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Dr. Talal Al-Shair
25 Ratings
  1. Helpful (2)

    "Don't waste your time"

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    Former Employee - Global Manager in Glen Burnie, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Cristal full-time for more than 9 years

    Pros

    The people are smart and down to Earth.

    Cons

    This used to be a good company where employees stayed for 20+ years, but after it changed hands several times and couldn't control spending in international plants, it gone broke.

    Advice to Management

    Women have added a great deal to this company but never reap the promotion benefits.

    Cristal2016-03-04
  2. Helpful (1)

    "Avoid this sinking ship"

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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 full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Was a decent company at one time. Benefits are top notch. Won't find better. Other than that not much left.

    Cons

    The ship is sinking fast. It is a matter of time before they shut down the Hunt Valley location yet they are hiring people for positions knowing they in all likelihood would be gone which is unethical.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring people when you know these jobs will be gone. Advise to anyone looking stay away from any of the MD locations.

    Cristal2016-03-16
  3. "Good place to work"

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are good. One of the few that offer a pension and 401k match. Working environment is good also.

    Cons

    The only real cons is the decision making of the executives. Some of the business choices are hard to understand.

    Cristal2015-12-11
  4. Helpful (3)

    "Was an excellent place to work."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Baltimore, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. The employees are some of the best in the world. .

    Cons

    A Saudi owned company with terrible advancement opportunities for women.

    Advice to Management

    Improve communication to employees and listen to employee concerns.

    Cristal2015-10-29
  5. Helpful (3)

    "It's a commodity chemical company."

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    Current Employee - Researcher in Baltimore, MD
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Relatively easy work. Accommodating flex time, decent pay and a pension (for now).

    Cons

    It's a commodity chemical company - lack of innovation (just copy other pioneers), every HR/management program is something from a consultant, no real direction.

    Advice to Management

    Think past THIS year.

    Cristal2015-09-15
  6. Helpful (4)

    "Deteriorating"

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

    I have been working at Cristal full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, consultative, exposure to other cultures, everyone genuinely trying to do a good job

    Cons

    Industry in major trouble, continue to lose money, cut costs, now being acquired by another company in Saudi Arabia, decisions on future employment being made by faceless consultants

    Advice to Management

    If you want to keep an experienced, efficient work force you need to do a better job of reorganizing the company.

    Cristal2015-09-03
  7. Helpful (2)

    "Research"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Cristal

    Pros

    Flexible hours for the employee

    Cons

    industry outlook poor and as a result, salaries and raises are impacted

    Cristal2015-08-10
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Employees are leaving fast and for good reason."

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    Former Employee - Titanium Powder 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Cristal full-time for more than 4 years

    Pros

    Decent pay. Claims to family environment. 6% match on 401k.

    Cons

    Crap hours. Fails to follow policies. Crap benefits. Senior management spending billions on new plants while cutting people at older plants and cutting corners on safety.

    Advice to Management

    Ensure everyone is following their policies. When you blame lower tiers for your own failures you destroy morale and people leave for better companies who practice what they preach.

    Cristal2015-08-30
  9. Helpful (1)

    "CIC"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Cristal

    Pros

    Good technology for manufacturing. Interesting worldwide locations. Ideal positions if relocation to KSA is desired.

    Cons

    IT area is poorly managed and IT Middle/Senior Management do not understand supporting the business as a whole. HR not supportive of staff members. Very few positions available for advancing to leadership/management unless willing to relocate to KSA (Saudi Arabia).

    Advice to Management

    Hire and keep the people that are competent and listen/act on their recommendations.

    Cristal2015-08-24
  10. Helpful (2)

    "Reasonable salary & benefits"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

      I have been working at Cristal full-time

      Pros

      Great people and benefits for the most part. Flexible hours and thirty seven and a half hours work week.

      Cons

      No formal advancement structure or career development opportunities. Most employees stay in same position and role for 30 or more years.

      Advice to Management

      Create a formal career development plan with opportunity for advancement based on performance. Align salaries to responsibility and performance for role rather then arbitrary standard.

      Cristal2015-05-07
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