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Compass Minerals Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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Compass Minerals President and CEO Fran Malecha
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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. "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


  3. "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.


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  5. "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.


  6. "Ok"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Overland Park, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    401K match, Stock and PTO

    Cons

    Old school work place. No support from management.


  7. "E and I Technician"

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    Current Employee - E and I Technician in Lyons, KS
    Current Employee - E and I Technician in Lyons, KS
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Minerals full-time

    Pros

    Great pay and benefits for the area

    Cons

    there are too many people directing employees

    Advice to Management

    Do a little extra to take time to communicate with your emploees


  8. "A Stable Company Headed In The Right Direction"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ogden, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Compass Minerals (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    • Great people work here.
    • Excellent Pay
    • Stable Working Environment
    • A company culture in need of improvements, that are understood and heading in the right direction

    Cons

    • Difficult to move up within the organization
    • Management doesn't follow through with personal agreements
    • Upper Management believes work should be #1
    • Programs in place talking about upward movement and career building are lip service

    Advice to Management

    Stop talking about helping the employee base improve and start allowing those that are working to improve the opportunity to do it.


  9. "Quality Manager"

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    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Ogden, UT
    Former Employee - Quality Manager in Ogden, UT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    At the Ogden UT site, I worked along side some of the brightest and hardest working people I've ever met. High level of integrity amongst the former management team, circa 2008-2012. I would have been happy to retire there in 10-12 years.

    Cons

    Operations at the Ogden site have been utterly destroyed by newly assigned upper management team. All but 1 of the 12 site management team members have been turned over by new VP / corporate team over the past 3+ years, just for the sake of cleaning house and putting their own people in place. So much talent and skill level ushered out the door. It's a shame -- the place had so much potential and made a lot of money for the company.

    Advice to Management

    Hired site VP to just check off the hiring box, without checking for people skills, engineering understanding, long term perspective, etc. Next time do your homework instead of being in a rush to hire.


  10. "Good Stepping Stone but Not a Career Company"

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    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Ogden, UT
    Current Employee - Technical Writer in Ogden, UT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, with insurance and 401K from day 1 of the job
    Great people
    Good stepping stone at the beginning of a career

    Cons

    Professional employees have no opportunity for advancement
    No opportunity for real salary increases (after adjusting for inflation)


  11. "Supply Coordinator"

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    Former Employee - Supply Coordinator in Lyons, KS
    Former Employee - Supply Coordinator in Lyons, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Compass Minerals (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Education Benefits Fair wages.

    Cons

    Old school management. Not receptive to change. Good old boy network

    Advice to Management

    Get out from behind your desk and interact with employees


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