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W. R. Grace Reviews

Updated September 12, 2017
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W. R. Grace Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Fred Festa
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  • Work life balance could be improved (in 10 reviews)

  • There is lack of decision making at the most basic level and communication among co-workers is often missing (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (1)

    "A breath of fresh air"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Director in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    You are given the opportunity to take something and run with it and if you do well you're asked to take on more. Senior leaders do not hesitate to give positive feedback. It's a very positive environment. At Grace they trust you and treat you like an adult.

    Cons

    I have none right now. I could not be happier. I have a great commute, pay, benefits, coworkers and job content.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Very pleased overall; great company"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Columbia, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benifits
    Compensation
    Work/life balance
    An actual pension fund; not just a 401k
    Easy commute

    Cons

    Cafeteria is kind of expensive

    Bldg. 100 is very nice, but some of the other buildings could use a makeover; some of the older buildings haven't been updated since the 50s.

    While 401k and pension are great; health insurance is kind of pricy.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the 401k match and pension plan.

    Grace has gotten smaller through spinning off different pieces of the company, but they've always seemed to maintain the belief that they'd rather have a smaller highly skilled work force, who they keep around by providing great benifits, retirement, and generous compensation, than the constant turn over that comes with poor benifits and salary; which is nice to see in the corporate world. A lot of people at Grace have been here for 30+ years for a reason.

  3. "Anonymous"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good 401K match with pension for older employees or fixed contribution for newer employees - nice retirement combination

    Cons

    Senior leadership is afraid of decisions and will often trip over dollars to pick up dimes


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Bad place to work"

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Employee in Columbia, MD
    Current Employee - Human Resources Employee in Columbia, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Big company and good products. That's about it at this organization. Poorly run company with a lot of potential if leadership is upgraded.

    Cons

    Horrible HR department and recruiters. No work life balance. Low pay (manufacturing side). Poor leadership at executive level. Don't follow through on their plans and goals. It's about who you know not what you do. If you are reading this and debating on working here...don't. You have been warned.

    Advice to Management

    Need better leadership at C-suite level. HR needs to be upgraded.


  5. "Long Term Outlook"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time

    Pros

    Pension and 401K Plan Benefits.

    Cons

    Health Benefits less generous each year.

    Advice to Management

    None.


  6. "Senior Tax Analyst"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time

    Pros

    Great co-workers, interesting work, great professional growth

    Cons

    Work life balance could be improved


  7. "Good Company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Packaging Technician in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Packaging Technician in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits, 401K, flexible hours, generous vacation, holiday pay, sick days, personal days.

    Cons

    Could have better open communication from upper management

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Operations Manager in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Easy going attitude and fantastic work-life balance. Great benefits and reasonable compensation.

    Cons

    A bit disorganized. People are not held accountable and little reward for achievement. Don't expect much career growth.

    Advice to Management

    More focus on performance management.


  9. "technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    long established company. successful niche products.

    Cons

    toxic, hazardous environment, work like a slave, pressure not to take breaks, interruptions on breaks, push you to work more and more hours, other unmentionables.


  10. "General"

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

    I have been working at W. R. Grace full-time

    Pros

    Great culture, experienced employees, training and development opportunities

    Cons

    Lots of change post company split.


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