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Minerals Technologies Reviews

Updated May 7, 2017
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Minerals Technologies Chairman, President, and CEO Joe Muscari
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  1. "Good Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good atmosphere, private office for each employee

    Cons

    not the best benefits. hardly any salary increments


  2. "Credit Manager"

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    Current Employee - Credit Manager in Covington, LA
    Current Employee - Credit Manager in Covington, LA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Profitably managed company & extremely competitive

    Cons

    Extremely heavy workload & poorly automated systems

    Advice to Management

    speak to the people at lower levels

  3. Helpful (5)

    "Department Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Department Supervisor in Pittsfield, MA
    Former Employee - Department Supervisor in Pittsfield, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minerals Technologies (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good pay and benefits, very solid safety culture and solid commitment to excellence, always looking for ways to improve the business, technology is average but functional.

    Cons

    Leadership on the local, regional and corporate level is draconian and profit is king. Work life balance is non existent, the reporting requirements are very heavy and cumbersome. Human resources is a functional arm of management and only interested in keeping corporate out of legal trouble. HR has never been helpful to the rank and file. Employees fired more often than any other company I had worked for. Local managers are terminated on a whim and there is no consistency. Constant reorganizations. They say they have standards of behavior but they only apply to the local workforce. Good people leave and have left because of all the above.

    Advice to Management

    The making of money at the expense of the person is the biggest issue with MTI. Everything else they do is for show. I witnessed 30 year tenured managers fired without notice for trumped up charges, then saw the people that had replaced them fired in turn. A CEO lasted 6 months because the old CEO wouldn't get out of the way and retire. The sales force in the field are probably some of the nastiest human beings ever to walk the earth. They try to make up for their shortcomings by saying the customer wants this or that and make unreasonable demands on the plants. The entire professional cadre is always on notice, tense and uptight. People survive by doing the minimum and just going along and hoping for a better day. This type of company attracts the worst kind of managers and leaders, bullies and small minded people.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "MTI used to be a Very Good Company to work for"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are good to very good, although benefits have decreased for new employees hired over the past 5 - 10 years. In some positions, particularly in manufacturing in the satellite PCC business, there is a good deal of autonomy, both for management and hourly employees.

    Cons

    Upper management almost refuses to hire people when somebody leaves the company. There is an obsession with productivity metrics that drives all decision making, beyond any reason or logic. Plants are staffed at such low levels, it becomes somewhat of a safety issue, in my opinion. Most shifts, if manned at all, are manned by only one person. A serious accident during one of these minimally staffed shifts could be catastrophic. Even with the minimal staffing, the upper executives of the company insist upon (demand) that labor intensive "lean initiatives" be met. Employee morale is very low and continues to decrease each year, as upper management squeezes the vice hard. Paper is a dying business, which is also a big part of the problem with this business.

    Advice to Management

    The upper executives of this company need to realize that you can't cut staffing to below bare minimum levels AND still expect workers to perform all of the "extra" duties required to implement lean objectives.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Lots of people wanting to see a company move forward."

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in New York, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only pro is if you could get rid of the CEO who acts like a micro managing Adolf Hitler there are lots of talented people that would make a great company.

    Cons

    Poor benefits, non willingness to promote from lower levels, micro management to the max, very untruthful, no transparency, unwilling to let anyone make a decision except for the CEO, safety is not #1 priority, won't pay there bills on time and the list goes on and on....

    Advice to Management

    Believe in your people. Give them the freedom to act and fail. And most importantly get rid of Joe M!!!!!


  6. "Bright Outlook"

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    Current Employee - Change Embracing Employee in Easton, PA
    Current Employee - Change Embracing Employee in Easton, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    MTI has a bright future! Good products for the markets in which it competes. Lots of really good, committed employees. Employees who work hard and perform are recognized and compensated for their efforts. OE effort and results-oriented culture build the capability to be able to work anywhere.

    Cons

    As the preceding post clearly shows, there are a few folks who are still resistant to change, particularly to OE, even though that effort enabled the firm to weather the 2008 downturn and build enough cash to buy Amcol.

    Advice to Management

    Push to double the size of the company as stated


  7. Helpful (6)

    "I was a former manager at a company that was purchased by MTI the first thing they did was start cutting staff"

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    Former Employee - Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Former Employee - Manager in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Minerals Technologies full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The staff was more like family than coworkers and worked well as a team. Every person was always ready to assist each other when thing got hectic.

    Cons

    After the MTI take over things went to hell in a hurry. 2 weeks after the buy out ,the MTI snipers set their sights on key targets taking out different positions throughout the company the result was other positions having to take on the duties of the fallen. Now the survivors are over worked and stressed because no one knows who is in the cross hairs next. Every day a mass email fills your computer monitor to inform future targets that the casualties were not in vain as a new Manger or vice president has sprung to life at the parent company. To all those who survive congratulations and those who don't ........good luck

    Advice to Management

    Good job boys

  8. "Good jobs for kids out of highschool"

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    Current Employee - Telc Bagging in Dillon, MT
    Current Employee - Telc Bagging in Dillon, MT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Time off and benefits are good for a rural area in Montana. Does not require a large amount of prerequisits to employment such as secondary education.

    Cons

    The culture is not particularly health. You may have to deal with swing shifts of 12 hours that switch between day and night all the time. Retirement packages for all but the most long term employees is scanty at best.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Good Change - and Bad Change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Due to the lean staffing, an employee will find that they can assume some interesting projects. Lots of challenge. Pay and benefits are good to above average.

    Cons

    Lots of cost and staff cuts Some employees work hard. Others just show up. Pay and benefits over the past 15 years have been super! Lots of employee benefit cuts over the past 2 years. Proxy does not seem to show that executive level benefits are being cut however.

    Advice to Management

    Most of the change, including the push with lean is good. Some employees long for the old days of Pfizer. Ignore those and do what's right. Be careful not to cut too much.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Change just to change is not good - slow down and make informed decisions"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Bethlehem, PA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The People - co-workers are friendly and some have become like family. Location- Bethlehem location is close to my home. Benefits - Although benefits have been reduced they still offer a good package. The new CEO has cleaned house and closed or is selling business units that were not profitable - this was needed to insure our continued success

    Cons

    New CEO, Joe Muscari has proven that the phrase "people are our most valuable asset" is not longer applicable to MTI. Downsizing has been taken to a dangerous level in the Bethlehem location in some departments. Concern is growing that MTI cannot sustain business at this level. Burnout is sure to occur and a mass exit of good employees is taking the knowledge base to low levels in some departments. Oursourcing is also being considered which is killing what morale is left.

    Advice to Management

    If MTI doesn't staff adequately, keep the valuable knowledge base it has left and do something about morale, it won't matter what the salary budget is because we will not have resources to insure we remain competitive. Relying on a few managers to make decisions is dangerous because they are making uninformed decisions and we will all pay the price - those that stay anyway. Some managers are so busy trying to impress Senior Management that they are making changes just to say they are doing something without caring or understanding whether those changes are good for MTI or not. Morale is at an all time low - wake up!


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