DuPont Reviews

Updated July 14, 2014
Updated July 14, 2014
350 Reviews

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DuPont Chairman & CEO Ellen J. Kullman
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance when there is no high priority activity going on (in 51 reviews)

  • Great core values and respect for people (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • DuPont emphasizes respect for people at a high level but in reality the follow through is just not there (in 9 reviews)

  • Below average rate of project progression due to deliberate, data driven, decision making (in 10 reviews)

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    Integrated Ops

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    Former Employee - Business Process Specialist  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Business Process Specialist in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at DuPont full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    pay, 401k match, work from home,

    Cons

    slow, slow, slow. great people but extremely slow to move forward with anything.

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

    Never ever work as a contractor here!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at DuPont as a contractor for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some good people, and people that have been working there have been there a very long time. Salary level is good, and they are using the latest software platforms, so you can sharpen your skills.

    Cons

    Do not work here as a contractor. They hire only a small number of their contractors. The "Employees" treat contractors as second class citizens.
    They company goes on and on about their "Core Values", which includes respect for people. Leaving a contractor with no benefits and no vacation time for years does not show them respect.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Yes, I see that you NEED contractors. Bring them in for a 6 to 12 month period, and then hire them. Use your core values to show respect for the people that are talking to your customers, and doing all the hard work for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    DuPont IT. A great place to work if you don't like promotions and like managers getting credit for your hard work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is full time work and the pay is okay.

    The benefits are not as good as they were, but are still better than most companies.

    Most people are very professional and courteous.

    Cons

    In order to get a promotion in DuPont IT, they want you to be a manager. Yet higher level IT people who have been there a long time can spend hours in their office playing Windows games and have no real responsibilities.

    DuPont IT hires contractors out the wazoo who waste time, resources, do terrible jobs at support and also waste time and money in paperwork games that bog down any real work to be done. It takes 20x longer to go through the paperwork systems ( some processes owned and maintained by contractors) to move a project from development to production than it takes to actually do the work itself. Something as simple as creating a folder on a drive that used to take 10 seconds is now a 2 month production, with 20 to 50 sign-offs of contract people.

    Projects are put in place that are just a total waste of money and resources. Many times they are proposed and created by the Dupont 'Center Of Excellence' gurus to replace older systems which are already cost effective and efficient. The lower level IT support people know that these changes are not needed and will be less efficient and will have a higher risk of failure and voice their opinions, Those opinions are always discounted and fall into dead air or are answered with the reply.. 'You don't understand the big picture'. These 'replacement' projects almost always fail, leaving the upper crust IT gurus scratching their heads in amazement, while the lower level IT support people knew this would happen all along.

    DuPont is still holding onto outdated process management tools like Six Sigma, when it has been clearly shown that 60% of all Six Sigma projects eventually fail. Especially when you try to force them down the throat of every IT person as a 'You have to do this' option. What you get is a six sigma task with no meaning, just to mark it off your list as having done the 'requirement'.

    One of DuPont 'Core Values' is 'Respect for People', and they hold this out as their flagship core value. It is however, a one way mirror. DuPont believes that they are treating their people fairly, when in all honesty, the promotion system is still the good old boy buddy system. People get promoted by sucking up to the management, not by the work they do. In DuPont, if you sit in your office, do all your required work, increase your skills by 10x what they were after you were hired, please all your customers where they have nothing but great things to say about you, that won't get you promoted.

    If you want to work for an efficient IT company, who's management has a firm grip on costs, and who's people are acknowledged for the work they do (and not their managers taking all the glory) and their accomplishments and skill level increases are rewarded with level promotions.. you may want to look elsewhere. DuPont IT is not the place for you.

    If you decide to work for Dupont IT, Come with low expectations and just do your work every day like the cow in the field, munching grass.You will be happier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about promoting IT people based on increase in skills and quality of work done and do away with the buddy system of promotions.You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?

    Everyone in IT cannot be a manager, don't use that as criteria for level promotions.

    Your sites leadership offers no assistance to promotions. For a manager to promote one of their employees is just another 'task' they don't really want to try to do, because it is work for them and takes too much effort. If a manager does decide to go forward with a promotion for one of their employees, the passive manager will easily bow down to the more aggressive manager to let that manager promote their people. So the employee is at the mercy of a manager who is weak or not aggressive and confrontational. This does a tremendous disservice to the employee who has worked hard throughout the year.

    One day, DuPont, you will finally figure out that contractors are interested in one thing.... money. They don't care if it takes one hour to fix a problem or 2 months, The longer they drag it out, the more they can bill DuPont. The more complicated a contractor makes his support processes, the more they can bill DuPont for. Sure you can possibly save 100,000.00 + for each full time employee you replace, but the costs for the contractor plus the detriment to the business far outweighs those costs. Your businesses are suffering because this. One day you may figure this out.

    Do your homework before pushing projects that are not needed down everyone's throats. Question everything and then, re-question it again. Is it really needed? Get feedback from the people at the sites your changes will affect. Do they really need the change? Is it just a waste of money? Can it be done a different way? Get input from the local IT people at the site and LISTEN TO IT! Form a team that reviews projects to see if they really are necessary and one that has the power to axe ANY project that is found to be not needed or will cause a negative impact on the businesses that use it.

    Also, keep giving contractors access to databases that contain proprietary information. Your data's security is of no issue, right? Do you REALLY know who has access to your data?
    I wonder how many cyber criminals have signed non-disclosure agreements?

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    cheap company who takes all benefits to give bonuses to stockholders and management.

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    Current Employee - PM MECHANIC (MILLWRIGHT, PIPE)  in  La Porte, TX
    Current Employee - PM MECHANIC (MILLWRIGHT, PIPE) in La Porte, TX

    I have been working at DuPont full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    employed, better than unemployed. BUT GETTING WORSE.

    Cons

    hourly pay- not good anymore...made changes to the pay schedule so we get less money per month.took pension, medical sucks now.. obamacare is better, even our contractors get better benefits. SELLING ALL UNITS TO JAPAN!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    take care of the people and equipment, that make your living. then you would not have to sell off all your units!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Disappointment in a large company

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain  in  Hayward, CA
    Current Employee - Supply Chain in Hayward, CA

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

    Pros

    Dupont is a big company so there is what seems to be a certain level of job security. The benefits and pay are decent.

    Cons

    Despite being a large company if you don't work in the heart of dupont in Wilmington Delaware things are hardly secure. DuPont is an east coast company that doesn't seem to take west coast facilities into consideration when making decisions regarding benefits and policies. Working for a business recently acquired by DuPont I have seen the culture that made working at our site attractive melt away as DuPont policies and mind sets have taken over. DuPont emphasizes respect for people at a high level but in reality the follow through is just not there. DuPont is nothing special when it comes to taking care of their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    An ever increasing workload for the same pay and paltry annual increases is not how you show respect for people. Keeping temps/contractors on staff for years with no attempt to hire them full time is not showing respect for people. Step up and take care of your people for real.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Decent company to work for if you're just looking for a paycheck.

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer

    I worked at DuPont full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Great benefits, flexible schedule, low standards

    Cons

    Company is pretty content with the status quo. Don't push for change or new ideas. Employees who follow the rules and don't do anything wrong are celebrated, while those who challenge the existing way of thought and try to innovate are not valued.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    1. Raise your standards for hiring new employees. 2. Put those employees in roles that are best suited to their strengths. 3. Give those employees the freedom to be creative problem solvers within the scope of their role. 4. Sit back and reap the rewards.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Hard to break in to the culture - people and work - since there were so many 25+ year employees.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at DuPont full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Smart scientists.
    Tries hard to be global but every region and every business unit thinks they are unique.
    Six Sigma has been institutionalized.

    Cons

    Work experience from outside the company is not valued.
    Opportunities happen by knowing someone from having worked with them in the past. Very hard for experienced new hires to be known for upcoming opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You know there has to be a problem when over 80% of the experienced new hires leave within 2 years. This is 'accepted' and there is no interest in trying to understand or change this. How do you get new ideas into the company?

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

    Terrible relations between management and wage roll.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The hourly wage is good.

    Cons

    Mismanaged and lack of investment in infrastructure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to build up a career network but little job fulfillment

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Able to build up a career network

    Cons

    As an engineer, work not challenging; work with too many people that are not innovative & creative; big disconnect in what the company says and what it actually does

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hard to advise on this since it is striking how leaders and managers do nothing to change the culture and help those who are talented and driven. Status quo seems to be the way to go.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    SHE Specialist

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kinston, NC

    I worked at DuPont full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good place to get experience

    Cons

    Autocratic un-educated micro managing little man syndrome. Will be a nobody to anybody when he retires

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get qualified people for the right job

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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