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Kemira Reviews

Updated August 10, 2017
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  • hard to be part of payroll (2-3 yrs (in 3 reviews)

  • There is no room for growth and no career plan to help you grow at the factory level (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Overall a good company to work for"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Compensation is in line with the market and in some cases above average; good medical and dental benefits that are comprehensive and affordable; good opportunities for growth within the company; flexible hours and a nice working environment; managers that encourage employees to learn more and advance in the company; managers that truly care for their employees

    Cons

    Organization changes often and communications about changes still needs improvement; employee morale is down but will improve with time if new management works to unite their teams; cross-functional communication and cooperation definitely needs improvement

    Advice to Management

    Ensure that when information is passed top-down, that mid-level managers are actually sharing the information and explaining the overall goal and how it affects their teams directly. Also help the people doing the everyday tasks understand how their work can impact strategy and revenue. This helps everyone feel included and invested in the company.


  2. "Arbeiten bei Kemira"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kemira full-time

    Pros

    - Interessante Branche (Papierindustrie)
    - Grundsätzlich tolle Kollegen (bis zur höheren Managerment-Ebene)
    - Großzügige Dienstwagen-Richtlinie
    - Gute Vergütung

    Cons

    - Verhältnismäßig viele Umorganisationen begleitet von Kündigungen.
    - Hohe Fluktuation
    - Große Projekte wie Eingliederung neuer Unternehmen nach Kauf oder Umstrukturierungen werden nicht konsequent beendet, sondern auf halber Strecke einfach laufen gelassen.
    - Teilweise keine eindeutige Aufgabenzuordnung.
    - Teilweise unmenschlicher Umgang mit Mitarbeitern (gerade bei Kündigungen)
    - Generell sehr viel Unruhe durch die erwähnten vielen Umorganisationen und Firmenkäufe.
    - Austritt aus dem Arbeitgeberverband (in Deutschland)
    - Work-Life-Balance sehr grenzwertig

    Advice to Management

    - Projekte vernünftig beenden
    - Klare Aufgaben- und Verantwortungsverteilung
    - Neuen Organisationen länger eine Chance geben, damit Änderungen auch greifen können.
    - Mitarbeiterzufriedenheit erhöhen!

  3. "Disorganized large company with no support"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Mobile, AL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Kemira full-time

    Pros

    The employees at the plant.

    Cons

    The employees at corporate have no clue where their paycheck comes from (aka manufacturing) and therefore provide no support. The company places too much on factory managers and continue to add more. Senior managers make poor business decisions. Employees are not happy. They have had too many lay offs (3 rounds in 2 years at various levels due to "re-structuring" and lack of business demand). There is too much turn over in management due to the issue previously mentioned and they have a hard time keeping good managers due to overloading them. There is no room for growth and no career plan to help you grow at the factory level. The plant is very old and poses a significant safety hazard.

    Advice to Management

    Hopefully the new re-structuring will provide help at the manufacturing sites. More support is greatly needed. Train corporate employees to understand that they are supposed to be a support role and not bog down the plants with emails, call or tasks that waste time and add no value. Change how you plan to retain talent at the manufacturing sites. There was no plan when I worked there and whatever is in place is not working.


  4. "Assistant Scientist"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Assistant Scientist in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemira full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Match shades for paper mills globally. Certified in Hazmat, First aid & CPR

    Cons

    enjoy taking my lunch break

    Advice to Management

    Know your employees strong points


  5. "Technical sales representative"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Representative in Varennes, QC (Canada)
    Former Employee - Technical Sales Representative in Varennes, QC (Canada)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kemira (More than a year)

    Pros

    Overall Great team.
    Wide variety of products and application specialists ready to provide help and suggest options.
    Team availability
    Company values are family focused
    Fair salary

    Cons

    prefer contractors
    hard to be part of payroll (2-3 yrs +)


  6. "Truly global company with perfect size"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemira full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    - great colleagues to work with
    - interesting and challenging job
    - possibility to work with different nationalities
    - various development opportunities and job opportunities, also in other countries

    Cons

    - sometimes work takes over the freetime

    Advice to Management

    Even though we are good at this already, we can keep focusing in good communications, which is an important factor in engagement and understanding where we are, in which direction we are heading to, and what is expected from us during the journey.


  7. "Marketing Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    company like to innovate new tecnology

    Cons

    Company take a lot of time to bring things to market

  8. "No Investment in their People"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kemira full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    -Great HR Team
    -Some enjoyable people to work with

    Cons

    -Upper Management and above is only out for themselves
    -Re-organization of the business units every 2-3 years
    -Unrealistic expectations with respect to work load and budget
    -Extreme under compensation
    -Low Morale
    -Shareholders and Management Board do not understand the industries that Kemira plays in

    Advice to Management

    -Pay attention to the little guys
    -It's sad how often people get trampled on


  9. "Worst place to work at"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    The only good thing is that they have flexible hours

    Cons

    This is really the worst place to work at. They have very little consideration for employees here, they treat us like we don't matter. The pay is horrible and management sucks. Everyone here is petty and will do anything to make you feel underappreciated. They literally do not care about you at all.


  10. "chemical operator (paper dye plant)"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Goose Creek, SC
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Goose Creek, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    we are very busy with no end in sight with a large market share of paper dyes

    Cons

    pay is not what it should be, mandatory overtime, dangerous, dirty, not climate controlled

    Advice to Management

    always second guessing the operators, treating them like lowest on the totem pole


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