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Materion Reviews

Updated April 19, 2017
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Pros
  • Great technology, knowledgeable employees, Decent pay, Benefits, free coffee, and a paycheck (in 4 reviews)

  • Great people and they like to hire on interns (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper Management is part of an "Old Boys Club" (in 7 reviews)

  • Senior management - has no clue what the company makes (everything is widgets) (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Leadperson"

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    Former Employee - Leadperson in Milwaukee, WI
    Former Employee - Leadperson in Milwaukee, WI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Materion full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly and clean nice place to work

    Cons

    Chemical work can be dangerous

    Advice to Management

    Need to be more positive


  2. "Interesting but outdated manufacturing environment. No accountability."

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Brewster, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Brewster, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Materion (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    I enjoyed the people that I worked with, specifically the operators and technicians who took ownership and was proud of the work they did. The business is interesting, providing materials for the semiconductor industry.

    Cons

    There is a lack of accountability and owing up to department responsibilities. Projects would fail to meet deadlines due to department managers not being held accountable for their duties. The plant was very lean and had to wear many hats, despite having an actual department to due those "additional roles". Many people are complacent with staying in their offices when the real problems and solutions come from spending time on the floor. Changing for improvement is difficult to achieve due to the stubbornness and complacency of the overall culture, which trickles down from the management/supervisor level. There is no room to grow career-wise. I stayed in the same position for 4 years despite growing certain skill sets, and was denied a promotion to the next level of engineer due to being "mislead" with qualifications in the job description.

    Advice to Management

    Hold the management teams and supervisors accountable and establish clear roles and responsibilities. Improve on the culture of "we've done it this way for years, it is what it is" attitude.


  3. "Worst ever, seriously don't do it"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Materion full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    There really weren't pros for me.

    Cons

    Literally the worst job I ever had. They asked me to cover my own travel expenses (to be reimbursed ) , which were greater than the amount of my paycheck. Never mind my own bills. They suggested I get a personal credit card to cover expenses. Um, no. You are a corporation, you can afford to send me on the travel you require.
    The guy in my office who loved to tell sexist/ harrassing jokes was PROMOTED.
    WORST HR I have ever dealt with, allowing the toxic culture to flourish. They explained to me that it's ok to laugh off the inappropriate behavior from Co workers. To me, it isn't.
    The health insurance costs more if you are overweight, which they don't mention at interview. They bring in a company to weigh and measure employees, not privately, those deemed outside the perfect BMI pay more.

    Advice to Management

    Your company cannot grow when the culture is toxic.


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  5. "Frequent layoffs"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyngsboro, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tyngsboro, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Materion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diverse work environment
    Multiple shift opportunities for hourly employees.
    Peer to peer training

    Cons

    Layoffs happened twice a year for several years. Work was expected to be done better and faster with significantly less employees. Low morale. Salaried employees were expected to work 45+ hours for comparatively low wages for the industry.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to a wider range of employees. Not everyone is trying to pull one over on you.


  6. "Senior Sales"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fremont, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, they do all the right things in terms of benefits, etc.....

    Cons

    it is not a dynamic corporation, as such its steady and reliable. However you wont break out due to performance


  7. "Good Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Fairfield, CT
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Materion full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Pay is good and management is very helpful.

    Cons

    Manufacturing department set in their ways and don't like to see much change.


  8. "Meh"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Flexible working hours with many chances to work for overtime pay.

    Cons

    Lack of upward mobility within organization.


  9. "Production CAPEX Expansion"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westford, MA

    I worked at Materion (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Looking to expand CAPEX production

    Cons

    Already decided internally, sought outside consultant recommendations for management, did not act on some findings that cost significantly less.


  10. "Mostly good, some bad, nothing ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Payson, AZ
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Payson, AZ
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Materion (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good experience, interesting work and products, was given freedom and tools to succeed. Safety culture is real and taken seriously.

    Cons

    Growth opportunities were limited. Poor performers were tolerated. Great performers at manufacturing sites outside of Ohio were typically overlooked.

    Advice to Management

    Hold people accountable. Steer away from the good ole boys club and weed out poor performers. It only takes a handful of these people to stifle growth.


  11. "materion"

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    Former Employee - Production Operator in Delta, UT
    Former Employee - Production Operator in Delta, UT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    vacation, sick leave and paid personal leave pay

    Cons

    they have medical insurance but you have to pay a lot for it


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