Our Response To COVID-19

As a manufacturer of raw materials behind products essential to the fight against COVID-19, Stepan Company knows it is #UP2US to help meet the overwhelming demand for these everyday essentials. We take our duty to manufacture these products seriously. Prioritizing the holistic well-being of our current and future team members is not only the right thing to do but also paramount to keeping our production running. We are cognizant of the immense strain COVID-19 is putting on individuals and families in our global communities. To help ease the impact, we are leaning into our Value of People First.

Stepan’s COVID-19 Principles

  • Health & Safety #1
  • Ensure the health, safety, & overall well-being of Stepan employees
  • Ongoing Supply of COVID-19 Solutions
  • Preserve the Right to Operate & Compete During & Post Crisis
  • Crisis Management Team Center Led/Responding to Local Needs
  • Robust & Frequent Employee Communication

Team Member Safety

  • Workplace practices globally implemented based on recommendations from the World Health Organization & Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
  • Limiting employees working onsite as much as possible
  • Requiring employees experiencing symptoms to stay home and contact appropriate parties
  • Onsite temperature monitoring to reduce the risk of potential exposure
  • Increased cleaning, use of PPE, and observance of social distancing

COVID-19 Hiring Process

  • Stepan is actively hiring for all positions listed on our website
  • The majority of the interview process is being conducted virtually by phone or video through Microsoft Teams
  • Candidate onsite visits are limited or conducted virtually
  • New team members starting remote when possible and required to complete Return To Workplace training before working onsite

*The above information is not exhaustive of all implemented COVID-19 related processes and processes may vary based on location and job function.

Our Standard Hiring Process

At Stepan Company, we strive to provide a simple, efficient, and transparent screening and interview process that allows us to assess the people we hire based on skill set and potential. We value hiring people whose personal values align with our company values, while also adding something unique to our organization. While our hiring process is straightforward, we’d like to provide some tips as you move through the process.

Apply

We encourage you to apply to one or two jobs you are truly passionate about and align with your skills and experience. When you apply to several jobs, it can be confusing to determine what you truly want to do and are qualified for. Make sure any documentation you provide is succinct, error free, and includes specific details such as dollars or time saved, number of direct reports, or other relevant metrics.

Review

Applications are reviewed by our Talent Acquisition Team members. Depending on the number of candidates applying to each job it may take some time for someone to reach out to you to schedule an initial conversation. We may talk to you about the job you applied to or another job that may be better suited to your background. We love questions during these conversations! As much as we want to personally speak with everyone who applies to Stepan we are not always able to make personal contact due to the volume of applications we receive.

Interview

After speaking with our Talent Acquisition Team, you will have another conversation with the direct manager of the job you applied to. If that goes well, we will invite you onsite to meet with several Stepan team members. Some more senior jobs require an online assessment. We recognize interviewing for a job can be time consuming and difficult to prioritize so we try to limit our hiring process to these steps.

Offer

You will receive a verbal offer from your Talent Acquisition contact if you are selected for a job with Stepan Company. Upon verbal acceptance, we will send you a written e-offer letter through our careers portal. Offers are determined based on the individual’s skills and experience, competitive market analysis, and internal equity. We put a lot of thought into our offers and do our best to meet your compensation expectations with our first offer.