Corning

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Corning Reviews

Updated December 9, 2014
Updated December 9, 2014
188 Reviews
3.7
188 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO 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.  

    Team Leader, Diesel Plant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 an 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
  2.  

    Turbulent

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • 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
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company values are changing

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Training, Opportunity for advancement, Teamwork, Benefits

    Cons

    Culture - managers leading by intimidation, Work Life Balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I first started working at Corning, it was truly focused on people, process, & technology, each sharing a link to the total picture of corporate success and employee satisfaction. They have lost that in some industries. They have leaders who manage by intimidation and who violate the company values statements on a daily basis. HR comes in to sweep up but not correct. People operate in fear...if you speak up, you will be targeted. If you are not in the cliche, you will not be protected. If the company is truly committed to dealing with this and restoring Corning to the forefront of leading by example and living the values, it would be an excellent place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Project was good but location is so so

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager in Hickory, NC

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

    Pros

    I was working in telecom business sector in Hickory, NC. Projects and products they are selling was good, but location of the place is so so, rural area. 1 hr from Charlotte, the biggest city nearby. People are very nice, but little bit old.

    Cons

    Location is rural area. Employees are little bit old. Hard-working culture. hierarchical environment. (top-down)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is great, lots of tech learning session,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    CET Backstabbing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Ceramic Tech in Painted Post, NY
    Former Employee - Ceramic Tech in Painted Post, NY

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

    Pros

    Corning may be the 'largest employer in the area', but they are certainly not the best. They do solve problems by basically throwing money at their problems, but unfortunately, it results in a backfire costing more money in the long run. Good working facilities and safety mindedness, but could do with some newer management and decrease the 'packages' offered by inept supervisors and managers that are working only long enough to get such perks at company costs after retirement.

    Cons

    Overpaid and over compensated for work done. Management takes employee ideas and passes them off as their own for credit. Forced to work with Union and Company employees in circumstances that do not work. Information placed in employee files that are not relevant or correct. Many employees with specific backgrounds, education and previous work experiences are not placed in positions where they utilize these characteristics. If they need a 'warm body' they will place you there for as long as they want then force you out in a RIF situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening more to those employees who are actually 'in the trenches'. Their supervisors/managers do not give a full accounting of how the jobs are going because they do not actually do the job and do not know the problems occurring. There are far too many supervisors and managers to do the job well. All they do is eat up the budget. As has been said over the past few years, 'Do more with less.' Time to follow your own words!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    small town no traffic

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work with lots of smart people

    Cons

    poor upper management, especially the research and development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your people right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Melting Development Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Melting Development Engineer in Harrodsburg, KY
    Former Employee - Melting Development Engineer in Harrodsburg, KY

    I worked at Corning full-time (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
  9.  

    Marketing Communication Specialist - Contractor

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    A very polite culture

    • 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 full-time (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
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Corning - Inorganic Materials Company All The Way Through

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

    I worked at Corning full-time (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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