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Pros
  • Great learning environment, Great people (in 4 reviews)

  • a pay check and some benifits there are some good people to work with and it was a great company to work for when i started in 1988 (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • It can be difficult to get things done in the union environment (in 3 reviews)

  • it is a fast paced work environment so if you don't like to be consistently challenged, may not be for you (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Unhappy work place"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, PA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Auburn, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    They pay very well. And the health benefits are good.

    Cons

    7 day swing shift is horrible. On top of that there is constant overtime because they can't keep employees. Management does not care about you or your home life. Not a place to work if you want or have a family.

    Advice to Management

    Do away with the point and refusal system. And also the 7 day swing shift.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "Don't work here"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Akron, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions (Less than a year)

    Pros

    You get a paycheck every other week.

    Cons

    Lean staff, people are getting fired or quitting by the handful. The proper tools aren't provided. Excel 2003 for crying out loud!


  3. Helpful (2)

    "Oppressive work environment with every level of management turning a blind eye."

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    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Fairlawn, OH
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Fairlawn, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work at OMNOVA, especially at the plant level. I always had a great experience at any of the plants I visited.

    Cons

    Old school fat cat mentality in corporate management. If you were promoted to manager or director, they would waste untold amounts of money moving walls, and infrastructure to ensure your office was larger than someone who had a lesser title. If you work in IT there is no work/life balance. You are expected to be available at a beckoning call. IT management all the way up the chain is very petty and self preserving, to the detriment of their direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Do right by your direct reports and stop breeding a culture of sadism.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    "poorly run company with to much gread at the top with know respect for the workers that make there salarys"

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    Current Employee - Multi-craft Maintenance Mechanic in Columbus, MS
    Current Employee - Multi-craft Maintenance Mechanic in Columbus, MS
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    a pay check and some benifits there are some good people to work with and it was a great company to work for when i started in 1988 .

    Cons

    the working conditions are very hot in the summer months i have seen it a hunderd and eight degrees in the building . its a plant that uses lot of chemicals so it bad on your health !!!

    Advice to Management

    stop thinking about yourselfs and start thinking about the people who made you millions of dollars and gave up there lives and familys to fatten your wallet so your family could live on easy street !!!


  6. "Foreman"

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    Former Employee - Foreman
    Former Employee - Foreman
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions full-time

    Pros

    It allowed me to support my family.

    Cons

    They wouldn't work with employees on a contract, and eventually sold out.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Run == far, far away"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Manager
    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No pros to list to list at all

    Cons

    Cons=Everything!
    Expect 24x7 availability - 10-12 hour days not enough,
    People quit, not replaced = work is spread around,
    Very stressful environment,
    Old IT technology like 2003 Excel - joke

    Advice to Management

    Stop greed at the top and overpaid senior leaders
    Look at inefficient SAP systems at the plants with no useful reporting, cumbersome to use,
    No IT help at plants


  8. Helpful (4)

    "Garbage company. I worked at the IT department. It's very unorganized, our CIO doesn't know a thing about IT."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    1 2 3 4 5

    Cons

    everything 2 3 4 5


  9. Helpful (7)

    "No accountability at the executive level"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Strong middle management / director level / plant management. Dedicated, hard working employees.

    Cons

    New HR destroyed culture quickly: HR leadership lack business savvy, are untrustworthy and incompetent. It can be argued that HR has created a hostile work environment in recent months.

    Lack of accountability: The CEO does not hold the executive level accountable including himself.

    The company has survived only due to the efforts of the director level and lower. These employees receive no leadership from the executive level.

    Retirements of president, Jim Hohman, and CFO, Mike Hicks, eliminated any accountability or leadership at the executive level.

    No work life balance: The employees work 60 plus hour weeks and continue to be squeezed to do more with less resources. It is never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability needs to start from the type down. Try to reestablish the strong leadership and culture of accountability. Reevaluate leadership at executive level. The company was willing to risk an increase in turnover to move to Beechwood but a significant number of the 25% of employees that have left are your higher performers you should be trying to retain.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Weird environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The pro is frequent cake.

    Cons

    Strange, arrogant coworkers. Cold environment and very weird culture. Nobody has fun or is especially nice. Open concept workplace is terrible, no privacy. Hire for roles they don't need.

    Advice to Management

    None, seems too far gone to change now.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Another let down"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    travel, plant staff, Customer Service

    Cons

    Management, New Management, Lack of Management


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