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PolyOne Reviews

Updated April 7, 2017
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Pros
  • Good benefits and pay structure (in 10 reviews)

  • Pay scale, work/life balance, nice colleagues, business portfolio, active/strategic merge (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Stacker"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dyersburg, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dyersburg, TN

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    Easy work, co workers are great to work with for the most part

    Cons

    Their pay rate sucks. People there over 30 yrs and only making 17hr


  2. Helpful (3)

    "Dont work there if you value work/life balance at Kennesaw facility"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Douglasville, GA
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Douglasville, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PolyOne (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation is the only thing

    Cons

    No work/life balance. They staff for their low volume months but have peak volume months at almost double the lows. You will be expected to work a lot.
    No advancement. The facility has no chance to succeed from a managerial standpoint. Managers are hired and fired within 2 years because of business choices from the past. There is very little documentation and no training when you walk in the door so, employees hold all the knowledge.
    No time- with the lack of adequate number of hands to complete a work week you do not have time to train, develop employees, or go to training to better yourself. All of which further exacerbates employee/management relationships
    Inadequate maintenance- you'll constantly be fighting failures of equipment and systems because of business decisions to save money over the last 15 years and a lack of enough maintenance personnel.

    Advice to Management

    Actually spend time in the facility to realize the issues that your business decisions have created over the last 15 years.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Only if your desperate"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avon Lake, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avon Lake, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and benefits are above average for the area. Depending where you work, some positions have flexible hours and locations.

    Cons

    BU collaboration can be challenging if not actively competing against each other, business direction and priorities change frequently making it difficult to get things done, turnover appeared to be higher than average, benefits and pay are only good if you can put up with the environment. I would advise asking a significant number of questions in the interview before accepting a position.

    Advice to Management

    Start operating like one company.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Really?"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McMinnville, OR
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in McMinnville, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    It's a job...really twenty words needed? Let's see...shaded parking, outdoor shaded lunch area....sometimes they BBQ for lunch

    Cons

    Local management and sales person ( both on salary) could care less about not meeting the numbers and closing the plant one to three days a week... they're not losing money...forcing everyone else to use PTO so they get a paycheck....raises deferred for two years straight now while the company brags about how much profit they made for the shareholders... management closing the plant for 2 weeks at Christmas for his "vacation" and screwing all employees cause they have all been forced to use their PTO up to cover frequent plant shutdowns. Happy Holidays with no paycheck. They keep employees long pass their usefulness in the name of the " good ole boys" club. Management lies to corporate about accident numbers and let's employees know they will be fired if claim made etc etc...the list goes on...Spartech cared for their employees, PolyOne not so much.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible atmosphere to work"

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    Former Employee - Extruder Operator in Greenville, OH
    Former Employee - Extruder Operator in Greenville, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    Very few pros. They do pay very well. The associates are all easy to get along with.

    Cons

    Management is a freaking joke. If you haven't been there very long you are treated like garbage.

    Advice to Management

    Give up on spartech. It's dead and gone. You are driving this plant down the same road


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Production first. Not Safety."

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    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Kennesaw, GA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I really can't say anything bad about polyone in Kennesaw because this no good company taught me a lesson that I will never forget. Do not trust this company.

    Cons

    Polyone in Kennesaw has the oldest equipment I have every seen. These people just spent 70,000 dollars on landscape and can not keep up with ordering material to make product. They lie to headquarters about safety. We at Kennesaw have at least two accidents a day. It is so much to say with little time.

    Advice to Management

    We as employees are not stupid. We see what you are doing. PolyOne in Kennesaw get the less amount of people to get out product that will need twice as many people. They do this because of the bonus for them. Less people. More product. More money for them. That is so sad but true. I use to say they were stupid. Now I just say that they are no good.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Learning what "Not To Do" in your professional life"

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    Former Employee - Mid Level Supervisor in Cape Girardeau, MO
    Former Employee - Mid Level Supervisor in Cape Girardeau, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    Not too many come to mind, work place was close to home and there were a few good genuine people to work with. Good PTO once you accumulated it. It can be a good learning experience on what "Not To Do" in your professional working life and did offer some takeaways. Even bad experiences can be good/positive learning ones!

    Cons

    Where to start....??? Senior management is very arrogant and self absorbed, mainly interested in bus driving and trying to take the next management step. Very few ever stepped up and took blame, they were either driving that bus or pointing the finger as to who threw the paper ball (made the mistake). Had a few "coaching" moments, only to see an e-mail chain hours or a few days later as to where/when you got berated by the same person to management in the electronic cloak of communication. This happened a bit often or more than once. Senior team doesn't want to listen to suggestions or direction even when they are new to certain markets and pricing strategies. Bonus structure was nice thought, however, it became increasingly difficult to hit with little consideration of adjustment when significant volume was moved or lost at the plant level. It seemed as if they weren't all that willing to give the bonuses unless it was achieved exactly to "their" terms. The corporation ran off significant volume which crashed margins and missed targets, but decided to not give employees an annual raise. Not the best motivation tool, when some sites worked very hard to push plastic out the door with a lot of OT hours. Pay is low for hourly and with the doubling of benefits blamed solely on Obamacare, wait can't say that, only the CEO can... it really hurts their take home. You would think a $4B corporation could give a little lower cost of insurance to their folks and not blame the rising costs all on the AHCA/Obamacare, along with a 2-3% annual raise! Their HR dept. is highly lacking in ethics, confidentiality or knowing what do and how to handle any significant event, it's frightening! There is no corp. policy book so if falls on the site when it's not handled correctly, even though the site has probably not had a thorough review by "Corp HR" of their policies in 15 yrs. or ever and is usually directed by HR on actions. It's a nice side step defensive style tactic and HR is never accountable for issues. Get in good with them and give them presents, you'll be fine! Very political, even the bosses tell you, "It's Political", you have to play the game! If you don't like politics or can't step to the music, don't bother, it's a treacherous company the higher you go up. It's a challenge, no doubt! But it's not always a level playing field and you can be misguided by information being withheld or told to do stuff directly, then not backed by your boss to higher ups. Get things in writing, is what another post said, that's very true! However, even when you get things in writing, it may change, so make copies and maybe some witnesses! Senior managers tend to know how to review people better than their direct supervisors and alter reviews as they see fit or hold a grudge against a person for a single issue and downgrade. Or if a single goal didn't get achieved, that's a Brown downgrade. Not real sure what they look at for business/product decisions, I strongly believe that feelings and what they think about the site/managers/people overall is how they make the decisions, it sure can't be the actual numbers!! So, I would say ethics, might be a small issue with some of these prior examples.

    Advice to Management

    Take care of you number 1 assets! No, not the machines, the people! Withholding raises is a blatant slap in the face and makes them think it's all their fault for missing numbers. It's not hourly folks, it's management and poor planning. Do some thorough salary/wage reviews, make better decisions on product management and set attainable goals with adjustments as needed. Push core ethics and foster an environment where, if you take a calculated risk and screw up, you aren't beaten down, or if a person does mess up, they aren't torn down publicly. None of these actions foster collaboration at any level.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Production Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Former Employee - Production Supervisor in Elk Grove Village, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PolyOne full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Benefits were good, salary is decent, lunches rewarded when meeting production goals

    Cons

    Poor management and leadership from some individuals, not understanding what and who they have in personnel in order to be successful in the business. Plant was more concerned with numbers instead of people causing for the employee morale to be down. Can say much more but after reading some of the reviews, I agree with most of them. If you are looking to become a Supervisor or some kind of management level, be prepared to go through the storm. It's sad but unfortunately, so true.

    Advice to Management

    Do your due diligence to understand what is happening. Do not depend on couple individuals. Get the whole story, not just part of it.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Producer Services - Bad Managers"

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    Former Employee - Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Former Employee - Manager in Cleveland, OH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at PolyOne (More than a year)

    Pros

    Compensation and Benefits are fairly strong.

    Cons

    Managers lack diversity and collaborative leadership training and withhold key information needed to make solid business decisions to give themselves power. Very old school.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Most arrogant and political company I have seen"

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

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

    Pros

    Smart people are hired, made good friends.

    Cons

    Very arrogant company, politics and egos rule every decision. Employing smart people does not equate to great business decisions. Do not recommend working a this company. Very short-term focused. House of cards.

    Advice to Management

    Get over yourselves.


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