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Materion Reviews

Updated August 5, 2017
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Pros
  • Great technology, knowledgeable employees, Decent pay, Benefits, free coffee, and a paycheck (in 5 reviews)

  • Great people and love what I do (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Evolving culture"

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

    I have been working at Materion full-time

    Pros

    An interesting field to work in . Good work environment.

    Cons

    Not many opportunities to progress within the company in the short-mid term.


  2. "Chemistry"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people and love what I do. Competitive pay. Good bennies. Lay off the meetings. Utilize email more. Teamwork is valued.

    Cons

    Accountability is an issue. Over engineering is not a great thing. Try to figure out how to decrease the extreme OT in the summer. Maybe spread it out over the rest of the year.

    Advice to Management

    Make people accountable for their laziness. Listen to your experienced employees about the processes we run. Don't change a process "live". Use R&D for this.

  3. "Great Work-life Balance"

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Elmore, OH
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Elmore, OH
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay is great, and management is very good about working with you on attendance and work-life balance needs. My manager gives me all the freedom I need to be successful.

    Cons

    The upper management is disconnected, but occasionally likes to micromanage. Benefits are very sub-par. Knee-jerk reactions are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Please don't get bogged down in the day to day and focus on the direction of the company. It feels like the same new product decisions are made over and over again. No knowledge is shared to break the cycle.


  4. "Machine Operator"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Reading, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Running machines. The work is very easy to do. Basic math skills help. They train you to run their machines.

    Cons

    Same thing everyday. Nothing ever changes and moving is next to impossible. As long as you're ok with making good money and doing the same thing everyday go for it.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "going downhill hopefully new management can see through the BS artists"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Buffalo, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Materion full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay could be better though. a lot of good people work there.

    Cons

    Good old boy network has promoted their buddies instead of those who deserve it. Moral is the lowest I have seen in years except for the buddies of the plant supervisor and plant manager. Tired of the "atleast you have a job attitude of management.


  6. "Need to value employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, friendly coworkers

    Cons

    Shortsighted management, employees are overwhelmed by the workload


  7. "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.

  8. Helpful (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.


  9. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Materion full-time

    Pros

    Seems to be easy to move up. Good work/life balance, good benefits except vacation, and good pay.

    Cons

    Terrible vacation policy for a professional job, didn't always feel like a team environment (i.e. felt like every group was intentionally working against the other groups...)

    Advice to Management

    Remind everyone they work for the same place, take a look at like any other vacation policy in the US at a professional job...


  10. "Company Trainer"

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

    Pros

    Very technical atmosphere with challenging opportunities and projects.

    Cons

    They do not utilizes key employees and their strengths.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees who uplift and motivate others in key positions.


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