PolyOne Reviews

Updated 10 September 2014
Updated 10 September 2014
27 Reviews
2.4
27 Reviews
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PolyOne Chairman, President, and CEO Stephen D. Newlin
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    Contractor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyOne as a contractor for less than a year

    Pros

    Good pay and good benefits

    Cons

    Good old boys, very old school for this ever changing tech driven world

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Does solid compensation overcome high stress and low career options? Yes...for now!

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager  in  Avon Lake, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Avon Lake, OH (US)

    I have been working at PolyOne full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I was initially attracted to PolyOne due to their competitive salary and bonus structure - sales bonuses are earned from individual results, unlike other companies where their bonuses are mostly determined by how well the overall company does. This company puts an especially high emphasis on the role of sales, and there are many opportunities for public recognition. While some of my colleagues have personality conflicts with the senior management running each division, I find that they are very straightforward in their comments. Sometimes it's hard to hear, but it's better than being lied to. If you blame them for wanting to make money, you've come to the wrong company.

    Cons

    I started off making about 20% more than a few of my colleagues who had been with the company a number of years and had much more experience than I in the plastics business. While I alone now benefit from this (I never shared my true salary with them!), it seems to me that PolyOne treats new people better than those who have been loyal for some time. I've also only seen a handful of times where someone internally got promoted out of an individual contributor role. The reality sees to be, if you're doing good at your job, you're too valuable to lose, and the company is better off hiring management from the outside. This is good for short term stability, but I know it ticks the current employees off.

    The work-life balance is average to poor, but that's what's expected when you're focused on short term results. We continually change course, have weekly changes in strategic direction, but at the end of the day, we go after "everything" because nobody wants to say no and be blamed for missing their number. I set my own personal limits, like no emailing on Saturdays, because if you don't set your own boundaries, you'll go nuts. It's worked for the stock price, but I question if this madness is sustainable.

    In all companies, there will be people who take credit when things go right, and blame others when the bottom falls out. Expect the same here. Luckily I had a good mentor when I started, and took the time to develop professional relationships with those known for that to minimize my exposure. So far, it's worked.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Overhaul human resources - Do your best to avoid ticking off your workforce by promoting competent people who could be superstars with some coaching. Be clear on expectations, and reward people for their accomplishments. And stop cutting costs to make your numbers look better. Having to drive 7 hours because you didn't want to approve a $400 plane ticket - come on!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Professional top sales environment

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    Current Employee - Account
    Current Employee - Account

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

    Pros

    Excellent training in sales, encourage team participation. Compensated fairly with good benefits. You were rewarded for work accomplished, but also penalized for missing targets. A great environment for former GE Plastic employees

    Cons

    Very competitive internal environment. There is high requirement on forecasting accuracy and detail reporting. Much of this work needed to be done on after hours time and cut into family life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Lesson learned

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Vonore, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Technician in Vonore, TN (US)

    I worked at PolyOne full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Paychecks did not bounce. There are no other pros that can be associated with this company.

    Cons

    Heavy reliance on the good ole boy system. You will be used as a scape goat as often as the leadership team thinks they can get away with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No one in a leadership position at Polyone is capable of improving themselves or the company if it will not directly benifit their financial or political position within their respective clique.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    If you need a job it's a paycheck

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    Former Employee - Product Manager  in  Chicago, IL (US)
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Chicago, IL (US)

    I worked at PolyOne for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Overall the pay is good

    Cons

    Culture is crazy, no one wants to do what's right based on ethics

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your front line employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Great colleges / bad company
    Being still there ... But not very long anymore

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    Current Employee - Sales  in  Paris (France)
    Current Employee - Sales in Paris (France)

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

    Pros

    Very helpful colleges, good climate on lower levels of organisation

    Cons

    Management worst ever, only focus on stock price and working capital.
    No personal creativity, ideas, suggestions for improvements and new developments - simply blocked by management, cause it costs. Have no visions except rise of stock price.
    Very long approval process via several levels of management kills everything.
    Highly non-ethic behaviour against customers, suppliers and people working there; in contradiction to their own policy on the paper. People are not treated as humans by management and customers only to squeeze for higher margins.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce headcountof non-productive managers, only existing for themselves and hunting for bonus others at the front / machine / in contact with the customers are earning.
    Ask the people why so many of them are leaving even with competition clausle !

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company, great vision but be prepared to work very hard

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    Pays very well - very competitive. Strong values and ethics, and a strong value approach to their products and services. Great people, most of who will go to the wall to help each other succeed and service the customer. Good benefits and can be a stable place to have a career if you are a consistently strong performer. Many divisions and locations so there are lots of opportunities to explore different product groups and positions.

    Cons

    As a public company, they can often be shortsighted in their tactics in order to ensure they meet their quarterly and year end metrics to maintain/increase their stock price. This can result in different departments having different objectives that may not be in the customer's best interests lon-term. You will work very hard here - in some roles, often nights, weekends and while on vacation. Management gives more priority to commercial and management roles than to support roles which often creates bottlenecks and insufficient support and leads to poor morale. As said in some other reviews, executive management seems to regard personnel as sheep or horses at times - incapable of making good decisions on their own and prone to idleness if they don't stay on them and overload them with metrics and documentation and additional tasks. They have taken away most of the decision making capability from medium levels and hired layers of managers instead, often requiring a series of approvals to get logical things accomplished.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you have taken the time to train, coach and/or qualify good employees or new hires, trust them to handle the roles that you assign them and try to recognize that while hard work is not the same as results, that most of your employees are doing their best to implement your strategies so it helps to let them know you know that, even when the results aren't as good as you had hoped for or led Wall Street to believe.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Company with Lots to Offer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Industry Marketing Manager  in  Avon Lake, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Industry Marketing Manager in Avon Lake, OH (US)

    I worked at PolyOne full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Global reach, strategic focus, good executive leadership, career development opportunities, professional development tracks (LSS), very competent rank and file employees who will work very hard to get the job done, great performance bonuses offer everyone a chance to make some extra money. Would work for them again one day in a different capacity.

    Cons

    Very conservative culture tends to stifle creativity and entrepreneurial spirit. Some long-tenured employees who really need to consider retirement or moving on. Occasional "not-invented-here" mentality tends to rear its ugly head.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Loosen up and have fun.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Good Room for Growth if You Can Deal with Politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PolyOne full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Good benefits, they like to promote internally, decent work environment. Depending on location, managers good with flex time (not at HQ so much). Have extensive resources to help get job done.

    Cons

    Lots of politics (like any corporate company), too many structure/org changes before give time of previous changes to take. Need to stay the course instead of making so many knee-jerk changes.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Money is more valuable than people

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Avon Lake, OH (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Avon Lake, OH (US)

    I have been working at PolyOne full-time

    Pros

    -Workers have outstanding work ethic
    -Good benefits

    Cons

    -Work ethic isn't recognized by management despite working capital increasing
    -No rush to hire because it costs too much
    -Unofficial 80 hour weeks, often
    -Training is frowned upon because of time and cost
    -Being an introvert is viewed as a weakness
    -Career path is a mystery, even to management

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your employees are people first and foremost, not a means to make an extra penny. Try to understand what motivates each person individually instead of trying to motivate every person the same way

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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