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Dr. Talal Al-Shair
25 Ratings
  1. Helpful (1)

    "Status quo until the Tronox Deal is Done"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Salary, Benefits, Great Experience, High level of responsibility

    Cons

    Management unable to prioritize, listen to their people, HR non-existent

    Advice to Management

    Address HR concerns fast before the Tronox deal.

    Cristal2017-03-02
  2. "You will get back what you put in."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends

    I have been working at Cristal

    Pros

    This is a company going through some growing pains but it is possible to be part of the solution. Management encourages people who are willing to step up to new challenges.

    Cons

    Too many people want to keep things the way they've always been. Rather than embracing change, too many are happy with the status quo.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to encourage innovation and leadership.

    Cristal2016-08-29
  3. Helpful (4)

    "Current Employee"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal

    Pros

    As others have said - very good compensation, insurance, retirement, etc. Cristal's biggest strength is they simply have a wonderful group of hard working people.

    Cons

    Top management is setting the company back a generation - creating silos between the various functions at a time when most companies are breaking them down. Communication from the top is severly lacking and incredibly filtered.

    Advice to Management

    Please sell the company to someone more capable before you run off the good people that keep the place running.

    Cristal2016-08-22
  4. Helpful (1)

    "Balanced"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Ashtabula, OH
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Cristal

    Pros

    There are good social advantages, the process is well managed and globally turnover is low so the employees are well skilled and professionnal. Growth strategy

    Cons

    Very few mobility between different sites Frozen salaries due to low corporate results those last years Corporate spend a lot of money to get new facilities

    Advice to Management

    Keep growing around the Titanium production worldwide Increase spendings on maintaining the current facilities and lower spendings on new facilities acquisition

    Cristal2016-08-26
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Offices closing--- people moving to Europe"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal

    Pros

    NOT a lot at this time and point... heard they are asking folks to move to the Netherland where the CFO lives and that he wants key positions there just because he lives there. So instead of making one person move you ask 25 people to uproot there lives and move to you..... how does that make sense when we are looking to cut cost...

    Cons

    How does a company CEO announce in a town hall meeting (overseas) the closing of an office before informing those in that office that they are going to close hunt valley office??? How does a CEO mention in a town hall that he is looking to sell the company and that the two bid fell through...

    Advice to Management

    get your head out of your butt and listen to your employees.. stop making stupid decision yes I could do a better job than the current CEO.. a monkey could do what he is doing!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Cristal2016-08-16
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Good people, bad leaders, bad industry, old school everything"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cristal full-time for more than 2 years

    Pros

    At the time we were trying to do some things corporate wide, but it's not a unified company interested in that, but really little fiefdoms at the plant sites.

    Cons

    Too many to list. The clash of east and west cultures, the lack of reality around the market they're in versus their plans, the old ways of thinking due to people who have worked there fro 30 years, failure to adapt and change. It's really a company living int he past.

    Advice to Management

    Why give them any...they wouldn't care or listen.

    Cristal2016-08-11
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Step into the 21st Century"

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    Current Employee - NA Sales and Customer Service in Hunt Valley, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal full-time

    Pros

    Employs over 5000+ all over the globe. Offers a pension, 6% 401k matching, benefits (medical, dental and vision). Earn vacation, benefits and paid time off on day one. Longevity of employees = knowlagable staff , some who have been with the organization for over 30+ years.

    Cons

    Management is ignoring employee needs and concerns over Tasnee transformation. Communication is horrible and has employees wondering what the future holds for the organization. No raise and bonus for employees for 2014 and insulted employees with .52% increase( instead of normal 1-6% increase) for 2015 (rumored to be given when employees discovered Tasnee handed out large increases to employees in Saudi. Feedback...

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    Advice to Management

    Leadership needs to evolve to the 21st century. Managers need to become leaders and empower employees. Happy employees lead to better productivity, better moral, and educating for better performance and maintaining skills and knowlege, capture and document knowledge before employees retire.

    Cristal2016-07-09
  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good luck"

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

    I have been working at Cristal full-time

    Pros

    Okay benefits, but not much to say. They get you to hope things will turn around and go well there.

    Cons

    No room for advancement and lack of management. Good luck to any new employees looking to make a career here.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out how to run your company. Quit dragging people along for the ride and making empty promises

    Cristal2016-07-14
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Tasnee integration is destroying what used to be a great place to build a career"

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    Current Employee - Analyst in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Some of the co-workers are the brightest in the industry. There are small pockets of people that really try to excel but are beat down, with cross-cultural problems emanating from other regions of the world

    Cons

    Upward career progression is ZERO unless you are a Saudi National, very discouraging for people considering professional growth. The general morale of personnel lower than management is disheartening to see. Senior management promises are not upheld, there is too much disparity across the Business Units financially. No one has a sense of career orientation,it is more of making sure employment continues to the next paycheck

    Advice to Management

    Abandon the whole integration process, the SBU's will never truly cross-communicate in any truly meaningful manner

    Cristal2016-04-29
  10. Helpful (5)

    "" On the verge of extinction ""

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

    I worked at Cristal full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Has been known for good salaries, benefits and an atmosphere of great pride.

    Cons

    As a result of a recent buyout, new ownership injected persons into high management positions who were not qualified for the job, in many ways. As a result, poor decisions were made which had a direct negative impact not only on the financial security of the company, but also led to the demise and destruction of the strong management/employee structural base that once existed. All that is left, is a shell of what once...

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    Advice to Management

    Pay more attention to those persons in key positions, who are proven to perform well, and let them do their job.

    Cristal2016-03-11
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