DuPont Reviews

Updated April 15, 2015
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  1. 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 (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The hourly wage is good.

    Cons

    Mismanaged and lack of investment in infrastructure.

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

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.

  3. SHE Specialist

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kinston, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kinston, NC

    I worked at DuPont full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    Get qualified people for the right job

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  5. Little respect for people

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The employees are empathetic and innovative, the work is fulfilling, and the site offers a fitness center as well as a subsidized lunch every day. The change in ownership put a heavy emphasis on safety.

    Cons

    This same emphasis on safety could easily take more time than one would expect - it led to one rushing to complete the required jobs, which obviously doesn't aid in improving safety. Management lacks the one mantra that came with the change of ownership from Danisco to DuPont - respect for people. Continued implied threats of job loss do not encourage a workforce to work smarter or safer. Little transparency between managers and staff - no 360 degree reviews were performed during my time there.

  6. Very Old Fashion and little diversity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Business Development Consultant in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The company has been around for over 200 years and a lot of people in the business community recognize the name and the brand "DuPont"

    Cons

    Not a lot of mobility for younger or middle age workforce. The company talks about being new and different and listening to their employees but the same managers with the same mindset are promoted

    Advice to Management

    More Diversity

  7. Little to no career advancement, complacent and very bureaucratic

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Able to work at home office if needed. Benefits and compensation are in the mid-range of other companies.

    Cons

    Many individuals have been with the company most if not their entire lives. For individuals who are new or with a few years experience, it is very difficult to work here. New thoughts are not welcomed. Little to no career advancement or support to get it. I have known many individuals with talent and drive who have left. I am not far behind.

    Advice to Management

    Assess management's ability to attract and retain talent. Fix the cultural and structural flaws.

  8. A once-great company in slow decline

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Does not demand very many hours per week if not in management. Many research projects are intellectually stimulating. Many great colleagues.

    Cons

    Uncompetitive pay and benefits. Uncompetitive compared with more agile and focused competitors. VERY slow to execute. Can be stifling environment for true innovators and entrepreneurial types.

    Advice to Management

    Make a commitment to be the best again. Go back to the culture of the heyday years. Let the scientists run wild. Put them at the center. Be more like Google or Amyris.

  9. R&D has provided a good work environment until the consolidation with the Mt Clemens site.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician in Mount Clemens, MI
    Current Employee - Technician in Mount Clemens, MI

    I have been working at DuPont

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    While at the Troy site, it was more like family than work. A very tight knit group. The facilities were very nice and organized. It was a shame to see it go.

    Cons

    The facilities at Mt Clemens are in terrible shape. To many people crammed into a very small area.
    There is not enough equipment to work effective.

    Advice to Management

    My advice would be to concentrate on improving the work environment. I would also reward those who go the extra mile. Also spend the money and upgrade the equipment.

  10. Helpful (1)

    If you're a contract employee, get used to being second class and unappreciated.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract IT Specialist in Richmond, VA
    Current Employee - Contract IT Specialist in Richmond, VA

    I have been working at DuPont

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many good people to work with.
    Great name recognition on resumes
    Some managers (now retired) were very supportive and nurtured a good environment for growth and for reaching potential.

    Cons

    Many people are promoted who don't qualify and don't have the skills to manage.
    Office politics is rampant, and stifling.
    People in management positions are out of touch with reality.
    Consultants from the "big guys" are treated okay, but contract IT employees without the backing of a major consulting firm are screwed.
    Some managers micromanage, rather than trusting their employees not to be morons.

    Advice to Management

    Only promote people to management who truly deserve it. Trust your employees to know their jobs. Hire good people directly.

  11. Southern US Maintenance Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at DuPont

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Easy work, requires little thinking
    Good pay, slightly above average
    Good benefits, better than average
    Great name to have on resume
    Safety culture

    Cons

    Too many managers
    No accountability for employees misbehaving or performing poorly
    Every employee hides behind their given responsibilities to avoid getting new work/projects
    Difficult to get work completed b/c of lazy culture

    Advice to Management

    Need to give lower level engineers more responsibility, such as control over a budget or other decision making power. It is very difficult to get any work done when you have to go through 10 managers to check if its alright to do anything

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