Cavity Rout Operator (Former Employee) – Chippewa Falls, WI – January 26, 2016
I loved my job here and was often praised for my work and quality. There were postings for advancement but often were filled from outside sources. Other than the advancement and job security, as I was layed off, this was a great place to work.
MR Fix IT (Former Employee) – West Deptford, NJ – July 24, 2016
They are NOT SAFETY conscious at ALL!!! When something happens, it is all hush hush. There is NO learning that comes out of it. Surprised OSHA does NOT come down on them harder. Also, people are NOT valued. The head of HR has affiliation with the township in a HIGH RANKING capacity, so, some of what is done is for show! This is a union shop, but, HR runs the show. If you are NOT in the click with them, FORGET IT! Some harassment goes on, but, if you are in the CLICK, it is all swept under the rug! They are out to get you like scavengers. Will make up lies to get you! People are allowed to say and do what they want if they are in the click. If you are NOT in the click, you are treated like garbage until your need has been fulfilled and then you are thrown out on the street like trash without a can! Would totally recommend checking into things before starting working there, unless you are TOTALLY desperate!
HORRIBLE treatment, pay is lousy, MUST be an BUTT KISSER
Lead Officer (Current Employee) – West Deptford, NJ – November 15, 2015
I have been treated very well my entirety of employment. They have developed a great culture for the employees and are willing to teach any employee anything they want to learn. Everyone is very kind and safety in number one.
Automation Technician (Current Employee) – Smithfield, PA – May 17, 2016
Productive workplace. There are a lot of projects to be done to better the workers and production time. 12 hour shifts on a 2-2-3 schedule. Co-workers are generally nice. They try to hire young to keep workers for a while. Turnover rate is a little on the high side.
Sales Associate (Current Employee) – Philadelphia, PA – April 25, 2016
If you want job security then this is a job for you. It is horrible to work here, even boring. There is zero culture and hardly any of the employees talk to each other. This makes for a horrible work environment and the only thing that is on your mind is when you can have your first drink or when you can go home.
high stress, no acceptance of responsibiilty of Senior Mangament
Supervisor (Former Employee) – Salt Lake City – July 5, 2015
Great benefits, lousy place to work, no care about employees, Look anywhere else. Senior management looks to take credit for all improvements, but accepts no responsibility for lack of support or EHS. Human resource department is unprofessional and only there to back Senior Management in any decision, not create a good work environment
Bad Senior Management, Treat employees like cattle
Large company with tremendous growth, good benefits and workplace. Good training capacity, sorry the NJ office closed down, I had excellent managers at the office and wonderful dealing with the UK head office. Busy environment and fully work schedule; implementation of a new system almost completed, while previous one was terminated at the same time. Great working environment and relationship. Work under pressure and time restriction due to changes in monthly close and new system.
Productive jobs, great benefits and access to world wide website
Rather not say (Current Employee) – Savannah GA – September 12, 2013
If you have an office Job in IT, HR, Scientists, Accounting, EHS, Engineering or are in management then you have it made and will work minimal days and hours. However if you do not have a office job then you need to be in with this good ole boy click or you will work very long hours, have very low pay, and will have no advancement. Management has been changing for the worse, these groups put on a nice face but then they pounce and become spiteful.
Salary Worker (Current Employee) – West Deptford, NJ – July 22, 2015
When first working here, I was optimistic about the company. But, as the many years progressed, especially recently, the scales seemed to have fallen off my eyes and I see everything differently. I’m not sure about the other Johnson Matthey sites, but the West Deptford Chemicals and Refining plant is a very callous environment and because of no accountability paired with upper management’s lack of knowledge of what truly happens, there is always someone pointing a blaming finger and that usually leads to someone being let go or even forced to early retirement. Don’t count on your many years/seniority working there, because if one mistake is made they are very spiteful and will dismiss you (unless you have close ties with people like HR, you can essentially get away with murder.)
There is very unhealthy treatment to the people they should be valuing, especially to the union employees: health insurance is not as comprehensive as salary’s; as of currently, when first working there, they are not given paid vacation until after working there a full year and only given 5 days of which you are forced to use 3 of the 5 days for the company’s yearly shutdown/maintenance; the safety aspect is truly disappointing (there is a belief that many areas of the plant are safe, but if you take a closer look, you realize that it’s all an illusion); and they work in extreme temperatures (they have no system to effectively cool or heat up the plant). The only benefit for union is you have the potential of a higher pay, usually more than the wage of salary employees. Due to lack of dispensingmore... proper knowledge to those in training, as well as employee shortages, has forced many salary workers to put in a considerable amount of hours over the 40 hour work week without those extra hours being paid (this is common practice in departments, such as engineering or IT where usual work weeks consist of 50-60+ hour work weeks). With all the money this company makes, you would think working hard has its benefits, but raises are not given to deserving employees and some past salary employees have been forced into early retirement.
HR does little in helping the employees and many feel they cannot truly confide in the department without any repercussions (more like the Department of Corrections). They should stop focusing on what new food event (wing off, bake off, meatball challenge, etc) they can come up with and start focusing on why many departments have high turnover (union production workers, quality control lab, security, etc). Honestly, times were better with the previous HR manager.
As mentioned previously, Upper Management really requires more knowledge as to what is truly occurring in their site rather than just sitting at their desks strategizing- the best way is to immerse themselves in every department’s environment. If they want to make safety a priority, they need more involvement because as of now, although there is talk of safety being top priority there is inadequate action to improving it.
Those with little knowledge base/experience are placed into decision making roles, such as supervisors/managers, and their choices usually are not the best. Overall, there is insufficient training for most of the departments.
The pros working at this company- some of the benefits and if you are fortunate to have a good team you work with of which I am very grateful for.
In closing, it’s very interesting that several employees just this past year, have left. But, with all the problems that have evolved, I am not at all surprised.less
Lack of Accountability, Poor Treatment of Employees
Fast paced production facilities with great research teams
Process Control Engineer (Former Employee) – Wayne, PA – February 24, 2013
Johnson Matthey has an extremely well developed management team. They helped guide me through my career choices and path. Since these are production facilities there were many days where you wouldn't know what you would be walking into. The production managers typically did a very good job of allocating resources and personnel to deal with any issues that arose. I really enjoyed being able to take on my own projects and have the support of my colleagues.
EHS Specialist (Former Employee) – Wardhill, MA – June 25, 2013
I worked in EHS for almost a year and the culture is authoritarian and the employee morale is through the floor. Management is in inept and the HR manager is in bed with the General Manager. Management has serious ethical issues and not military friendly at all. Alfa Aesar was investigated by OSHA and the VA for violations in 2012. Applicants beware!