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Pros
  • If you're looking for work-life balance you can find it here, but it's probably better if you look somewhere else if that's really your thing (in 13 reviews)

  • Extra good benefits but I heard they have dropped their pension program now (in 16 reviews)

Cons
  • Work life balance is a bit of challenge (in 9 reviews)

  • The guiding principles no longer apply (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "The people are nice but very political"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The MBM principles are great principles to live and work by...

    Cons

    "The emperor is has no clothes on".... people are afraid to give real and honest feedback.

    Advice to Management

    embrace new ideas no matter where they come from.. encourage mistakes


  2. Helpful (18)

    "LACKS INTEGRITY"

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Wise individuals use INVISTA as a stepping stone, staying no longer than needed to locate a better job. Turnover is high, so INVISTA always has job openings.

    Cons

    INVISTA lacks integrity in dealing with its employees. The company says it will pay employees bonuses that are earned, however, the incentive compensation program almost never pays out below the director level. The company says it does not age discriminate, yet it systematically eliminates people over 50. No employee has a documented development plan as it is easier to fill open positions from the outside. People lose jobs due to reduction in force one function, only to see new hires announced in that same function later in the same week. Rarely are employees offered to relocate, as a way to save their job, and if they are offered relocation, are often told the cost of relocation will be on the employee. When released from the company the employee is typically walked out the same afternoon they are terminated.

    Advice to Management

    The first principle of MBM is Integrity. Ironic that it does not apply to how INVISTA treats its employees. It is easy to see why unions get formed when you look at how INVISTA treats people.

  3. Helpful (15)

    "Worst company ever to work for."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Only good thing were benefits.

    Cons

    No strategy. High turnover of people except for top management who are watching each other's back. Business struggling to survive. Every month a chess game. You need to be careful that your not someone's pawn being sacrificed. Stay clear

    Advice to Management

    Need to rebuild the business from bottom up not top down. Time for most of you to leave or retire as you have destroyed a great business.


  4. Helpful (8)

    "Don't Plan on Staying"

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    Current Employee - Middle Management in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Reasonable starting salary and benefits

    Cons

    There is zero job security, no promotions, no raises, and all new jobs are filled with outside talent. This company routinely starts new business developments only to have them all fail, which is dragging down the core business. Poor financial performance is responded to by eliminating experienced employees, and then the company is surprised when costly mistakes are made due to inexperience. Look for more consolidations, closings, sell offs and lay offs. Those that can leave do leave. It is like a revolving door with turnover of employees 4-5 times the norm for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    You have taken a once great business and destroyed it by failing to recognize that it is the employees that make the business great, and not the other way around.


  5. Helpful (7)

    "AWFUL culture disguised by "MBM culture""

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    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    If you are lazy, it's a great place to get nothing done for years, but ironically they make you appear to work hard so you have to be smart enough to do fake hard work.

    Cons

    Management is lazy, no raises until it's ridiculous. They lie and say there are bonuses. They have a cumbersome, long and overblown hiring process. They have no loyalty, they'll lay off even if you work hard for a decade or more.

    Advice to Management

    Get real. It seems like you are actually trying to fail.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Lots of good, but..."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    MBM philosophy really does make a huge difference for the positive in how the company is run. So many of the short-sighted, frustrating things that public companies do doesn't happen here or at any Koch company.

    It's also a great place for people early in their career. Interns and employees fresh out of college get a great deal of diverse experience.

    Lots of learning and development opportunities. Invista is big on seeking knowledge and will commit resources to helping employees grow and develop.

    Cons

    Very top heavy management. "Too many chiefs" lead to analysis paralysis. The company invests heavily in hiring very talented people with broad experience, but then has them work on projects 2-3 levels below their ability. Kennesaw leadership are great people, but lack leadership maturity and experience. Makes execution and driving results highly inefficient

    If you're a driver who is driven by results and execution (vs. process and analysis), interview cautiously.

    Advice to Management

    You invested heavily in some very talented people. You should let them do what they're good at.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Awesome management philosophy embraced by most - not all - leaders"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at INVISTA full-time

    Pros

    The Market Based Management philosophy helps us all think critically and make good business decisions. It's such an unfair advantage that I'd consider it confidential IP if Charles Koch didn't already write a book about it. "The Science of Success", you should read it especially if you're considering working here. High emphasis on value creation and results. Knowledge sharing and collaboration are encouraged. Not everyone will agree but I personally feel that the sky's the limit in terms of what I can contribute, by empowering myself and following what we call "Principled Entrepreneurship". You won't ever be criticized for applying MBM thinking. Respectful environment, people get along well, pretty fun place to work. If you're looking for work-life balance you can find it here, but it's probably better if you look somewhere else if that's really your thing.

    Cons

    Not ALL leaders embrace MBM. There are a couple of pretty egregious examples and it's demoralizing for the people in and around those work groups.

    If you can't find fulfilment in your work, it's not INVISTA's problem it's yours. In other words, maybe a little cold to some on the human side but that comes with the territory in a management environment that stresses value creation and results.

    Advice to Management

    MBM sets such a clear definition of what's expected of leaders that when it's not followed it's very obvious and very disappointing to the rank and file. You have leaders who give lip service to MBM, but in reality operate on politics and power. We all know who they are. Don't tolerate it. Charles wouldn't.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Learned a lot from this experience"

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    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Territory Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Very respectful of every employee and, in fact, won't tolerate disrepect. Always encouraged seeking out employees strengths and moving that employee laterally, or promoting from within.

    Cons

    Upper, upper management sometimes makes decisions without fully understanding how it may effect all facets of the sales cycle- i.e. the customer's needs.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees more through a bonus or increase in compensation.


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Frustration due to lack of mentoring by manager."

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    Former Employee - Director in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and benefits were adequate compared to other organizations. I was able to buy carpet for my new house at a greatly discounted price.

    Cons

    Management left a lot to be desired. My manager had no clue as to what it took on a daily basis from me to accomplish my assignments. No raises were given unless you could provide value to the company.

    Advice to Management

    When you hire someone to be a manager, be sure to assess their ability to manage.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "INVISTA Won't Be Around for Long!"

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    Former Employee - Former Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Former Employee in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at INVISTA full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee. Friendly people. MBM principles are awesome when followed.

    Cons

    Benefits; the healthcare plan is horrible. You have to accrue sick time and it is a privately on company so you are not off on all of the national holidays. No raises. Alot of people receive high pay but do offer much to the company. The industry for carpet is not doing well at all. HR is cluesless about the lack of work most of the employees do.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the baby boomers waiting for retirement and hire intelligent people who can actual turn the business around. If you constantly are losing good people, there is a reason why. Quit promoting and switching the same people around in the company.


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