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Material Sciences Reviews

Updated May 18, 2017
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  1. "Good people and lots of knowledge but poor decisions by upper management."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MI
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good balance of talent in the low and middle ranks, pleasant work environment. Management willing to spend money in growing areas. Excellent middle management with good project vision who are unfortunately held back by superiors. Good professional development opportunities in some departments with encouragement to seek more education and build skills.

    Cons

    High stress short term assignments, lack of long term vision. Too much micromanaging in some key departments. Lack of good cross training in others leading to single skill employees and missuses of resources. Some department require a lot of travel with facilities and customers all over the globe which can be rather stressful.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a long term plan for the company


  2. "Manager of Corporate Accounting"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Schaumburg, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Peer to peer environment was positive.

    Cons

    Executive employees were very unprofessional bordering on vulgar and disgust.

  3. "A company with an interesting product, a global footprint but with a very poor leadership"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Canton, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Smart people in some areas. Interesting product. Global footprint.

    Cons

    Very weak leadership, whose primary goal is to focus on short term decisions. No long term strategic vision. MSC used to praise itself for hiring the best people in the industry. Not any more. Too many C players, who are pushing the A players out of the company.
    People are working in silos with conflicting G&Os. Too many non-global managers.

    Advice to Management

    Get back on the growth track. Get rid of the C players. Reward A players. Move to a "0 defect" operations culture. Stop talking about strategy, execute instead.


  4. "It was alright"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Material Sciences full-time

    Pros

    My manager was awesome and summer hours.

    Cons

    Cut spending down and sold the company


  5. "Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Material Sciences full-time

    Pros

    Good product, coworkers. Excellent location. Pay was competitive.

    Cons

    MIcro managers on the working level. Unrealistic sales goals, multiple sales presentations. Sales pricing was not competitive with the market.

    Advice to Management

    Need to trust your employees to accomplish their goals. Need to modify the cost structure to competitively price your product.


  6. "Company sold out"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great manager would still work for him.

    Cons

    Never invested into the company


  7. "IT"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There isn't anything good about the company or management

    Cons

    Owners don't care about employees

  8. "Toxic Environment"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The pay is good, if you're willing to work non-stop and never see your family. I can't think of any other pros.

    Cons

    Promotions are about knowing the right people instead of work production. If you happen to be on the night shift, good luck moving up past a shift supervisor.

    Advice to Management

    Focus more on the development of your employees. They are what drives your revenue...not squeezing in order to maintain bloated profits.