Corning

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Corning Reviews

Updated Jul 7, 2014
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3.6 164 reviews

83% Approve of the CEO

Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks

Wendell P. Weeks

(98 ratings)

78% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are in a managerial position, you will have good work-life balance(in 8 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
  • Headquaters is located in a small town(in 13 reviews)

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

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNo pros for this places

    ConsIf you are a contractor.. this is not the place for you

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Worst managed corporation that I have known.

    Fiber Optics Production Associate (Current Employee) Wilmington, NC

    ProsLearning about safety in the workforce. Opportunities there if you ignore the management attitudes and apply yourself.

    ConsExtremely high overtime that is mandatory. No respect from management with your concerns and ideas. This is the closest environment to Animal Farm that I have ever experienced. 12 hour rotating shifts are difficult with the high overtime. Management teams need more people skills and most need to step down. There is a lot of dead weight at the top that just keep protecting their own. Clean house, Wendell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTry the 12 hour shifts with all the forced overtime and see what the ones who actually work are experiencing. You will change your attitudes quickly. Fix the problems and stop passing the buck!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Shift underway in IT services

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood pay, longstanding stable company with ongoing product innovations

    ConsIT management is currently engaged in shifting many support and operational services to off-shore managed services, with insufficient attention to the impact this is having on staff morale and anxiety levels.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReturn to your historic People values. In your rush for scalability and profits, don't forget to reciprocate the longstanding commitment and loyalty of your dedicated employees and contractors.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not the company that was once championed by the Houghton family.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsOkay salary with health and retirement benefits, pension and goalsharing bonus for employees only. Corning Perks is useless, but nice to know that it is available. Knowledgeable scientist, engineers and technicians.

    ConsPoor leadership, and smug office culture. No longer maintains its family values as an American company as they consider themselves a global company. Hire and layoffs are dependent on quarterly results. 2 rounds of layoffs in 2 years! So there was always fear of losing ones job. Once you are out it is very difficult to get back in unless you are applying through contract resources. As a contractor this means the company does not have to pay into pension, retirement or benefits. You become a 2nd class employee, a very unfair business practice IMHO.
    No REAL employee development, the tools are there but in my experience it was sink or swim.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider making quick and smart decisions to keep employees busy instead of waiting for "who knows what". Be more open to staff recommendations this chain of command mentality is hurting the business.
    Take a paycut on your bonus! Folks are losing their jobs and Corning CEO gets 11 million dollars for it?
    Steve Jobs was paid 1 dollar when he came back as interim CEO at Apple. He knew he didn't need the money as his interests was for the business overall.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Research Engineer

    Research Engineer (Former Employee) Corning, NY

    ProsThe company invests lots of money in research projects and have lots of researchers at the HQ. If you are mediocre, don't be afraid because you can just survive. Here are some tricks that might help: (1) You need to be in a position that allows you to say some project management keywords: "GO", "NO GO"; (2) If you don't know anything about software or hardware, just ask ask somebody else to do it for you; For a small MATLAB program ,you need to have $20k available to pay for a third party to write it for you. Don't feel bad , it's company's money; (3) You must be really good at writing up patents and invention disclosures from nothing new; (4) Hire/manipulate contractors and take the ownership of their work.

    ConsNice weather for skiing almost all year long.
    Too bad for smart guys over there being taken advantages of.

    Advice to Senior ManagementFind a job somewhere else you are not good enough

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Not a great place to work

    Production Supervisor (Current Employee) Wilmington, NC

    ProsDecent salary but management didn't seem to have your back on what was important. There are great leaders working there but they are not in senior positions

    ConsVery little development offered for its employees. The manufacturing facilities have an "us vs. them" mentality when it comes to the interactions between management and the unions.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart listening more to those who do the work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    No appreciation for worker contributions. Everyone is just a slot filler.

    Production Associate (Current Employee) Wilmington, NC

    ProsThe work and co-workers were good. The pay for my area was also good.

    ConsWould not recommend working for a company that disrespects it's workers like Corning does.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCorning is one of the many companies to actively work to destroy the fabric of our own country by sending jobs to China and India. In another time they would be called traitors. But now Big Business has paid millions of dollars to lobbyist to corrupt representatives who then have written laws to benefit the bottom line of Big Business with no regard for the health and welfare of our country and our fellow citizens. They have no loyalty to our country. Shame on all these companies who cry about high taxes and pay almost none.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Disappointing as a company - especially in light of the fact that Corning has been around for over 150 years.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsHas some embedded structure from being in business for so long.

    ConsLack of visionary leadership has caused Corning to not actualize on its potential.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some diversity of brilliant strategic thinking on your team - particularly in the areas of Mobile Wireless and IP Technologies.

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    Pluses and minuses; you have to determine which outweighs the other.

    Something In IT (Former Employee) Corning, NY

    ProsA great bumch of people to work with, those below management layer. The money can be good, because you're expected to work in BFE, New York.

    ConsIt appears 80% of IT are contractors and about 50% of them are H1Bs (I have noticed "foreign" managers are US citizen averse), and they have plans, it appears, to outsource all of IT to the Phillipines and Asia. Best practice and Corning rarely go in the same sentence; they are stuck in "this is the way we have always done it" and are averse to change, especially if its a sacred cow topic. When they try something new, and it's clearly a failure, they will "stay the course" to make management look good. While they believe in "diversity" it appears some of the diversification is made to achieve diversification goals rather than to use the most qualified personell.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you're going to have a global company, get the headquarters to a real city. Start observing best practices. Outsourcing is a disasterous dead end; learn that from others who have tried it and failed, rather than experiencing it yourselves.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    For some, not all

    Project Manager (Former Employee) Corning, NY

    ProsSo I worked as a Project Manager for Corning Incorporated for a few years. I have more than 20 years in my domain and had worked with global Fortune 500 companies before joining. They keep a large bench of Project Managers (contract) that they use for their projects but REALLY tried. I am sure less than 25% are every offered full time roles. They send you to the sleepy little town of Corning NY but I did travel some internationally as well. A couple of pros: They will spend the money on travel/rates if needed and would rather rely on locals in Corning NY to run things but keep in mind these people have very little exposure to others companies/styles/methods. This company almost died and has been reborn thanks to smartphones. They have a cool museum there and they will also fly business class too. Some cool R&D stuff. The people there are basically nice, but not leaders in the IT space. A good place to work until you die. Again, the people in factories and front line workers are great. Working with management is painful and it feels like they justify their own role/existence a lot.

    ConsVery cliquish and political with mostly older folks driving things. There SDLC and methodology is a bit sophomoric and treats you as such. There is a mentality that the locals feel they have production jobs for life. Their overseas factories (especially in Asia) are a bit more agile/up and coming, but not all the oldies who run the PMO. They are a bit too risk averse at times and if you go to the HQ you will see a HUGE building that is almost always empty. There is never anyone at HQ and a lot of the steps they "require" are only to keep some of the locals busy. A bit slow to respond and adapt to change as well.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf you could update your antiquated regime and methodology you would see better results. The young ones in Asia (Taiwain) are moving much faster than those in the valley. The bureaucracy, red tape and death by powerpoint mentality combined with the hand holding you put PMs through is a little condescending. You have a very hard time attracting anyone to the valley and this will always be your biggest weakness. Corning is not BAD, but it is definitely as "un-google" or "un-apple" as it can be. Too bad Wendell did not take more pages from Steve Jobs. Would be great if you were a more agile company, but you still behave like a little company that makes glass.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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