Eastman Chemical
4.5 of 5 512 reviews
www.eastman.com Kingsport, TN 5000+ Employees

Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated Apr 28, 2014
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4.5 512 reviews

                             

88% Approve of the CEO

Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa

Mark J. Costa

(43 ratings)

94% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Why are you wanting to work here? Seriously??

    (Former Employee)

    ProsEastman has some perks. Not a lot though since the mantra is "Cut cost at all cost". Budgets have been frozen for the next 3 years and although they are scheduled to hire 300 in the next 3 years, no one has the ability to hire unless they weed out those that are there. Sounds like a double edge sword to me.

    However, it's the only game in town. People are wanting to get into these doors so badly it's unbelievable. Just a note people: there is life outside of Kingsport. Go experience the world.

    ConsHR sucks. Comp and benefits need help. Eastman is so busy doing their weeding, they are losing great talent. The acquisition of Solutia has caused changes that won't be healthy in the long run. Those that are either leaving on their own, or have been let go through the numerous reduction in force projects (they have several each year - some voluntary, but most not. Even if voluntary, you're encouraged to leave), are talented people. And you will find that within months, they realize their error, but it's too late. These folks have moved on.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMr. CEO, do you really know what's going on at the lower levels? HR is being ruined and Finance is losing talent. And Treasury?? I guess the good part is that the businesses are still doing well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Ok

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsPays bills, what else do u need?

    ConsNot too much to do

    Advice to Senior ManagementListen carefully

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A company not very open in its culture

    Auditor (Former Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsIt was lucky to profit from the natural gas boom. Also as a global company, it may provide a lot of opportunities globally.

    ConsClose culture. Plenty of politics. Location of its global headquarter. Benefit packages not competitive or motivating.
    One year, due to bad performance, the company had a -3% merit increase for everyone, instead of having the gut to make tough decision and make the business leaner and more competitive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMove your global headquarter and hire talents according to their strengths.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    A very frustrating place to work

    Middle Management (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsPay and job security is pretty good in this day and age. The headquarters, and most of the employees reside in a beautiful part of east Tennessee, which is a wonderful place to live. Most employees are very ethical, competent and enjoyable to work with.

    ConsIf you are not willing to brown nose management, don't expect to ever get promoted.
    Management does not want to hear the truth, they only want to hear what they believe to be true.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNeed to treat people right and allow people to have a reasonable work/life balance. There are too many veiled threats and direct threats by management indicating that anyone who disagrees with something or is not willing to work all the time, including vacations, just needs to get out of the way and go somewhere else.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Happy Place

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsAdjectives that apply: friendly, happy, positive and old fashioned. Confrontation and dissent are discouraged. Processes are king, results are an expectation from following the process. If the results are short of expectations and the process was followed, all is well.

    ConsThink 1984's NewSpeak. The entire organization is expected to use the same script. Compliance with expectations and achieving targeted results are not enough, employees are expected to be fully "committed". Problems and failures are not to be discussed - if the process was followed, all is well in spite of the results. Reports to the contrary are suppressed and the dissenter reprimanded as behaving too negatively. One must remember to be friendly at all times. Location in East TN is completely removed from real world.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEastman has locations around the world, de-emphasize Kingsport; bring in new ideas and fresh blood. Change the culture from indecisive group-think to results orientation and encourage out of the box thinking and dissent.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Gone downhill after leaving kodak.

    Chemical Plant Operator (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    Prossalary is ok and coworkers are good people.

    ConsBenefit package has went downhill for years but will be awful in 2015. Insurance will be ridiculous.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMoral is at an all time low because they only think about themselves and the stockholders. they forget about the employees that make the products. it keeps getting worse for us. they say they appreciate us but their actions show otherwise. its time to start taking better care of the people that are this companys backbone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I had one bad review and I was fired. Prior to that I was perfect.

    Operator (Former Employee)
    Longview, TX

    ProsStable company with lots of capital

    ConsManagement could turn on you in a heart beat.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNot deserving

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Eastman Chemical Company- Employer from Hell

    Technician (Former Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsEastman Chemical is, unfortunately, the only game in town in Kingsport TN. They are one of the best (and only) large employers in the area, which isn't saying much.

    ConsHorrendously inhumane management (they know they have a captive workforce) and poor working conditions make this a company, if at all possible, to avoid. There is a tremendous sense that you are a meaningless pawn if you aren't either management or have a PhD (from the management's chosen schools). The politics of the place are at least as bad as anything on Wall Street, but with a southern flare.

    Advice to Senior ManagementResign. If not that, you might try listening to your employees, and at the very least, try not to screw your employees first when your profits go down like you generally do.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    New hire laid off

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsNice location... thats about it...

    ConsTerrible management. Got laid off after 2 months of being hired. Management did a terrible job in identifying how many employees they actually needed to hire. Most, if not all, the new hires got laid off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementPlan ahead of time and make sure you really need the people you hire. Why go through all the effort of hiring someone (relocation included) and then laying them off? Says alot about your company's culture ... and it's certainly not good.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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