Cabot Corporation

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Corporate Atmosphere Good, BUT...
Marketing Coordinator (Former Employee), Boston, MADecember 2, 2013
Pros: location, offices, technology, svp and below staff
Cons: some executives in the top tier of the company. omg.
I worked in Boston for Cabot at their corp. offices in the Seaport District. The staff and most of the management were professional, top notch hardworking people who knew that Cabot was a great place to work. It is.
My issues with upper management came to light when I noticed the hiring of what I would term several spoiled, high maintenance executives who have lead extremely privileged lives and their attitudes towards staff and their own work ethic shows this. Typical of the above was the EVP of Reinforcement Materials. I had the "privilege" of working near this person and witnessed first hand their inability to engage with and understand the non-privileged lives of regular every day working people. I overhead that he had to take a non-First Class Seat from Boston to LaGuardia and honestly, he complained about it to anyone who would listen for a full week. There were several other "new hires" with the same issue in the C Suite and just below. Very spoiled, superior, needy and incapable of handling tasks that a junior assistant knows how to do.
I mean, if you're going all out to hire someone at the executive level, make sure they can interact NORMALLY with other executives and staff at the company. No matter how smart you are, weird, rich and spoiled does not equal good by any means and should be avoided at all costs. They need to rethink their entire hiring process in the top tier.
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A firm full of energized and smart people. Great place to learn.
Applications Support & Corporate Account Manager (Former Employee), Boston, MANovember 4, 2015
Pros: Intelligent and experienced workforce, Open and helpful culture
Cons: Our protracted adherence to a faulty business model was discouraging.
Cabot is a leading specialty chemical and materials firm. As such, it is highly dependent upon the "value add" proposition gaining traction to the customer. This business model, when applied universally, translates to better margins especially in growth markets seeking more efficient product solutions. However, in a stagnant World economy as we are currently experiencing, customer decisions shift to overweight economics compared to value. This paradigm will over time lead to purchasing decisions being viewed as more commodity based especially in price sensitive markets such as energy.

In a Technically based Sales function, proving the efficacy of one product versus the other is difficult. Especially when the customer views minor points of differentiation between your offered material and the competitors product as minor and has data to prove it. It becomes a price and service competition with price being the key entry and decision point. We struggled to compete on price as it ran counter to our business model. Unfortunately, the market does not discriminate toward models and eventually reaches equilibrium. This led to major conflicts internally culminating in Operational Cost cutting. This required massive lay offs.
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Excellent company with management issues
Senior Corporate SHE Manager (Former Employee), Boston, MAApril 15, 2015
Cabot is a global manufacturer of specialty chemicals, with more than 40 manufacturing plants worldwide. It is headquartered in Boston, in the Seaport District. The company has been in business for approximately 130 years.

The company produces carbon black, activated carbon, fumed silica, and a variety of other products. Carbon black accounts for at least 75% of their revenues, activated carbon and silica account for almost all the rest. These are commodity products, meaning they must product large volumes to earn profits. They are at a fundamental disadvantage to some of their competitors, which are far larger and better capitalized. Nevertheless, the company maintains relatively strong market positions.

Cabot owes its success to a commitment to being superior to their competitors in engineering and R&D. Unfortunately, the current management does not seem to value this nearly as much as their predecessors. They have made a series of mistakes in acquisitions and divestments, which have put their viability in some jeopardy.

Cabot is a very nice place to work in many ways, they pay well, and you can learn a great deal about business life there. But there is a constant state of tension there. People seem to get fired on a continuous basis. The management is very anxious to promote their values in their words but their actions don't often match their words.
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Tough Workplace
Laboratory Technician (Former Employee), MarshallJune 28, 2014
Pros: good insurance and 401k
Cons: dirty environment, understaffed, poor management, unsafe working conditions
Company required us to work 12 hour shifts alone, which is unsafe and physically/mentally exhausting. Workload was enough to keep 2 people per shift busy. Supervsion did not care and never responded to reported safety dangers of working solo. Supervisors look out for themselves. Equipment was poorly maintained and constantly breaking. Extremely dirty workplace due to working with carbon. Folks who work here put out a lot of work with little recognition or praise. Pay was OK but below other chemical/oilfield plants in the area. Benefits were good but did not offset the demands of the job. This company is results oriented and definitely not people oriented. Go to work here with your eyes wide open.
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Great Pay and Benefits
PRoduction Associate (Former Employee), Billerica, MAJune 2, 2015
Pros: Great Pay
Cons: Dirty, unstable, temp job
I worked at their production plant since 2008. Very busy and friendly environment when theres jobs. The company says they invest in their employees and help them grow in the company but not so much when me amd a couple other individuals that worked their as long as i have. I applied for multiple positions within the company to advance my skills but they ended up hiring someone from the outside. Would only go back if they hired me direct thru the company and up my pay rate to $40 per hour. Wasted 5 years of my life there.
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Production minded work flow.
Packer (Current Employee), Pampa, TXSeptember 24, 2015
Pros: Healthcare, overtime
Cons: Overtime all the time.
A typical day is either being bored out of your mind or work at a very fast pace. You could have 20 things that need to be accomplished in an hour to having 0 things to do all twelve hours. I have tried to become more proficient at time management. The management here is alright. My crew we all work as a team, so this is good. The hardest part of the job is not having enough people to do the job. This company follows the less is more style of tactics. The most enjoyable part of the job is the days off.
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Management issues
employee (Current Employee), MassachusettsSeptember 26, 2015
A typical work day is spent chasing around what its corporate office wants---and there is no questioning them. Collaboration is non-existent in many areas, with individual skills existing in a vacuous environment. Cabot is a reactive not proactive company when it comes to investing in their people. Promotions and the limited training they have are catered to building its external image and gaining positive employer ratings. Lastly, unlike most companies today, bonuses only apply to management, especially its executive team.
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Duties & Responsibilities
WAREHOUSE SHIPPING SUPERVISOR/FOREMAN (Former Employee), Centerville, LouisianaMay 1, 2015
•Manager of a team in support of all manufacturing processes.
•Supports and trains Group Leaders/Team Members in all essential functions and skill sets as required effectively operating and continually improving their processes.
•Responsible for the work flow in their area of operation. Leads the team in safe and effective execution of production plans using a structured lean work and management system.
•This includes leading effective response to abnormal conditions, leading problem-solving activities to obtain sustainable standards, and supporting continuous improvement efforts in their area.
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Dirty job, but someone's got to do it
Process Engineer (Former Employee), Ville Platte, LAJanuary 23, 2013
Pros: small plant so many lunch together, but was also not close
Cons: carbon black mess
Not bad place Ville Platte is not where you want to live if not from there.
Plant is union so there is that friction with management.
Very dirt work environment get a black car/black interior.
Not industry to advance, not very interesting product for long term career.

Was good work life balance not called in for emergency. Shift could handle most problems
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Interviewee at Marshall, TX facility
Interview candidate (Former Employee), Marshall, TXMarch 25, 2014
Site GM was absolutely worst interview ever. He was only interested in 1-2 word answers. He made you not want to work for him or the organization. Other interviewers held same opinion. Comments were that you adjust to him and his abrasive style or you won't survive. If ever there was a person that belonged in a single contributor role, its this guy. He is an employee relations nightmare.
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Chemical company with a strong commitment to the safety of the environments and employees.
Buyer (Current Employee), Alpharetta, GAAugust 2, 2015
Pros: Team building activities, paid tuition, amazing medical insurance benefits
Cons: Occasionally balance between work and life are affected due to unexpected increase in workload.
Working for Cabot has allowed me to develop the skills and knowledge I possess today to be a successful Buyer. Management provides ongoing support and guidance. Overall culture is positive and nurturing.
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Transportation Specialist
Transportation Specialist (Current Employee), Alpharetta, GAJanuary 7, 2015
Pros: flexible hours
Cons: work over time often.
 Assist members of the Transportation Team in acquiring freight rates and booking shipments with carriers
 Ensure that there is a current freight rate entered in JD Edwards for all upcoming shipments
 Review daily Order Reports to identify new shipments and changes made to delivery times or locations of current shipments
 Maintain good relationships with carriers and coworkers in order to deliver excellent customer service
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Cabot -MA
Accounting (Former Employee), MASeptember 4, 2014
Pros: fair pay and benefits
Cons: poor management
Cabot is one of those companies you either like or you don't. Corporate office is very political. It's an established company and old school. Lot of turnover among employees but also employees that have longevity there. Fair pay and benefits. Although I maintained contact with co-workers after I left, not a place I would recommend.
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stimulating work place
Senior Research Associate (Current Employee), Billerica, MAOctober 20, 2015
Pros: Training, co-workers, benefits
Cons: Not competitive wages
Setting up and building new process development assemblies. Applying electronic-data collection and interpretation.
I was able to improve my understanding of LabView programming, learned JMP software, executing DOE for multiple experiments.
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carer advancement, flexible,
Accounts Payable Specialist (Current Employee), Alpharetta, GANovember 10, 2014
Pros: flexibility
Cons: more parelle moves than upward
great company to work for, very flexible, works with you needs. interested in what you want to do in the future within the company. I have learned so much concerning controls.
Everyone works as a team. the recognize your accomplishments.
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Huge focus on innovation and opportunity to be a self starter
Intern (Former Employee), Billerica, MADecember 25, 2012
Pros: collaborative culture, good management
Cons: old boy culture based on cabins, highly technical focused
Focus on completing assigned tasks within 8.5 hrs. Management is very approachable and eager to share expertise with even interns. It is a very friendly environment within a hierarchical structure.
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probably would not go back if ask
Production Finishing Operator (Former Employee), Marshall, TXDecember 20, 2015
Pros: Good pay
Cons: extremely dirty job
Each day you were extremely dirty and it was unavoidable. The pay was great and some of the job duties were easy. In the end they laid off a lot of people for poor financial decisions.
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High-pressure workplace
Finance Manager - Purification Solutions (Former Employee), Marshall, TXNovember 2, 2015
Managed entirely from Corporate. Lots of politics and posturing for appearances with no accountability for results at the top. Financial games lead to misleading financial results. Systems are obsolete and inadequate. Not a good place to work.
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Good Benefits and Some Good People
Senior Research Associate (Former Employee), Billerica, MAApril 8, 2015
The best part about Cabot were the benefits. The work was dull and a few of the people ruined the feeling of it being a good place to work. I would only recommend Cabot to people who are willing to deal with the hierarchy and really really really want to work with materials.
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perfect work-life balance
Cost and Business Analyst (Current Employee), haasrodeFebruary 23, 2015
The Haasrode office was very close and reachable by bus and bike. The company advocated for work-life balance. Great pay and with lunch vouchers. Too bad they are closing down but definitely a good company to work with.
Claimed Profile
Headquarters
2 Seaport Lane
Suite 1300
Boston, MA
02210
Revenue
$1bn to $5bn (CAD)
Employees
5,001 to 10,000
Industry
Links
Cabot Corporation website

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