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Updated December 14, 2017
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  1. "Great Up and Coming Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Addivant full-time

    Pros

    Great employees that make you feel like part of the family. Strong leadership. Tons of potential for advancement and lots of growth opportunities for the company.

    Cons

    Still transitioning, which isn't a huge con, but has led to some high turnover rates with employees right now.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing a great job leading the plant.


  2. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Addivant full-time

    Pros

    good leadership, working to improve culture

    Cons

    business not always looking out for the best interest of the employees, allow equipment to fail without spares or replacements because it will affect the capital plan

    Advice to Management

    off-site management - focus more on safety, show up more often and show people you care about them and they are not just another number.

  3. "Addivant The Morgantown WV Plant"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Addivant full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is great for the area.
    Good benefits.
    Safety is improving.
    Headcount is improving.
    The company is working towards fixing "Some" of the issues I have read in previous reviews.

    Cons

    Facility needs repairs.
    Lack of communication between production management.
    Horrible IT department.
    Horrible Planning/scheduling department.

    Advice to Management

    Upper management has improved but Area management needs Major improvement.
    (Communication, employee relations, and planning)

    Listen to the conserns around you.
    Reduce site stress.

    A 24/7 plant needs 24/7 supervision.

    Whipping your hardest working horse isn't a good idea long-term.

    I hope Addivant doesn't stop heading in the right direction. One of the better jobs in the area. Give it shot if your willing to stick it out for a few years. This site might turn out to be a dream job.


  4. "Overall Review"

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Researcher in Morgantown, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Addivant (Less than a year)

    Pros

    To be actively employed.
    Having a job.

    Cons

    1. Poor communication between departments and management to direct reports
    2. No room for career growth. The position that you are hired in at is as far as you will go.
    3. Poor salary
    4. Poor diversity in management. Management does not consist of any ethnicity diversity.
    5. Direct managers do not know how to delegate responsibilities. Managers want to shine and therefore will not share duties or communicate effectively.
    6. Production does not follow ISO rules and will make changes to SOP without going through a proper management of change (MOC).
    7. Management does not supportive creativity of direct reports. Management seems to want just foot soldiers.
    8. Very unorganized direction of production.
    9. Poor forecasting of direction of business.
    10. Not enough work, but hiring continues. This will not last long.

    Advice to Management

    Hire mid-level management that are good at communicating and helping career development. Mid-level managers are more concerned about being the superstar versus working as a team. There needs to be a new behavior pattern and positive nature in the company, especially within production.


  5. "good and bad"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Addivant full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for this area most jobs here range from 26 - 32hr, Safe job for being a chemical plant, They take safety seriously

    Cons

    Advancement is based on hire date and if multiple people were hired on the same day then alphabetical order applies. If you make it past your probation period you can drag your feet and do the bare minimum and just wait your turn for a promotion. So if your a lazy or incompetent person this place is for you.

    Advice to Management

    don't even get me started on management, its that bad


  6. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Fairmont, WV
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Fairmont, WV
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Addivant (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, ok work enviroment

    Cons

    No room for growth, needs better employee relationship


  7. Helpful (3)

    "A unique company in the plastics industry; long-term vision, willingness to invest, and a strong growth-oriented team."

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    Current Employee - Commercial
    Current Employee - Commercial
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Addivant full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    I'm a recent hire with many years of experience in the plastics industry, and I continue to be impressed with the Addivant direction and market presence. As a spin-off from Chemtura, Addivant has finished its first year of what will likely be a 2 year process to get internal systems re-aligned with a new corporate strategy. The company has lofty goals, but is building a commercial and manufacturing structure to meet those goals - to remain a safe and positive place to work, to be fully focused on supporting our customers and to leverage our innovation portfolio to drive long term success.

    Cons

    As a relatively small company, there are no shortage of projects, initiatives, improvement teams, etc. If you are someone who is motivated by getting to wear multiple hats, work with people across the company and the world, and support the company's growth - this is the place. However, this can also mean long hours and early morning meetings.

    Advice to Management

    Stay focused on the end game - a unique, growing and investing company in the plastics industry. We already see this focus driving growth in our business and bottom line. Continue company-wide communication about changes, results and successes we see around the organization. Many companies start these initiatives and then fail to maintain an open dialog - global alignment is key for a growth company.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "This place is mismanaged."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Morgantown, WV
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Morgantown, WV
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Addivant full-time

    Pros

    Pay is ok for the area, but not for the industry.
    Health insurance is pretty good.
    There is plenty of opportunity for overtime, if you want it.

    Cons

    Lack of training.
    Understaffed on both sides, union and company.
    There is plenty of forced overtime, if you don't want it.

    Advice to Management

    Management should listen to some of the more experienced people. You should treat your workers better and they would want to stay and work for you, rather than just want to go somewhere else to get away from what looks like plant that is going down the drain. If you want to get back to having 22% of the market share like they did back in the GE days, then you should model your plant after what they did back those days. They had plenty of people to do the job and they treated them like adults, not like prisoners.


  9. Helpful (4)

    "Horrible place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    There is only one plus to working fid this company... Using it as a springboard to get a better job.

    Cons

    Penalize you for bad weather. Can't be one minute late no matter the reason. Terrible management.

    This is truly a place where careers come to die. The best engineer at the plant fled to another job that paid infinitely more money. He was the reason that the plant continued to operate.

    I made many good friends on the hourly side of the scale. Salary side is definitely lacking though. The salary thrive on mentally beating down what they feel are their subordinates. Quit looking down on them and work with them, the results would startle you.
    The only thing the company uses the contract for is to prove themselves right. When you are in the right then all the sudden the contract gets interpreted to their benefit.

    They bring you in at a low rate and then let you wallow there with no raises until you get lucky enough to bid into production. There is no concept of teamwork. The only concept is cut your buddies throat so you can get ahead.

    Advice to Management

    My advice to management is to turn in your resignation. Put Connor in as plant manager. Near as I can tell he is a stand up guy and he never lies.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "STAY AWAY!!! Terrible leadership, unrealistic expectations, no real commitment to safety, dying company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Morgantown, WV
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Addivant full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The only reason to work here is if you don't have a job and you're looking to make ends meet. Or, if by some stroke of good fortune, the company survives and begins to grow, you may have an opportunity to make a name for yourself if you get in early on and can survive the ordeal. And I'm using the term "survive" in a literal sense.

    There are some REALLY, REALLY good people here. But beware, nearly all of them are looking to get out. The remaining staff are being ran off by flawed and outdated management philosophies. Intimidation is not leadership. The non-exempts are very nervous because of so many exempts jumping ship.

    Cons

    The leadership philosophy from the top down is to beat up their exempt employees until they feel they must work 14 to 16 hours a day, day in and day out, in order to keep their job. There is no incentive program other than if you keep working long hours, you'll get to work another day. There is NO concept of work/life balance. This philosophy is promoted at the highest level of the HR Organization. The hard work won't pay off either. The company is simply too small for anyone to move up.

    The local leadership at the plant promotes a cut-throat environment in that all managers/supervisors are encouraged to beat up on each other and constantly fight among themselves to the point that makes the non-exempts miserable. There is no concept of teamwork! This has now resulted in a loss of nearly half of the salary exempt employees in less than twelve months. And there are more to come.

    The safety culture is terrible. It all seems to be lip-service. When there's an incident, you get the required visit and scolding from senior leadership. You get the lecture that safety is of utmost importance. But when it comes to spending money to fix the place, that's about where it ends. The plants are old, dilapidated, and in terrible need of repair and update, just to make them safe enough to continue operating. Infrastructure repair and upgrade projects have been scoped, bid, and submitted to senior management for approval, but that's as far as most of them get. It is a chemical plant for goodness sake. There is some really bad stuff in tanks and pipes that we don't want to get out of the tanks and pipes!!! The situation is dire.

    Finally, I am concerned about the long term viability of this company. If you are looking to go here and are weighing other options, ask these questions before you commit:

    1. What is the current capital budget and how does it compare to previous years?
    2. How many product lines have you sold off or liquidated within the past twelve months and how many have you introduced?
    3. What is the current headcount, when/how has it changed in the past twelve months, and how many positions are not currently filled or have been recently filled?
    4. How much has been spent on safety programs and initiatives within the past twelve months?
    5. How many resources have been devoted to R&D in developing new products in 2014?
    6. How many hours per week will I be expected to give the company? (Get this in writing!)
    7. What is the current incentive program?
    8. How many incidents have there been in the past twelve months? How many recordable injuries have there been in the past twelve months? How many regulatory violations have there been in the past twelve months? What details are you willing to provide?
    9. How committed are you (the interviewer) to staying and for how long do you (again, the interviewer) intend to stay?
    10. May I tour the facility and talk to any of the other employees about their opinion of the company, management, and the current state of affairs? (If granted a tour, pay close attention to the equipment and infrastructure and remember, this is an OSHA PSM covered facility).

    Advice to Management

    With the exception of possibly the CEO and maybe the Chief Supply Chain Officer, do this company, its employees, and SK Capital a favor and FIRE YOURSELVES!

    To Peter, Brian, and members of the SK Capital team, pay a visit to the facilities and have true, one-on-one reviews with the employees, without the managers present. I promise you, you will be SHOCKED by what you hear and see. And don't take anyone from HR at any level. That will only squelch the feedback.

    Ask yourself, "Why is everybody leaving?", "Why won't new employees stay?" What are they seeing that you aren't? You must be wondering this by now. Here's a hint, it's NOT about conflicts in their personal lives.

    Then find out why there are so many incidents? With all the incidents you know about, how many incidents are you NOT hearing about?


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