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Corning Reviews

Updated February 26, 2015
Updated February 26, 2015
43 Reviews
3.0
43 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.  

    Poorly managed, very top heavy.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    For this area, the pay is reasonable.

    Cons

    The ability to gain additional career options unless you are a part of the "CLUB" The CEO is nearsighted and cannot let go and let the people working for the company, he always has his hands in the pot. Let your leaders lead and your scientists do what they do best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside of the box and get rid of the "Good ole boy" club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Mid Career at Sullivan Park: Emphasize politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    At corporate research Sullivan Park, the resources are deep, the opportunities can shape the world. Lots of very smart people and capital to act. Fast pace. Lots of training available.

    Cons

    It is well known that mid-career hires have the most difficult time. There is an "inner circle" which has vested interest in their roles. Work is often in "silos" while lip service is given to broad cooperation. Many personal meetings must be conducted before any group meeting. Group meetings are a ratification of decisions made behind closed doors.The old culture of caring for people seems to have changed to the typical management by quarterly results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out many needless layers of middle management. Empower people. Follow Jamie Houghton's model.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  3.  

    Awesome Product Innovation, Lagging with regards to Diversity

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very successful company, great at innovating to take advantage of emerging markets and inventing new products, technology and applications. This is a company that knows how to weather economic storms and market changes. Tremendous opportunities for white males - Corning grooms its white males for leadership roles with mentoring, global assignments, and social interactions.

    Cons

    When I was there Corning did a poor job of mentoring and developing people outside of the Corning Valley (Corning NY). In the G&A areas If you were not in the valley you felt like a second class citizen. I think Corning is short sighted and does not take advantage of many talented employees (80% outside of the valley vs 20%in the valley). As to diversity (culture, ideas, gender, citizenship (non-US), and ethnic background) one only has to look at the make-up of corporate leadership in NY (executive, senior managers and dept heads) - the optics are a true reflection in my experience and opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on employee development outside of the Valley. Find more ways to recognize and mentor high performers including diversity candidates. Look at best practices from other companies. Create opportunities like short term assignments (1 to 2 month exchange programs) for interactions at different sites (not just a visit from NY leadership). I believe these types of actions will highlight diverse talent that will benefit the company. Find a way to make the succession planning process more objective and independent and train managers on the importance of input from others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Pros and cons

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good pay. Great benefits. Stable company.

    Cons

    Moving up the ladder requires a commitment that involves zero work life balance. At a lower level, work life balance is possible, but at the management level they ask 100 percent commitment to the company and zero commitment to family.

    Positive Outlook
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    Work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    Good Office decor
    Convenient location
    Leverages technology

    Cons

    Speaks of supporting Kaizen but not emphasized in day to day work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Openness in communications at all levels should be encouraged so that people might bounce of creative ideas.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Input

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Great benefits and opportunities if you are in the right department.

    Cons

    Hard to promote if you work for certain individuals.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get to know your new employees

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Great for unemployed college graduates

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in Midland, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Tech in Midland, NC

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Great pay, amazing benefits, holiday pay, paid vacation, pension.

    Cons

    A lot of things are based off seniority even though HR claims no one is more important than the other. Most of the people who work there now come from a generation where it wasn't necessary to go to college to get a good job so they presume that you think highly of yourself.

    You never see upper management or have time to visit HR even though they stress an open door policy. There are high tensions between upper management and employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work harder on employee relations

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company, great history, no so much opportunity

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Mostly competent people with good work ethics

    Cons

    Too much focus on cost cutting, much less on employee development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    offer better incentives to employees, ease up on the drive to cut costs a bit.

  10.  

    Team Leader, Diesel Plant

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    Former Employee - Team Leader, Piesel Plant in Painted Post, NY
    Former Employee - Team Leader, Piesel Plant in Painted Post, NY

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

    Pros

    Large diverse company with many career options.

    Cons

    When I was, there many of my peers were manipulative and immature in their dealings. Too much focus on gossip, brown-nosing, and office drama, not enough on actually doing the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you truly want to evaluate your staff, don't rely on hearsay or second-hand information. Get off your duffs and actually see what they do (or don't do).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Turbulent

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Corning, NY

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

    Pros

    Corning gives you all the tools to be an accomplished professional. This includes training opportunities and networking opportunities. One advantage is Corning is a small town so commuting to work is easy.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Corning has subsided in recent years and really lost the moral and loyalty of many employees. In many instances, solid scientific professionals are micromanaged by managers who lack any real talent of their own. Additionally, salary is low given the cost of living in New York and health insurance premiums are making it difficult to reside here. I often find diversity is really lacking at Corning including promoting people by sex and race not by qualifications .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should reward employees more frequently and promote people who have done an exceptional job. No one wants to wait 10 years for their first promotion. Besides there is no reason to out perform or go above and beyond when you get the same annual raise as your colleagues who slack.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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