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Updated Jul 14, 2019

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Morton Salt CEO Christian Herrmann
Christian Herrmann
97 Ratings
Pros
  • "Great co-workers and managers, good pay, and a great working environment(in 11 reviews)

  • "Headquarters is centrally located in a new building(in 9 reviews)

Cons
  • "Ive seen upper management react in such an unprofessional way on many occasions(in 14 reviews)

  • "Management and German parent company(in 9 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Opportunities for Change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Opportunities abound to "make a difference". Processes are still evolving so you can put your stamp on them; don't expect anything to already be established for you. Revolving door in many positions creates lots of opportunities to get more responsibility. Money is really good for higher level management, especially bonuses. You want to make sure your job is categorized as one of the FK management levels as that... participates in the worldwide bonus pool. Not super focused on cost control anymore now, still lets you fly business class internationally but with one stop required. Many people work exactly the 8:40-4:40 workday.

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    Cons

    Unmotivated long term employees. Screwed up SAP implementation. Wasted time reporting things in 100 different formats for German parent company. German co-workers on holiday all the time and then want to compress projects into short time frames as they get 6 weeks vacation minimum. Recent offers for the potash side of the business (public, in WSJ) likely to bring changes. Move coming to a brand new modern "open"... floor plan will throw L/T employees for a loop but may get rid of dead weight.

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    Advice to Management

    Spin the salt business off, or combine salt and potash into an "Of the Americas" type setup like every other inbound international company. Spend the money and time to fix the SAP implementation.

    Morton Salt2015-09-10
  2. Helpful (29)

    "New Upper Management: No Innovative Changes"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Great name to put on your resume. If you’re not a manager: you will have plenty of job duties and an expanded skillset to add as bullet points to help you get a better job elsewhere.

    Cons

    Favoritism runs rampant here. Shift from a hierarchical org. to a matrix structure and yet there’s an unspoken chain of command firmly in place. Completely inaccessible and clueless CEO. VP’s that spend endless time rehearsing speeches about innovation, promoting change, building the brand, and customer centricity, and providing transparency. Lots of new buzz words and very few deliverables or ROI to back it... up. Lots of talking about wanting feedback....and yet any employees that dare to step out of line and speak to anyone but the manager they report to will be harshly reprimanded. Most of the upper management here spends a majority of their time and efforts making sure to get face time with parent company and “sell” how important and vital they are to the company’s success.

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    Advice to Management

    Stop the endless self promoting elevator pitches. Listen to the people doing the work, give them the authority and resources needed to be successful. The tighter you hold onto something in your hand the more that slips through it.

    Morton Salt2019-07-15
  3. Helpful (14)

    "Confusion and debt"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time

    Pros

    There used to be a few, I cannot think of any now.

    Cons

    Management and German parent company. Some how while the rest of American business prosper, we are having the worst year ever.

    Advice to Management

    Stop hiring smart people and ignoring them. Start listening to the smart people, thats why you hired them.

    Morton Salt2019-01-04
  4. Helpful (19)

    "Absolutely the worst experience of my professional career."

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

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time

    Pros

    Iconic name that will help you find a way out. The 401k is competitive.

    Cons

    Unrealistic expectations set by parent company. If you aren’t at the corporate office you are viewed as less than. Check out the corporate holiday party versus what goes on at the sites. You could also look at the turnover in HR from the top down. Management runs people off and then the CEO wonders why they get terrible reviews.

    Advice to Management

    At the facility level stop looking to blame people for your failure to produce. The truth is K+S has put everyone in a position to fail and the CEO allows it. Stick together and actually try to be a team in the face of awful executive management. The culture is terrible and it starts at the top. Hopefully K+S sells Morton to a company who understands this business and knows how to treat people.

    Morton Salt2019-01-09
  5. Helpful (16)

    "Toxic Doesn't Begin to Describe it..."

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

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The pros no longer exist. This place is a nightmare.

    Cons

    The German parent company is destroying Morton Salt with their lack of capability and experience. They don't want a global organization, just a German run company where everyone jumps through hoops.

    Morton Salt2019-01-07
  6. Helpful (11)

    "At a tipping point"

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

    I worked at Morton Salt full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    - Iconic brands in the US and Canada - Corporate office is beautiful and in an ideal downtown location - Good benefits

    Cons

    - Cultural struggles and language barriers with parent company (K+S) in Germany make it difficult to get work done in an efficient manner - Company is going through a lot of self-inflicted change with very poor change management practices and communications - Branded products/business are treated as second tier within the parent company's business portfolio which is more focused on commodities - Turnover... beginning to increase across key functions - K+S senior leadership is weak and lacks the experience to run a global company

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    Advice to Management

    - Engage with your top talent and let them know they are valued and that there are reasons for them to stay. If you don't do this, expect a wave of departures.

    Morton Salt2018-11-20
  7. Helpful (7)

    "Peon"

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    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Morton Salt

    Pros

    It's a well known company that's been around for over 150 years.

    Cons

    The current parent company is slashing benefits and closing plants left and right. It is no longer a "family" atmosphere.

    Advice to Management

    They don't listen to anyone. Which is a shame because they could learn a thing or two.

    Morton Salt2016-06-22
  8. Helpful (8)

    "Pray for snow"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Most people are very nice and helpful Moving to a new office in a new high rise by the train station. Great place to network because people are constantly leaving. HR is currently working on developing a uniform review process, and other programs and perks that normal companies have in 2015

    Cons

    No bonus/raises and and layoffs in years without snow Very few internal promotions, open roles are mostly given to outside talent. Parent Company (K+S) is publicly traded in Germany, and is a likely acquisition target for bigger companies once the new mine opens in 2016 (search articles online)

    Advice to Management

    Pray for snow

    Morton Salt2015-12-16
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Good Brand Disappointing Company to Work For"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Morton Salt full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Strong brand recognition, nice downtown location

    Cons

    job insecurity, poor management, lack of innovation, foreign parent company dictating its culture. Management from 80's lacking core values

    Advice to Management

    implement performance management systems promoting core values, performance metrics, leadership by example. Get rid of old school managers.

    Morton Salt2013-09-04
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