Our people make Cristal’s ongoing success possible. Their passion, talent and commitment help us to make the world brighter. In return, we offer them the training and development they need to achieve their goals and take their careers further. See what our family members have to say about life at Cristal.
I decided to join Cristal in 2000 because they are a global company and I wanted to work in Brazil, my home country. Right now, I’m involved in the production of a new product at one of our plants in Ashtabula, Ohio. I also work on plant trials and improvement projects, along with mentoring new hires.
Our production sites consist of a wide variety of processes that provide a stimulating and challenging work environment. Job rotation is also an important part of becoming a well-rounded engineer at Cristal. And because there is a new challenge every day, I never stop learning. I’m also inspired to push myself every day by the smart, motivated individuals I work alongside.
I started at Cristal in 2003, and looked at my career here as an opportunity to not only apply what I learned at school but also to broaden my skill set and develop as a chemist. In between fulfilling my duties in the Separations lab in the Research & Development Analytical department, I work on liquid chromatography-mass spectrometry deformulation methods.
There are three things that I absolutely love about Cristal: the access to a variety of instruments to conduct method development and routine analyses, a wonderful manager who encourages professional growth, and all the kind, caring people that make me feel like family. My career at Cristal has allowed me to fulfil my childhood dream – and how many people can say that about their job?
I’ve been with Cristal for around 15 months now, and I’m pleased with how my career has progressed. When I was hired as a trainee, I worked in a lot of different areas which gave me the opportunity to prove myself. In fact, one of the things I’m really proud of achieving is the best appraisal award for 2012 – something I hope to do again in future.
After I finished my traineeship, I was able to take responsibility for smaller projects as well as some supervisor’s tasks. Right now, for example, I’m working on a project to collect information on all of our equipment.
The courses at Cristal have helped me improve a lot in a short space of time – both professionally and personally. So far, there hasn’t been a challenge that I couldn’t work through, but I still want to develop my communication skills.
I’ve been with Cristal since 1995, when I joined as a Power & Control Apprentice. My apprenticeship took four years to complete, during which time I completed my Ordinary National Certificate and Higher National Certificate in Power & Control. After this, I progressed through several roles to become an Assistant Engineer, at which point I started studying for my Electrical & Electronic Engineering degree. Getting my degree was by far my biggest challenge and probably my biggest achievement to date at Cristal.
When I graduated I was promoted to Instrument & Electrical Engineer, and have since gone on to become a Senior Instrument & Electrical Engineer. There is no typical day in my current role, so I could be dealing with anything from maintenance issues and fault finding to providing process support or producing work pack documentation. I also work on long-term reliability and maintenance projects and represent my team on cross-functional projects. I even mentor new apprentices as well as providing guidance to other members of the team.
Cristal is a multinational company with a diverse outlook. The technical and management training on offer, along with the responsibility for delivering a reliable service and seeking out improvements, means I enjoy constant challenges. The career opportunities open to me have kept me focused and driven to continue to do my best, and I’ve been supported and encouraged at every stage of my development.
I’ve been at Cristal for the best part of two decades after joining as an apprentice. My first role was as a Mechanical Fitter, and I gained a good grounding as I completed placements in different parts of the plant and studied at college.
After my apprenticeship, I was taken on into a permanent Mechanical Fitter role in the Base Pigment Production part of the plant. Within six months I was building new reactors and from there I was promoted into Charge Hand and Workshop Supervisor positions. At this stage, I knew I wanted to move into Engineering, so I worked with my supervisor to put in place a development plan and began studying for my Mechanical Engineering degree whilst taking on a junior engineering role. I gained a first class degree whilst working, which took a huge amount of work. I’m incredibly proud of what I achieved, and I’ve since gone on to become Reliability Superintendent for the Stallingborough plant.
I joined Cristal as a school leaver and I’ve grown up with the company. I’ve got married, bought a house and continued to learn, first through the apprentice scheme and then through my degree. Cristal has given me the opportunity to push myself in challenging roles and have invested in me professionally. Constant career progression and the chance to try new things mean I’ve never been bored – I really enjoy my job.
Cristal is a great company. I work with friendly people in a good environment and, since I joined just over a year ago, I’ve been able to study and get to understand how the Yanbu plant works.
My biggest achievement so far has been attaining my Radiation Protection Officer license, but every day brings its own challenges. I generally start my day by saying hello to team members before settling down to view my emails. I’ll then review the tasks for today with my boss before carrying out site visits and taking notes, which I later turn into reports. I’ll also make sure to follow up and finalize suspended issues.
It’s a varied job, and I’ve had the opportunity to get involved in everything from environmental assessment for our sodium silicate plant to cleaning contaminated areas and carrying out environmental incident investigations. This has meant that I’ve gained knowledge and experience in new fields like radiation protection, as well as developing my skills in other key areas.
Cristal is a company with an ambitious, exciting vision and many personal growth opportunities. The size of the company is such that your efforts and contribution make a meaningful difference to the business in achieving its outcome.
Since joining Cristal, I’ve moved from Australia to the US and have benefited from numerous opportunities to develop and grow both professionally and personally. I’ve also met my fiancée and had two wonderful kids. We’ve built our ideal family home in Bunbury, and now have had the opportunity to experience living on the other side of the word. And in a company like Cristal more travelling opportunities are likely.
Developing a clear Strategic Program with the Bunbury site management team has been my most challenging project to date as it involved looking ahead to predict how the plant would need to adapt to remain a top-tier operating site. That meant questioning everything we do and seeing if there were more productive ways of working.
The other real highlight for me has been the chance to mentor and support new employees. In particular, working with new engineering graduates and providing professional guidance has been very rewarding.
I joined Cristal two years ago as a Shift Process Operator and since then, I’ve gone on to become an Emergency Services Coordinator. The role is so diverse that there is no typical day, but I’m responsible for developing and delivering emergency response training, coordinating emergency evacuation plans, and maintaining all rescue, hazardous material, fire suppression and air quality equipment.
Cristal have offered me incredible opportunities within the business and backed these up by supporting me as I work to achieve my goals. The people here are good to work with, and the focus on personal support and development is always there.
Cristal also helps you maintain a good work/life balance, which means I am able to manage work and home commitments without getting stressed. Staff here are looked after in many ways, from safety at work and home to generous training opportunities and benefits packages that see you right through to retirement.
I joined Cristal in 2005 as an operator, and have been promoted four times since then. I’m now a Mineral Separation Plant Manger, so I have responsibility for logistics and operations in the Murray Basin and at the Broken Hill plant. It’s also down to me to drive, implement and foster a safety culture with all on-site and trucking personnel.
At Cristal Mining there is always something happening, with projects like plant upgrades, new plants and new logistics solutions in the pipeline. As a business, we never slow down and there is always something new to sink your teeth into. In fact, I look forward to coming to work to see the challenges that lie ahead each day.
I have a rewarding position and a long-term future in my home town with my family – and Cristal are a very family-orientated company.
In the six years I’ve been at Cristal, I’ve progressed from a contract Mill Operator to a full-time training and development specialist. Along the way, I’ve had a lot of training from field operations to office systems. I’ve also built a new house and started playing electric guitar.
Perhaps my biggest challenge to date has been the introduction of the Cristal Academy and LearnCenter, and with them the increased focus on ensuring our training products are of the highest standard.
I choose to build my career at Cristal because as well as offering great hours and being close to home, I enjoy my work and like the people I work with. A typical day in my role involves either delivering training or discussing how best to deliver training – so a lot of talking!
I came to Cristal in 2008 as a Reliability Engineer and worked as a Manufacturing Engineer before being promoted to Maintenance Superintendent and then to my current position of Project Engineering Superintendent.
I’ve had the opportunity to work at two of the company’s plants during my time. One of the most challenging projects I worked on was changing the peroxide pump scheme in our titanium dioxide manufacturing process and getting all segments aligned to the right pumping scheme. The project was critical to the operation and had the potential for many safety issues that we successfully averted.
It takes top people to make this business work and I am consistently impressed with how everyone here works together to get the job done.