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Lubrizol Reviews

Updated January 25, 2018
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Lubrizol Chairman, President & CEO Eric R. Schnur
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Pros
  • Excellent work/life balance--a great place to work for those with families (in 14 reviews)

  • It has its downsides but overall it's a great company to work for (in 14 reviews)

Cons
  • No opportunities for full-time employment upon graduation (in 8 reviews)

  • Most managers and all top management are chemical engineers (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Wonderful company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Regional Business Manager in Wickliffe, OH
    Current Employee - Regional Business Manager in Wickliffe, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Market leader for 50 years. Small company atmosphere. Values all employees. low turnover.

    Cons

    Only con is the Cleveland winters.

    Advice to Management

    Keep the LZ culture going. Keep valuing both experienced & new employees. Don't stop innovating. Customers expect us to be the best.


  2. "lab tech"

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend

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

    Pros

    staff were always willing to help out the other

    Cons

    never knew when your last day would be when the oil prices dropped

    Advice to Management

    look at the numbers to see which plants are making the money and keep those open

  3. "Mostly Good"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Wickliffe, OH
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Wickliffe, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    management would rather move an employee to another area than let them go, all lab technicians have their own desks, employees have a relaxed composure because of relaxed management, it's work at your own pace most of the time, lots of friendly folks, little to no sense of hierarchy between employees - even as a contractor the employees made me feel part of the group

    Cons

    focus on the self and not the group rewards selfish behavior, if a person (employee or contractor) is labeled a "black sheep" by someone who is liked, the managers will take sides and dog-pile on that disliked individual (whether they are doing a good job or not)

    Advice to Management

    weigh the pros and cons of moving technicians to new testing areas, a quick fix is only going to cause problems down the line, do your best not to play favorites


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Used to be good"

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

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time

    Pros

    Most of the workers are hardworking, smart, and talented. Lubrizol is actively working to improve the safety culture. Insurance and 401k are average for chemical plants in the area. Base pay is good, but don't expect as much in bonuses as other companies.

    Cons

    Below average on work flexibility and time off for the area (salary workers only get 9/80s during non-holiday pay periods, so you are losing ~8 days compared to industry peers.) Work-life balance is not good, managers have actually stated that they don't care how many hours you work. Management has questionable judgement and borders on unethical, is petty, finger points a lot, can't admit mistakes, and is inefficient. Lubrizol is going through a culture change where they preach accountability, but it only applies to workers, not management. You will spend a lot of time here fire-fighting and catering to politics. The company runs lean, and they keep adding large projects while cutting the budget. However, they somehow are able to find the budget to add more managers.

    Advice to Management

    Make your work-life practices competitive. Having a piece of paper saying we have work-life options doesn't mean you are allowed to actually use them. I don't see how we are going to be able to recruit quality talent if we are not competitive and modern with the times. Treat all of your employees with respect, and stop kicking down so much. Demonstrate accountability and humility within management.


  5. "Great company and people. Hard to advance unless you're a chemical engineer."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people
    Low turnover
    Great benefits
    Vacation purchase program
    The pay is close the highest in the industry. Not many companies offer higher pay for similar roles.

    Cons

    It's hard to advance unless you're a chemical engineer. Most managers and all top management are chemical engineers. There are several qualified non chemical engineers who have not gotten opportunities which were given to chemical engineers. This can be frustrating.

    Advice to Management

    Offer advancement opportunities to non chemical engineers who know the business.


  6. "Great people to work with"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very nice place to work, low turnover

    Cons

    Not a lot of opportunities to branch out into other areas


  7. "Excellent Opportunities"

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

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time

    Pros

    Excellent pay for new hires and co-ops

    Cons

    Opportunities for career growth are great if you are in the right departments.

  8. "Many Hats"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    You wear many hat in this company. This is a good thing because you learn so many things.
    Wonderful medical/dental benefits, 401k match, and vacation and paid holidays.

    Cons

    You wear many hats so it's sometimes hard to get your true job accomplished.

    Advice to Management

    Keep in touch with the production workers. Follow up Nd follow through is everything and goes a long way when it comes to trust.


  9. "Sales"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales
    Current Employee - Sales

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Limited career growth opportunities

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  10. "Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Lubrizol full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work for.

    Cons

    Communicate with operators when making a change in a area.


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