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2.7
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38%
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64%
Approve of CEO
Joel L. Hawthorne
27 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great company and great people to work with(in 7 reviews)

  • "(in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • "company continues to lose money because of senior management spending and bad decision making(in 6 reviews)

  • "Company financially was tied to the steel industry(in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Was a great place to work, good people"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    GrafTech is an organization that cares about people and the product they are creating. Senior management is very experienced and understands their industry. Pay structures are fair and competitive. They demand a lot from their people to continuously improve.

    Cons

    The industry has hit them very hard over the last several years and forced some very hard choices. Clearly from the reviews, the hourly folks at the plants do not understand global competition and there is never an employment entitlement.

    Advice to Management

    Stay strong, Communicate to your team, there will come a better day!

    GrafTech International2017-01-05
  2. "Lots of change/layoffs"

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    Current Employee - Finance Department in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great staff to work with

    Cons

    several rounds of layoffs; management changeovers; uncertainty in future; no pay raises or bonuses

    GrafTech International2019-02-02
  3. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at GrafTech International for more than 9 years

    Pros

    Good people. Great leadership. Opportunities to learn and advance.

    Cons

    Location. Nothing else negative to say.

    GrafTech International2018-11-01
  4. "Pays the bills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Coworkers are helpfull. Overtime if you want it.

    Cons

    The divide between the hourly and salary employee's. Salary acts privileged

    GrafTech International2018-08-04
  5. "Scientist"

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

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Innovative Projects in new or fresh subjects

    Cons

    Company financially was tied to the steel industry.

    GrafTech International2018-03-06
  6. "R&D Chemist"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time

    Pros

    Enjoyed working at GrafTech. Co-workers where nice and my project was interesting.

    Cons

    The company's poor performance is sad to see. It was such a major company that has been reduced to a skeleton.

    GrafTech International2018-01-05
  7. "Small plant on Coast"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Port Lavaca, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Small Plant so it is very close and family oriented. It is in area that is inexpensive to live in but within a couple of hours to Houston, Austin, San Antonio, and Corpus Christi. The small workforce allows a person to expand their skills because the professionals are expected to wear several hats.

    Cons

    The same qualities that make it a great place to work are some of the things that may be problematic. It is somewhat remote, there isn’t a lot to do in the area unless you hunt and fish. It is a small workforce and you have to juggle multiple responsibilities.

    GrafTech International2017-12-02
  8. "Tough TImes"

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

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time

    Pros

    Management new innovation was necessary and put their support behind it.

    Cons

    The industry was going through tough times and there just wasn't a lot of maneuvering room.

    Advice to Management

    Do your best.

    GrafTech International2017-01-28
  9. "Manager - Market Research & Pricing"

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

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time for more than 20 years

    Pros

    Good pay structure, good people

    Cons

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

    GrafTech International2017-01-05
  10. "Engineer"

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

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time for more than 6 years

    Pros

    Pros? Perhaps that you get paid?

    Cons

    *No potential for career development *No external/off site training provided *No bonus *No pay raise (frozen for the last 5 years) *Constantly letting people go *People being heavily overworked with no additional compensation. It is a pretty depressing company to work for.

    Advice to Management

    Regardless of the advice you give, they will not listen.

    GrafTech International2017-01-24
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