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Potashcorp Reviews

Updated January 30, 2017
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Potashcorp President & CEO Jochen E. Tilk
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Pros
  • Good company, good pay, proactive safety program (in 6 reviews)

  • Team work, great corporation, treats you like family, great pay, everyone is friendly, Safety is 100% Always training to better their employees (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management at the corporate level is horrible (in 4 reviews)

  • PCS is understaffed so a lot of the work falls on the few engineers that work there at any time (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Training Coordinator"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    All the standard US benefits plus matched 401k. What's amazing though is that they also provide a retirement pension at no cost to employees. Best company I know of. If you can get a job there, you are fortunate!

    Cons

    Administrative, support and managerial positions are nearly unattainable without at least a 4 yr college degree. This eliminates a large percentage of the workforce from even getting an interview regardless of how much directly relevant experience a person may have.


  2. "Good Company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Lake City, FL
    Current Employee - Plant Operator in Lake City, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Potashcorp (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good company, good pay, proactive safety program

    Cons

    Minimal annual pay increases, upward mobility is difficult.


  3. "Sales"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Northbrook, IL

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

    Pros

    Great work enviroment, promote from within the company, good management team, friendly work place, benefits and pay are good

    Cons

    Behind the times in relation to other large corporate companies. Corporate policies should be reviewed on a more current basis.


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  5. "Great Experience"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bern, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New Bern, NC
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Potashcorp (More than a year)

    Pros

    Hands on technical experience with exceptional pay, vacation, benefits, and staff. I enjoyed my internship and learned a lot about the industrial side of my field.

    Cons

    Management were very difficult to move forward with on projects. No mention of possible job offer after contract. Very lazy HR that lost documents on several occasions.

    Advice to Management

    Your employees are your greatest strength and your greatest weakness. Treat employees as valuable assets that you genuinely care about and wish to see succeed for themselves and your company.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "It was a job"

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

    Pros

    It was close to home. Had a good insurance plan. It paid the bills The people were good to work with.

    Cons

    Management made mistakes and the employees paid the price. A lot of people lost their jobs so management could retire with their golden parachutes.

    Advice to Management

    Take better care of your employees


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Experience does not matter"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Aurora, NC
    Former Employee - Supervisor in Aurora, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Lots of good people in Maint. & Production.

    Cons

    Better be in step with the management team or your done. Plant Managers friends will always have their job saved.

    Advice to Management

    If you were serious about Safety, your Area Managers would stop rushing people to get their jobs done so you don't lose production.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "What is Management doing?"

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

    I worked at Potashcorp full-time

    Pros

    Management is completed every day very well (There are so many managers that they are tripping each other to complete the daily tasks) , however no leadership on the horizon. They do not look what is going to happen tomorrow, They expect problems to be solved using the same modus operandum over and over again expecting different results - you heard that before? SALARY IS HUGE POSITIVE

    Cons

    You pray everyday that you have a job tomorrow. You are surprised when you make it at the end of the day. You think automotive industry is bad, you have something else that is worst Potashcorp.

    Advice to Management

    Go to you office from all those meetings you have, get a piece of paper write what you did today that will make Potashcorp better - I know what is going to happen your sheet of paper will be blank at teh beginning however do not despair, make every day count.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Recent changes are a step in the right direction."

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of good people there trying to do the right thing. Better with the recent firings. (what a couple of idiots). This is what happens when you put people in charge who follow the latest management fads and have no plant experience. It's okay to put marketing majors in charge but they should have the ability to listen and trust what engineers tell them.

    Cons

    Upper management at the corporate level is horrible. They make sweeping decisions with no insight into what affect it will have on the site. If you plan to work here kiss work/life balance goodbye. Burn-em and turn-em. Management consultants tell the same story no matter who they are; some is warranted but when they tell you they can cut 20% of the workforce without stepping foot on site ??

    Advice to Management

    Getting rid of the snakes head was a start. If you are on the board, seek out and have private conversations with middle management...what's left of them.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "This Company is DOOMED"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Dragline Operator in Aurora, NC
    Former Employee - Dragline Operator in Aurora, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The only good news is that maybe the company will be sold to a real mining company someday that can turn the place around. No one currently at Aurora knows anything about mining and the ore recovery is terrible. Get rid of ALL the current mine management and things might improve.

    Cons

    PotashCorp has become so entrenched in political correctness, it rejects common sense and has lost all direction. Nothing gets done anymore. Everyone is too scared to take any initiative to improve things. Every decision is micro-managed from the top down. Still have high hopes for the new CEO, but he is still maintaining the failed polices of his predecessor.

    Advice to Management

    Change your company slogan from: “One Vision, One Team, One Success” – to: “Ein Volk, Ein Reich, Ein Fuhrer”. It fits better with the Neo-Nazi philosophy at PotashCorp. This company is dead meat.


  11. "Engineering Coop"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Coop in Augusta, GA
    Current Employee - Engineering Coop in Augusta, GA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Potashcorp full-time

    Pros

    Really cool diverse projects. Interesting interactions

    Cons

    Coop program can be unstructured at time

    Advice to Management

    involve Coop in more engineering projects and take time to teach



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