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INVISTA Kennesaw Reviews

Updated September 8, 2016
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Kennesaw, GA

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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 (15)

    "LACKS INTEGRITY"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  2. 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.


  3. 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.


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  5. Helpful (6)

    "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 (5)

    "INVISTA Won't Be Around for Long!"

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    • Senior Management
    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.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Leadership AND HR need to get a CLUE"

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    Current Employee - Market Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Current Employee - Market Manager in Kennesaw, GA

    I have been working at INVISTA (More than a year)

    Pros

    MBM philosophy provided it was practiced.
    Friendly group of employees even while working in a sometimes hostile environment
    Excited about pension program and

    Cons

    MBM philosophy NOT practiced by leadership or HR. Both have an attitude of superiority and arrogance to customers and direct reports. As a relatively new employee sought after by Invista for employment, I am amazed at how delusional leadership is With their understanding of the marketplace and what is necessary to become profitable.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN to your employees, especially the field, when it comes to retail. Truly practice a dose of humility. Admit when you are wrong without excuses. Perhaps if you walked the MBM walk, profitability wouldn't be far behind.


  8. Helpful (11)

    "Rudderless"

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

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

    Pros

    Ethical company that takes great pains to make sure they operate compliantly.
    There have been situations where even the upper leadership is held accountable for following the principles of the company. Nobody is above the policy.
    One of the few remaining companies with a defined pension plan.

    Since it is private, the company plans for the long term instead of seeking short-term measures to make it look good for the stock holders. The days of dropping year end inventories to zero, only to scramble around to rebuild them in the new year are over. Key decisions that are financially justified can be made quickly. However, the financial analysis and recalculation can be excruciatingly slow and wasteful, considering the variability in the business premises.

    Cons

    Has the secrecy and big brother measures of Apple with none of the benefits. This results in requiring multiple levels of oversight and review of business activity that bogs down the decision making process.

    HR is lacking as exemplified by how new employees are brought on board. One is required to sign a scary employment agreement that benefits the company at the employee's expense. It is up to each function to develop their own grounding process such that a new employee may have to go through many channels to get basic things such as laptop, cell phone, credit card, and access to databases. These functional silos are endemic throughout the company.

    Pay policy sounds good on paper but is flawed in execution. There are no annual cost of living adjustments, so one has to practically seek another job offer in order to negotiate a pay increase. Bonuses are based on business performance, but the way they are awarded is shrouded in secrecy and seem arbitrary. Business has been poor so bonuses have been little to nil for the past few years. Leadership claims to want to attract A players, but there's greater probability that they leave.

    INVISTA's businesses are under tremendous competitive pressure, but there is lack of insight and courage to break out of existing business paradigms to succeed in the long term.

    The

    Advice to Management

    Wake up. When the economy improves, there will be a huge sucking sound as your key employees leave.


  9. Helpful (7)

    "Good experience to take to a more ethical employer"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Division Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Division Manager in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit package. Koch's principles are a good guideline and in theory SHOULD be the foundation for a strong growth company.

    Cons

    Unable to keep up with new technology that is taking the place of stainmaster. Upper management chooses to not address competitive products are taking market share at a rapid speed and eventually there will be no need for field reps at all. Discussions were made by senior leaders about how to run the company without TMs or BAMs. I would recommend all field reps see the writing on the wall that there will be no jobs in the next 5 years max. Find employment where managers treat and pay employees fairly.

    Advice to Management

    Improve HR relations with employees, really take a look at who you have in place and if that person is the right fit for the role. Work on culture and listen to your people, they want to help keep the business operational.



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