Corning Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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  1. Promising but slow

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    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fairport, NY
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Fairport, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great environment, brilliant engineering staff.

    Cons

    Slow bureaucracy makes getting hired difficult

    Advice to Management

    Pick up the pace! Especially for branches that aren't in Corning, NY.

  2. Anakyst

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Hickory, NC

    I have been working at Corning

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits, strong growth potential, flexible

    Cons

    Location, process are inconsistent, politics

  3. Helpful (2)

    Poorly managed, very top heavy.

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    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

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

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  5. Helpful (1)

    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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

  6. Helpful (1)

    Awesome Product Innovation, Lagging with regards to Diversity

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  7. Pros and cons

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Input

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC

    I have been working at Corning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Hard to promote if you work for certain individuals.

    Advice to Management

    Get to know your new employees

  9. Helpful (2)

    Work environment

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good Office decor
    Convenient location
    Leverages technology

    Cons

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

    Advice to Management

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

  10. 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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Work harder on employee relations

  11. 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 Management

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

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