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Compass Minerals Reviews

Updated June 3, 2017
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Pros
  • Good pay, good job, good people (in 6 reviews)

  • Good benefits, convenient location (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • There is not a lot of mentoring from senior management and you can get pigeon holed into an unfavorable category (in 5 reviews)

  • It's also an "old-school", conservative work culture (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Solid job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ogden, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    - Management is doing a good job in updating the workplace
    - Culture of data driven decisions
    - Many initiatives to engage workforce in continuous improvement, safety, etc.

    Cons

    - Misalignment of vision and expectations from top-level to frontline
    - Adherence to ambiguous policy makes it difficult to reward top performers

    Advice to Management

    - Continue to try new things.
    - Create visible career paths for all employees throughout the company to encourage long-term retention


  2. "Workaholic unhappy old farts"

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

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    Decent benefits and salary

    Cons

    This company is your traditional, stuck in their ways, corporate cesspool full of pessimistic, unhappy elderly farts; if you are under the age of 30, you don't want to work here. There are many under qualified employees who don't do their job well but get by because they're chummy with their superiors. There's room for growth however they expect you to be a workaholic if you do rise in the company. Poor work to life balance.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage your team; point out the positive things employees do rather than focus on the negative. Hire younger people with different world views.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Sr. Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Evansville, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Product Manager in Evansville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent compensation and benefits, stable cash flow. The Salt division is well run and provides excellent stability to the business.

    Cons

    Commodity mind-set corporate environment. Have difficulty identifying the needs for value-added products. A very poor industry knowledge base within the Plant Nutrition division. Want to think and appear to be larger and more powerful than what can be delivered in the marketplace. Serious production issues within core Plant Nutrition division production.

    Advice to Management

    Become more customer centric. Compass Minerals has significant opportunities but the desire to be number one within 4 years may jeopardize the ability to be successful in the long-term. Is there a long-term for Compass Minerals? Top-down marketing has serious flaws in the long-run.


  4. "Compass Minerals does not deliver on stated values"

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    Former Employee - Auditor in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Auditor in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Solid, recession-resistant salt business and good middle management people

    Cons

    Lack of senior leadership and direction

    Advice to Management

    Focus on basics of good management and talent development, less on personal egos


  5. "Great company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    No complaints at this time

    Cons

    Bonus structure is a little weak

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "I'd go back, if asked."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent benefits in including health, dental, and yearly bonus. Opportunities for lateral moves.

    Cons

    Lack of training. Opportunities for advancement are rare.


  7. "Account Coordinator"

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

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits, convenient location. They provide fresh fruit twice/week and have some social outings from time to time. Casual Fridays.

    Cons

    Salary not as high as it should be for the amount of work that some people have to do. Seems like an "old boys club" at times, women not well-respected in some departments. Not enough communication and not a happy or fun atmosphere in some departments. Not a big feeling that the company or management cares about the individual. Not a lot of promoting within

    Advice to Management

    Somehow make it a more enjoyable place to work that people look forward to coming to. Take a look at salaries-- the people that work hard and do a good part of the work should be compensated, not just management or the sales team. Help people feel more valued and like they matter and are on a career path.

  8. "Good Employees Poor Senior Leadership"

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

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    Good benefits and great co- workers

    Cons

    Senior leadership is not in tune with the employees

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people who actually perform the job.


  9. "good be company, some employees out of control"

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

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    Benefits, location, some of the employees are great to work with

    Cons

    Very little room for oppurtunities, those available are given to employees of preference. Low moral, and almost dictatorship of those who they give free reign

    Advice to Management

    Reign in some of your employees that you are letting "run" the company. They are making this company a miserable place to work


  10. "Management is twisted"

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Overland Park, KS
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Easy work for decent pay. Great central location in Overland Park. Benefits are decent. Really good 401k match and profit sharing.

    Cons

    Management is old school. Very sneaky atmosphere. Hard to trust anyone. It's actually encouraged that you do not mingle with anyone outside of your department. Very strange.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency goes a long way.


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