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Chemist (Former Employee), TXSeptember 3, 2014
Location of TX plant is very remove from large population centers. You will either commute a lot or live in the boonies. Everything about the TX plant is old. There is nowhere to go to lunch besides cafeteria.
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HORRIBLE PLACE TO WORK
Processor (Current Employee), Alvin, TXJuly 26, 2014
Pros: it's a job
Cons: low shift differential, low morale, horrible management, don't care about employees in operations.
ASCEND CHOCOLATE BAYOU FACILITY IS A HORRIBLE PLACE TO WORK. THE BENEFITS ARE PAR FOR THE INDUSTRY, BUT OUR INSURANCE (BCBS) AND DENTAL (DELTA DENTAL) ARE STEADILY LOSING PROVIDERS BECAUSE THEY DON'T PAY THEIR BILLS. THE MANAGEMENT AND HUMAN RESOURCES OUT HERE ARE TERRIBLE. THEY LOOK OUT FOR THEMSELVES AND COULD CARE LESS ABOUT THE PEOPLE IN OPERATIONS. – more... THE PLANT IS OLD AND RUN DOWN. THE COMPANY IS OWNED BY AN INVESTMENT FIRM (S&K CAPITAL) SO MONEY FOR IMPROVEMENTS IS FEW AND FAR BETWEEN. SHIFT DIFFERENTIAL IS ONLY 15 CENTS AN HOUR, WELL BELOW INDUSTRY STANDARD. IF WANT TO ADVANCE IN COMPANY YOU HAVE TO BE BUDDY BUDDY WITH SOMEONE AND BE A "YES" MAN. IF YOU DON'T HAVE ANYTHING IN COMMON WITH YOUR SUPERVISOR AND AREN'T A "BROWN NOSER" YOUR'RE PRETTY MUCH GOING TO BE DISCRIMINATED AGAINST AND BLACKBALLED. IF YOU DO GET HIRED ON HERE AND GET PUT IN AN2&3 RUN!!! THAT UNIT IS A JOKE. THE MANAGEMENT (SHIFT LEADS, SPECIALISTS, PTECH, AND UNIT MANAGER) HAVE FORMED A "KLIQUE" AND IF YOU CROSS THEM THEY WILL FIND A WAY TO GET RID OF YOU, JUSTIFIED OR NOT. THE SCO'S (SHIFT COORDINATORS) ARE A GROUP OF GOOD 'OLE BOYS THAT BAND TOGETHER AND THINK THEY ARE UNTOUCHABLE, ONLY ONE OF THEM IS WORTH KEEPING AROUND. YOU CAN'T TAKE ANYTHING HR SAYS SERIOUSLY, THEY PROVIDE A BUNCH OF FALSE PROMISED JUST TO PACIFY YOU TO STAY. THE EXIT INTERVIEW WHEN YOU LEAVE ARE A JOKE. THE REASONS YOU GIVE FOR LEAVING ARE TOSSED IN THE TRASH AND NEVER TAKEN SERIOUSLY. THE PLANT MANGAGER'S POSITION ON MORALE AS STATED IN A MEETING " IF YOU DON'T LIKE IT, LEAVE! THERE ARE PEOPLE LINED UP AT THE GATE FOR YOUR JOB." LIKE I SAID, THEY COULD CARE LESS ABOUT YOU. – less
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not a place i would recommend
Processor (Current Employee), Alvin, TXJuly 24, 2014
Pros: its a job
Cons: see above
management couldn't care less about operators. Top out pay is 38.00/hr but benefits/401k/yearly bonuses are way below industry standard. Plant is old and run down and its owned by an investment company so money for preventative maintenance is minimal at best.
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Frustrating place to work. Would not recommend it to anyone!
Project management (Former Employee), Cantonment, FLJune 26, 2014
Pros: pay is decent. good site leader.
Cons: atmosphere, bonus, blame, and everything else.
Some middle management at this facility will throw you under the bus to make themselves look better; constantly trying to catch people doing something wrong; very poor review process with no feedback during the entire year followed by a performance review that will come as a complete surprise.

Corporate managers want all projects to be cheaper than – more... the estimates and faster than the schedule, for no other reason than that's just what they want. Then they want a bridge document to tell them why it cost what it does. You spend more time justifying your work than actually doing your work.

For one positive, the overall site leader at Pensacola is a good man. Respectable, friendly and treats everyone the same - the way it should be. – less
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Great company to work for Offers 401k Insurance Plant Manager outstanding
Production Operator (Former Employee), Foley, ALJune 4, 2014
DECENT BREak Times Off every other weekend Amazing pay Good co workers
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Great Place To Work
Sr. Administrative Assistant (Current Employee), Houston, TXApril 14, 2014
Pros: free food often and free drinks daily
Cons: need to hire more people to relieve current staff of heavy workload
Ascend is a great place to work. The company believes in training and educating its employees and allows for time to attain some work/life balance.
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Nylon centered chemical plant
Shift Leader (Current Employee), TexasMarch 1, 2014
Fast pace work environment. Benefits are comparable to Houston ship channel.
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PRODUCTIVE WORK PLACE
Inventory Specialist (Current Employee), Alvin, TXNovember 11, 2013
GREAT COMPANY TO WORK FOR, STAFF IS GREAT, ALWAYS SOMTHING NEW TO LEARN.
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Does not value people
Sr. Process Safety Specialist (Current Employee), Alvin, TexasAugust 22, 2013
Pros: people
Cons: lack of direction from management, no long term goals.
The most enjoyable part of the job is the people I work with. I truly enjoy what I do and strive to teach, mentor and keep people safe in the workplace.
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Important Learning
Manufacturing Engineer (Former Employee), Pensacola, FLAugust 8, 2013
Pros: compensation/benefits
Cons: overwork/job instability/unclear direction of priorities
This company is great in terms of compensation/benefits. In terms of work/life, there is great room for improvement. You have to make the decision whether or not to sacrifice your personal life for work. You choose. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his own soul? I believe it can be the right job for the right person. There – more... are some GREAT people that work there! I believe you have the potential of fostering lasting friendships. A lot goes on at once and there are erratic changes which indicates poor vision and potential job instability. The hardest part of the job for me was not having time to follow through with tasks since I was overworked. I would work well over 60 hour work weeks and did not enjoy the job. The culture is unprofessional and somewhat 'lax'. This may work for some people, but not for me. Some departments do not care about your personal life and may overwhelm you with work without care. Enter cautiously. – less
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Not a good employer for long term employment.
Order Fulfillment Specialist (Former Employee), Houston, TexasSeptember 1, 2012
Pros: good location accessible by metro.
Cons: lots of layoffs.
Nice working environment and peers. Management tends to be vague and gives lots of last minute rush requests with little or no
instructions. Limited opportunities for advancement.
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An Awesome Place to work
Receiving Clerk (Former Employee), Pensacola, FLAugust 15, 2012
An awesome place to work. I miss this company so much. I would to have the opportunity to return some day.
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Great place to work for 30 years
Team Player (Former Employee), Ascend Performance Materials Greenwood, SCAugust 13, 2012
Pros: great benefits
Cons: economic cost that occured when the price of oil increased
Started off as a machine operator, then control room and finally process technician on days. Hard work, but very rewarding for my 30 years of service. I was taught the operation from start to finish and was able to aquire all the knowledge needed to build on a very rewarding future. Great lean team environment and the hardest part was watching the north – more... plant closed, because of the economic problems in 2008. I enjoyed every part of the job and learning the operation from the ground up and what it takes to make nylon and what a rewarding career I had after 30 years of service. – less
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Lots of growth opportunities
Manager of Training-US Operations (Current Employee), Houston, TXApril 10, 2012
Pros: healthcare beginning on your first day on the job.
Cons: you have to watch your work/family balance.
One of the few American companies that exports product to China! A safety first company that acts on its concerns for the employee, employee's family and community. Under new leadership who brought the challenge of continuous improvement.