DuPont Reviews

Updated September 26, 2014
Updated September 26, 2014
368 Reviews
3.5
368 Reviews
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DuPont Chairman & CEO Ellen J. Kullman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance when there is no high priority activity going on (in 55 reviews)

  • Outstanding core values, Excellent reputation, World class innovations capabilities (in 30 reviews)


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

  • Bureaucratic decision making process (in 11 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    process operator

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont

    Pros

    good place to work at

    Cons

    compensation is too low for th e work

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    R&D Technical

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - R&D  in  Durham, NC
    Current Employee - R&D in Durham, NC

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

    Pros

    Stable company, Range of specialties and businesses, science focused. Benefits are decent but better in past years. Wealth of knowledge. The company as a whole is decent.

    Cons

    Local site management has completed destroyed employee morale. Reality has been replaced with perception. No room for advancement for non-exempt employees unless you are deemed a "special one" or know someone in upper management. Non-exempt employees are not appreciated for the importance of their contribution. Us vs. them mentality has been created. They often contradict themselves. Performance evaluation process is based more on who you work for and who likes you opposed to your actual work. Incompetent management still in position after countless complaints with no significant consequences. Low or non-existent raises. Little to no trustworthiness in management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At local site, clean-up management. Appreciate non-exempts and contributions with raises or bonuses. Review actual site performance rating process and make it fair and relevant to acutal work performance. Be genuine in desire or attempt to fix problems with employee morale or just leave it alone.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Field Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Networking is available in conferences every other year.

    Cons

    You must be totally flexible, no real interest in your career development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your younger engineers, they have needs that the company is not meeting including career development, relocation benefits, and healthcare coverage.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Contiuos development at DuPont

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Global Finance Manager  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Global Finance Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Pros

    Companies does the max for your development; values diversity and strong innovation leadership.

    Cons

    Company pushing you constantly to deliver your potential. Makes the most for your development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    At critical times, workload still in the shoulders of a few, who deliver. Raising the bar needs to continue to get rid of below required performers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    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 DuPont

    Pros

    Great culture and a lot of opportunity for advancement and exploring techniques. Good benefits and retirement package.

    Cons

    Long working hours and weekend work

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    ~ 2 years

    Current Employee - Field Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Engineer

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

    Pros

    Good benefits. Good people. Lots of opportunities

    Cons

    Offices are mainly on West coast.

  8.  

    Amazing

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

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

    Pros

    You are surrounded by intelligent people on a daily basis

    Cons

    I would not mind a sald bar in the lunch room

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Couldn't ask for better management, company is run soundly

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    The most people respect comany

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager  in  Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    friendly and open minded and good benefit

    Cons

    process to slow down the job

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to people at bottom

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 3 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.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Not much career guidance but stable company

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

    I have been working at DuPont full-time

    Pros

    Flexible, stable, good work life balance

    Cons

    Low raises if any, better vacation for new hires then long term employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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