Quaker Chemical

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Quaker Chemical Reviews

Updated 28 April, 2014
Updated 28 April, 2014
11 Reviews
3.5
11 Reviews
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Quaker Chemical CEO and Director Michael F. Barry
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  1.  

    Sales and Technical responsible for the development and marketing of the products in industrial processes ,

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    Current Employee - Sales & Process Engineer  in  Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)
    Current Employee - Sales & Process Engineer in Belo Horizonte, Minas Gerais (Brazil)

    I have been working at Quaker Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Benefits good work-life balance

    Cons

    Small chance to grown in company
    Lack of thecnical training

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    A great group of dedicated, loyal employees led by a solid management team

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quaker Chemical

    Pros

    CEO walks the talk, cares about employees, very charitable, approachable. Global, successful, focused, hard working, looking to grow, very collegial and collaborative.

    Cons

    Like most companies you have to put in considerable effort.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work and invest to grow.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A Good Place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quaker Chemical for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The Leadership has integrity.

    The company is growing and appears to have a solid plan in place to keep the growth going, but is being strategic about it.

    There seems to be a genuine focus on doing the right thing for the customers and the employees.

    It's a global company but the leadership doesn't lose sight of the individual employees.

    Cons

    Seemed to underinvest in product development. R&D should be a focus to stay on top of the competetion.

    Chemical Manufacturing isn't an exciting industry.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Positive experience where management cares about employees

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quaker Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great CEO
    Great associates
    Company actively looking to grow
    Understand need to keep associates engaged.

    Cons

    Still relatively small. This makes it difficult for advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Never forget the associates. They are the key to success. Keep listening and actively seek their input.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great if you are in the "good old boy club", lousy if you're not

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quaker Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    International travel, good benefits package.

    Cons

    Constant layoffs and cost cutting while VPs and higher receive huge bonuses, stock options and other perks. No real management. VPs and higher spend more time positioning within the company and trying to stab each other in the back as opposed to directing their divisions. Horrible HR department.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The people who earn your company's income lose their motivation very quickly when they see that there is a glass ceiling and that you are squeezing them for every ounce of servitude that you can get from them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Satisfied with my overall experience with the company.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quaker Chemical

    Pros

    Good leadership and development programs.

    Cons

    Average compensation, some lag time between communication and feedback.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Lousy human resource department and inequitable treatment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Quaker Chemical

    Pros

    Quaker has a strong position in its markets, and if you are favored by management opportunities are good.
    As a global company there are opportunities to travel internationally and even take overseas assignments, although that is decreasing.

    Cons

    There is an "old boys" attitude with the "young boys" at the top Unfortunately, the human resources department does not have the courage to address this problem in any signicant way. Other than overseas managers there is no diversity in top management by gender, age and ethnicity. If you are not among the inside group of Quaker management you will work very hard, be paid fairly, but not see opportunities commensurate with your abilities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get someone from outside the organization to do a true evaluation of the company culture, attitude and treatment of employees equitably. Have an outside member of the board lead the effort.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    I have had plenty of room to grow and have not been micro-managed.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer
    Current Employee - Process Engineer

    I have been working at Quaker Chemical

    Pros

    Shrinking market place and the company seems to be in the right place at the right time lately.Not perfect, but it is a company that is geared for people that can do on their own and don't need hand holding.

    Cons

    They are overly cautious and move slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep in touch with the sales force.Seem to be out of touch for long periods of time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A company within a company

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    Former Employee - Site Engineer
    Former Employee - Site Engineer

    I worked at Quaker Chemical

    Pros

    Exposure to and responsability for a wide variety of processes at customer facilities can be very interesting and challenging. Most times transfers are available from one customer site to another.

    Cons

    Management does not support its employees with customer conflicts or disagreements. Management often times is more interested in getting customers to sign contracts than actually fulfilling the terms of those contracts. Managers are mostly marketers of chemicals not actually service oriented (odd for a service industry). Career support is nonexistant.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Live up to your word and support your employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    No room to grow.............

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Quaker Chemical

    Pros

    Good benefit packages for medical, education, and so on.
    Ability to have flex hours makes it nice.

    Cons

    Management by the Good Old Boys Club.
    Needs to overhaul some of the divisions to get some fresh ideas.
    Do not utilize their employees to the fullest.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really look at your review processes. How well do you really know your talent?

    Approves of CEO

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