Morton Salt - Decent company good pay changing environment | Glassdoor
  1. "Decent company good pay changing environment"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Analyst in Chicago
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Morton Salt

    Pros

    Great quality products with a multinational experience available, if winter snows significantly as in last 2 years cannot help but make money enabling above average bonuses. Moving to a new building in 2016 year end for corporate office with an open floor plan concept, work density will increase by 200 percent but you will be able to interact with majority of employees and managers. It will be new, bright, inviting and loud. A large percentage of employees that were there when the company was purchased in 2009 have been turned over resulting in many new opportunities. Pay is very good overall.

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    Cons

    Ok lets face it, this company either injects water into the ground to take salt out of the ground heat it and make into consumer products or else blows the hell out of a wall of salt underground and scoops it up for use when it snows. The goal is to minimize mistakes in this process. It requires a large amount of capital and so competition is not too great. Sometimes they pump salt water into a field and let the sun dry it. By definition this is not the most exciting of industries and in order to compete you need great cost control and great selling price decisions and minimal errors. It is a transportation, distribution, labor and weather. They need people to organize and oversee consultant ideas at corporate to be woven into a seamless shapeshifting plan for implementation and presentations. If you are good at this you should do fine for most jobs. When everything goes in a positive direction you can give the impression you can effect these things and you can do very well. But when the weather turns negative or energy and distribution charges surge (they are at multiyear lows right now) the seamless plan begins leaking and you need a new stream of seamless plans, that can be tiring. Management is prone to change plans quickly, if it does not snow and profits fall US employees will suffer as in 2014 when no raises given for American employees. Expect a few plant closures if a couple of years with no snow. Since company was purchased by German company K+S and CEO Christian Herrmann is their former liaison for investor relations from Germany, he tends to have a short term focus and German employees have outsized voice on perceived performance of employees within corporate. Also CEO tends to be like a distracted dog chasing a bone with ideas consultants recommend.

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    Advice to Management

    Pray for continued snow it makes for lower production costs and higher sales dollars making whatever plans the consultants are implementing and giving you to implement look good and will maximize your performance bonuses and makes things such as warehouse walls collapsing salt onto a car dealership from overloaded salt on a wall not so career threatening.

    Morton Salt2015-05-22
  1. "Going in the right direction!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Great culture - people and environment Great Pay and Benefits Company is going through some change but it is evident that they are trying to do the right thing. Parent company in Germany is becoming more involved but allowing Morton Salt to hold onto its iconic brand.

    Cons

    Work needed on standard processes but evidenced that is in the works

    Advice to Management

    Change management is tough- although no company can ever do it perfect, ensure communications are frequent and transparent.

    Morton Salt2020-01-11
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    "Toxic Work Environment"

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    Current Employee - Warehouse Worker in Cape Canaveral, FL

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time

    Pros

    Pay and Paid Time Off are above average

    Cons

    Started 2020 with a positive and optimistic hope for a positive direction moving forward. Unfortunately, discriminatory work practices, harassment, and self induced divisiveness between employees and departments abounds and appears to be escalating. Situation almost appears to be by design but not sure how a positive outcome can be achieved under those conditions.

    Advice to Management

    Address this issue with a positive and professional attitude.

    Morton Salt2020-01-16

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