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W. R. Grace Reviews

Updated April 11, 2017
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  • work/life balance, upper managements inability to manage employees (in 8 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. "Developing Company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Testing Manager in Pasadena, TX
    Former Employee - R&D Testing Manager in Pasadena, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Medium size company that is knowable. Changes can occur quickly. Direct contact with decision makers possible.

    Cons

    Many new people in senior positions. Intracompany communication is not very good.

    Advice to Management

    Improved communication and coordination between involved organizations would help projects progress more smoothly


  2. "Edison site doesn't reflect company as a whole"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edison, NJ
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Edison, NJ
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at W. R. Grace as a contractor

    Pros

    The pay is great, expect not to have a work/life balance

    Cons

    work/life balance, upper managements inability to manage employees

    Advice to Management

    Treat ALL employees with the same respect you treat the employees who have been their 8+ years


  3. "Thoughts on Salary employment at Grace"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - EHS in Chattanooga, TN
    Current Employee - EHS in Chattanooga, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Second largest cracking catalyst company in the world. Good benefits with a pension and 401k matching up to 6%. Full insurance options health, dental, and vision. Competitive salaries and steady employment.

    Cons

    Company priorities have shifted in the 10 years I have been with the company. The facility I work at advancement has seen new management bought in from outside the company than promoting from within. Twenty years behind in technology expenditures. Slow to replace personnel placing additional work load on those having to cover that department. Having to go to corporate for permission just to hire employees.

    Advice to Management

    To corporate, allow your plant managers to do the hiring. To plant management hold your employees responsible for their actions don't treat employees like kids. We are all adults and want to be treated that way.


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  5. "Senior Tax Counsel"

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    Former Employee - International Tax Attorney in Ellicott City, MD
    Former Employee - International Tax Attorney in Ellicott City, MD

    I worked at W. R. Grace (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very diverse practice of international tax law.

    Cons

    Difficult to maintain a healthy work/life balance.


  6. "manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Lutherville, MD
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Lutherville, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    good pay and location. People who stay are lifers. But other people rotate out quick

    Cons

    company going through transition after split. a lot of uncertainty


  7. Helpful (2)

    "You will experience the good, the bad and the ugly"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin, MD
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Baldwin, MD
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The number one reason to work for Grace is the people. For the most part you won't meet nicer or harder working people than you will here. From the bottom to the mid-level managers, I mean. The pay and benefits are not bad. Bonuses are usually paid although they would be better if based on legitimate business plans and not trumped up numbers. There are a lot of training opportunities.

    Cons

    You will have one of two types of bosses at Grace, one is incapable of making a decision and the other will constantly change decisions and priorities from day to day. Upper level management constantly micromanages to the point that the mid-level managers have no autonomy or decision-making authority at all. With very few exceptions no one gets promoted from mid-level manager to Director or VP level unless they have done a lot of brownnosing and backstabbing.

    Advice to Management

    You have extremely talented employees, some are considered leading authorities in their fields, let them do what they do best and get out of the way.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Manufacturing"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manufacturer in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Manufacturer in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly people, safety oriented, decent benefits.

    Cons

    CEO gets paid way too much. Management does not accept input from non-management. "It's a job" attitude prevails. Morale poor.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Materials Supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Materials Supervisor in Spring Hill, TN
    Former Employee - Materials Supervisor in Spring Hill, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, very laid back atmosphere. Very flexible with your schedule as long as you get your job done. If there are issues, you can call corporate office 800 number.

    Cons

    At the time I was there, I worked for someone who was a bully. I couldn't do anything right. If he said go and I went, he'd ask me why I went.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Marketing"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Long Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at W. R. Grace (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Good employer professional global opportunities

    Cons

    Little work-life balance long decision making process


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Man Made Gold"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Annapolis, MD
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Business and employment levels stay strong despite economic conditions. That has been the case for over 20 years. One of few companies with a retirement plan and 401k.

    Cons

    Probably the worst first-level supervisors since I've been employed there. Seems to be a high turnover there and it just seems to get worse. It seems as though the product is man made gold, which will sell no matter how incompetent the decision making on the floor.

    Advice to Management

    Pay to retain your talent.


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