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Solutia Reviews

Updated April 24, 2017
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  1. "Not a bad place to be"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Corporate Financial Analyst
    Former Employee - Corporate Financial Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    salaries are on the high end and working conditions were good. There was a good work life balance for most.

    Cons

    With the open floor plan, coworkers could be distracting. The worst part was the complete invisibility of senior leadership. Although they were just down the hall, they very rarely came out of their area to interact with employees. Too hierarchical.

    Advice to Management

    Interact with your employees, it creates an atmosphere of teamwork and makes people feel valued. It takes very little time and little to know resources to improve connectedness and engagement.


  2. "Got Laid Off - Not Fun"

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    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Former Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cedar Knolls, NJ
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Solutia part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    The salary and benefits were excellent. I worked for a great guy. The work was good. The environment was very nice. I liked my job very much.

    Cons

    The Home Office made the decision to close our office. I was told that I no longer had job and walked out the door within an hour. I think I had PTSD for weeks afterward.

    Advice to Management

    Perhaps the people who did the firing could show a tiny bit of compassion. They were so cold. But maybe there really isn't any good way to let someone know that they no longer have a job. And these days you can't let people linger... they may steal information, sabotage the computer network, etc. There was a severance package that was decent, so I give them points for that.

  3. "consultant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Very progressive manufacturing management especially at the plant level

    Cons

    IT out of control with misdirected enterprise initiatives


  4. "friendly people working hard to bring company back from former bankruptcy"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Solutia was full of friendly, helpful people. Everyone was welcome, participation and alternate viewpoints were considered, and there are lots of opportunities to distinguish yourself and projects to tackle. Pace of work was very comfortable with a healthy personal life balance, and a strong camaraderie around the office, which extended to off-campus socializing.

    Cons

    There are a lot of vestiges of the bankruptcy, like out-of-date documentation and aging equipment and physical plant. It was telling that few of the employees were interested in buying company stock.

    Advice to Management

    I actually think the management is on a good track, I don't know what else I would recommend doing. They've tried to identify strong young candidates and develop from within, and I think that's a healthy approach.


  5. "Solutia was a great company before the buy-out by Eastman."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Set my own work hours, flexible working conditions, employee oriented (before Eastman), great location, in my home state.

    Cons

    Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman, Sold to Eastman

    Advice to Management

    Was not interested


  6. "Pretty good place to work."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good people. Management is pretty down to earth most of the time. There were plenty of challenges and the day to day job was interesting. Work and life balance could be kept in check with a bit of effort.

    Cons

    Given the nature of the cyclical business you always had to be worried about layoffs. Not a lot of opportunities to move up the ladder - people have been there a long time.


  7. "Company was bought out"

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    Former Employee - North American Premium Brands Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - North American Premium Brands Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    constant change, travel, opportunity for the right person

    Cons

    company was bought out, a lot of uncertainty, Executive staff has all been turned over with in the last 2 years.

    Advice to Management

    create core beliefs and values systems and then implement them

  8. "Solid"

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    Former Employee - Business Lead in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Business Lead in Saint Louis, MO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good compensation, good smart people working there.

    Cons

    Got sold to Eastman - a lot of good people lost their job


  9. "Was a good company"

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    Current Employee - Fiinance in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Fiinance in Saint Louis, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Vacation, summer hours, people, location

    Cons

    management are cut throat, too many secrets, no cross training, no room for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Start listening to employees


  10. "Interesting company with opportunity"

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    Former Employee - Director Marketing in Pensacola, FL
    Former Employee - Director Marketing in Pensacola, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    global roles (have been posted in different parts of the US; was eligible for global assignment)
    challenging project work (because the company is relatively lean, it makes the employees wear multiple hats nd do different roles at the same time, opportunity to build your resume is good in the short term
    friendly co-workers (folks are supportive and want to make sure that everyone works together cohesively as a team and share responsibilities)

    Cons

    strategic confusion (too many changes in vision and strategy resulting in confusion down the line)
    bankruptcy baggage (having gone thru a painful chapter 11 filing, the credibility of upper management is low)
    bonus uncertainty (while salaries are around median for the industry, there is always uncertainty abut the extent of bonus and whether it will improve year-over-year)

    Advice to Management

    have clarity and consisitency of vision
    communicate more with employees at all levels
    identify new and exciting growth platforms and invest more in marketing and R & D


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