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Quaker Chemical Reviews

Updated February 2, 2017
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Quaker Chemical Chairman, CEO & President Michael F. Barry
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "RUN!!!!!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Pasadena, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quaker Chemical (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    nice facilities, nice equipment, good work environment

    Cons

    Unsupportive MEC team, CEO has no idea of whats happening

    Advice to Management

    Don't say one thing and announce a downsize next week


  2. Helpful (2)

    "A Company with Great Potential"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Passionate, intelligent & forward thinking company. Successful overall.

    Cons

    Great efforts will start and then fall by the wayside with competing priorities. Limited transparency in overall strategic direction. Smart growth by acquisition business model. However if you are not in the club- move on to a company that will value you more.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees hard work and contributions. They make many sacrifices for the good of the company that often go unrecognized.


  3. "Finance Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Duque de Caxias, Rio de Janeiro (Brazil)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Quaker Chemical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong and solid company in US, very focus in results

    Cons

    Small operation in Brazil, low benefits and salary, poor contribuitor when compared with outhers sites

    Advice to Management

    Zero sence of humor, bad behavior, only interest in his carrear, does not care about people


  4. "Great if you are in the "good old boy club", lousy if you're not"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    International travel, good benefits package.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and cost cutting while VPs and higher receive huge bonuses, stock options and other perks. No real management. VPs and higher spend more time positioning within the company and trying to stab each other in the back as opposed to directing their divisions. Horrible HR department.

    Advice to Management

    The people who earn your company's income lose their motivation very quickly when they see that there is a glass ceiling and that you are squeezing them for every ounce of servitude that you can get from them.


  5. "Lousy human resource department and inequitable treatment"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Quaker has a strong position in its markets, and if you are favored by management opportunities are good.
    As a global company there are opportunities to travel internationally and even take overseas assignments, although that is decreasing.

    Cons

    There is an "old boys" attitude with the "young boys" at the top Unfortunately, the human resources department does not have the courage to address this problem in any signicant way. Other than overseas managers there is no diversity in top management by gender, age and ethnicity. If you are not among the inside group of Quaker management you will work very hard, be paid fairly, but not see opportunities commensurate with your abilities.

    Advice to Management

    Get someone from outside the organization to do a true evaluation of the company culture, attitude and treatment of employees equitably. Have an outside member of the board lead the effort.


  6. "A company within a company"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Site Engineer
    Former Employee - Site Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Exposure to and responsability for a wide variety of processes at customer facilities can be very interesting and challenging. Most times transfers are available from one customer site to another.

    Cons

    Management does not support its employees with customer conflicts or disagreements. Management often times is more interested in getting customers to sign contracts than actually fulfilling the terms of those contracts. Managers are mostly marketers of chemicals not actually service oriented (odd for a service industry). Career support is nonexistant.

    Advice to Management

    Live up to your word and support your employees.


  7. "No room to grow............."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefit packages for medical, education, and so on.
    Ability to have flex hours makes it nice.

    Cons

    Management by the Good Old Boys Club.
    Needs to overhaul some of the divisions to get some fresh ideas.
    Do not utilize their employees to the fullest.

    Advice to Management

    Really look at your review processes. How well do you really know your talent?


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