I have been working at Saint-Gobain NorPro (More than 3 years)
Great place to work. A lot of opportunity for advancement if you work hard. Has a sense of family.
Large corporation, can have both positives and negatives.
Environment is relaxed and understanding of your personal life. Pay is generous and supervisors readily allow time off to address medical or family needs, assuming that the time is made up.
This is not a team-oriented work place. We have departments of employees, each with their own very discrete job functions and rarely do they overlap with others in the same department. By observation, teamwork is something that exists in middle and senior management, but not on the shop floors or in the labs.
Benefits are mediocre. Many are very old-hat and don't really appeal to a younger demographic.
There is a lot of "walking knowledge" throughout the organization. Not much is written into policy or for any succession planning and that leaves us at a real loss.
Succession planning appears "too scary" for anyone to address, or at least those I've asked, and as a result, nothing is done. The culture is reactive vs. proactive, and "do something, apologize later" vs. "ask permission to do something." Project management is very shoot-from-the-hip and slap-shot vs. carefully planned and orchestrated.
Saint-Gobain uses WCM, but this site struggles to implement it in a meaningful way.
Not many people here willing to "tell it how it is." We lack a certain strength in character
Advice to Management
To senior management: Get someone who is good in public relations. Every time there's bad news (layoffs, etc.), it's rarely delivered well.
If any of the above seems untrue, then we, as an organization, need to do better in communicating metrics and efforts for projects, programs, and problems instead of letting employees do the guess work and post their frustrations on something public like Glassdoor. Because by then, it's too late - the review is posted.
NorPro is a pretty good place. Most of the people are very nice and NorPro itself generally makes good money and gives bonuses.
Saint-Gobain, the parent company, is a pretty mediocre company. It does not seem well managed and the benefits package is pretty mediocre.
Advice to Management
The problem isn't NorPro's management, but further up the chain of command
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