All of the below information comes directly from job reviews written by Essentra employees based on 43 reviews.
 
 
Responsibility:
2.9/5
 
Work Life Balance:
3.3/5
 
Environmental Awareness:
3.4/5
 
Compensation & Benefits:
2.5/5
 
Company Culture:
3.3/5
 
Career Progression:
3.7/5
 
Colleagues:
4/5
 
Training:
3.2/5
 
Enjoyment:
3.8/5
 
Overall Rating:
3.3/5
 

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What are the best and worst things about your job?

Get given a new task every few days.

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What are the best and worst things about your job?

The people, the location.

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What are the best and worst things about your job?

The manager of the department I am in is like a mentor for me. I really had a bad start at Essentra due to local and international management and he really helped me out of this situation.

In my current role I have a lot of responsibility. I am involved in six different projects and have the opportuntity to travel at least once a month.

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opportunity to go on various courses and trips, also my colleagues are amazing at helping me when I find myself in difficult situations.

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What are the best and worst things about your job?

- I'm gaining new skills everyday which is perfect for me as I love to learn.
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Working as a team to fix problems and faults on the machines, getting hands on with different projects

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Application Advice:

Research the company fully before applying, to ensure it is the company for you.

Interview Advice:

Very easy, basic questions. Just answer the question you are asked and do not go off on tangents.

Quality Graduate, Quality at Essentra
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Application Advice:

- research the role

Interview Advice:

- be yourself
- know your CV well
- research the company beforehand

Commercial Graduate Trainee, Sales at Essentra
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Interview Advice:

Just be yourself and research the company.

Graduate Quality Engineer, Quality at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Be honest and demonstrate what you can offer with thorough examples. Prepare for the classic test including; numerical, verbal and analytical reasoning assessments, as well as some other competency tests, there are quite a few of them.

Interview Advice:

They were mostly interested in your management experience, attitudes in the work place and general approach such as how you prioritise, introduce change and resolve conflict. In addition I would recommend that you practice your presentation skills and make sure you contribute productively in group activities without bulldozing anyone, try and facilitate participation from others.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Being open to International travel is a big help.

Interview Advice:

Prepare for team tasks.

Operations graduate, Operations at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Use the graduate headhunters, since they are very supporting during the application process.

Interview Advice:

Do not be too focused on one subject/area of Essentra. Try to see the big picture. Look at current news, stock prices etc. to be able to discuss current topics and changes around Essentra.

Graduate, Finance at Essentra
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Interview Advice:

Have lots of examples prepared to demonstrate your skill set

Marketing Executive, Marketing at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Be motivated and prepared for the role applied. Dedication and commitment are essential parts of each graduate role.

Interview Advice:

What do you know about the company?
Why have you applied for this graduate programme?
How would you behave in a complicated situation?

Finance Graduate, Group Finance at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Know the company.

Know the role.

Be flexible.

Interview Advice:

How do your skills match the skills required for the job?

Procurement Graduate, Operations at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Show enthusiasm to join a global business, motivation to successfully achieve your career goals and willingness to relocate.

, HSE at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Practice for the tests.

The job is well rounded, plan for that in the application and interview. You will be required to analyse, use excel, make decisions, work well with others and deal with new problems.

Interview Advice:

Prepare interview answers. Get someone to ask you questions you haven't prepared for. You may be asked questions you haven't thought of so you will need to deal with that.

Be brave, they will be potentially be looking for future leaders so you need to show you can achieve that. Say how you can make/have made difficult decisions and managed a team. You possibly may not have everything they can possibly want when specifics are asked, explain what experiences you have near that, why you know it is within your abilities and how you can achieve what is asked.

The interview may be slightly less formal than some companies like accounting or law firms. I found mine in part was about my personality, how I deal with problems both work wise and people wise. The interviewers may be people you work with, I have felt I work with others more than under others since I have started. They will want to get a feel for how you can contribute to working with them, rather than just being able to follow instructions.

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Application Advice:

Energy, commitment, business minded, go-getter, ambitious.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, be confident.

Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Know the company and the challenges it is currently facing.

Interview Advice:

As above.

Group Finance Graduate, Group Finance at Essentra
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Interview Advice:

Demonstrate an understanding of the business and markets we operate within and that you are motivated to work hard and progress in a career with Essentra.

Interviews are likely to be motivation and competence based.

, at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Have a good understanding of the role you are applying for and know why you want to work for the company and what you want to get out of the role.
Practice for the assessments that you may complete if you get to this stage

Interview Advice:

Prepare at least two examples for different competency based questions.
Have a good plan in mind of how you would like to progress your career whilst at the company.
Ask questions to interviewers about their experiences/anything related to your role/programmes you may be on.

, at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Research the company and for the role, you need to be passionate about engineering.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, know your knowledge limits and if you do not know something, say it.

Project Engineer, Regional Engineering at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Be ready to relocate
Be ready to work in a fast paced and challenging working environment

Interview Advice:

General competency based questions asked in most job interviews, cant remember anything specific.

Supply Chain Analyst, Procurement at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Get some practice before taking online tests. Be willing to relocate anywhere.

Interview Advice:

Be yourself, show interest in Essentra and know about different sites across the globe and recent acquisitions. Demonstrate some prior experience in the field you are applying for. Questions are the norm - explain a time when...etc.

Production Planner, Manufacturing Operations at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Research the company.

Interview Advice:

Tell me about a time when you have worked in a team? Why do you want to work in this company?

Quality Engineer, Quality at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Focus on what motivates you and be flexible.

Interview Advice:

Prepare lots of examples which demonstrate why you are the right candidate for the role.

, Marketing at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Brilliant place to work and the career opportunities are also good. There are always different roles available in various locations so the option to progress is there for the taking.

Interview Advice:

Really look into the role you're applying for. Make sure you have plenty of examples, good or bad. It's good to show them how you've dealt with the bad situations and if not what you've taken away from it. Research the company, the different divisions, products, the graduate scheme in general as well as being positive and confident when talking to the interviewer who most likely would be someone who's a director or senior person.

Manufacturing Engineer, Operations at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Show your interest in the sector, the specific role you have applied for and research what Essentra do.

Interview Advice:

Remember you are likely to be interviewed by a current graduate, potential line manager or a manager in the area you have applied for. Make sure you show your knowledge as well as ask them about the role in detail to demonstrate your understanding.

, at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Research what the role entails and check whether your skills match the day to day requirements of the role.

Think of times during previous roles or education you have demonstrated working with data or managing different personalities, for example.

Enjoy being challenged in different ways as Procurement involves varying tasks and liaising with people at different levels, both internally and externally.

Interview Advice:

Why Procurement and not another field?

Provide examples of negotiation and working with data at university/previous roles.

Provide examples of problem solving/overcoming challenges.

Education/work experience questions

Procurement Graduate, Procurement at Essentra
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Application Advice:

The advice I would give for new candidates is to be ready to work in a very challenging and fast moving environment.

Interview Advice:

I had to make a presentation in regards to why I wanted to work for Essentra and an Excel test. The interview was a typical interview with competency based questions.

Supply Chain Graduate, at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Research the company.

Obtain prior work experience.

Interview Advice:

Competency questions asked e.g "Tell us a time when you have shown leadership?"

Prepare answers.

Research company.

Commercial Graduate, Bradford at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Understand the company and job in thorough detail.

Interview Advice:

Competency based questions, best achievement, why you are attracted to the role and company, case study questioning in the interview.

Commercial Graduate Trainee, Business Development at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Practice the online tests - verbal and numerical.

Interview Advice:

Understand the role you are applying for.
Ask questions - as Essentra's trade is predominantly focused on B2B you may not know the whole picture of the organisation until entering the interview.
Be enthusiastic - embrace the opportunity to relocate. Essentra are keen for graduates to take secondments to other sites in the world after completing the scheme. They feel this is the best way for you to understand the business and grow.

Finance Graduate, Group Finance at Essentra
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Application Advice:

You need to be motivated.
Only offer up what you know you can achieve.
Have goals and work towards them without loosing sight of them over time.

Interview Advice:

Be on top of your technical knowledge.
Have goals.

, at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Ensure you research the company thoroughly and understand what drives the business decisions we make. Read the annual reports.

Know what each of our divisions do and how our products are used in each industry.

Interview Advice:

The interview is typically online tests, a phone interview then an assessment day and then one on one interview with a senior manager.

Custom Solutions Business Development, Commercial at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Explain with details and examples of your achievements.

Interview Advice:

Do not pretend. Be yourself.

Supply Chain Analyst, Demand Planning at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Get an understanding of the Development route available to you and what future roles will be accessible to you following completion of the Development Scheme.

Interview Advice:

Research as much information as possible about Essentra PLC as a company and in particular the specific division you intend to join. Essentra likes candidates who show an interest and background knowledge about the company and its operations.

Graduate Operations Manager, Portsmouth (Packaging) at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Understand fully what the company does and the markets it operates within and demonstrate how you are aware of this or can relate to it.

Operations Analyst, Corporate at Essentra
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Application Advice:

Be yourself. Company values genuine people who have good drive and motivation.

Interview Advice:

Research the company and core values and prepare examples of how you exhibit these - don't try to make it too formal - keep it sincere and genuine.

Company is highly acquisitory - know some of the key acquisitions and what markets they take the company into.

Know the share price.

Sales Manager, Commercial at Essentra
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Best:

Allow for International travel.

Worst:

No communication.
Distinct lack of different ages at most European sites. Company appears to be full of employees in the age bracket of 40-50+.

Quality Graduate, Quality at Essentra
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Best:

- the graduate network
- level of interest in the graduates
- the people

Worst:

- communications between sites
- the IT system

Commercial Graduate Trainee, Sales at Essentra
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Best:

International company with good performing divisions such as components.

Worst:

No clear management strategy/clear communication channels.

Graduate Quality Engineer, Quality at Essentra
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Best:

Potential travel opportunities afforded by a global company, varied branches of the company which could allow for movement between sections of the company. Visible growth with frequent acquisitions and a positive work culture.

Worst:

IT can be restrictive and support can be somewhat tedious. Could do more to create social initiatives at work such as funding for clubs.

Supply Chain Graduate, Supply Chain at Essentra
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Best:

The people are amazing and easy to get along with.

Worst:

Takes a while before something is implemented

Operations graduate, Operations at Essentra
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Best:

The international footprint and the fact that the products we sell are so diverse and almost always surrounding you, even if you don't know it.

Worst:

Old habits die hard and Essentra has some pretty bad habits to kick. The IT, the facilities and the tools we have to do our job are ancient at best.

Marketing Specialist – EMEA, Marketing at Essentra
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Best:

There are lots of opportunities to gain International experience. Furthermore, since we face lots of changes and issues at Essentra, there are various opportunities for improvement - which in turn offers me - as a graduate - to learn a lot about International business.

Worst:

The International management is really bad. People talk a lot about changes and pretend to help you when you struggle. However, in reality you are quite alone with your issues and it feels like you are just a number to the International managers.

Another bad thing is the unclear strategy. The board communicated that our components business would be stabilized, however, it does not feel stabilized at all. Acquired companies are not well integrated and people often work against each other.

Graduate, Finance at Essentra
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Best:

People and opportunity

Worst:

Old fashioned

Marketing Executive, Marketing at Essentra
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Best:

Opportunity to travel and visit other sites globally

Worst:

Employee benefits are quite limited at the moment.

Marketing Coordinator, Marketing at Essentra
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Best:

Challenging, loads of room to make an impact, Grad scheme has a good reputation

Worst:

Employee benefits are not standardised across the company and interdepartmentally can be frustrating, some people dislike change so if you do, it's not a company for you

Supply Chain Manager, Supply Chain at Essentra
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Best:

Essentra provides an outstanding graduate programme which presents many opportunites and opinions are always heard. Many graduates have progressed into senior positions which is inspiring and shows this is a possibility. The culture is shifting to become more employee focussed which is promising for the future.

Worst:

The previous culture has been solely performance based and reactive which won't change immediately.

, at Essentra
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Best:

Global opportunities, always something new coming around the corner.

Worst:

Fast paced to a point that not enough time/planning is given to critical activities.

Project Engineer, Regional Engineering at Essentra
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Best:

Global Company - Opportunities to work abroad
Many things to be done - Opportunity to show talent and make an impact

Worst:

No clear vision and strategy
Frustrating hierarchy
Few people to do a lot of work

Supply Chain Analyst, Procurement at Essentra
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Best:

The experience you gain. A real job from day one.

Worst:

I feel as graduates you can be forgotten sometimes.

Production Planner, Manufacturing Operations at Essentra
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Best:

Working environment.

Worst:

No structure.

Quality Engineer, Quality at Essentra
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Best:

The people.

Worst:

Old-fashioned approach to work and the working environment.

, Marketing at Essentra
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Best:

People, opportunities to progress, locations, travelling to different sites across the world.

Worst:

Hours, salary, lack of support at times.

Manufacturing Engineer, Operations at Essentra
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