Ascend Performance Materials Reviews

Updated May 4, 2021

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Ascend Performance Materials President and CEO  Phil McDivitt
Phil McDivitt
66 Ratings
Pros
  • "Compensation and benefits are good(in 13 reviews)

  • "Pretty good pay for someone right out of school, especially for P-cola(in 11 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "24/7 operations can present work/life balance issues at times(in 13 reviews)

  • "Bad upper management and transparency(in 9 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Best Culture Ever

      May 4, 2021 - Anonymous Employee 
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      Pros

      Even though it is a fairly large company, it does not feel like one. Money is being invested on improvements. It is a collaborative culture. Lots of room for growth for those with initiative.

      Cons

      If you prefer a narrow scope of responsibility and to pace your workload, then this may not be the place for you. If you are wiling to contribute to the growth, then there are no cons.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    2. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      A Clown Show

      Apr 29, 2021 - Sales 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Front row seat for the constant CLOWN SHOW

      Cons

      This place is the worst!!! Worked round the friggin clock during covid but a big goose egg for bonus! Even for plant workers pulling forever overtime for plants falling down around our ears! These leaders never met a dollar they are willing to spend unless its going to executive pay! Then they cry crocodile tears about increases in safety incidents. NEWSFLASH safety is a casualty when you have constant breakdowns and unlimited forced overtime!! If you care about safety take a few of those stinky sweaty bills out of your overstuffed executive pockets and hire enough workers! Then they revamped bonus to add more metricks. BUT THE NEW ONES ARE ASSOCIATED WITH POOR EXECUTIVE PERFORMANCE!! Who actually thinks we rank and file workers have any impact on BAD INVENTORY MANAGEMENT or MAJOR PROJECT INITIATIVES THAT GET CREATED WITH NO REAL INPUT FROM US??? Just another way to steal from workers!

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      5 people found this review helpful
    3. 1.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Worst job

      Apr 18, 2021 - Chemical Operator in Decatur, AL
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Pays more than what any restaurant can pay

      Cons

      Underpaid for the amount of work you do. Equipment is 60+ years old, ALWAYS unscheduled maintenance and shutdowns , they don't hire fast enough to fill spots we need to combat overtime . Work/home life is non existent unless you're on top of the OT list, leadership is abysmal. No alignment with anyone top to bottom other than one supervisor who actually knows what's going on, in one unit you do more work and learn more stuff than any other unit and they still get paid the same for less of everything. Everything is made harder for an operator, no investment in training and equipment, everything is bandaided to keep rates up instead of actually fixing stuff. No bonuses even when you outperform expectations and stay safe. People in administrative building get fed like kings while operators get fed like children in order to "boost morale". Engineers are always swapped around and the new ones assigned to a part of the unit basically have to figure everything out before they can really help us out. But engineer turnover rates are high and there's alot of inadequate engineers too and they always fire them

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      7 people found this review helpful
    4. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Phoenix Rising

      Mar 22, 2021 - Middle Management 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Ascend is a fast paced energetic company with tremendous growth plans and has been a very rewarding place to work. The fast pace can wear down mere mortals.

      Cons

      With rapid growth comes the pain of changes - APM leadership has the best intentions for the employees but needs to focus on fewer large projects rather than hitting home runs on all fronts- Work / Life balance is a common discussion amongst the troops - in current Covid environment work is by default 7 days a week and at all hours. While it is not required to respond to emails on weekends or after hours one does feel obligated to do so but have to assume life is similar at most other companies these days. Annual employee evaluation process needs work - "meets expectations" by definition is a job well done but translates to " you showed up"

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    5. 2.0
      Current Employee, more than 8 years

      No raises or promotions

      Apr 19, 2021 - Anonymous Employee in Cantonment, FL
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      Pros

      Good peers at individual contributor and operator level

      Cons

      - 0 bonus for achieving about 50% EBITDA through a pandemic and 600 forced OT outage hours in Q4. Salaried employees were given a cheap plastic frame of a clip art Christmas tree as a thank you. - Senior plant management team promotes kids instead of finding decent candidates - Management does not want to be challenged by employees with technical experience - Vindictive management culture of blaming employees after management fails to do their homework on recommendations

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      6 people found this review helpful
    6. 2.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Not investing in self

      Mar 28, 2021 - Engineer in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Good medical benefits, good coworkers. Current problems fixable by investment and upper management turnover.

      Cons

      Reliability issues because low capex and maintenance investment makes job harder. Zero 2021 bonus because ebitda didn’t hit target, but should have been fractional (actual/target). If they don’t invest in people or plants either management is looking to sell company or too greedy or CEO wasn’t strong enough with owners (imho). And the relatively small, but visible “pet project” doesn’t count - obviously the science won’t work, and we’ll need to abandon it. Change is inevitable.

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      11 people found this review helpful
    7. 3.0
      Former Employee, more than 8 years

      Company Review

      Apr 13, 2021 - Senior Accountant in Houston, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      The company was a great place to work in the beginning. Top management was friendly and treated everyone with so much respect. They were understanding and family driven. Even if you didn't get paid much, you actually enjoyed working there because it felt like family.

      Cons

      Well when you management joined, they were the wrong people.

      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 3.0
      Current Employee, more than 5 years

      Average Company

      Mar 19, 2021 - A Salaried Role 
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      Pros

      Great colleagues. People really care about each other. Some leaders really want to do the right thing.

      Cons

      Inflexible work culture. Management are strongly hinting for people to return to the office since 2020. Lack strategy. They only set financial targets but no concrete plan to get there. It’s bad but the problem isn’t unique to just Ascend.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    9. 1.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      would be a joke if it was funny

      Mar 25, 2021 - Salary Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      gone downhill so much...hard to think of any :(

      Cons

      they think workers are idiots. took away 401k match right after covid but weren't able to figure out how to adjust financial forecasts over the course of an entire year? sorry mr robber baron sir but we're not as dumb as you think! and why are we having so many problems with infrastructure? you stole our comp couldn't you at least use it to fix things up?

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      7 people found this review helpful
    10. 4.0
      Current Employee, less than 1 year

      Good place to work

      Apr 21, 2021 - Safety Manager in Alvin, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Strong safety culture with top management support.

      Cons

      Old plant, maintenance needed everywhere.

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