EKA Chemicals division focuses on bleaching chemicals & colloidal silica.
Customer Focus Engineeer (Former Employee) – Marietta, GA – September 9, 2013
Eka Division of Akzo provodes a good living. Eka has high focus on low cost production. The culture is Euro/Canadian-centric, generally with high-quality and with pleasant demeanor.
Colloidal silica production mostly goes largely to the paper industry with also a lucrative niche supplying to suppliers to the electronics industry. The high EOL quality standards needed for the electronics industry contrast with wider EOL production windows for less sensitive industries. Electronics customers need more attention.
Worldwide production and distribution of P&P and colloidal silica products allows for travel to interesting places for the appropriate personnel.
good benefits, interesting people and travel opportunities.
Production Lead (Former Employee) – Waukegan, IL – July 18, 2016
many unhappy employees, the work conditions do not improve, very poor management a typical day there you spend the first two hours of the day fire fighting problems. their is no discipline employees do not need to follow rules or processors
Plant Operations Manager (Current Employee) – High Point, NC – July 10, 2016
Training was very poor and manager did not spend enough time with me. I did not care for it. the systems were poor also. Everyone works in silos and don't care about others. There is a lack of teamwork.
Finance (Former Employee) – High Point, NC – June 15, 2016
Review all the jobs posted for High Point - that should be a red flag in itself. SMU level makes plenty of promises but they never come to fruition. Multiple reorganizations along with increased headcount have the site in a tailspin. If it weren't for their high margins they would be in a world of trouble. SMU Management on site now are great delegators so if you take a position there be prepared to work; you job, their job and probably some others. You should run and run fast!
If you like getting told I need it now or need it more then it's a place for you
Production Worker (Former Employee) – Warsaw, IN – June 5, 2016
Fast paced great people if you get to the right shift other wise a lot of back stabbing like everywhere you go. Management just does what they want and if you need something from hr then that person gives you a number to call instead of doing their job. They are spending too much money to trying to make the place look nice instead of fixing the machines. Their pay scales change every year so don't ever know if you are getting a raise or not you get told you are but then takes 4 months. You move up fast there if you tell them what they want to hear and you get positions you're not qualified for and seniority doesn't matter. So if you like working 6 days a week and not seeing your family then apply here
Some people were nice
Management thought they were better than you so they talked down to you
Chemical Operator (Former Employee) – Salisbury, NC – May 6, 2016
rotating 12 hour shifts, not able to work shiftwork due to being single parent. day at work was somewhat different. some days nothing but cleaning up, other days priorities had to be set to accomplish what needed . Floor work hot in summer, cold in winter, occasionally outside. climate controlled contol rooms where most of machinery operation occurred, some troubleshooting of computer controlled valves and other machinery. Management was mainly courteous and respectful, but had issues with child care and schedule.
Packer (Former Employee) – Waukegan, IL – May 3, 2016
Terrible management..they give you 2weeks vacation but always have a problem with you taking days off and they constantly black out days that you can take them due to always being behind and short staffed..the staff is big turn around due poor management the good employees always find themselves leaving pretty quick. Mangers always talk down to their employees and are quick to point out the flaws but never see the good in the employees. As a former employee their this was my title as a packer. Trust me when i say untill they change management stay away from this job/company you will end up miserable.
Management/ Always behind on work/ No chance of moving up in company
Great place to get training for QC Lab position or an plant operator position. Really bad place to stay. Very entrenched good old boy system, bad supervisors. Does NOT promote from within unless you are a good old boy.
Material Analyst / Machine Operator (Current Employee) – Duluth, GA – April 6, 2016
Great job and very thankful for the opportunity! Typically wasy work days, very good co workers, small company so everybody knows everybody, management is friendly, as operator I worked on a 3 panel machine that mostly needed just my observation and quick thinking, only wish there was a greater chance of growth within the company.
HRSSC Representative - Contractor (Former Employee) – Chicago, IL – January 5, 2016
I found the HRSSC to be very unorganized and chaotic. The culture on the particular team was very unprofessional and they used swear words like crazy. I was surprised at the lack of accountabiltiy there. I was also surprised that there are more contractors verses actual employees. That was a red flag to me.
Warehouse Distribution Manager (Current Employee) – Norfolk, VA – November 6, 2015
This is a great company that has taught me a lot about how to be professional and become a leader and a great Manager. This company allows me to enhance my skills and show my leadership within the company.
Working for a great company that allows me to show my skills
Production planner (Former Employee) – pasadena, tx – October 21, 2015
frequent harassment from management and overall environment was toxic to mental health. A blame game among managers who are not interested in continuous improvement. Not worth the money they pay. Quick to blame and fire in order to protect management. Management fosters a negative work environment which is not productive and creates a host work environment. Very high employee turnover.