Corning Reviews

Updated July 25, 2014
Updated July 25, 2014
171 Reviews

3.6
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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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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    Melting Development Engineer

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    Former Employee - Melting Development Engineer  in  Harrodsburg, KY
    Former Employee - Melting Development Engineer in Harrodsburg, KY

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Always working on emerging technologies within the buisness and market. Ability to work with many levels within the company from operators to upper level managers

    Cons

    Lack of training and direction in position. I had to develop my own training and within three years I had 5 managers. Lack of direction for me and lack of progress in my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to give guidence to your staff. Having several managers for employees doesn't allow for good professional growth and direction for new engineers.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Marketing Communication Specialist - Contractor

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Innovative Products, research plays big role on company, some really excellent managers, if you want to do glass research this is the place

    Cons

    Small town politics on large international company, very conservative athmosphere, ridicule holiday policy. Rural area with no other bigger emplyess so every one in town are connected to Corning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see company values guide the daily work in all levels more, not just on executive pover points.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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    A very polite culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    People are genuinely nice. The company has its headquarters in a small town and strives for that style culture everywhere. Has a longer term view due to being an older company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of talk about career growth and development. The action that shows the talk is real is not there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and find out if the middle management is really executing the plans and strategies you are speaking to. You often talk about change and it gets stuck at the old guard middle management. They smile to you and turn around and do what they want.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Corning - Inorganic Materials Company All The Way Through

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company has good technology (materials plus process) in core competencies area: fusion draw for thin glass, silica vapor deposition for fiber draw, good cables, extrusion in catalytic converters and filters. Scientific and engineering staff excellent. Great place to work if you do that things. Makes money to spite itself. Company closes or sells old technology to refresh.

    Cons

    Company ignores $20 million market as too small. Common to waste 50 $M for bad investments. Annual layoffs now in USA. High egos and nepotism(?) too common in management. Corning averse risk. Company bad at bringing new tech from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You appear good to Wall Street, not to employees. Morale is lowered. Must get quality leadership at very top of the S&T, where say one thing to face and do another behind back. I say cowardly. What kills opportunity at end is same you knew to kill them in the beginning- so respect you must reality!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    research scientist

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    I like the research conditions

    Cons

    Layoff happened in 2012 and 2013.

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    Fairly good experience. Production training programs are great.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    Allowed to learn various jobs with great production training and very good pay for the Wilmington area. Employees are cross trained, intelligient, and high producers. Benefits package is good and opportunities to work overtime if desired. Great location to work and close to a lot of beaches.

    Cons

    Management is sometime indecisive and the fourth quarter brings uncertainty for layoffs or production slowdowns. If you can overlook the fourth quarter woos, the nine of the twelve month of work are fairly good for great pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on production volumes and mixes to ensure a stable 12 month production schedule to prevent appearance of instability. Remember to value the Wilmington plant production workers more. They are the reason for world optical fiber success. More and more Asia pointed as a high risk for lawsuits against US plants. Value fulltime Corning production workers at Wilmington NC home plant. Some business are starting to move out of China due to inability to access markets, reputation affects, and costs. Stop laying off quality workers just to hire temporary workers. Over time this will affect Corning quality and place in the market place including market share. Look at overhead salary cuts for savings not displacement or release of workforce. Upper and Mid - Management salaries are very high and company top heavy. You are only as strong as your weakest link. Remember that the Wilmington production employees, salesmen, and PPD engineers made the Corning company successful and rich.

    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    I used to think I'd retire from here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The people you work with day to day are fantastic. There is always new technology to learn and new experiences to have.

    Cons

    Current leadership is more interested in appeasing Wall Street than doing what's best for the business to make it another 160 years. It's changed a lot from the company I started with, and not in a great way. I'm crossing my fingers but worried.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your experts are at the "bottom" of the hierarchy, in the businesses that make you money - you used to listen to them and guide the company accordingly. Now you just give them uninformed and impossible targets to hit. It's not working.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work for if you have a family

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They pay attention to life work balance. The employees are well taking care of.

    Cons

    The location of majority of their facilities
    . Years spent at the company has more weigh than what you accomplish.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify the work force. Too many layers of management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Employees, Struggling Businesses

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Interesting technical work, well equipped labs, company committed to supporting RD&E

    Cons

    Short attention span on projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in people as much as capital projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Good place to work if you are in or worked in Corning

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    Former Employee - Process Leader  in  Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Process Leader in Hickory, NC

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good benefits and opportunities to advance if wiling to move (especially to Corning, NY). Technology focus company with a focus on quality. Global and focuses on diversity.

    Cons

    Doesn't appreciate ideas offered outside of those in Corning. As a public company Management often bends to will of investors or looks at that aspect when making decisions versus looking at long time employees. Appeared to be moving towards more contractors vs employees.

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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