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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Northborough Reviews

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Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Senior Vice-President in charge of the High Performance Materials Sector Laurent Guillot
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Pros
  • Work-life balance, family-like culture, manager support at R&D department (in 10 reviews)

  • Good benefits, we have a pension which many companies have phased out, 401K, 11 holidays (in 11 reviews)

Cons
  • Work/Life balance can be improved (in 4 reviews)

  • Like any big company, there is always the red tape to get things approved and signed off which is a struggle (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "A GREAT PLACE to WORK, learn, and advance your professional and personal life"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing Director in Northborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Strong, stable, financially secure company
    Proud history, and global recognition
    Innovation culture
    If you love to see the world, this company has opportunities for you!

    Cons

    Nothing in particular....I am required to travel quite a bit in my position, but that can be a big plus for many people...

    Advice to Management

    Nothing in particular...I am required to travel quite a bit, but that can be a big plus for certain individuals

    Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Response

    Jul 23, 2014 – Talent & Development Manager

    Thank you for your review. We agree that Saint-Gobain has a rich history and are excited to celebrate our 350th anniversary in 2015! In Performance Plastics, we love to build on this foundation of... More


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Difficult for career growth"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time

    Pros

    Corporate responsibility, Reasonable benefits and salary, Gender diversity

    Cons

    Management lacks focus, little opportunity for growth, lack of HR engagement

    Advice to Management

    Take some effort and implement methodologies to identify your valuable resources and encourage them for growth. Promoting gender diversity is good, but it should not happen at the cost of everything else!

  3. "A n excellent global company with diverse technologies, products and structure"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - R&D Manager in Northborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    - very diverse in technology and culture
    - Broad range of technologies - scientists heaven
    - opportunity to develop self and others
    - sense of entrepreneurship

    Cons

    - like many companies this size, sometimes may be too buraucratic
    - frequent changes, but this could be good sometimes
    - not for the soft hearts
    - may be too risk advert in information sharing and partnership with external organizations/suppliers

    Advice to Management

    - find opportunities to make SG easy to work with.
    - vacation policy is outdated.

    Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Response

    Jul 17, 2014 – Talent & Development Manager

    We appreciate the time you took to submit your review and believe that our diverse culture helps elevate Performance Plastics’ in every aspect! People Development is one of the eight pillars in our... More


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A Fun and Innovative Company to Work For"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    This company really cares about its employees and it shows. The employee moral is high, innovation is great, attitudes are great... all leading to a great working experience. Everyone is committed to doing quality work and proud of what they do. It makes for great teamwork and a great environment.

    Cons

    Being a large company, sometimes management can seem a bit disconnected. However this has improved greatly over the last few years for the positive.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up with the innitiatives to create a great place to work. PPL has improved greatly over my time with SG and I look forward to the continued improvement.

    Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics Response

    Jul 9, 2014 – Director of HR

    Thanks for the great feedback on our culture and work environment! We are working hard to make sure that our managers take the time to sustain their connections and relationships within their... More


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Ok experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It is a job, ok?

    Cons

    Large international company with many branches

    Advice to Management

    Keep the talent by treating them we'll


  6. "Good Company"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good work enviroment, Dynamic Projects

    Cons

    Matrix organization and fast paced working schedule


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Many changes in place...might be good for beginners..."

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - R&D Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain Performance Plastics full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Working environment is fine
    Training is constant and usually good
    Mentoring is a established program

    Cons

    Salary seems below market
    Progress is slow
    No matter if you are technically good; you must be a good "networker", otherwise your career will not grow...

    Advice to Management

    Place is losing too many skilled people and you are hiring people with no experience in the area.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "could be much beter"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northborough, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    nothing really except a relatively good salary, few good colleagues and a small/rapidly declining number of experienced staff.

    Cons

    There are several downsides but nothing as serious as the management. Incompetent management and a total lack of respect to staff.

    Couldn't agree more with a review berlow about bad managers with horrid tempers

    Advice to Management

    that's a difficult one since mamagement especially upper management is the problem


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Stable, Boring Job that goes nowhere"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable Job. Decent people. A few talented people at the R&D center. Ok benefits

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic. Arrogant Management. Technical competancy low. Intellectually dissatisfying work.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on retaining talented people by allowig them to do more science and/or better advancement opportunities.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to start your career"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Research Engineer II in Northborough, MA
    Former Employee - Research Engineer II in Northborough, MA
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great learning experience
    Work amongst best engineers
    Innovative environment
    High heath and Safety Standards
    Travel opportunities
    Exposure to Corporate Culture
    Job Security

    Cons

    MS and BS engineers treated like technicians instead of engineers. Non PhD engineers not welcomed at meetings, presentations etc. The career growth is also very different for both.
    Too much Red Tape and bureaucracy, as could be expected in a big company

    Advice to Management

    Overall, Saint Gobain is a great company to work for. The technical and other opportunities (training, travel, growth) are wonderful. However, there is a vast career growth gap between MS/BS and PhD engineers. That could be narrowed a little bit.


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