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Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated December 11, 2014
Updated December 11, 2014
555 Reviews
3.6
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Dow Chemical Chairman, President, and CEO Andrew N. Liveris
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347 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance exists with your choice of a 4 10 or 9 80 work schedule (in 61 reviews)

  • work environment, plenty of back ups since everyone knows each others job, good vacation time provided (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • The trade off of having a great work life balance is that promotions come at a slower pace (in 13 reviews)

  • Lots of time and money spent on developing work processes that people don't follow (in 15 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Benefits for past employees, wonderful co-workers - Unreal work loads, questionable management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Minneapolis, MN

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Great opportunities to learn new skills..if you show enthusiasm, play by the rules and willing to work exhaustive hours and provide the company with real dollar returns, you will be rewarded with even more opportunities to try new skills, more work, higher expectations. How much energy do you have? You will require all of it to maintain your job for an entire career. Co-workers were great, a lot of collaboration across departments. High emphasis on safety

    Cons

    They want all of your life. Don't even think about work life balance. Back in the day, benefits were much better and worth sticking it out but there's no guarantee of that happening. Restructurings happen every 3 - 5 yrs. The new 'pension' plan adopted in 2008 accrues imaginary points (not dollars) that will be valued... later.
    Projects were often fast tracked to the point of failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'm a share holder now. Crack that whip!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Bullying is Permitted

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Administrator in Baton Rouge, LA
    Former Employee - Administrator in Baton Rouge, LA

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Good $$$ if you can put up with the pettiness of certain employees and the bullying of others.

    Cons

    Management does not like recommendations for change unless it is their own agenda item. MOC's Management of Changes are recommended for every procedure but there is no follow up to make sure employees are following said MOC's/

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Respect your employees. If you have one employee on your team that is a terror for the remainder - LISTEN - send that bully to some kind of Ethical Training and follow thru with making sure she/he is on probation for 90 days and ask the team if there has been improvement. If yes - great! If no - TERMINATION. Better to please the many who make you look good than satisfy the whims of the tyrannical bully. Manager....you are no better than your team.. (Or bully)

  3.  

    Work and responsibility without the support and training

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Run Plant Engineer in Bristol, PA
    Current Employee - Run Plant Engineer in Bristol, PA

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    "Trial by fire" lets you see and do a lot of things, gaining the knowledge and respect you need to be effective at the role. There is a lot to do, but there is freedom to chose more interesting projects as they come up.

    Cons

    "Trial by fire" means work-life balance can be impossible. When a few weeks of extra unpaid, uncommensated over time turns into a few months, it can wear on you and SOs. Training is mostly internet-based. Peer help is limited because no one seems to have time to teach or discuss. Timelines are not realistic.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Walk the walk.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are great. Managers are jerks who think they are better than employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Great employees who like each other and try to help and look out for each other

    Cons

    Management has their own agenda, make money at all cost. Do not care about employees. If management is questioned about something or put in an awkward position or called out they get mad and fire employee. Moral of working employees low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. While you are sitting in your office or in a meeting the real people are doing the work out in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Tough as contract

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Lab Technologist in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Contract Lab Technologist in Freeport, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company, great networking, good safety culture

    Cons

    Difficult to move to permanent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Losing good folks to contract

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Employee R&D

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Solid scientific base, good technology in many areas. Interesting problems to work on. Good equipment albeit some of it is rapidly getting obsolete.

    Cons

    Politics gets pretty bad; ranking process may be unfair. Marketing and sales are often lagging behind the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge people based on the results of their work, promote on merit. Think long term, act quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical big company; nothing great for anyone under management level

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlboro, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlboro, MA

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Better than being unemployed, they have been really good about accommodating my often erratic scheduling needs, people are basically good people with a few exceptions.

    Cons

    Pay isn't awesome, super cheap company, no chance for advancement if you aren't a superstar already or know somebody, and conversely, there are some superstars that are obviously ONLY there for who they know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the temps already. Give temps a chance to come on board and reap some of the reward for being an actual employee. Kind of stinks working at a temp for years with no 401k, sick days, etc. Not necessarily conducive to employee loyalty nor to them wanting to do their best for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great Learning Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Production Engineer in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very Technical environment with a lot of experts in various fields of disciplines. Good learning Platform for new hires who want to become competent in any given role.

    Cons

    Too structured, managers are focused on their on ascension and focus less on employee growth. Pay is below average for a big company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on a less structured hierarchical environment and focus on building networks. Also allow flexibility for employees to grow

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Ok not great

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

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    A lot of room to grow
    decent benefits

    Cons

    Save save save. Cost cutting leads to no additional employee perks

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to grow

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

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great place to grow your career within a company. Good work life balance with a focus on the family not just the individual. Good pay with good benefits.

    Cons

    There is a bit of disconnect between maintanence and operations due to one being union and one not. Work process put in place is not always follwed so jobs become over due and over budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to invest in the employees. Also keep having events at the plat so that more individuals can participate. Work on a solution to the Work Process issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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