At PolyOne Corporation, 77 percent of employees say their workplace is great.



This review is based on 1532 employee surveys, with a 90% confidence level and a margin of error of ± 0.62. It was published on Sep 27, 2018. 3647 Visitors

What Employees Say

This is a physically safe place to work.
I am able to take time off from work when I think it's necessary.
People here are given a lot of responsibility.
Management is honest and ethical in its business practices.
I'm proud to tell others I work here.

What They Do

We asked PolyOne Corporation to explain what they do. Here is what they had to say.

We are 6,000 diverse and global associates who share a passion for innovation and making a difference. We strive to live our core values of Collaboration, Innovation and Excellence. We put our customers first. And service is our timeless differentiator.

About this Company

Website: Industry: Manufacturing & Production
US Headquarters: Avon Lake, Ohio, 44012 US Sites: 43
Major Locations: Birmingham, Alabama, 35217; Romeoville, Illinois, 60446; Seabrook, Texas, 77586; McHenry, Illinois, 60050; Dyersburg, Tennessee, 38024; Clinton, Tennessee, 37716; Pineville, North Carolina, 28134; Berea, Ohio, 44017 US Employees: 1,678
Worldwide Revenues: $3,200 million Employees Worldwide: 5,929
Corporate Structure: Public Stock Symbol: POL
Founded: 2000

Members of the LEAD by Women organization attend a working session with CHRO, Joka San Martin.

Perks and Programs

We asked PolyOne Corporation to share a few programs they feel really capture what's unique about their workplace. Here is what they had to say.

  • Promoting a Learning Culture: PolyOne Academy is a global learning platform available to all associates. From webinars to classroom training to self-study programs, PolyOne Academy provides learning opportunities in various regions and languages that are dedicated to an associate's professional and personal development. Other opportunities include 360 feedback assessments, professional coaches, Lean Six Sigma certifications, language learning and various soft skills that are aligned with PolyOne’s core competencies. PolyOne recently purchased content from LinkedIn Learning, which offers on-demand, mobile-enabled content, and will extend the reach of our learning opportunities to our associates at locations across the globe. PolyOne also leverages external professional and leadership development programs offered by universities and organizations such as the YWCA.
  • Building Leadership Capability: PolyOne offers three annual leadership development programs to emphasize leadership capability building: NextGen, PolyMasters and Emerging Leaders. Global associates identified as top talent are invited annually to participate in NextGen, which strives to “Build Tomorrow's Leaders Today" through an intensive two-week session focused on inspirational leadership and building trust. Participants lead a change project, and are paired with an executive mentor to continue learning post-program. The PolyMasters program empowers 32 high-performing associates to develop innovative ideas on improving and growing the organization, providing individual mentorship from a senior leader. Selected participants will present their change ideas to the PolyOne Board of Directors. Each year, several of these change projects are selected for implementation. Emerging Leaders was launched in 2017 as a development program for top manager talent. 16 associates are selected to participate in the regional programs, facilitated by NextGen program graduates, where they develop change projects in groups.
  • Recognizing Top Talent: In addition to PolyOne's recognition and rewards programs, associates who exhibit superior performance can be recipients of one of PolyOne’s prestigious global recognition programs. The “Chairman’s Club” recognizes the top 25 global sellers and the “Chairman’s Achievement Awards” highlights 6-8 associates annually who have made a large impact to the business through their work in one of PolyOne's Four Strategic Pillars of Globalization, Specialization, Operational Excellence, and Commercial Excellence.
  • Appreciating Individual Contribution: PolyOne has several programs to recognize associates. Our most popular and accessible to all associates are the "You Made a Difference" (YMD) Awards and "Spotlight" Awards. YMD awards are for associates who have gone above and beyond the scope of their role to help out or make a positive impact for someone else. Nominations can be made at any level of the organization and those recognized receive a $150 cash award. Each year, approximately 400 YMD awards are given. Spotlight Awards are for associates who have made a significant impact to the business. Nominations can be made at any level of the organization and those recognized receive a $500-$1000 cash award and a certificate toward PolyOne merchandise. Each year, approximately 50 Spotlight awards are given.
  • Developing Future Leaders: PolyOne has implemented two-year leadership and development programs for top college graduates within its functional areas and business units. Some of these programs include rotational assignments within a function; international assignments across businesses; formal training and development opportunities; and team-building/networking activities. Other programs are targeted at structured development in focused areas. After program completion, associates are placed into roles that will continue to grow their career at PolyOne. Globally, PolyOne hires over 50 associates into these programs each year.
  • Caring for Communities: Associates are committed to the communities in which they live and work. Several associates serve on the board of directors for organizations they are passionate about. From blood drives to food drives and from elementary classrooms to high school mentorship programs, associates all over the world contribute to their communities. Most notably, associates lead an annual United Way campaign across North America. Due to the overwhelming generosity of its associates, PolyOne raised over $1.5 million dollars in 2017 to support their local communities. This level of generosity has made PolyOne the largest contributor to the United Way of Lorain County, Ohio —donating over $1 million dollars each year. Additionally, in 2018, PolyOne announced a new benefit that allows associates to take up to 16 hours per year of paid time to participate in activities that support their local community. PolyOne also has a Community Service Committee to coordinate company-wide service opportunities.
  • Creating a Flexible Workplace: As we continue on our journey of becoming a Great Place to Work, PolyOne is pleased to offer a special and unique benefit of Flex Fridays from June through August, 2018. Flex Fridays allow associates to have up to six Fridays out of work without using vacation time. Associates will work with their supervisor to create a flexible schedule that will allow them to complete their work hours.
  • Supporting Wellness: PolyOne offers a wellbeing program through Virgin Pulse to give employees the tools to get active and get healthy. This program helps individuals reach their physical, emotional, mental and financial wellness goals through an interactive online platform with resources to provide resources and motivation. Employees can join company-wide challenges and participate with friends to track healthy activities like moving more and eating more veggies. There is no cost to employees to participate, and by completing certain wellness challenges and activities, they can earn “pulse cash” to purchase gift cards and other prizes. PolyOne is also committed to wellness in the community. We are the main sponsor of a new recreation facility in Avon Lake, The Anchor, and our associates participate in the Corporate Challenge, where they compete in recreational events with other organizations in Lorain County.
  • Committing to Sustainability: The PolyOne Recycling Committee is group of volunteers who are passionate about environmental issues, working to improve employee awareness of how we can positively impact the environment. The Committee has existed at PolyOne for over 20 years, and they coordinate events for Earth Day and America Recycles Day. They also work with Avon Lake City Council to participate in the Lorain County Pride Day cleanup day as part of the Great American Cleanup Initiative. All events are funded by dollars collected from selling IT scrap to a partner for responsible recycling. The Recycling Committee serves as ambassadors for sustainable behaviors at our Corporate Headquarters, leading initiatives such as the replacing of Styrofoam coffee cups with reusable travel mugs, removing over 40,000 single-use cups annually.


  • 401(k) or 403b Program
  • Restricted stock units
Participants in the 2018 North America Emerging Leader Program discuss their change idea with their project sponsor.


65 days Job-protected maternity leave (including FMLA/STD) 65 days Fully-paid maternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
67 days Average length of maternity leave new mothers take60 days Job-protected paternity leave (including FMLA)
30 days Fully-paid paternity leave (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)11 days Average length of paternity leave new fathers take
60 days Job-protected parental leave for adoptive parents (including FMLA)30 days Fully-paid parental leave for adoptive parents (does not include personal vacation or paid time off)
*Employees are not required to use all their personal paid time off before taking parental leave. Not all employees are eligible for parental leave benefits.


  • Lactation room(s)
  • Paid sick leave to care for a child or relative


  • Mental health care
  • Alternative treatments (such as acupuncture, homeopathy, or chiropractic)

Community and Environmental Impact

16 hours Paid time off to volunteer $1,500,000 Philanthropic donations in last year
$120,000 Total company-matched employee donations in last year Global Strategic Leader - Environmental & Sustainability Leads environmental impact team
Third-Party Conducted Environmental impact audit Yes Renewable energy program
Yes Carbon offset program Yes Recycling program


  • Senior Vice President & Chief Human Resources Officer oversees diversity and inclusion practices
  • Written policy prohibits discrimination based on (at a minimum) age, disability, race/ethnicity, religious beliefs, gender and sexual orientation
  • Formal programs (such as resource groups, mentorship, networking, or other affinity groups) support professional development for: Women; Lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender employees
  • Non-birth parents in same-sex relationships can take parental leave
  • Medical care covers gender confirmation surgery

Workforce Diversity

The 2018 class of the Europe Emerging Leader Program discusses inspirational leadership with Vice President and General Manager, Holger Kronimus .


Associates showcase the hand symbol, which represents Diversity & Inclusion at PolyOne, as part of our commitment to build an accepting and open culture where everyone is welcomed, safe, included and respected.

How to Get Hired

We asked PolyOne Corporation for some inside information on how to get hired at the organization. Here is what they had to say.

What key characteristics tell you a prospective employee will be a great fit for your company?

We look for associates who are aligned to our core values, ensuring that candidates are collaborative, innovative, customer-centric and focused on achieving excellence in all they do.  With our strong focus on our customers and finding innovative ways to help them meet their goals, it is important to find individuals who share that same passion for being ahead of the trends. In addition to our core values, candidates who are energetic and thrive in a fast-paced environment with a strong desire to win will fit in well with PolyOne's culture. PolyOne places a strong emphasis on its philanthropic efforts, so ideal candidates are often actively involved in their communities.

What can prospective employees do to get your attention?

Prospective employees can differentiate themselves with a good understanding of PolyOne’s business.  Being a B2B organization, you won't find PolyOne-branded products on the shelf of your local store, but you will find that our materials and innovative solutions are in many of the things you use every day!  We also look for candidates who have unique experiences such as being fluent in multiple languages or have global or military experience.  Most importantly, we want to see candidates who demonstrate high levels of engagement and interpersonal interaction so we appreciate candidates asking several cultural and forward-looking questions to make sure that PolyOne would be a good fit for their goals and motivations.

Are there any positions or types of candidates you are particularly focused on hiring in this coming year?

We are always looking for candidates who want to build a career and make an impact. These talented individuals will have the ambition and ability to move outside of their technical or educational expertise or even to a new business or region.  Bringing in individuals who have potential to grow into other roles will continue to strengthen our strong promote from within culture.  More opportunities will be available for those with geographic mobility.  From a functional standpoint, we are continuing to build our commercially-facing capability through focused hiring in sales, marketing and technology.  This focus will allow us to grow our innovation platform and better partner with our customers.

What should interested candidates do to find out more and get started?

Visiting PolyOne’s website is a great place to start learning about our business and employment opportunities. On the Careers Page you can see what opportunities we currently have open that align to your skills and interests. We also recommend taking advantage of our job agent option where you can create a profile and receive updates based on your geographical or job function preferences. We also encourage you to connect with us on LinkedIn, by vising our page and reaching out to network with one of our recruiting specialists or associates. You can also visit our Twitter and Facebook sites to stay in touch with us.

hiring Outlook

10% Job Growth 18% New hires by employee referrals
77% Openings filled by current employees 7% Voluntary turnover for full-time employees
* All figures refer to 12-month period prior to reporting, unless otherwise noted.

Follow PolyOne Corporation

Related Companies