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Updated Aug 20, 2020

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Lubrizol Chairman, President & CEO Eric R. Schnur
Eric R. Schnur
124 Ratings
Pros
  • "People are nice, good work-life balance(in 24 reviews)

  • "Great Company & management team(in 18 reviews)

  • Cons
  • "it is a chemical company so sometimes people who don't know your role can treat you like your just a computer troubleshooter and do nothing else(in 10 reviews)

  • "My internship will not lead to full time employment(in 4 reviews)

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    1. 5.0
      Former Intern, less than 1 year

      Great Company

      Aug 20, 2020 - Information Solutions Co-Op in Wickliffe, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great Management makes it easy to learn and move around the company upper management is pretty accessible got to meet the CEO and CIO. They also handle the COVID-19 VERY WELL they communicated every single detail from financial position to work from home details

      Cons

      it is a chemical company so sometimes people who don't know your role can treat you like your just a computer troubleshooter and do nothing else

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    2. 3.0
      Current Employee

      Could be better

      Jul 20, 2020 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Most people are friendly. Lots of opportunities to learn new things. 401k is pretty standard for the industry.

      Cons

      Benefits are poor and they keep cutting. Below national average for sick leave per US Bureau of Labor Statistics. Most restrictive vacation policy I've heard of in the chemical industry. They only do 9/80s half the year. No PPO option. Management thrives on drama and gossips too much.

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    3. 5.0
      Current Employee

      It has truly been a privilege working here

      Aug 22, 2015 - Chemist 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Company is very generous to its employees, to its customers, to its shareholders, and to the community. Upper management truly cares about employees and is leading the company in the right direction; they are exceptional leaders. Sophisticated process for career planning and coaching recently rolled out. High degree of role flexibility once you're in. Excellent work/life balance--a great place to work for those with families. Open door policy. Many training opportunities, a great environment in which to learn, respectful culture. Lots of trust, freedom, and privacy given to do your job. Get to work on global projects with some of the brightest minds in the industry. Part of Berkshire Hathaway.

      Cons

      Very few young employees (20s-30s). No onboarding process/formal training programs in place for newer, inexperienced folks. Few entry level roles besides internships, most require at least 5 years experience. Slow upward mobility. Gender and race bias still exists in some departments, in favor of white males. Risk- and failure-averse culture (management trying to change this). Incremental innovation the norm due to a focus on numbers and returns. Very siloed, little communication between departments. Slow. Safety hazards, such as chemical spills of toxic monomers in synthesis labs, still exist in R&D buildings.

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      3 people found this review helpful
    4. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Long Time Employee

      Jan 6, 2013 - Business Unit Manager in Cleveland, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      CEO, James Hambrick is very strong leader and committed to growing the company. This growth, creates opportunities for employees and is win win for all concerned. Company is very consensus minded, which is both pro and con

      Cons

      LZ is very specific to it's charter which is "solutions" via formulated chemical packages. No a negative as such, but if this doesn't appeal to you, then LZ is not the place for you. Pay is good to very good, but not great. Solid benefit packages

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    5. 5.0
      Current Intern, less than 1 year

      Great Experience, Great Company, Great People

      Sep 26, 2015 - IS Department Co Op in Wickliffe, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      -Multitudes of different teams to work on that allow you to gain real world skills -Treated with respect and given real work -Strong co op program -Global IS department working with a wide variety of personalities -Work hard play hard environment -Great pay and benefits

      Cons

      -It is a chemical company not a technology company -Sometimes hard to learn about what employees thought about working elsewhere as many have worked at Lubrizol their entire career

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    6. 4.0
      Former Employee, more than 10 years

      Good company; lost excitment with Berkshire Hathaway (operating subsidiary)

      Nov 3, 2015 - Manager in Wickliffe, OH
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Friendly culture, good people, good development opportunities if you know how to get around....and ask for promotions...(they won't come to you)... They are engaged with community, and local colleges and universities.

      Cons

      Old economy, most people have chemistry background, very risk averse... Upstream chemical supplier trying to convert old model into downstream... (?) --(not very successfully). Company doesn't have a corporate strategy, lacks succession planning, no outsiders, etc...

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      3 people found this review helpful
    7. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 10 years

      Steady Wins the Race

      Apr 13, 2014 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Very good overall company. Will not have the "highs" of upstream oil/gas, but steady company to make a career with. Large percentage of employees have over 25 years, but also many new hires in last five years. Diverse work group.

      Cons

      Management leans heavily towards chemical engineers, this can slow progression for other professionals. This is slowly changing.

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      2 people found this review helpful
    8. 5.0
      Current Employee, more than 1 year

      Accountant

      Sep 22, 2017 - Senior Accountant in Deer Park, TX
      Recommend
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      Pros

      Great benefits. Well run organization.

      Cons

      This is generally a very safe place to work, but it is a chemical plant environment, which carries with it added risk.

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    9. 4.0
      Current Employee, more than 3 years

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

      Dec 28, 2017 - Anonymous Employee 
      Recommend
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      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.

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    10. 5.0
      Former Employee

      I wish my internship could have lasted longer!

      May 10, 2011 - Chemical Synthesis Intern 
      Recommend
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      Pros

      supportive environment, friendly coworkers, there were many opportunities for interns to learn a lot about chemistry and working in a large corporation, the company really seemed to want to please its employees

      Cons

      hard to do significant work in the chemical synthesis department without a PhD (but this makes sense), some age gaps, some said it wasn't glamorous enough for them

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