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Norsk Hydro President & CEO Svein Richard Brandtzæg
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  1. "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Paw Paw, MI
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Paw Paw, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norsk Hydro (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great company, very clean, safe, and nice work environment

    Cons

    Working with other companies in comparison, no cons in my experience

    Advice to Management

    I have no advice for management other than keeping up the good work in a top notch company.


  2. "manager"

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with on a day to day basis.

    Cons

    Company was too vulnerable to economic fluctuations.


  3. "Good company with growth potential"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jacksonville, FL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Norsk Hydro (More than a year)

    Pros

    Company has focused on a better safety approach within the US compared to several years ago. Quality and safety are more than buzz words, they are part of the culture.

    Cons

    Company struggles to be financially sound. The sharing of financial status is a positive especially when not publically traded.

    Advice to Management

    Keep employees informed, communicate in multiple ways. Work on improving the financial model of the business.


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  5. "Plant Operations Manager"

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    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Current Employee - Plant Manager in Jacksonville, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Positive attitude towards employees on lower levels.
    Competaive pay
    Good trainning

    Cons

    Upper management not in decesion making loop all driben from Norway where retirement is guaranteed

    Advice to Management

    Become more open with GROCI and long term goald


  6. "Long Hours"

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kalamazoo, MI
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kalamazoo, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits, decent pay, wonderful co workers

    Cons

    Long hours, little time off

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employee more, they are the ones doing the work on the floor.


  7. "It Pays The Bills"

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    Current Employee - Saw Operator in Monett, MO
    Current Employee - Saw Operator in Monett, MO
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Decent starting wages, health and life insurance, only a 4 day work week, willing to work with you when you need time off (provided you have PTO accured)

    Cons

    Lack of organization, very little advancement potential, no pay raises unless you change jobs, management is easy to complain but slow to praise, occurance system is broken, Favoratism by management.... the list goes on

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to organize work for your teams, learn to give a little praise and thanks more, stop playing favorites with the employees, work on making more advancement oppertunities


  8. "Good at taking care of their people."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good technical expertise. Good people.

    Cons

    Too decentralized. Did not leverage their size.


  9. "not changing with the times"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good expertise at various levels in the plants

    Cons

    company should have moved people around more to benefit from their strengths


  10. "Very unorganized, lack of management, and unprofitable"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nothing good about working here

    Cons

    High turnover of employees by management downsizing

    Advice to Management

    Glad you sold your Phoenix location, your parent company was tired of paying your bills


  11. "Norsk Hydro"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Lausanne (Switzerland)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Fair salary (although needed to push a bit when negotiated), good company contributions to social aspects (e.g., they compensated my family's health insurance). Liked travel their expenses compensation policy - you get a fixed daily amount regardless if you spend less. In case you spend more, you can submit detailed claim and get reimbursed.

    Cons

    Very much Norwegian - i.e., if you are from and in Norway, you get more opportunities and benefits. I mean, this is not a discrimination, it's just that in Norway they got better policies for employees (probably, as the result of more social environment and gov politics). Haven't seen many opportunities for non-Norwegians get/been promoted to top positions.

    Advice to Management

    Get more - ideally, up to 50% - non-Norwegian people in the top management and execs.


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