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Essroc Reviews

Updated January 30, 2017
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  1. "Senior Buyer"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Nazareth, PA
    Former Employee - Senior Buyer in Nazareth, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essroc (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, great management team. Ability to work with minimum supervision

    Cons

    Company was acquired by a larger company and let a lot of good people go


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Rail Services Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coplay, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Coplay, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essroc (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to work independently with little supervision.

    Cons

    Essroc was just purchased by Lehigh Cement (Heidelberg). Now is NOT the time to apply at Essroc unless you just want something temporary. Lehigh is laying people off in waves, starting in September until May 2017. Also, Management is slow in making decisions.


  3. "Accounting"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bath, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essroc full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Established closing processes with a 3 day close. Job security.

    Cons

    Management has been pretty much the same for many many years. Not a place to be at if you are looking for carrier advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to do a better job at cross training employees.


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  5. "it WAS a great place"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Manager in Bath, PA
    Former Employee - Manager in Bath, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Essroc (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging work, ability to work independently if you have the focus.
    Excellent people to engage and solve problems, like a family.

    Cons

    I had great managers, but by shear luck (came from other industries, not cement)! Most management is not trained or qualified to actually develop people. Career advancement is a challenge and you have to fight "good ol' boy" network. Very little accountability and misaligned goals led to many people "slacking" on making Essroc as successful as it could have been.
    Lehigh-Hanson management did a horrible job with HR on the acquisition. Many still do not have answers as to their fate with the company, and those that took positions are now disadvantaged with demotions and taking their careers backwards.
    I am thankful that I escaped even if someone with no experience got my job because it made the most political sense.

    Advice to Management

    Essroc was WELL-run for MANY years. My advice to new Lehigh-Hanson is to get rid of the "old school" way of doing business. If you want to develop in today's markets, you need find people that will advance systems, processes, and think like innovators.
    Work on developing true management training with consistent requirements for managers to develop and coach their employees.
    From a Corporate Culture standpoint, if you want to advance in a successful business marketplace, you have to challenge the "norm". Otherwise, do nothing, and stand still while competition benefits from satisfied employees, who can truly add value to the bottom line, and want to come to work every day.


  6. "Essroc"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nazareth, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nazareth, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Good company to work for, good people, small and friendly. room for advancement if you show your willingness to work for it.

    Cons

    management can sometimes be short sighted. company bought out by Heidelberg Cement so no future anymore. some being hired by Lehigh Cement


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    "Working at Essroc"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nazareth, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Nazareth, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Essroc full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Direct report to the CEO.
    Responsible for driving the Safety culture and all interactions with the regulatory agencies in the US and Canada.
    Able to work autonomously with limited direction to shape the company's safety focus. Have become a better leader due to this autonomy.

    Cons

    Limited engagement by mid-management in safety processes.
    Few women in leadership and/or management positions and there are no plans or processes to increase the number

    Advice to Management

    Status quo is not a forward thinking business plan. Look outside your comfort zone to see what other possible opportunities exist for the whole company not just for you


  8. "Great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Bath, PA
    Former Employee - Sales Specialist in Bath, PA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Essroc (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Learned a lot great training

    Cons

    None to offer at this time

    Advice to Management

    None to offer


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Need to change with the times"

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    Former Employee - Maintenance Salary in Speed, IN
    Former Employee - Maintenance Salary in Speed, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Essroc full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Great peers
    -Every day there is a new challenge
    -Cement in in-demand right now

    Cons

    -non-existent work/life balance. A "good" week is around 55hrs. A bad/average week exceeds 60-70hrs. This is due to the work force being reduced as a result of the 2008 recession and now everyone is multi-tasking.

    -high level of top down management and micro management is used in excess.

    -people are treated like an employee/number and not a person.

    -lack of any progression plans or employee development does not help retain people

    -VERY reactive attitude towards every aspect of the business. This includes equipment reliability, replacement of employees that are going to retire, yet do not bring people on board to train before they leave...ect

    -benefits and salary are average at best. I have known 8 salary people who left for other jobs in similar roles. Their pay increased and workload decreased.

    -in the recent recession, the market was down and so plant upgrades and spending were greatly reduced. Now that the cement industry has been in a PREDICTED growth market for 3+ years, minimal upgrades are barley being done. As a result, all equipment is expected to run at 100% capacity with little money put in to make it reliable. As a result, there are a lot of long days (12hrs+) to keep the equipment running.

    -Lack of support from the corporate office on equipment issues.

    -Poor communication across the corporate and management levels.

    Advice to job seekers: Some of the reviews on here seem to be planted. Who has absolutely no cons to their job? This is an objective review of the company and my experience. I voluntarily left rather than being fired. Some people have negative feelings when they are fired and bash the company as a result. This is not the case with this review.

    Advice to Management

    People are your #1 asset.

    HR needs to put the focus on people, develop them, and treat them decently so they remain. Look at the employee retention of successful companies and look at the high turn over with Essroc. The mentality is that "Cement is not for everyone" needs to change, as the millennial generation does not accept this policy and those that do are getting ready to retire from the work force.

    The skills needed to run a industrial facility are in high demand and the current unemployment figure of 5.6% means that it is an employee market. People have choices on where to work, unlike in 2008. Essroc cannot continue to recruit and treat people like it is 2008 or else they will be with a reduced work force.

    It should be mandatory for HR and management to be educated on working with millennials, as they differ greatly from the previous generations.


  10. "Technical Administrative Analyst"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant/Technical Administrative Analyst in Washington, NJ
    Current Employee - Executive Assistant/Technical Administrative Analyst in Washington, NJ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great Culture, Great Benefits, Good Salary, if not for the acquisition there would be not need for me to search for another position.

    Cons

    Company being acquired by another local company, Essroc Corporate office being divested. Most all corporate employees will be laid off.


  11. "Process control supervisor"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Control Supervisor in Martinsburg, WV
    Current Employee - Process Control Supervisor in Martinsburg, WV

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

    Pros

    Many advancement opportunities if you are willing

    Cons

    The shifts are difficult to get used to

    Advice to Management

    Opportunity


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