Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated August 26, 2014
Updated August 26, 2014
498 Reviews
3.7
498 Reviews
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Dow Chemical Chairman, President, and CEO Andrew N. Liveris
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance exists with your choice of a 4 10 or 9 80 work schedule (in 49 reviews)

  • work environment, plenty of back ups since everyone knows each others job, good vacation time provided (in 23 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance processes are interpreted by Human managers (in 11 reviews)

  • Lots of time and money spent on developing work processes that people don't follow (in 11 reviews)

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  1.  

    A company only for engineers

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

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I have vacation time and ample sick time.

    Cons

    Management only cares about engineers
    No upward mobility, unless you are an engineer
    Managers that have no clue about the work they are set to oversee
    Chemical engineers in maintenance positions
    Lack of support and back up from managers
    Appreciation only goes to engineers
    Lack of adaptation of work processes
    Penny pinching on important repairs
    To many ladder climbers with not enough experience

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a look at your middle managers and see what they are doing and not doing. Stop focusing on the shareholders and stop making promises to the stock market that hurts maintenance and risk lives. Give ALL your employees career choices, not just your engineers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dow's Ringwood, Illinois Facility

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contractor  in  Ringwood, IL
    Current Employee - Contractor in Ringwood, IL

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as a contractor for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Some friendly people, other than that not much.

    Cons

    Just go there, it will make you puke. Worst place I have ever been. I did some contractors work there and it is a complete circus. No one knows who is in control. No one knows what the chain of command is including the site leader. The operators seem willing to help out, but they are afraid of their own shadow and they act as if they are about to commit suicide. I am just glad I don't work there all of the time.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would tell management to be more human and not so "by the books." Meaning there is no laughter at this plant if I see an operator make a small mistake on a safe work permit it is possible they will be fired. I have seen many of them go and this makes me never want to work in a place where people are willing to rat you out for nonsense. I have asked management about why they fire people for stupid reasons and they always say "We are Dow, it is about safety." That is the typical giant corporate answer of people terrified of losing their jobs.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Highly insular, self promoting incompetent management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Delivery  in  Philadelphia, PA
    Former Employee - Delivery in Philadelphia, PA

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Not one pro can I put forth, management is horrid, very out of touch with reality. Many many layers of bs & operating disciplines which are meaningless

    Cons

    The worst behemoth I've encountered in my 28 years of working in the chemical sector. This company is a process safety catastrophe waiting to happen.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave

    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst job I have had in my entire lifetime.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - EH&S  in  Hahnville, LA
    Former Employee - EH&S in Hahnville, LA

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The only pros are a decent rate of pay and decent benefits and a somewhat flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Very bureaucratic and political, the St. Charles site is rife with nepotism at all levels, promotions are based solely on your ability to pucker. Most areas are very clique based and cause high stress and tension. Management lacks the proper training and are biased on personal opinion and not merit. Not a pure performance driven culture; rather, results are driven by tenure and personal network. Employee attitudes- many employees wouldn't give you the time of day or take you seriously. Employees are very quick to judge before getting to know others.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the bureaucracy and stop expecting to be worshiped as gods. Recognize the value in those who have a life outside work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    SAP Consultant

    • 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 Dow Chemical full-time

    Pros

    very good company to work

    Cons

    lay off happen a lots

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    good management

  7.  

    Definitely not a good company to work for

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Engineering in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    There are some great people working there, but a lot of talented and skillful people have recently left the company or are thinking about leaving as well

    Cons

    Very short term mindset of senior management; Company is on the wrong track; Lower pay and secondary benefits than comparable companies in the area; Distrustful

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to have some genuine interest in people, not only to advance your career or fill your own pockets

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Company treats contract workers poorly

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Material Handler  in  Edina, MN
    Former Employee - Material Handler in Edina, MN

    I worked at Dow Chemical as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Slightly better pay than some comparable jobs. Multiple shift options.

    Cons

    FilmTec tends to string along contract employees for years in some cases. They use Kelly Services to aquire contract workers. These workers think there are temp to hire opportunities at FilmTec but that has not happened in over 2 years. This is NOT a temp to hire opportunity. Also you may be laid off 5 weeks before Christmas insread of 3 weeks like you are told.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you expect to get good contract help quit lying to contract employees. Quit setting up false expectations and let contract employees know you are not going to be hiring them no matter how long they wait around. Increase the pay and maybe you will get better quality contract workers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    It sucks

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Automation  in  New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Automation in New Orleans, LA

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

    Pros

    None, it all about a degree

    Cons

    They are not a people company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    at the site level they are a bunch of idiots

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    experience of dow

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Bay City, MI
    Current Employee - Manager in Bay City, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    very steady biz, typical large corp in US

    Cons

    no growth, not enough career path for minority

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Like if they care, I saw top level as incompetent

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Supply Chain

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Planner  in  Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Production Planner in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Decent pay, hard working team members on the professional level

    Cons

    A lot of politics. Senior Management reinvents itself every year. No long term goals or plans. Employee development non existent. Destructive evaluation system that destroys team work and makes everyone suspicious of each other. No personal time as it is the Dow policy to do more with less.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    That don't listen so it is pointless. CEO has got to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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