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Afton Chemical Reviews

Updated November 11, 2017
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  1. "Chemist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Afton Chemical (More than a year)

    Pros

    leave time is an asset in this company. They are fair

    Cons

    Personalities sometimes doesn't work out

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to change with the time in how to manage young people


  2. Helpful (5)

    "Company provides many free meals, but overall environment is dangerous"

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    Former Employee - Supervisor in Sauget, IL
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Sauget, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Afton Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    As the title states, the company provided many free meals, and often. Some of the employees are okay people. The place didn't explode while I was there. The benefits aren't the worst I have had. There is a tiny gym that is nearly usable. They have company paid life insurance. Pension

    Cons

    In the 11 months I worked there, I couldn't count how many chemical spills/releases and fires occurred. I was constantly worried I was going to die. Management doesn't seem to grasp simple concepts, and people are MORE than eager to throw anyone under the bus for ANY reason. It seems that every part of the company is at odds with every other part- production, engineering, IT, maintenance, etc. They claim to promote a work/life balance, but they fall well short. Do not be surprised to work 2-3 weeks straight (including weekends) 12-16 hour days. I now breathe much easier from not being in such an unsafe and hostile environment. Working for this company was the biggest mistake of my career, hands down.

    Advice to Management

    If you have a manager that you have caught lying several times about several different things, maybe you should walk them out.

  3. "Good place to work for developers"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Afton Chemical (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance, above average pay

    Cons

    Re orgs happened often, would affect morale


  4. "Has little value for current employees"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Sauget, IL
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Sauget, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    This company offers very competitive salaries and benefits. They also pride themselves on excellent safety and environmental records.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no work/life balance for entry and mid-level employees. They also so little interest toward internal promotions that would significantly improve the work/life balance. Recently managment dove head first into LEAN management practices without considering the effect it will have toward production goals and employee moral. In the time I have been here this site has had huge middle and upper managment turnover which clearly shows the negative changes regularly being implemented.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your current employees. They are the ones that have stuck it out, they kept production on time and the company profitable. They deserve a little gratitude.


  5. "Solid, Stable, and Loyal Company"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Richmond, VA
    Recommends

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits, Good Culture, Great flexibility

    Cons

    Salaries could be more competitive

    Advice to Management

    Need to do a better job of incentivizing hard and quality work. Don't let talent walk out the door so quickly!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Good company that cares about their people and customers"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sauget, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sauget, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small company that appreciates their employees and shows it.

    Cons

    Since it's a small company everyone wears multiple hats and ends up doing their job and a couple other assignments or full-time jobs in adition to their own.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more freedom to middle management to give merit reviews according to actual performance as opposed to ensuring everyone "fits" on a bell curve. In a small company where many people perform multiple jobs, they should rewarded for the extra work.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Starting to lose what worked well"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Afton Chemical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Medium sized company with stable income/cashflow and good work/life balance

    Cons

    Self destructive HR actions in recent years

    Advice to Management

    Realize that the good years came when the President of Afton and VP of R&D had an R&D background....it is a technology business that cannot be led by non-technical people.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Afton Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work life balance and family first company.

    Cons

    Pay is lower than other companies like it and since it is the same family running it young people will have to compete with the owners and vps children for promotions . this would not be a big deal normally but each has 5 kids all coming through the company which means 10 spots taken in upper management in the future

    Advice to Management

    keep the lifestyle but bridge the pay gap a little bit.


  9. "Really nice place to work"

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    Former Employee - CTS Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - CTS Analyst in Richmond, VA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Afton Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Work-life Balance
    Culture
    Growth Opportunities
    Management
    Challenging work

    Over all a really laid-back environment. They choose employees well who are both competent and generally easy going. They invest a lot into creating synergy in their workforce, and the managers are generally very understand.

    Cons

    Benefits are good but compensation is nothing stellar


  10. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Belleville, IL
    Current Employee - Lab Technician II in Belleville, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Bonus holiday pay, 10% match on 401K contribution, always overtime available, almost everyone is friendly, and there is opportunity for career advancement.

    Cons

    Shift work can be challenging, dangerous chemicals are handled daily, there are several unhappy people, and the politics can get annoying.


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