Corning Reviews

Updated June 12, 2014
Updated June 12, 2014
176 Reviews
3.7
176 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are in a managerial position, you will have good work-life balance (in 9 reviews)

  • It is a great place for R&D people and you can learn lots of stuff in a short time (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Small town politics on large international company, very conservative athmosphere, ridicule holiday policy (in 14 reviews)

  • No real challenges - I have a great work life balance, very happy (in 7 reviews)

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    Going downhill since 2010

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits as you can expect with any large company but their recent acquisitions and infusion of culture is sad and depressing.

    Cons

    Poor culture, no investment in their people. They have forgotten people built their company. Senior management really needs to be all wiped away and newly picked. They are like the government - won't change and the power will continue to corrupt the VPs and higher ups. They should be ashamed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your people and treat your current and former employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Preach about looking out for employees till employees make request.

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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Blank Making in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Blank Making in Charlotte, NC

    I worked at Corning full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Many Paid Hours

    Cons

    Erratic Schedule
    Looks for Reasons to Fire

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Talk to employees one on one. Company has security cameras (use them) rather than take one word from an employee for reasons for firing

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Too much drama, too much corporate politics

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Process Engineer II in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    If you are in a managerial position, you will have good work-life balance.

    Cons

    It's usually a hit or miss with you managers and project leads. Most mangers don't have a clue what is going on. If you do well, they will take your credit away, and if you don't they will fire you and blame everything on you. I had 3 coworkers leave because of this issue. I was told by people who worked here for over 20 years that Corning used to be better about issues but lately it's just too much politics. You have to suck up and play the game. Stay away if you want to work hard at a decent job with credit. The town is great if you have family (younger kids), but if you are young or have kids that are in their teens, there's really not much going on here.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give credit to the people who keep your jobs. Promote some people who can actually be a manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corning Burns Out it Folk

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer II in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Controls Engineer II in Wilmington, NC

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Diversity of work, always. I was able to work in all aspects of Corning during the time I was in the fiber optic manufacturing facility. Never a boring moment.

    Cons

    Crushes (burn out/lay off) the people that works for it. While building the Concord plant most of the engineers were displaced from the project because of poor planning. They were given options to go to other Corning facilities or leave the company. Many engineers left because of lack of trust and burnout.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat and respect the employees better...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    This was the most condescending, rude, hostile, rigid work environment I have ever experienced

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    Former Employee - Call Center in Tewksbury, MA
    Former Employee - Call Center in Tewksbury, MA

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Salary was not bad. Benefits ok but I would rather starve than to work there again.

    Cons

    Management de-values their employees. The negativity of the work environment actually began to make me ill...... Others were experiencing stress related conditions also. Didn't know work places such as this existed in this country.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a closer look at life in your call center and wise up before your company is sued in a big way. The company talks about upholding the "Corning values" but when it comes to their employees they have NO values. A little like a concentration camp mentality.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Small town culture if you like associating with narrow minded people.

    Cons

    people at the whole company are very conservative. it is not a good place to work for a motivated, innovative professional. They care more of the format and waste a lot of time. Too much politics, too bureaucratic, and old fashion management. The town is very boring. You'll love there if you're a boring person who doesn't want to have a life outside work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster an inclusive, open-minded, progressive culture. Move away from this boring little town.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 6 people found this helpful  

    Stay away if you are still young, smart and ambitious, or leave soon after you see enough cons with your own eyes...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Some people are really nice working with, they can be great friends in your life,

    Cons

    Slow on everything, waste too much time and resources on many useless projects and products.
    Too much politics, promotion based on personal relationship.
    What a shame to see many bright young men are being wasted at Corning.
    Some mid level managers don't know what they should know, or just pretend they know, lack of vision, cronyism is not unusual.
    Poor location, nothing to do but work, long frigid winter, high utilities cost, high property tax, very limited houses on market, difficult to sell if you move, it is an isolated real estate market. Difficult to attract top talents, will lose ground on getting quality workers as boomers retiring.
    Long history is good, but it can be a burden. Look how Kodak busted...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More listening, more respect. Trim down organization structure, make it more simple, less useless leadership or incapable managers. Employees can see and think.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

    Over hyped place for innovation

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Excellent work-life balance since no responsibility and/or accountability. Enjoy time with friend since no deadline or work pressure

    Cons

    1. No motivation since compensation is based on nearly flat and everything is based on personal relationship. For example, you had a great year and assume your manager is happy with you at the personal level, you will get a rating of 4 and your raise will be 4% (+/-0.25%). Somebody did not do so well and enjoyed the whole year, he/she will get 3.5%(+/-0.25%).

    2. Hard work does not work since most of people do not work so if you work, they all with start politics and you are done.

    3. Promotion is rare and hard to come by.

    4. No career management and motivation: They loose bright people or make them one of them.

    4. False promise and manipulation are at their peak. For example, you have done great, you will get promoted in the very near future, etc statements like these are very frequent to come by. Managers also trick by saying -- see you did great and here you get 300 options. But, please note the strike price will be over $20, which Corning's stock hardly crosses means you get nothing.

    5. Everything is political. I was there for few years, but never seen anything got decided by merit, but it was always political.

    6. People are struggling for their survival since lay-offs are frequent to come by. God forbid, but if one looses the job meaning simple re-start your career due to two reasons: nobody other than Corning does what they do in the USA and the place is so small that there is nothing in there. In short, move to a new place and change your career -- that's the only option left.

    7. Salary and compensation are below average. These days they hire a PhD at 80-85K. Only company, I know, where a PhD and MS join the company in the same band, i.e., B.

    8. Spouse has no option but corning and if your spouse would like to work for Corning and they will use it to pay less and/or at lay-off times, you could be in the list.

    9. Lay-off list preparation: Again politics. Does not matter how bright, you are, but what matters is how you are with your manager in the personal terms.

    10. Diversity is another issue. The company is not accepting any diverse opinion and/or idea since they only want you to change as they want you to. Movers and shakers -- please leave as soon as you can.

    11. Small place in upstate NY -- nothing but work, but tax etc is very high.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please read my above comments (only and only truth) and bring your Sullivan Park office in order.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    To good to be true

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    I can not think of any reason other than you need money to eat and sleep. They pay you is the only reason I work there.

    Cons

    Management has littte concern of your personal life. No mentoring or goal setting. I have never received objectives for my job. Does not reward hard work and gives promotions based on longevity not performance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value talent in your organization. Promote those who deserve it and fire underperformers. Find supervisors who can lead and mentor.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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