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Ashland Employee Reviews about "upper management"

Updated Oct 11, 2017

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3.6
70%
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Ashland Chairman and CEO William A. Wulfsohn
William A. Wulfsohn
76 Ratings
Pros
  • "Good pay and support from management(in 21 reviews)

  • "Work life balance, open door culture, best policies and employee engagement(in 19 reviews)

Cons
  • "Those at mid-to-upper management willing assign blame to their subordinates for the bad decisions(in 14 reviews)

  • "Company has been in flux since acquiring Hercules in 2008(in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Grunt"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time

    Pros

    Competitive pay, good work environment, clean facilities, wonderful people.

    Cons

    Upper management has no clue as to how things work. Schedule leaves alot to be desired.

    Advice to Management

    Please pay attention to the driving force behind you. Don't turn a blind eye just because product is moving out the door.

    Ashland2015-10-15
  2. Helpful (6)

    "Not A Bad Company, Just Need Leadership"

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

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Great brand awareness and solid parent company. They're diversified in the specialty chemicals arena enough to provide a solid base for the company overall. Customers like the products and tend to prefer them. A majority of the people are really great, smart, talented people that want to succeed.

    Cons

    This company is your stereotypical large public corporation concentrating on short term stock price. They'll make bad decisions if they think it will boost the stock price. The same goes with pricing. They'll raise price to increase sales with no thought to how the market reacts to it. They are not customer centered and are willing to walk away from customers if they don't fit their model of the perfect customer.... Finally, Ashland is also the stereotypical "Good 'Ole Boys Club" type of company. Those at mid-to-upper management willing assign blame to their subordinates for the bad decisions.

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    Advice to Management

    Fix the culture and find some true leaders that inspire and collaborate with the employees and customers rather than have a myopic view of the business.

    Ashland2017-10-11
  3. "Global Trade"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Close to home and easy to get to.

    Cons

    Upper management out of touch with what was really happening. Middle management lies to both upper management and to those below.

    Advice to Management

    Take a hard look at who you have in your middle management.

    Ashland2016-05-11
  4. "Account Manager"

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    Current Employee - Valvoline in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Ashland full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits and pleasant employees to work with.

    Cons

    Upper Management was very unclear about direction of the company as a whole. Could be a little more diverse

    Advice to Management

    Have clear direction so employees feel valued.

    Ashland2015-10-02
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Assistant Manager"

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    Current Employee - Assistant in Lexington-Fayette, KY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Flexible. Great Benefits. Tuition Reimbursement.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't have a clue.

    Advice to Management

    Stop making stupid policies that make our jobs harder and less efficient.

    Ashland2015-09-16
  6. "Good company to work for if you are easily adaptable to change"

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    Current Employee - Network Planning Manager in Dublin, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, competitive pay and nice place to work

    Cons

    Elusive metrics, constant chaos and reorganization from upper management, uncertain career advancement opportunities

    Ashland2015-03-30
  7. "Great learning experience for a graduate student intern"

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    Current Employee - Communication Intern in Lexington, KY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland part-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Learning a lot about the corporate world and private businesses. Ashland goes through many changes and allows employees to adapt, change and grow along with the company.

    Cons

    Lack of communication between upper management and employees. A lot of confusion during the global redesign

    Ashland2014-10-13
  8. "Short attention span at Ashland."

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

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    At the lower levels, some great bosses.

    Cons

    Upper management and HR have a very short attention span are uncaring and borderline competent.

    Advice to Management

    Try to at least look at the end of quarter!

    Ashland2014-06-14
  9. "Good place to start"

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Bridgewater, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Ashland full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    It was reasonable pay and work life balance was good. People are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    The upper management is not very supportive to employees.

    Ashland2014-05-13
  10. Helpful (1)

    "Not trustworthy"

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    Former Employee - Quality Technician in Oak Creek, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Ashland full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The one good thing if any is the health and 401K plans

    Cons

    Cannot trust anyone in upper management, always leave meetings with a negative feel, nothing gets accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Learn to hold people accountable for bad decisions, meaning upper management personal should take the hit not the employees who have no say in decision making. You are letting good employee's go and shutting down plants that don't need to be closed. One was mine!

    Ashland2013-10-24
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