members to make sound decisions while inviting feedback.
  • Be Authentic:  Authentic Grace leaders have a profound sense of purpose and are willing to live according to their core values, remaining dedicated to personal growth and learning.
  • Think Critically:  Effective Grace leaders look beyond the immediate and the obvious.  They probe for answers through honest analysis.  Rigorous logic and problem solving are second nature and key to the balance and insight they provide to others on the team.


Every Employee Is Included and Engaged 

As a global organization, our commitment to inclusion is demonstrated with the increasingly international profile of our employees and the communities where we operate.  We draw talent from around the world.  Over 75 percent of Grace employees were born outside the United States.  Well over half speak more than one language and over 15 percent speak three or more languages. 

We have customers in more than 150 countries and we operate in the local language as well as business English in well over 100 facilities in more than 40 countries.  To be successful with our customers and our colleagues, we must respect every culture and one another.

In addition to trust, innovation is vital to our success.  We have demonstrated our ability to remain leaders in new technology for decades and more.  Innovation succeeds only in an environment that welcomes a rich variety of points of view.  This is Grace's story and a competitive advantage.   

As our Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred E. Festa has said, "By making Grace more welcoming to diverse voices, we expand the talent pool. We also expand the number of perspectives and ideas that are available to us. The real value lies in this richness of perspective and thought. To be a truly diverse company, we need to embrace and leverage the differences among us. Because when we do so, we make our company stronger, more effective, more flexible and more innovative. Our culture needs to respect open debate on our ideas and methods in a way that encourages all people to participate because they know that all contributions are valued."

Grace is dedicated to achieving equal opportunity for all of its employees and applicants for employment.  Accordingly, our policy states that we shall:

  1. Recruit, hire, train, and promote qualified persons in all job titles, and ensure that all other employment related actions are administered, without regard to race; color; religion; sex; sexual preference; national origin; disability; status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran; or genetic information.
  2. Further the principle of equal employment opportunity in employment related decisions.
  3. Ensure that promotion and other employment decisions accord with principles of equal employment opportunity by imposing only valid job related requirements for employment opportunities and basing all employment decisions only on those valid job requirements. 
  4. Ensure that all personnel actions such as compensation, benefits, transfers, layoffs, return from layoff, company-sponsored training, education, tuition assistance, social and recreational programs will be administered without regard to race, color, religion, sex or national origin, disability, status as a disabled veteran, recently separated veteran, other protected veteran, or Armed Forces service medal veteran.

Employees and applicants are protected from harassment, threats, coercion, intimidation, interference and/or discrimination for filing a complaint, assisting in an investigation or opposing any practice inconsistent with this policy that is made unlawful under Executive Order 11246, the Jobs for Veterans Act, the Rehabilitation Act or their implementing regulations.

Grace internships and our MBA and Manufacturing Leadership Programs provide valuable opportunities in which you can test your capabilities and interests while networking with professionals in a paid temporary position.


Periodically, Grace internships are available in a variety of functional areas, including marketing, finance, communications, Human Resources, IT, operations, and others.  Grace interns work directly with full-time professionals on projects and tasks that are important to the team. 

MBA Leadership Program

The two-year Grace MBA Leadership Program is designed to identify and develop talented individuals capable of becoming future leaders at Grace.  This innovative program is designed especially for high-potential individuals seeking careers in marketing, manufacturing, and finance. To qualify, you must have an MBA with a Bachelor of Science degree in accounting, finance, physical science, or engineering discipline (chemical, civil, mechanical, or materials science), and at least two to four years of professional experience.

Participants rotate through assignments in different business units and functional areas in order to provide a broad range of experiences while nurturing core leadership skills. Previous projects have involved new product development including market analysis, stage-gate project management, and product commercialization;  business acquisition and integration; business model optimization, and more.  Most positions are based in Cambridge, Massachusetts or Columbia, Maryland, and may involve travel up to 20 percent of the time.  Each participant is assigned a Program Mentor to provide a high level of guidance and assistance.

Manufacturing Leadership Program


Program Description

The Grace Manufacturing Leadership Program is a three-year, entry-level program focused on developing high-potential engineers for  leadership positions within Grace's manufacturing organization. During the program, there are three one-year rotations designed to provide a range of manufacturing experience while strengthening leadership skills. Assignments are at Grace's manufacturing sites that have innovative chemical processes and multiple manufacturing capabilities/technologies.  Program participants are partnered with a senior-level mentor who will follow their progress throughout the program while providing guidance and support.  Throughout the program, employees learn about the many aspects of our business, receive leadership, finance, and Continuous Improvement training, and develop a professional network for sharing ideas and best practices in manufacturing excellence.


Grace's Manufacturing Leadership Program is designed for individuals who demonstrate strong leadership and management potential. Participants must have a B.S. in an engineering discipline, preferably Chemical or Mechanical.  We are looking for meaningful work assignments as a co-op or summer intern, success in the classroom (GPA of 3.0 or better), and leadership experience.  Program participants will relocate for assignments.  

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  • "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
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    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (Less than a year)


    Easy going attitude and fantastic work-life balance. Great benefits and reasonable compensation.


    A bit disorganized. People are not held accountable and little reward for achievement. Don't expect much career growth.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on performance management.

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    Human Resources Director Interview

    Anonymous Interview Candidate in Columbia, MD
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    Negative Experience
    Average Interview


    I applied online. The process took 2+ weeks. I interviewed at W. R. Grace (Columbia, MD) in July 2017.


    The recruiter was very unprofessional. First, for my phone interview she called me 15 minutes late and then tells me she has a meeting she forgot about in 10 minutes. She said she would call me back at 3 pm. At 3:20 pm no call so I call her and her response was she just sat down. We proceeded with the interview and it was apparent she never reviewed my resume. Long story short unprofessional and a waste of my time. If this is any representation of the company, stay away!

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W. R. Grace Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015

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