Short Term Gig to Great Career

January 1989, I had recently graduated from college and moved back to my hometown unsure of my next steps.  I had a young family and needed to make decisions quickly.  I went in search of a job, l was determined, but was only interested in a short 6-12 month job. Something to pay the bills until I could decide what was next. 

A friend introduced me to an HR manager with Hoechst Celanese. I convinced him to give me an interview.  That first job as a lab technician in the Bishop West Lab was tough; shift work, long commute, surely I would not last long. 

A year passed, I began looking for other opportunities both within and outside of the company. I found my next job as a purchasing agent still with Hoechst Celanese.  I watched as Hoechst divested.  We were now Celanese!  What does this mean? How did it impact me? I kept thinking “Don’t worry; this is only a short term gig” I absorbed as much knowledge as possible, convinced I would need it when I left. 

Wow, 10 years goes by fast. I am convinced and had been for several years that Celanese was the place for me to grow professionally. This was no short term gig, but rather a nice career.

I then move to IT for the opportunity to lead the implementation of an SAP module.  SAP’s footprint continued to grow and before long I was in Dallas working to consolidate the entire company onto a single SAP instance.  I learned the basics of how Celanese is structured and helped to simplify processes.

My role transformed from technical into a project management role and business relationship management. I now had the chance to help direct and manage the role of IT within Celanese.  I was able see our facilities and functions across the world.  I begin to appreciate how BIG the company was and how it operated on a much larger scale.

January will be 25 years, and I am still here.  My wife says I bleed Orange. Celanese has provided me with an amazing career and friendships around the world.  Much has changed since I first started, and I am grateful for all the opportunities. I am excited to be in my current role and wonder where it might lead next. Stay tuned!

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Adolph Gonzales is the Operations and Social Responsibility Manager and on the Corporate Communication team. In his spare time, he enjoys volunteering in the community, finding new hidden restaurants & golfing.

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  1. Robi Bratton says:

    I continue to be amazed at the length of careers that so many have here at Celanese. What a great place for opportunity and growth! And a terrific place to exchange ideas, learn from others, support the community and even have some fun from time to time. Wonderful article, Adolph!!! Thanks for sharing!

  2. Adolph M Gonzales II says:

    I am so proud of you dad. You give me hope and a bright outlook on everything I do. I understand why you push me to try hard at everything I do. Keep up the great work. It has payed off for you

  3. elizabeth gonzales says:

    You have definitely made a career at Celanese and have done a great job for the company. I have seen you put in many extra hours and it has paid off. Congratulations on your 25 years with the company.

  4. Dana Smith says:

    Really cool story! Loved hearing about your journey here at Celanese. Looking forward to more blogs from you on where you will land next.

  5. John McKell says:

    Great recap of your career! I still remember the day I started in Bishop and met you. That was almost 16 years ago. I was in Vernon Pratt”s office and you poked your head in to say hello. That means I”ve worked with you longer than i have with anyone else.

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