Compass Minerals Reviews

Updated Jun 30, 2020

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3.0
53%
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Compass Minerals President and CEO Fran Malecha
Fran Malecha
44 Ratings
Pros
  • "good pay does not provide permission to treat people poorly(in 16 reviews)

  • "Good benefits, easy work, little responsibility(in 7 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Company is going places"

    5.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Overland Park in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great strategy, working on implementation. The vision is well aligned at all levels and will take this company to the next level

    Cons

    Sometime slow to react and take advise of middle management

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  2. "Company in midst of revitalization and trending upward"

    4.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Management in Overland Park, KS
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good HR department focused on employee development, very stable commodity based company. Hired outside consulting firm to help improve processes and direction. Compass has great assets and is positioned to do well long term.

    Cons

    Being publicly held forces the company to be beholden to Wall Street. Too many decisions are made with the stock price in mind. Weather has big impact into success year to year. Can be big workload swings depending on weather. Board of Directors should be rotated more often. Some have been on the board for 15+ years.

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  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good for men, bad for women"

    1.0
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Ogden, UT
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Renewable essential resource all day every day

    Cons

    White male dominated, women who speak up are considered aggressive, inconsistent management strategies, and women are not paid equal to their male counterparts

  4. "Great place to be berated and belittled dalay"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Heavy Equipment Operator in Ogden, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Okay pay, you'll meet some good people there.

    Cons

    Supervisors are trained to berate employees delay and look for every opportunity to embarrass you in front of your coworkers. This is the place where you will get injured and the safety policy will change in support of the employer and you will be terminated. The safety policy will be modified to write you up at anytime and even for following the instructions of your supervisor. The rotating shifts really make this place horrible as you'll always be driving home tired putting yourself and others at risk. And don't ever call in sick you'll find yourself terminated over a single illness. If you ask me RUN AWAY from this company your life and you are worth more.

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  5. "job security"

    3.0
    Current Employee - Logistics Coordinator 

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    year round work if you want a job

    Cons

    you must work in all weather conditions

  6. Helpful (4)

    "Don’t be fooled by the window dressing.... unbiased and written to help not hurt your employment selection"

    1.0
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    • Compensation and Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Retail Agronomist in Old Alabam, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Fair pay, knowledgeable co-workers Great Product manager (if you are wondering if this is you - you’re not the right person) you know who you are KL!

    Cons

    unrealistic goals for outdated water soluble products. Extremely poor middle management (not all - but your rolling the dice as to what region and/or ABM you get). KPIs - NEWS FLASH*** You will be micro-managed Limited partners TURNOVER RATE (10 people in less than 2 years **Agriculture side of business... ranging from upper management to sales) Plenty more cons however, if you’re still thinking of working here I’m wasting my time elaborating :)

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  7. Helpful (1)

    "Plant Nutrition side is very unstable with no direction"

    1.0
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    Former Employee - Sales Representative 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    Good pay, met some good people, sales reps are good people, allowed me to show my talents and go to work for a much more stable company

    Cons

    Management- bought a company for $485,000,000 with no direction on how to penetrate the market and compete directly with proprietary products of companies they want you to sell too. It is crammed down your throat everyday to move a product with no help from the top. They hire people to sell fertilizers that have no fertility experience and don't train them. The most difficult part of agriculture is understanding fertility and they hire people with no experience which isn't surprising because management has no fertility experience or knowledge at all. I said at all but they make $400-500,000 a year with bonuses that are unreal. I think the plany nutrition side will be gone in a year, VP left to go to work in construction, construction. He had no fertility experience either.

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  8. Helpful (2)

    "Give it time and see if they stabilize"

    2.0
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent pay and benefits; Mostly great people at the sites beyond headquarters; Middle managers who remain want to do the right thing.

    Cons

    Significant senior leadership turnover means who knows what's next? Everyone is in CYA mode; no trust among leaders (and with good reason); "grown ups" have moved on.

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  9. Helpful (5)

    "state of upheaval and instability"

    1.0
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    Current Employee - Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    good benefits and fair pay

    Cons

    influx of new upper management from coal industry, unclear direction, many valuable employees jumping ship, feeling insecure about "new direction".

  10. Helpful (4)

    "Terrible"

    2.0
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    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals

    Pros

    OK pay and benefits is about only pro.

    Cons

    Poorly managed company, particularly at executive level. Now on third CEO in last six years. Creates a chaotic environment with lack of consistent and coherent strategy.

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