OMNOVA Solutions Reviews

Updated 13 March 2015
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OMNOVA Solutions Chairman, President, and CEO Kevin M. McMullen
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  1. It is great atmosphere here in omnova solutuons.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer Trainee in Ankleshwar
    Current Employee - Graduate Engineer Trainee in Ankleshwar

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    In OMNOVA solutions friendly employees and career development is beeter.

    Cons

    there is no downsides in omniva solutions

    Advice to Management

    keep it up....

  2. Prematch ink

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The money is good,and the benefits are good

    Cons

    The management is a bit unorganized but they are still ok

  3. Depends on where you work.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Some managers are very focused on growth and development of young engineers. There are a lot of opportunities that pop up as this is a larger company.

    Cons

    Some of the plants do not foster growth for youth. There need to be meaningful projects where you work with experienced engineers to learn and grow as an individual.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Run == far, far away

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Manager
    Former Employee - Anonymous Former Manager

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    No pros to list to list at all

    Cons

    Cons=Everything!
    Expect 24x7 availability - 10-12 hour days not enough,
    People quit, not replaced = work is spread around,
    Very stressful environment,
    Old IT technology like 2003 Excel - joke

    Advice to Management

    Stop greed at the top and overpaid senior leaders
    Look at inefficient SAP systems at the plants with no useful reporting, cumbersome to use,
    No IT help at plants

  6. Helpful (1)

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions

    Pros

    1 2 3 4 5

    Cons

    everything 2 3 4 5

  7. Helpful (1)

    No accountability at the executive level

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong middle management / director level / plant management. Dedicated, hard working employees.

    Cons

    New HR destroyed culture quickly: HR leadership lack business savvy, are untrustworthy and incompetent. It can be argued that HR has created a hostile work environment in recent months.

    Lack of accountability: The CEO does not hold the executive level accountable including himself.

    The company has survived only due to the efforts of the director level and lower. These employees receive no leadership from the executive level.

    Retirements of president, Jim Hohman, and CFO, Mike Hicks, eliminated any accountability or leadership at the executive level.

    No work life balance: The employees work 60 plus hour weeks and continue to be squeezed to do more with less resources. It is never ending.

    Advice to Management

    Accountability needs to start from the type down. Try to reestablish the strong leadership and culture of accountability. Reevaluate leadership at executive level. The company was willing to risk an increase in turnover to move to Beechwood but a significant number of the 25% of employees that have left are your higher performers you should be trying to retain.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Weird environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at OMNOVA Solutions

    Pros

    The pro is frequent cake.

    Cons

    Strange, arrogant coworkers. Cold environment and very weird culture. Nobody has fun or is especially nice. Open concept workplace is terrible, no privacy. Hire for roles they don't need.

    Advice to Management

    None, seems too far gone to change now.

  9. Helpful (1)

    Manager

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Akron, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Manager in Akron, OH (US)

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Employees that are dedicated and hard working, challenging work environment, varied responsibilities.

    Cons

    Executives do not provide the resources or tools to make improvements necessary. Sr leadership is responsible for lack of growth of the company. They will soon be out of assets to sell.

    Advice to Management

    Grow the remaining businesses, remove technology/systems obstacles so employees can accomplish improvements, allow employees to have some work life balance. Your expectations are unrealistic

  10. Helpful (1)

    Another let down

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

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions (more than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    travel, plant staff, Customer Service

    Cons

    Management, New Management, Lack of Management

  11. Helpful (1)

    Oppressive work environment with every level of management turning a blind eye.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Fairlawn, OH (US)
    Former Employee - Network Engineer in Fairlawn, OH (US)

    I worked at OMNOVA Solutions full-time (more than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work at OMNOVA, especially at the plant level. I always had a great experience at any of the plants I visited.

    Cons

    Old school fat cat mentality in corporate management. If you were promoted to manager or director, they would waste untold amounts of money moving walls, and infrastructure to ensure your office was larger than someone who had a lesser title. If you work in IT there is no work/life balance. You are expected to be available at a beckoning call. IT management all the way up the chain is very petty and self preserving, to the detriment of their direct reports.

    Advice to Management

    Do right by your direct reports and stop breeding a culture of sadism.

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