Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated September 11, 2014
Updated September 11, 2014
494 Reviews
3.7
494 Reviews
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Dow Chemical Chairman, President, and CEO Andrew N. Liveris
Andrew N. Liveris
319 Ratings

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. 8 people found this helpful  

    Excellent Company, Especially for Your Early Career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    Dow has so many absolutely brilliant people from whom to learn. There is deep and wide expertise everywhere - lots of opportunities for gaining knowledge and insight.

    Pay and benefits are good, especially if you live/work in one of the lower cost of living sites (Midland, Freeport, etc.). I personally love working in Midland. Michigan (the rest of the state outside of Midland and the southeast) is absolutely beautiful and there is a ton to do. Midland is nice enough as a place to live. Great for families.

    There are opportunities to try different jobs and experience different businesses and markets.

    Middle management is very, very good by and large. I've had six managers. Two have been good, two have been very good, and two have been outstanding. That seems to be the trend among the first and second level managers. There are outliers, of course, but it's nice to have good immediate bosses.

    Cons

    Corporate bureaucracy runs amok. There's a process for how to read processes. There's a process for how to use the restroom. It gets absolutely ridiculous, and the overuse and over reliance on processes leads to frustration and lack of creativity and innovation.

    For such a huge company, I'm blown away by how much career advancement depends upon who you know more than what you do. To get much beyond the first layer of leadership seems to involve significant butt-kissing.

    Dow values diversity of appearance, not diversity of thought. This results in having people with a wide variety of skin colors and genital configurations who all take the same narrow-minded approach to everything.

    This combination of drawbacks leads to an environment composed of three types of people: newbies, drones, and sycophants. The noobs are typically talented and ambitious, and Dow is a great place to start a career and learn. Once people get to mid-career, they have to choose to either be a drone (just doing their job and going home, knowing there is little opportunity to make an impact or meaningfully advance one's career) or a sycophant (kissing butt to move up the ladder). To be honest, being a drone at Dow is a pretty good existence. Pay is great, people are good, work can still be interesting, work-life balance is unbeatable... I don't want it to sound like it's awful. It's just that if you really want to make a splash with your career, the life of a Dow drone isn't a great place to be. Likewise, if you're willing to just do whatever it takes to move up, there's opportunity as a sycophant. If you have your own perspective and ideas of how to make the company better, not so much.

    You're way more likely to lose your job at Dow by being in the wrong place at the wrong time than you are by being incompetent. A very good scientist or account manager will get laid off because Dow chooses to de-emphasize a certain business unit or product line while nitwits in an unaffected department keep their jobs. If you choose to work at Dow, always be cognizant of how your business or function is viewed by the higher-ups. That's the single biggest threat to your job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Why bother? That's the big problem, that senior management is oblivious to perspectives that don't come from their little echo chamber.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Nice company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Good R&D facility
    Good Colleague
    Work-life balance

    Cons

    Underestimate R&D
    No growth opportunity
    Too many consultant role

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Intern

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    usually 40 or less hours
    flexible schedule
    promotion possible
    can move around easily

    Cons

    too many meetings
    not enough time spent doing "engineering"
    typical big company convoluted system

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be more productive with time

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Customer focus challenging

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Newark, DE

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

    Pros

    compensation, flexible time-off, safety emphasis

    Cons

    promotion criterion needs to be well established

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Dow is the Highest paid employer in are area at this moment in the maintenance world with stock options and bonus.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inst Tech  in  Seadrift, TX
    Current Employee - Inst Tech in Seadrift, TX

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

    Pros

    4 ten hour days in are work week with the option to work Fridays most of the time if you want some over time.

    Cons

    Lots of pressure because of so many polices in place around doing hands on work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    World-class work experience in a small community

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Functional Accountant  in  Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Functional Accountant in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    Compensation is good, opportunity to move between functions provided an opportunity to grow experience.

    Cons

    For a company receiving accolades for flexibility, the ability to create a job that works for the employee can be very difficult. Forced rankings for performance evaluations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great company attempting to move into the 21st Century

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Management Intern  in  Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Management Intern in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Culture, people, worklife balance, room to move in differend directions within the company

    Cons

    Slow technology, data attainment and validation, poor automation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allowing more time to make decisions on full time offers after internships

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great experience.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Solid company to work for that seems to care for its employees. On site gym and flexible work life balance.

    Cons

    Cons were relatively minimal. The largest complaint I typically heard was around the location of the headquarters. Personally liked the Midland area especially for a family but not big city life.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    A great traditional company, currently trying to adapt to a 21st century workplace culture

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst  in  Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    Great work-life flexibility, leaders want to see you grow, develop and advance, team-focused culture with employees that are invested in the success of the company. Dow is investing heavily in Midland, the city it is based in, putting up new buildings, being integral to the community, and focusing more on recruting out of college than it has in the past decade.

    Cons

    The average age is a bit high
    With a very strong focus on earnings every year, you tend to hear "no" more than "yes" when it comes to new projects or ideas.
    The onboarding experience was not great - I was kind of thrown into the fire and was expected to understand the structure, workings, and expectations of the company very quickly. 2 years+ in, I'm just atarting to get it, but I felt like it's been a very "wobbly" experience until this point.
    Midland, while being a great place ot raise a family, is an awful place to start a family. While the new hire scene is there and growing, you need to make an effort to partake in it. Without a social group, you'll find yourself struggling to find things to do. Most of the time, even with a group of friends, you'll venture outside of Midland on weekends to do things (northern Michigan in the summer, traveling South in the winter (maybe a little bit of skiing up North)).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Improve the onboarding process if you want to retain new employees. Get new employees excited to work for Dow, especially those that work at corporate. There can be a real disconnect working at corporate from what the company actually does and provides for the world. We're a Fortune 50 company, but sometimes it feels like Chemical Company XYZ.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company with a lot of opportunities.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Run Plant Engineer  in  La Porte, TX
    Current Employee - Run Plant Engineer in La Porte, TX

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

    Pros

    The best reasons to work for Dow are the benefits that it offers. It is a very understanding company. They know that every engineer is different- some want families and more free time, some others are just ambitious and like to work and get to the top. Dow has created the flexibility for engineers to choose and decide on their path according to where they see themselves best fit. This is what I really like about the company. Also, Dow is an international company, therefore, you have the opportunity to potentially work abroad if that's what you want to do. The culture is great too. People at Dow are generally very friendly and easy going.

    Cons

    As an engineer starting at Dow, the pay is not the highest compared to what oil companies would pay. However, as long as performance is good, it is not difficult to earn raises. Other companies may offer a higher pay, but most likely are not willing to give raises as fast.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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