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Kraton Performance Polymers Reviews

Updated February 19, 2017
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Kraton Performance Polymers President, CEO, and Director Kevin M. Fogarty
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  1. "Overall"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Company embraces diversity. Team work in some areas is obvious. In other areas, not seen at all.

    Cons

    Lack of development. So-so pay - could be better to compete with market standards (is this done at all?); seems years of experience in the field is not valued in terms of salary. Inequalities (opportunities, growth, salary, organizational structure) still exist between legacy Arizona and legacy Kraton.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's OK"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Kraton Performance Polymers full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, some people great to work with

    Cons

    bad management, lots of drama amongst lower employees


  3. "Nice place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, especially for the area. Most employees are very helpful and genuinely want you to succeed at your job. Benefits are plentiful.

    Cons

    The schedule can be very brutal. The night shift to day shift switches occur every time you go out for a work period.

    Advice to Management

    Allow employees to stay on one shift for longer periods of time


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  5. "Have some very childish employees. Spanish speaking secretaries gossip all day long!"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraton Performance Polymers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free lunches sometime. Not much else.

    Cons

    The secretary to the CEO is a bully to other secretaries and other employees. And if they don't bow down to her, they are black balled and eventually fired.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of office bullies. Quit retaliating if people go to HR or Legal to complain about them. Be aware of how they make The KLT Team look - which is very bad.


  6. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraton Performance Polymers full-time

    Pros

    Consistent mngt philosophy. Very ethical, they want to follow all laws and hold employees accountable. Supportive of innovative ideas and programs. Good strategic vision and plans to be profitable.

    Cons

    Middle of the road pay and benefits. S&OP plans do not integrate well.

    Advice to Management

    Improve IT system and employee training at small sites. Improve benefits to hire better employees.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Be Aware"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Kraton Performance Polymers full-time

    Pros

    My teammates were great. Most of the people were good at their jobs and thoughtful employees

    Cons

    Very male dominated in my area, Senior managers leap frogging their directs to make employment changes in those directs departments, and favoritism.

    Advice to Management

    Stop handing out senior positions to cronies, hire in leaders with experience in that area. Let them lead.


  8. "Director"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Director in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Director in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Kraton Performance Polymers full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Fast paced and energetic work atmosphere

    Cons

    Slow to make high level decisions and too many layers of decision makers to add value

    Advice to Management

    Motivate employees to stay by promoting within


  9. "What communication....."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tomball, TX
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraton Performance Polymers (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Folks in the trenches roll up their sleeves and get the work done. Good collaboration among teams and have can do attitudes.

    Cons

    Upper management, C-levels, have their own agenda and communication is 'check box'. Could care less about the voice of the workforce as nothing ever changes.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency. You expect it however do not provide it.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "If we keep doing what we do, Arizona will also be a failure"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Administrative in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Kraton Performance Polymers full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Aren't any to list. When I come across some ill come back and edit my post but for now nothing GREAT to report

    Cons

    Has no concept of ones time. Will call u on weekends
    Work is 24/7 in some areas
    Everything has to be approved through legal
    Even a department presentation
    Oh and they wait til the last minute to submit changes ect. Hence the no concept of ones personal time

    Advice to Management

    None because they don't listen


  11. Helpful (9)

    "The Little Engine that Could"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Kraton Performance Polymers full-time

    Pros

    Niche company in the specialty chemicals space with a solid product. Flat organization so you would interact with the C-level individuals at the company.

    Cons

    Current upper management made some questionable M&A decisions. Sales isn't hitting their targets so while they still get commissions on sales, the rest of the company suffers as there's no money for bonuses. When hired, you're given a target bonus structure but you have to be rated an overachiever to be considered for that level.

    Advice to Management

    Transparency and humility. Be honest in communications to employees. Articulate a strategy and demonstrate how you're achieving results with the strategy as time passes. Offer stock options. You are a small company that cannot retain talent. You need to offer that extra something to entice good people to stay.



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