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Cristal Reviews

Updated November 17, 2018
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Dr. Talal Al-Shair
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Pros
  • "Good compensation and benefits, good people" (in 7 reviews)

  • "Great Co-Workers, Great Benefits, Flexible Hours, Some Employees can work Remote," (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "Senior management promises are not upheld, there is too much disparity across the Business Units financially" (in 4 reviews)

  • "tronox take over leaves people wondering if tronox will get rid of any of there people in this take over" (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Lab Tech"

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

    I have been working at Cristal full-time

    Pros

    The Benefits are fantastic here.

    Cons

    Working Swing Shift tends to be hard.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Run and don't look back"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Ashtabula, OH
    Former Employee - Engineer in Ashtabula, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Decent co-workers
    Interesting process and good training for young engineers
    Very laid back working hours
    Good health insurance

    Cons

    Forced ranking - better be a political all star since your rank is very dependent on who you know rather than actual skill

    Incompetent management - "Locals" are more often tapped to be managers, upper management fraught with indecision, in-fighting, and generally clue-less

    On call - Engineers are on call, expect multiple calls in the middle of the night to handle operations issues since operators are never held accountable for their actions

    Pay - Pay is based on what Saudi thinks is a decent salary, almost all engineers hired since Tasnee took over are grossly underpaid. Add in a bonus that gets stripped out due to forced rank and you are left with a pittance.

    Advice to Management

    Ditch the Saudis, hire people from decent schools, pay people what they are worth. Just because someone is a local who has been there a long time doesn't make them the next leader.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "NICE PLACE TO WORK ...COULD BE A LOT BETTER"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Cristal full-time

    Pros

    Great Pay, nice location, workers are friendly.

    Cons

    They need management to listen to their employees and seek out resolutions that help bring their employees together not tear them apart from management.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Love My Job, but Outlook is Not Great for many"

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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 Cristal full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Co-Workers, Great Benefits, Flexible Hours, Some Employees can work Remote,

    Cons

    Change is Constant for this Company; Morale is Down


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Engineer"

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

    Pros

    Smart people, good insurance and benefits
    Good safety and PSM program
    A lot of opportunities to learn
    Managers don’t micromanage

    Cons

    Low salary after tasnee took over. Lower than ANY competing company in the area. Too much Friendship and favoritism. Being on call several weeks of a year. Plant operations is chaos and unpredictable. Too much work and not enough people.

    Advice to Management

    Hire from better schools
    Increase salary for retention
    Better middle managers


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Great people to work with"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    A lot of talented individuals at the Ashtabula complex. Interesting manufacturing process with daily challenges.

    Cons

    Not everyone rows in the same direction, many silos. Makes the work environment challenging.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Regional management trying their best despite HQ's efforts to get rid of us"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some of the most wonderful people to work with around the globe, very little politics, and great coffee. Great benefits. Regional management tries hard to keep morale up.

    Cons

    Soul tearing restructure/layoff by Tasnee (Saudi parent) in 2016, followed by office closing and forced relocation to Glen Burnie (take it or leave). But wait, there's more! Buyout attempt by Tronox in 2017 so Tasnee decided to stop investing, then the FTC decided it's a terrible idea to make an oligopoly industry even smaller, Tronox sues but God knows where that's headed after a year of complete uncertainty with more unknowns to come.

    Tasnee continues to pretend Cristal and her employees don't exist and are doing everything they can to maximize the sale and destroying a great company in the process. Talents leaving left and right.

    Reading Tronox's Glassdoor reviews make things worse, or makes me feel better I don't work there (yet), not sure which is better.

    Advice to Management

    Maximize Cristal's value through investing in plants and her people. The sale isn't done until it's done.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Worsening Rapidly"

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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 Cristal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Hard to think of any today, but a good process and industry. Pay Okay, but not worth the negatives

    Cons

    Delay in Tronox take over has worsened conditions in the plants. Global groups and people scrambling to justify their existence. Injecting chaos and unhelpful projects to justify their having jobs.

    Lots of talk about culture change, however it is all false. Same small group of management lives in an echo chamber and hears only what it wants to hear.

    Advice to Management

    Rapidly close global groups. Assign people directly to the plants, daily production and support functions.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good job pay and benefits but stressful."

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    Current Employee - Manager in Ashtabula, OH
    Current Employee - Manager in Ashtabula, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. Interesting process. Good people. Many different areas to work in within the company. Close to home.

    Cons

    Stressful. Long hours. Hazardous chemicals. Currently for sale and FTC is blocking the sale to an American company (Tronox). Stressful.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Poor Management, Unsafe and unhealthy working conditions"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashtabula, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Ashtabula, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are good, but the union plant is better.

    Cons

    No HR knowledge by the HR person, poor treatment from management, Unsafe working conditions, unsafe amounts of overtime. Too many favorites played I. Ashtabula Plant 2 North and South.

    Advice to Management

    Overall everyone at this facility that has any type of management position, from the site manager, right down to the team leads! You have a lot of corrupt people in important positions, and they make their decisions based on friends instead of the company.