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Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated January 29, 2015
Updated January 29, 2015
585 Reviews
3.6
585 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 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. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good corporate experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Leader in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Business Development Leader in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    Dow is a large company, and offers the opportunity of moving between roles and gaining a breadth of experience. They are major part of a keystone industry.

    Cons

    It is a very large corporation, and it is hard not to feel like a cog in a giant machine. Management and coaching is not encouraged or rewarded, so little opportunity for mentorship and guidance beyond your own wherewithal. Dow is a bit of an old boy's club, and promotions are influenced by who you know and have worked for and how much political capital they have with leadership.

    The industry is old fashioned and lacks an innovative and face paced environment, and this is true through much of the company.

    Dow wants to be an innovative technology leader, but is caught in its hedge between old school commodities for which cost cutting and efficiency are the keys, which are its bread and butter, and advanced technologies further up the value chain. Dow isn't risk tolerant to place the financial bets and invest in a different type of human resource to really transform as a company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Overall positive experience, but mismatch of needs

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

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Pay is at or above industry average for many occupations. Many networking opportunities from across a variety of functions.

    Cons

    No opportunities for training from external sources. Time-based promotions and over-saturation of contractors and consultants in the workforce makes building bonds with coworkers very difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow for acceleration of HiPo employees at a faster pace and encourage engagement with industry leaders external to the company

    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great company. Needs to fix a few things.

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

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Safety is always first. Great benefits. You have the ability to move into a salary role so great advancement. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Top out pay is about 3-5 dollars lower than competitor pay. But still a good living. Top out at 34.50 and 36.50 as board operator.
    Distribution operators start 18.50 top at 24.65 unless you get a tier 4 spot it's at 27.65. No vision plan

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the distribution operators a chance to move to process operations. Show them loyalty as they showed you loyalty by staying with the company. You give a kid a job out of process technology school because they showed the commitment to finish the school. How about rewarding the distribution operator with that job cause they showed you commitment and loyalty. They could have put dow on the resume and got another job. So wake up!! You spend a lot of money on training this individual the other company that hires them laughs at you for spending all that money on training that individual for them.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    I had a great time working in Dow!

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

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Dow is a great company! Compensation is not bad and there is flexibility when it comes to working!

    Cons

    They don't have a good vacation but they are flexible enough when it comes to working so this kinda compensates for that.

    Recommends
  6.  

    DOW Chemical is a great place to work

    • 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

    The DOW Chemical company is a great place to work and has good benefits and also offers competitive compensation packages.

    Cons

    The DOW is a very large company with offices and businesses all over the world. While this is a strength, it is also a weakness because it means the company is not as nimble as it could be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Culture

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

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    They take sustainability very seriously - part of the reason they are are divesting their commodities business. CEO is passionate about inclusive capitalism.

    Cons

    Location may be difficult for some - HQ is located in Midland, a small company town in central Michigan. Being in the main office is recommended, to build networks and opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Dow Chemical Response

    Jan 29, 2015Employee Engagement Communications

    Thank you for your feedback and comments regarding our commitment to sustainability.

  8.  

    Organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    If you like science, you will enjoy working at Dow. It's a wonderful organization in which you can work with smart, hard-working, scientific individuals.

    Cons

    Similar to other companies, the organization has had many layoffs. Therefore, it is somewhat resource-constrained.

  9.  

    Brilliant people doing cool things!

    Former Employee - TS&D Summer in Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - TS&D Summer in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern

    Pros

    TS&D is a great department because of the range of opportunities available. The people are really smart (PhDs from across the country) and the work-life balance is great.

    Cons

    Locations. Even for an engineering company, their locations are still out of the way.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  10.  

    So far so good, no complaints

    • 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

    good work life balance, really knowledgeable people, opportunities to grow and advance within the company

    Cons

    as with every large multinational, bureaucracy. Most production sites in remote areas. Pay is not at the top but somewhere around the middle.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Co-op R&D

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

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

    Pros

    The environment at Dow is great. You will work with a lot of great people. You get all major holidays and some of the days surrounding them, like the day after Thanksgiving, as well as days around Christmas and New Years. The work can be challenging, but sometimes you have to challenge yourself to keep it from being mundane.

    Cons

    There are some people at Dow that have been there a while and have no intention on leaving anytime soon, and some of these people are very opinionated and sometimes downright rude. You can usually avoid these people though so it is not all that bad.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat contractors the same as you would Dow employees. This is in reference to the overall Dow culture, not on a personal level.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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