Ascend Performance Materials Employee Reviews

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Enjoyed my years working with APM overall.
Administrative Clerk (Former Employee) –  Alvin, TXApril 6, 2017
It really depends upon the job position and area you work in. Also, your supervisor can make it a pleasure to go to work (or not). Some are great - some are more interested in making themselves look better at the employees expense. Job security isn't generally based on work performance.

Management and HR are very lacking. Management doesn't really concern themselves with the needs of their employees and most can't be counted on to keep their word at times. When a really good HR employee comes along, sadly, they don't stay long. As for the employees in general, as a whole, they're a fantastic group of people to work with and can be great friends.
Pros
Subway down the street. GREAT folks to work with.
Cons
Cafeteria onsite but a bit pricy, no alt-work schedule, salaries below par
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Decent work environment
ERT Team Member (Current Employee) –  Alvin, TXApril 2, 2017
Overall its a good place to work to get your foot in the door, but there is no room for advancement and their benefits aren't that good. Also their bonus program is a joke.in the last 3 years they have increased the production demand to make a 4% bonus by over 100 million. Its virtually impossible. This year we received a 1.5% bonus. Far under what other plants offer. The management meetings only tell you what you want to hear and are useless.
Pros
Good experience
Cons
No future for retirement
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Always room for overtime
Process Operator (Former Employee) –  Alvin, TXMarch 1, 2017
Not a bad place to work. Your crew becomes your family as you spend more time with them than your actual family. Dangerous chemicals, but as long as safety procedures are followed then there is no danger. However, safety rules are often ignored for time and convenience
Pros
Cafe on site
Cons
Work becomes your life
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outstanding company
control room tech. (Former Employee) –  Greenwood, SCFebruary 14, 2017
the Ascend company here in Greenwood started out as chemstrand then changed to Monsanto,to Solutia and now Ascend.i started working there in 1966 and retired in 2002.i worked in most all the areas.mostly spinning area for 26 years and then promoted to control room where i worked 11 years for a total of 37 years swinging shifts.it was hard manual labor which i didn't mind.we had the best benefits a company could offer.i started out making 1.78 per hr. in 1966 when i retired in 2002 i was making 24.00 per hr..i was getting 6 weeks vacation.i still talk to some of my friends that still work there.they have been there over 25 years and plan to retire from there.
Pros
great benefits
Cons
hard manual labor on in most areas
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Horrible High School Work Culture
Former member (Former Employee) –  Alvin, TXFebruary 1, 2017
The worst place that I have ever worked. Management has not left frat boy mentality behind from being in college 20 years ago. People are used to get him to him next performance evaluation and treated as disposable. People are walked in and out of gate for personality conflicts and not work performance. Huge egos without experience or degrees to back them up. Disgusting mindset.
Pros
Cafeteria Onsite
Cons
Everything. Dated offices. Dirty.
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Poorly led company
Business Unit Lead (Former Employee) –  Decatur, ALJanuary 18, 2017
Very little consideration for employees and work-life balance. Confusing leadership from corporate, creating extra and unnecessary work. No clear company direction provided by leadership.
Pros
None
Cons
No work-life balance
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Company minded with no interest of employees.
Mechanic / Electrician - Level III (Former Employee) –  Greenwood, SCJanuary 9, 2017
Awful company to work for, and working with and around dangerous chemical with no or not adequate ppe. Management pushes people over the limits and expect them to perform like machines,
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Great location downtown free parking
Credit Portfolio Analyst (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXNovember 18, 2016
A great company to work for. Learning was an every day experience. Hardest part of the job was learning to get along with sales at differnet locations.
Pros
GREAT FREE COFFEE
Cons
POOR BONUS STRUCTURE
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Depressing atmosphere
Nylon Unit Training Coordinator (Current Employee) –  Cantonment, FLNovember 2, 2016
We work with people everyday that eventually becomes like family. Management does not care about the employees, you are treated more like a "warm body to do the deeds" than a employee with experience and knowledge.
Pros
Great pay and benefits
Cons
Work schedule/rotation, management, work environment
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Horrible place to work
Processor II (Current Employee) –  Cantonment, FLSeptember 20, 2016
New management is the worst I have ever dealt with. Turnover in HR department is getting ridiculous. The only plus to this company is the pay, but it eventually becomes not worth it when you are so miserable being there.
Pros
Pay
Cons
Everything else
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It's a fun, quiet, and unique place.
Assistant (Former Employee) –  Houston, TXAugust 10, 2016
It's a quiet place for the most part. While i was there everyone was focused on doing their job. The day went by quietly and it was a very nice place to be in.
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Great work with great benefits
Chemical Technician (Former Employee) –  Cantonment, FLApril 10, 2016
Day positions and rotating shifts with a great opportunity to earn capital. Management goes above and beyond to try to expand and increase opportunities for employees.
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Great place to work with good people
Manufacturing Reliability Engineer (Current Employee) –  Alvin, TXMarch 1, 2016
Management is not engage. Too many chiefs and not enough Indians. OUtage planning is horrible. Compensation is mediocre.
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Used to be a bright spot but no more
Employee (Current Employee) –  Decatur, ALFebruary 9, 2016
I wouldn't recommend the Decatur site for people of color. You can count how many there are on both hands as big as that site is and its obvious that its gone stay that way. The work force is older and established and DO NOT want change and will do whatever they can to avoid it including making it harder on those who don't mind change, and they ain't caring how it affects others. For years it was somebody always helping a son or other family member or other close friend to get on. The site is top heavy.The are too many chiefs and not enough Indians. You wear too any different hats (responsibilities). You work and almost feel as if you are going in circles because you don't understand what they (upper management) want. Almost feels like they want robots. Don't ask questions just do what they say. You are expected to work tons of OT for the benefit of the site and upper management shows no appreciation. If they call you better answer or call back if you missed the call. If there were more people there wouldn't be a need for so much OT. The family atmosphere is gone. They used to say "you matter" not true. You don't even see upper management at family funerals or visitation like you used to.
Pros
pay
Cons
OT, training, growth, opportunities
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Negative
process engineer (Former Employee) –  Cantonment, FLJanuary 13, 2016
Management is confrontational and often downright mean. Combined with ignorance and encouragement to "divest employees" it makes for an unhealthy work environment.
Pros
On-site cafeteria
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tried really hard and worked really hard but never felt like i belonged there
operator (Former Employee) –  Cantonment, FLJanuary 6, 2016
i learned about a new process and met some good people but over time upper management changed and the consensus was, is that it was for the worst. appreciated the opportunities given to me there and the people i had the privilege of meeting.
Pros
pay
Cons
swing shift
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Need to make changes
Operations Specialist (Current Employee) –  Alvin, TXDecember 11, 2015
Great experience but the company has high turn overs. The company does not have a sense of loyalty to its employees. Management should take more training courses.
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Great place to work if you can handle hard work.
I. F. Operator (Former Employee) –  Greenwood, SCSeptember 18, 2015
For me it was too difficult to remember everything I was supposed to do, remember how to fix everything, put machines back up and running, make sure you get your bobbins doffed off and keep an eye on my machines for any pre-work.
Pros
They have they're own Cafeteria with meals to be bought and a good health program
Cons
While in training it's hard to understand what they want from you.
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good
Product Development Chemist (Current Employee) –  Cantonment, FLJuly 21, 2015
Over all it is a good place to work. Company culture needs somework, but new management is in place that looks like they are trying to change things. work life balance suffers but I enjoy going to work eveyday
Pros
fast paced work things are always changing
Cons
no work life balance
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manufacturing
Operator (Former Employee) –  Foley, ALJune 19, 2015
I learned the processes of nylon and plastic manufacturing. Everyone including bosses and co-workers were like family. I enjoyed working there because they really take care of their employees.
Pros
benefits
Cons
long hours
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