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GrafTech International Cleveland Reviews

Updated November 18, 2017
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  1. "Manager - Market Research & Pricing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Independence, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay structure, good people

    Cons

    Contracting market, cost cutting mindset, uncertainty breeds turnover among staff, sometimes overly beuracratic


  2. "global trade compliance manager"

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    Former Contractor - Gglobal Trade Compliance Manager in Independence, OH
    Former Contractor - Gglobal Trade Compliance Manager in Independence, OH

    I worked at GrafTech International as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    nice people to work with

    Cons

    constant worry about layoffs as they are owned by an investment firm

  3. "Too many chiefs... Not enough indians..."

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    Current Employee - Fabricator in Lakewood, OH
    Current Employee - Fabricator in Lakewood, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at GrafTech International (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people..good pay.. Fun job...

    Cons

    Management has no idea... All eggs in one basket... Screws you out of bonus everytime because there metrics suck!!!!!

    Advice to Management

    Quit and let real managers try and save the place...


  4. "R&D scientist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great individuals across all functions. I had a great manager my last two years. Had opportunities to work with other functions (plant, sales, marketing).

    Cons

    Stock price cratered, lots of good people laid off, morale was low by the time my tenure came to an end.

    Advice to Management

    Keep trying to get the ship turned around. I imagine it can't be easy, but keep trying. Idk what else to say I was just an R&D worker bee


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Best worst job"

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    Current Employee - Machinist in Parma, OH
    Current Employee - Machinist in Parma, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at GrafTech International full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good benefit package is good management is understanding with family matters.

    Cons

    Unorganized, dysfunctional, total lack of leadership, favoritism, awful morale, this shop is set up to fail, damned if you do damned if you don't.

    Advice to Management

    Stop changing things and dumping paperwork on your employees and start structuring your shop so this company will succeed.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good Pay Horrible Management"

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    Former Employee - Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Operator in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay
    Good People
    Easy job makes you lazy though

    Cons

    Boring Job
    Management is pretty much clueless
    Employees taken advantage of
    All eggs in one basket, very lucky the doors are still open

    Advice to Management

    Grow some balls and quit being such push overs


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Director of Continuous Improvement"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Committed to Lean and Continuous Improvement as well as work life balance and promotion opportunities.

    Cons

    In a very competitive and difficult market with lots of overseas competition. In a few instances, kept pouring money into programs that had no chance of success.

    Advice to Management

    Continue assessing product rationalization as well as market rationalization.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Total Disaster"

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    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Technology in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you could survive at Graftech, any other job is going to seem pleasant as far as everyday work responsibilities.

    Cons

    Just Google "Graftech", don't really need to get into anymore details.

    Advice to Management

    This is what you happen when you proclaim a Dictator without any checks and balances. Well done boys, you made a lot of money, but you should be ashamed of yourselves.


  9. "former employee turned outside consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Parma, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people and an interesting product line

    Cons

    uncertainty with respect t to job security


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Once a great company..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Friendly, down-to-earth people that are world-renound scientists.
    On the one hand, excellent company to work in for growth and career opportunities, but must be part of the 'chosen' group to get recognition.

    Cons

    Very political, not inclusive from a promotion perspective.

    Advice to Management

    1) Transparency needed to rebuild trust with the workforce
    2) Force justification and stringent review of project milestones and show positive, company-centric attributes of why the direction or project was chosen
    3) Document long-term effects (both positive and negative) so everyone is aware and can support the growing pains/progress at each juncture
    4) Reward employees fairly and consistently for hardwork and performing above and beyond their role whether they toot their own horn or not. Stop rewarding the boisterous employees that cannot/do not produce just because they are in your ear more.


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