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GrafTech International Reviews

Updated January 28, 2017
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Joel L. Hawthorne
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Pros
  • Great company and great people to work with (in 7 reviews)

  • Good pay structure, good people (in 5 reviews)

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

  • Talents' loss is a problem to R&D works (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "former employee"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Lawrenceburg, TN
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Lawrenceburg, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great work and personal life balance. Managers really care about your family and want you to spend time with them

    Cons

    The future of the Lawrenceburg plant is questionable


  2. "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


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    "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.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "New CEO"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm excited about our new CEO Joel Hawthorne. Craig Shular did a great job motivating employees and he picked an excellent replacement in Joel. Graftech is a good company that treats its employees fairly.

    Cons

    Uncertainty caused by the recent proxy fight. Steel industry cycle that has affected company profits.

    Advice to Management

    Stick with your plan, econemy is improving.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH
    Current Employee - Director in Cleveland, OH
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Day to day work was challenging, with new projects and business areas providing ample opportunities for significant contributions and recognition. Management supportive of work/life balance.

    Cons

    Benefits (retirement, health care) were slashed as the company struggled a number of years ago, in spite of management promises to maintain these for established employees and retirees.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is not just decision-making. It is also about your employees knowing that they will be treated at least as well as investors. Respect. Honesty. Commitment.


  7. "Tough TImes"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    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.


  8. "Great place to work as long as market conditions are good"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at GrafTech International full-time

    Pros

    Generally good morale, as long as market conditions are good. Approachable executives and nice people to work with. Strong culture of ethics.

    Cons

    Very connected to market conditions, and expands and contracts accordingly. Lots of recent layoffs. Some archaic policies, work conditions, and programs/computer systems. Some cronyism. Insufficient training. Undervaluing of some key roles. Weak HR leadership.

    Advice to Management

    Update of systems needed to stay competitive and increase efficiency. Increase compensation to retain top talent.


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