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INVISTA Reviews

Updated June 12, 2017
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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. "Good place to work."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Management in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Management in Wilmington, DE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MBM® culture and principles. Pure gold once that you understand it and apply it.
    Safe place to work, both in operations and management, even that some sites need urgent investment to keep them going.
    Good base compensation and excellent benefits.

    Cons

    In INVISTA sometimes the performance base compensation principles are not properly applied. This is not the same case in other Koch Industries companies though, especially related to the annual bonuses.

    Advice to Management

    Try to assess the degree of implementation of the performance base compensation philosophy within INVISTA, especially in the Apparel business.
    Some production sites need investment to keep them going in the long term.


  2. "Director"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Director in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The opportunity to learn and apply Market Based Management. If you invest the time to REALLY understand the principles and apply it to your work, it will change your career path for the better. After two years, you may discount the value of your MBA. Even the highest ranked MBA programs can't compare to what you could learn at a Koch Industries company. However, don't expect any handouts. It's your responsibility to discern where and how to add value.

    Cons

    Strong culture means turnover can be high. If you are uncertain whether you are a cultural fit, you may not last long.

    Advice to Management

    A formalized mentor program.

  3. "Great values and philosophy"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Constantly encouraging people to create value, use economic thinking even on simple decisions and to act lawfully and with integrity

    Cons

    Not the best in compensation and benefits. Some top management positions require to be relocated to Wichita, KS

    Advice to Management

    Improve compensation to have greater results regarding talent retention


  4. "INVISTA is a good company with great employees."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, TX
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Orange, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are great to work with, pay and benefits very good.

    Cons

    Some senior level management can be out of touch with realities on the ground.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to all your employees at every level and try to understand the truth of what is really going on. History keeps repeating itself and management is not paying attention.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "INVISTA - Would not recommend going into the operations side. It may be better on the business side"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Very competitive salary and benefits
    - Opportunity for mobility within INVISTA and other Koch companies
    - Casual work environment

    Cons

    - Disconnect between business and operations. Too much top-down management
    - Limited opportunities for additional technical training. Limited support for new engineers
    - Extensive technical support required off hours

    Advice to Management

    -Practice more cross-training. Don't let knowledge get too concentrated in a few individuals


  6. "Invista.. good place to start your career"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Process Technician in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Benefits
    Relaxed environment
    Respectful Co workers

    Cons

    Bonuses are really low.
    Performance pay is not fair.
    Structure and job tasks improperly managed.
    Employees given too many job responsibilities rather than staffing appropriately.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Chemical Lead Operator"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Chemical Lead Operator in Chattanooga, TN
    Former Employee - Chemical Lead Operator in Chattanooga, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at INVISTA (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits and good peoples

    Cons

    Bad management,they have 10 principles and they expect you to live by them but they don't.

    Advice to Management

    should have replaced all management when they bought the plant.

  8. Helpful (7)

    "If Charles Koch knew...he would be ashamed..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Orange, TX
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Orange, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    * pay and benefits
    * co-workers

    Cons

    * Lack of understanding and ability to implement KOCH MBM philosophy properly
    * confused management
    * Performance bonus is non existant even though they hammer you for it all year
    * very high employee turnover
    * unreliable process equipment
    * aging plant (40+ yrs)
    * slow to reward hard work
    * ignore obvious signs of equipment failures
    * try to make operators be maintenance, maintenance be E/I and E/I be operators (diluting expertise)
    * Promote out of desperation
    * do not listen to wage role
    * most of the Engineers have less than 2 years experience due to high engineer turn over
    * minimal investments into unit equipment (patch, clamp, look away)
    * sink or swim environment (no mentoring)
    * lack of adequate training programs
    * run plant with known process leaks and expect employees to turn a blind eye

    Advice to Management

    simple...tell charles koch that his MBM philosophy isn't being applied correctly by management. Then ask for his help and LISTEN to him!!!!! Flint Hills isn't falling apart like invista, nor are the other KOCH ind. companies. Invista is that step child that needs a lot of attention. its obvious....we still haven't gotten it right.


  9. "Ok place to make a living."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Spinning Machine Operator in Lugoff, SC
    Former Employee - Spinning Machine Operator in Lugoff, SC
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You get seven days off a month which gives you plenty of time to handle your personal business. You have some room for advancement. The pay is competitive and pretty good as are the benefits. I like the way you can adjust your taxes and other information right from a computer.

    Cons

    Long hours, short breaks, hot work environment, weak management, and you work swing shift. They pretty much throw you out there to survive if they see that you are getting the hang of it. Also, if you're good at your job, plan on doing everybody else's while they get the check.

    Advice to Management

    Don't just smile and reward your workers when your boss or company customers are around. Stop showing favoritism and give everyone a fair shake.


  10. "Big company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Wichita, KS
    Former Employee - Human Resources Associate in Wichita, KS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The cafe is good and training is very good. People are nice and willing to share and help.

    Cons

    Pace is kind of slow. Their business is not doing very good.


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