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Ashland Reviews

Updated June 19, 2017
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Ashland Chairman and CEO William A. Wulfsohn
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Pros
  • good package and work life balance (in 12 reviews)

  • Relatively good benefits, stability, good industry, most people are nice, especially the little people (in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management doesn't have a clue (in 13 reviews)

  • Although it's a good company, the processes at the plant cause a lot of heat which the company works to improve on (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place at one time."

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Learned new skill set on my own through working on projects.
    Micromanaging is nonexistent.
    Sometimes yearly bonus based on performance of the business was good.
    Some great professional people in the org that I enjoyed working with. A lot of them are now gone due to the restructures the last few years.

    Cons

    No mentoring or skill development at all. Constant restructure and threatening that positions would be ending. Which created a negative, petty environment among the department. Such a shame because the job was great.

    Advice to Management

    I encountered inappropriate behavior ( gossip & insults) from a couple of people that managed over me. I was told I was the top performer but not given any incentive to grow just treated as a work horse that could be replaced.
    Advise look into departments with dead weight and actually be managers get rid of those who cannot even show up for work. It's an insult to those who take the initiative. I experienced a co-worker who gloated for almost eight months that she did not do any work and watched this person get away with it. Very disheartening and a waste of payroll.


  2. ""Great Place to Work, but ....""

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    Former Employee - Systems Specialist II in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Systems Specialist II in Dublin, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Benefits, work environment and individual team members working their.

    Cons

    Management decisions and no opportunity for advancement either.

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Covington, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great Team Spirit. Everyone supported everyone else. No backstabbing or anything like that. Gret slaries also

    Cons

    Almost none. Loved it there. the bonus plan could have been a little more robust but again this was only a mimor problem

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees at employee rallies more often. Tke thie questiond seriously an d dont be so dismissive even if the questions sound weird.


  4. "Instability"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Potential growth as they purchase companies for expansion.

    Cons

    Instability with change and also diminishing benefits


  5. "Good place to work."

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    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Kenova, WV
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Kenova, WV
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Not many chemicals that can really hurt you. Small place. 12 hour schedule. Every other weekend off. start out at full rate. 401 k match.

    Cons

    Production over safety. 401 k is only 4% places near by are 7%. Insurance deductible is close to $7000 a year.


  6. "Lots of change"

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    Former Employee - Digital Communications Specialist in Dublin, OH
    Former Employee - Digital Communications Specialist in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    When I worked there the best thing about the job was the people. Everyone got along and while there were typical 'high school drama' moments, it was a good team environment.

    Cons

    The company was constantly changing, no one knew if they would have jobs in 6 months. Pay was minimum. IT wasn't staffed properly to keep up with modern changes.


  7. "Great job, until they sent it to India/Mexico"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Really enjoyed working with my peers. People were usually willing to help if you ran into issues or had questions.

    Cons

    Leadership cared more about leaving their mark and making the shareholders more money, than keeping hardworking employees. No job stability as they seem to be more interesting in streamlining the business rather than making any attempt to grow.

    Advice to Management

    Outsourcing, it's cheaper (sometimes) but there is always a price to pay down the road. You can't expect loyal and dedication from your employees when you have shown your willingness to send their jobs out of the country to save a few dollars.

  8. "Great people / Constant org churn"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people who look out for each other; Interesting work

    Cons

    Weak benefits; Upper mgmt. seems out of touch with the employees; Perpetually in re-organizing and restructuring mode

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention and be responsive to the employee surveys and town hall questions


  9. "Chemical Operator"

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    Current Employee - Chemcial Operator in East Freetown, MA
    Current Employee - Chemcial Operator in East Freetown, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company pays very well and is an easy enough job. People are overall good to work with. Lots of vacation and off time, 1 week off each month.

    Cons

    Lots of negative attitudes, worthless middle management, rotating shift schedule is difficult to handle.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable for doing their jobs, especially Supervisors and Team Leaders who do nothing. Negative attitudes stem from doing other peoples jobs because they are not held accountable and a lack of reward system. When new hires are paid the same or more than the person training them it demeans your worth to the company.


  10. "Product manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Management in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Product Management in Wilmington, DE
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time

    Pros

    The company has competitive technology and solid position with many major producers. Company invest in R&D and has many bright people's

    Cons

    Senior management only cares about bottom line. Health care sucks. HR dept sucks . Everyone works here for the money

    Advice to Management

    If you focus on your employees your business will meet your financial objectives


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