Corning Reviews

Updated October 13, 2014
Updated October 13, 2014
176 Reviews
3.7
176 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are in a managerial position, you will have good work-life balance (in 9 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
  • Small town politics on large international company, very conservative athmosphere, ridicule holiday policy (in 14 reviews)

  • No real challenges - I have a great work life balance, very happy (in 7 reviews)

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  1.  

    Good work environment, friendly people

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

    I have been working at Corning as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues were friendly and helpful
    The workload wasn't overwhelming
    The company provided really good training
    The pay was good compared to a lot of other freshman internships

    Cons

    The work I was doing wasn't the most interesting thing in the world
    I felt a little babied by the head researcher that was in charge of the project I was working on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns slightly bigger responsibilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Melting Process Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrodsburg, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrodsburg, KY

    I worked at Corning as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great people, respect, and work-life balance. Excellent travel opportunities.

    Cons

    The company is located in a remote location. For young professionals, Lexington is the place to stay

    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Technician

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

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    High exposure to wide range of scientific areas.

    Cons

    As a technician it can be tough to get out of the Contract Employee trap. Lay-offs often loom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little transparency goes a long way. Managament would do well to be up front about permanent possibilites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Corning

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

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

    Pros

    Corning is a good company, which has long history of innovation. Employees are respected. People are nice here.

    Cons

    Corning is in a small town in upper state of New York. It is kind of far from big cities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    A decent R&D focused corporation

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

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

    Pros

    Good work culture and environment
    Good leadership training

    Cons

    Slow promotion
    Too much focus on the seniorarity of the employment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Powerful innovation and technology firm, challenging geography and culture.

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

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Culture is highly rational, data-driven and innovative. Some of the smartest people I've ever met. Company makes long-term investments in fundamental research, then looks for opportunistic applications.

    Cons

    "Build it and they will come" is a challenging business strategy. Remote HQ location leads to inward-focus and some interesting politics, including a culture that is indirect and opaque at times - not unlike a stereotypical Japanese firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture the next generation of leaders instead of focusing on feeding the egos of the current leadership team. Take more risks on products and people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Good Culture, Stable, But low salary comparably

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Great problems and projects, good culture, fair climate, diverse place to work, Great Technology, good training programs, decent benefits

    Cons

    Low salary, hard to move up due to stagnant organization, haphazard organization, poor leaders in some places, VERY lean workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make priority calls and make timeline reasonable, your people will be happier and do better work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY

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

    Pros

    Good working environment; Kids friendly

    Cons

    Poor location; Long Winter; Snow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Not bad part time work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    The pay is really good, the people there are really good for such a large corperation

    Cons

    If you are a contractor there is little chance of you getting full time status so leave when you can

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Innovative and respectful, limited executive opportunities unless from Corning valley

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

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Loved the 5/10/15 etc. year anniversary gift - a bonus of 2 weeks vacation that year. Pushes for breakthrough innovations. Average pay for industry.

    Cons

    Was part of smaller, remote organization. Didn't see any senior managers at corporate (Director, VP, etc.) who weren't born and bred Corning employees (25 years + with company) so opportunities for mid-career people transfers (into Corning) will get discouraged.

    Good corporate programs for work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better engagement with remote sites for growth opportunities.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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