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Corning Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
30 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
Wendell P. Weeks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your role, work/life balance can be catered to meet your needs (in 11 reviews)

  • It is a great place for R&D people and you can learn lots of stuff in a short time (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • No real challenges - I have a great work life balance, very happy (in 8 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Not the company it used to be

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    Very good people in general, global reach, respected and recognized name

    Cons

    Very negative recent changes. Too much focus at the business performance with ever decreasing focus on people. The company became very impersonal and cut-throat. Usually pays lower than market rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about your values. "Individual" is one of them. You are loosing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stereotypical large corporate work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company's resources for learning and training are top notch. To really gain access to all of the training resources and opportunities you'll need support from your superior. Employees/colleagues are knowledgeable and skilled in their prospective areas. Daily opportunities to rub elbows with uniquely intelligent and skilled people.

    Cons

    Decision making from the top conservative and indecisive. Corporate decision makers disconnected from the businesses they manage. Poor work life balance due to workload and performance expectations.

    Company uses a "matrix" organizational structure. Significant amount of time spent in meetings, preparing information and "reporting up" (to senior leaders). There's a strong emphasis on individual contribution and achievement.

    Individuals aspiring to advance their career forward must be willing to be uprooted on relatively short notice. The company likes to move their most promising talent around to gain them exposure. Because of the size of the company there are few advancement paths that involve staying in one place for more than 3-5 years.

    Compensation is above average. Approximately 90% of workforce is embedded, often held in one position for years without advancement. These employees receive career training and become SME's integral to their specific organizations. Found it very frustrating when the company would hire external candidates to fill what would have been a promotion for any number of qualified internal candidates.

    Meeting and impressing the right people will afford greater opportunities for advancement. There is definitely a "good ole boy" club mentality surrounding the corporate office. In the manufacturing plants the company and union relationship is incredibly strained. Company over exploits temporary/contract employees to expand and contract workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top leadership needs to spend more time with the operations in which they're expected to mange and influence. Make people priority number one. Develop or hire effective managers who empower and motivate. Turnover the ones who don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Was very good but has declined trenedously

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great co-workers and opportunities. The day-to-day working environment is generally friendy.

    Cons

    Since 2007 the local and corporate management are ruthless and only care about $. They famous saying is "we continue to live our values". Bull. The number 1, 2 & 3 values are $$$ and running people into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people 1st and they will put the company high on their priorities list.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Worked outta a job

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    $$$ money. Plenty of overtime for awhile.

    Cons

    Rotating shifts. Laid off. Management doesn't know what to do.

  6.  

    Work environment has become worse than average

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Rochester, NY
    Current Employee - Manager in Rochester, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Challenging work, ability to take on more responsibility, monetary rewards for performance above expectations, competitive salary and benefits, global operations with opportunity to relocate and move between businesses

    Cons

    Senior leadership tends to bully employees. Corning used to be a culture where the individual was valued and employees felt like they were an important part of the business. Now, the environment is stressed by poor leaders who have risen up based on their self-reliance and narrow technical acumen vs. leadership ability. It makes for dysfunctional teams and unhappy employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask employees for feedback on senior leaders and then act on it. There are some incompetent bullies in positions of leadership who are driving people out of the company - some with decades of experience. Make sure diversity is actually a value of your leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Project Manager/Engineering III

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Benefits and Pension plans are above avg

    Cons

    Lack job security and code of ethics. Management loves protecting themselves with their severance agreements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do not understand wireless or broadband, or how to deploy products to the marketplace. Your culture is not about QoS - but cost reduction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Mismanagement Incorporated

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Canton, NY
    Current Employee - Production Operator in Canton, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pay is decent. Lower Level management is very good. Always striving for innovation. Great dental insurance.

    Cons

    Is poorly managed. No sick time. Health benefits are really bad and getting much worse. Recognition is nonexistent. Always trying to take more from employees rather than giving. Very stressful environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better health insurance would be great. Sales forecasting could be more accurate so employees ate not constantly worried about when the next layoff is coming. Staffing is absurd, you never have enough employees or way to many.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    NA

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    No pros for this places

    Cons

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Worst managed corporation that I have known.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Fiber Optics Production Associate in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Fiber Optics Production Associate in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Extremely 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 ManagementAdvice

    Try 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!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Okay 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.

    Cons

    Poor 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 ManagementAdvice

    Consider 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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