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Site Video Series: An Intern and His Journey To His Next Meeting 

 

As an intern, I have had a unique chance to see a new organization and a different way of doing things. It has also provided me with the chance to meet lots of interesting people. The culture here is very different than what I experienced in the commercial banking world prior to grad school and I have enjoyed the change (jeans, break rooms etc.). One common theme that I’ve found in meeting with several people from the company, when I’ve asked them about what excites them the most about working here, is how they enjoy the people and culture. Hearing that has been a real positive in my discussions as has been the chance to experience the culture here and work alongside a group of people driven to succeed.

 

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My Top 6 countdown of reasons why I enjoy working at Celanese 

Five years ago I graduated from the university was determined to start a career in a fast-moving international enterprise with plenty of possibilities for personal development. This was exactly what I found at Celanese. And in my blog, I want to share the Top 6 reasons why I enjoy working for this global chemical company.

  1. The international environment
    Our headquarters is in Texas; however 73 percent of our sales are generated outside the US. I worked for Celanese in China and I enjoy being in regular contact with colleagues from Europe, Asia and US.
  1. Different businesses and customer industries
    Our portfolio comprises commodity and specialty chemicals. In the future, I could have the opportunity of working for a specialty business like
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Getting Bullish on Indonesia 

Over the past several months, I’ve been spending a lot of time in Jakarta.  Partnering with Pertamina, Indonesia’s state-owned oil and natural gas business, we’re advancing a Joint Statement of Cooperation to develop Celanese’s proprietary technology to make fuel ethanol for use in Indonesia. I have also had the opportunity to get to know our other businesses there as well as we have a long history of doing business in Indonesia with our Acetate and our Acetyls businesses. 

From where I stand, there are several reasons to be bullish on…

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Celebrating Celanese Employees Via Facebook 

Celanese launched its Facebook page in 2012 to show the people and culture behind the leading chemical technology brand.  Considered official company communication, Celanese employees are encouraged to visit it and add news about their professional and community achievements. Those doing business with the company or interested in employment can find in it company insights that supplement business, trade and financial news.

Many times the information found in Facebook postings on the Celanese page can’t be found on the company intranet or website, and is exclusive to this social media channel. However don’t expect to find any financial or business announcements in these postings; those announcements will continue to…

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The Search for Truth 

Not so long ago, before I traded in my bench for a desk, you were more likely to see me in front of a mass spectrometer than a laptop. My pre-Celanese life was spent as an analytical chemist and my daily routine was, at first glance, rather different to my reincarnation as a new business development guy. I implore you, however, to cast aside the obvious differences and explore with me the notion that both business and science, boil down (pun intended) to a perpetual search for the truth.

When I first joined Celanese, I evaluated new business ideas for our AI business. Like most fresh- faced graduates I completely missed the point. I wanted every project to be an overwhelming success and was deflated when an ROI looked unfavorable or we couldn’t justify the resources needed for…

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Christmas in Germany: Bringing Joy to Kids in Need 

“Corporate social responsibility” to me is giving something to the communities without expecting something in return … pretty much like Christmas.

For me Celanese is not just a great place to work, but also being a part of the communities where we work. We have four sites here in Germany employing approximately 1,500 people. A lot of people live close to where they work or have their kids in kindergartens and schools nearby.

The opportunity to get a day off work and do something good in a community project is something that is not really common here. That’s why I was more than surprised by how…

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Five Security Tips for the Holidays 

As the holiday season approaches, it is that time of year when crime tends to rise. And although the list of security tips listed below is nothing new, it’s a good idea to remind ourselves of these useful tips to ensure we are not victims of identity theft, digital fraud or any other sort of crime. 

Tip 1: Keep your money and credit cards safe.

While you are out shopping for gifts, make sure your cash and credit cards are not readily visible or easily lifted.  For the ladies, this means keeping your purse closed at all times and for the men keeping your wallet near your body where you can feel it. 

Tip 2: Email scams

Do not click on links embedded in your email or open attachments from random sites or people unless you are absolutely sure it is a legitimate email.  This is how malware can end up installed on your PC for the purposes of stealing your identity or learning more about you and your…

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A new perspective through the GBS Rotation program 

Everyone who has changed jobs or departments can understand how enlightening it is to suddenly see Celanese from a different perspective.

In the Nanjing Shared Service Center (now GBS), we have been running a Rotation Program that has been designed to broaden peoples perspective as well as develop their technical skills. This is not a new idea by any means, but what is different is we have stuck with the program and have seen how people grow.  From an employee who was processing invoices in Accounts Payable, to becoming a supervisor after her rotation, and now moving into a team lead role.  Or another employee who left Nanjing as a quiet young graduate and came back more experienced, full of confidence and knowledge in his area.  My favorite stories are those candidates who are brave enough to…

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One time that spinning your wheels does accomplish something… 

We’ve all heard the old adage “spinning your wheels,” meaning doing something that achieves nothing.

But what if those wheels weren’t figurative wheels, but were real wheels — say bicycle wheels?  And what if the spinning of those wheels accomplished something great — like raising money to fight diabetes?

You may ask: Why is it so important to raise money to fight this disease?  Diabetes has become the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S.  Given the statistics of diabetes in the U.S., there’s a pretty good chance that even if you don’t have diabetes, you probably know someone who does.  According to the 2011 National Diabetes Fact Sheet, diabetes affects approximately 25.8 million people in the U.S.  Nearly 2 million of those cases are…

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Unlock employee engagement 

SmartBrief published a guest blog post about leadership and communication by Gretchen Rosswurm, Celanese’s vice president of communications and corporate social responsibility.

The full post is re-published here for the convenience of Celanese’s audience:

One of the best parts of my job is working with leaders to engage their employees. While the engagement buzzword has launched thousands of books, conferences and employee surveys, there are simple techniques you can do today to engage yourself and your employees.

You already know what engagement looks like. It’s the extra effort your employees invest to make their team and company a success. It’s the individuals who go out of their way to…

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Organizing an Event to Make a Difference: How one Week Makes a Big Impact in the Community 

When Global Impact Week was first introduced last year, I remember thinking how great it was that Celanese would put so much into giving back to its communities.  I knew I had to participate, so I volunteered to help with one of the projects.  This year, our site leadership asked me to lead the effort at the Narrows, VA site and I eagerly accepted.

In planning for our service activities, I was privileged to meet lots of people throughout the community.  They came to me with their needs and we started…

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Charity, Golf and Leadership – What It Means to Give Back 

 I had the distinct pleasure and honor of being the chairperson for our 5th Annual Charity Golf Outing benefitting the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas.  The outing, held at Hackberry Creek Country Club in Las Colinas, was on October 1st and we had a terrific day with approximately 140 golfers.  Because of the generosity of our participants, we were able to raise $595,000 this year (since inception our outing has donated over $2 million).  Our tournament contribution is the largest single donation ever received by the United Way of Metropolitan Dallas (and has been for a few years running). 

I feel fortunate to work for Celanese, a company that gives its workforce an opportunity to…