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Updated February 16, 2018
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Saint-Gobain Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Pierre-André de Chalendar
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  1. "Production"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Vacation time
    Personal time
    401k
    Pension
    Advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Middle managers
    Education driven
    Not quite EOE


  2. "All work, no reward."

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Support Specialist in Worcester, MA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Support Specialist in Worcester, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    -Steady work
    -Easy work
    -Lots of OT
    -Fun co-workers
    -Lots of employees/you can keep to yourself

    Cons

    -Poor management
    -Treats contractors terribly
    -Treats employees worse
    -Lots of turn around
    -Does not hire/promote from with-in
    -Does not care about employees they might as well be pieces of equipment

    Advice to Management

    Look at your employees on the floor, in the trenches everyday. Those are your assets, those are the people who can tell you why you dont hit your bottom lines and how to hit them.

    There's a reason for the high turn around, you are micromanaging the wrong things, looking at the wrong people. Second guessing people that were put in positions before you got there, or knew what it is you even make.

    Hire employees referrals, not the manager's.

  3. "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great co-workers who will do what it takes to meet bonus goals. Special admiration for the Finance team who works unbelievable hours at the end of every month/quarter/year and reforecast periods.

    Cons

    French based focus on gender diversity that discounts our US focus on all minority hiring.


  4. "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Research Engineer in Northborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Innovative and open minded culture. Lot's of very smart people, get to work with others globally in both R&D and manufacturing. Good safety cultures and company core values. Clear progression of roles, typically good resources to accomplish projects. Lot's of community events and ways to get involved outside of work. Work life balance is overall good but fairly often travel or long hours will change that. Matching 401k and pension plan.

    Cons

    Too much administrative work needs to be done by each person. Benefits are not that great. They will tell you it is competitive with the industry but why settle for average? Vacation time starts at 2wks, should be three for people coming out of college/grad school. Salary is good at first but quickly stagnates due to low cost of living wages that often barely beat out inflation. Too much time spent presenting results.

    Advice to Management

    Let employees think outside of the box. Company structure, organization, and process does not really allow for abstract thinking. Not every person has to have the same exact qualities in the same position, be open to hiring not just diversity in background but diversity in methodology of thinking. More time working, less presenting.

    Continue to move away from rewarding employees based on tenure. Rewards should be based on merit.

    Saint-Gobain Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – HR DIrector

    Thank you very much for taking the time to write your review. I am pleased to see you like working at Saint-Gobain.

    I know the administrative part of the role is not exciting (for anyone... More


  5. "Principal Scientist"

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    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Northborough, MA
    Current Employee - Principal Scientist in Northborough, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Culture - Excellent work culture. Makes you feel comfortable and secure
    diversity - Very open working environment
    development opportunities - Great investment on employees

    Cons

    Salary - Moderate salary hikes
    work speed - Typical corporate slow downs
    growth - Slow growth due to hierarchical structure

    Advice to Management

    Improve salaries to be competitive in the market

    Saint-Gobain Response

    Jan 15, 2018 – HR DIrector

    Thank you for staying with Saint-Gobain for more than five years! That speaks volumes, as do the comments you have made.

    Large organizations, like ours, have many decision makers who need to be... More


  6. "Saint-gobain"

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

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Easy job, most jobs you sit for 8 hours, can work as much overtime as you want

    Cons

    Mandatory overtime every week, if someone dosent like you they will make up lies to get you fired, lots of drama/gossip, one of the leads is very unprofessional.


  7. "Big"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    Large company that is constantly purchasing to grow.
    Awesome executive leadership
    Clear industry direction

    Cons

    Communication below the top level lacks
    Major decisions are reactive

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Good R&D Industrial R&D facility, not sure fit for the industry it serves. too much politics"

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    Former Employee - Principal Research Engineer in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Research Engineer in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Saint-Gobain full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Worked in Northboro R&D center. good culture of industrial R&D and well organized. hire good people who like their job. good exposure to wide range of problem. They don't put too much limitation on what you can do or not to do; and there is not too much pressure on productivity so that you have freedom to explore.

    Cons

    too much politics and fight for control. the R&D culture suitable for large innovative projects might not well suitable for the industrial /market they serve which is more commodity and incremental improvement. therefore, the center becomes more of a show piece instead of producing enough break through products to justify its cost

    Advice to Management

    make up mind. either be an industrial leading R&D center focusing on breaking through products with big profit, or focusing on small incremental improvements and be more product driven and focused. keep the management team stable instead of constantly moving directors around.

    Saint-Gobain Response

    Dec 1, 2017 – HR DIrector

    Thank you for taking time to write your review.

    I have to disagree with your comments on innovation, however, as 1 out of 4 products did not exist five years ago and our R&D teams are largely... More


  9. "This is the company where careers go to die"

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    Current Employee - Does IT Matter?
    Current Employee - Does IT Matter?
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    They win awards for anti-discrimination, women working, top employer

    Cons

    All the awards are lies, they write good entries but employees don't advance here, women, minorities, and any one over 40 are HIGHLY discriminated against. The only way to get in or advance now is to know someone in upper management. They will GIVE you a job and will not any current employee advances.

    Advice to Management

    Go to a good company and learn how to be a manager. Pay a going wage to EXISTING employees.


  10. "cna"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Saint-Gobain full-time

    Pros

    it pays well and has great benefits.

    Cons

    long hours, and no breaks.


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