Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated August 14, 2014
Updated August 14, 2014
490 Reviews

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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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    There is not any work life balance. There's also a lot of finger pointing when things go wrong

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    Current Employee - Reliability and Maintenance Engineer  in  Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Reliability and Maintenance Engineer in Freeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Dow does provide excellent training

    Cons

    Layoffs are now normal. There is not much job security

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop laying off so many workers

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    CBRE is not the answer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Dow has good retirement benefits, vacation, holidays, 401K

    Cons

    The company should not transfer its positions to contractors such as CBRE. CBRE works their people very hard and pays them very little. They will have 1 person do the work of 3 people. CBRE is equivalent to a glorified janitorial service.

    Also, the CBRE management is disorganized and they abuse their people, which in turn gives the customer (Dow) a bad name (as Dow has allowed contractors like CBRE to come in). Many people are wondering why Dow has allowed this to happen.

    In addition, Dow upper management should replace some of the Dow management that are not keeping a better eye on CBRE and what is really going on in Freeport and at the Houston Dow Center.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of contractor groups such as CBRE. They are giving Dow a bad name.
    This type of company comes in and absorbs Dow Employees and then treats them horribly as I witnessed the testimony of many of these individuals.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good opportunities for younger people, management is weak.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Good opportunities to take on bigger roles, good job security. Nice people, most of which are hard workers.

    Cons

    With the bigger roles, they don't pay according to market. Some people are totally clueless on their jobs, but most are good. Given good job security, sometimes retain less effective people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update HR policy on compensation, compare with actual competitor companies. Be realistic and honest with employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Frustrating

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    Former Employee - Research Leader  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Research Leader in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, excellent facilities, great scientists. It has been at times a really enjoyable place work. There have been some absolutely fantastic chemistry projects to work on.

    Cons

    Very much a risk averse research environment which stifles creativity. So process orientated that it also limits productivity and can be exceedingly complicated to get stuff done.

    Because of the departmental/business organization is the way it is it can make people very "siloed" and adversarial...... I don't think the problems are what the company wants , but it is a situation that senior leadership has unfortunately created!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust your good people more.... move the non-contributors on more quickly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Dow Chemical- A great place to go if you don't want to have any impact and not feel empowered but want a job that pays.

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Freeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Money-The money was good and very competitive
    Flex Scheduling-9/80's and 4/10's
    Work Life Balance is ok
    Genuine about safety
    Can move around and do different things-but mostly lateral moves
    Good hourly workers-many of the older Dow workers are great, and are the real backbone of Texas Operations

    Cons

    Health insurance is not as good as competitors or other nearby industries
    Not innovative at all-Unwilling to try new things or technologies
    Consensus style management-no one has the stomach to make a decision
    Peter Principle alive and well at the Freeport Site
    Doesn't know what it wants to do when it grows up-consantly changing focus, selling assets, focusing on short term goals.
    Too much shareholder focus-employees are second
    Too many work processes
    Too many chiefs and not enough people who actually accomplish work.
    Cost savings mode all the time-codeword cheap on fixing stuff or maintaining assets
    Not much promotion potential-must ride the coat tails of a manager to move up-i.e. be a minority, female, or brown noser to really move up. Hard work and competence has nothing to do with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a plan stick with it-Decide what kind of chemical company do you want to be
    Reduce your overhead by simplifying work processes and get rid of useless middle management
    Make managers be competent technically and be good people managers
    Develop a culture of innovation at a department level-It is frustrating for experienced hires to bring cost saving and time savings innovations just to be shot down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stressful

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical for more than a year

    Pros

    They provide you with great benefits.

    Cons

    They don't provide enough training.

    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not a great experience

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    Former Employee - Office Professional  in  Hahnville, LA
    Former Employee - Office Professional in Hahnville, LA

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    The pay is a little better than some companies. There are some honest managers that will help you through your adventure. A great place to learn the downfalls of diversity. This company will teach you about the so call values of the south. This location is the only location does not reflect Dow Chemical as a whole. I think Dow Company has work hard to gain the respect that the company has work hard for.

    Cons

    This company does not represent Dow Chemical company outlook. This is still the old Union Carbide company. They will layoff an experienced worker to keep family friends and for favors. This company is not very diverse. They must have bad management, because they always cutting due to budget. I will say others never experience this type of activities at a real Dow company. This location will never change. Dow Chemical needs to re-organize this site.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There need to be a investigation into this company location. I am almost positive the findings will be shocking. Their hiring practice and layoff values are damaging to the company brand. I have witness an employee being laid off to make room for someone's relative that was not even qualified for the job. This was very disturbing to me. When I was laid off it was a fair layoff. However I have seen so much unjust that I was kind of glad to leave.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    a company in decline, rotting from the inside

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    Current Employee - Lead Chemist  in  Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Lead Chemist in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    the salary is good, flexible work hours. for almost any engineering or scientific challenge, there's an expert somewhere at the company you can contact for advice. there's true commitment to GBLT equality.

    Cons

    Management is terrible - bad decisions at all levels, they just don't know how to run an organization or lead people... they're just out of touch administrators at all levels. Management turnover (a new boss every other year) cripples the company. Politics, politics, politics... it's not a meritocracy. Performance management (rank and yank) is corrosive. All the good people are leaving for other companies, or retiring. Constant fear of layoffs. They hire in lots of kids out of school every year, but fire the experienced people. There's almost no mobility inside the company (despite what the old timers will tell you) unless you're in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management should be evaluated based on feedback from employees, like at Google. Take that data and put lots of resources into re-training management... if it's even possible to help them. Stop all the management turnover. Stop using forced distributions in performance management. Learn to hire experienced people, not just scooping up kids right out of school every year.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    Large chemical empire in a slow decline.

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    Current Employee - Production Engineer
    Current Employee - Production Engineer

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Dow has some of the greatest engineers and scientists. If you are looking to learn, the resources are there.

    Dow focuses on learning and will happily send you to trainings and conferences.

    Work life balance is real and you are not expected to put in extreme hours with most weeks in the 40-45 hour range.

    You can be functionally incompetent, but as long as you follow the "work process," your job is almost guaranteed. (Pro?)

    Cons

    Dow has a culture of "double think" and "double speak". Publically they say one thing, but privately their actions show the opposite intent.

    Their internal systems and bureaucracies extremely limit how fast they can react. It's often easier to keep something that is broken and inefficient vs. spending the time getting approvals and fighting tooth and nail to get it fixed.

    HR is incompetent, both locally and at corporate headquarters. My hiring process was the definition of "bait and switch." Pro-tip, get your relocation spelled out with dollar values in writing before accepting.

    Dow is permanently in a cost cutting mode. They have various names for it, like "Code Red", so prepare to have most of your budget requests denied. This is even if you have a good payback time frame and can justify it.

    Dow relies on contractors for nearly all services. Nearly 50% of the people you work with are not Dow employees. This includes engineering, pipe fitters, electricians, janitors, secretaries, EH&S, and more. This appears to be due to Dow's aversion to increasing headcount.

    Dow is obsessed with employe donations and involvement with The United Way. The more time and effort you put into the United Way, the faster you can expect that new promotion.

    There is high turnover in engineering and among young operators (those without pensions). Projects are routinely dropped and never picked back up, and you are almost always understaffed as you are looking to fill positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop focusing on the quarterly value to the shareholder and look at making your company sound again. People are key to this equation, and if they are unhappy they will leave.

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

    It could have been a lot better.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Lots of experience and training.

    Cons

    No salary increase, a lot of politics, good ole boy network, favorites being promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Rate employees to their work quality rather than what someone else said.

    Recommends
    Disapproves of CEO

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