Eastman Chemical
4.5 of 5 520 reviews
www.eastman.com Kingsport, TN 5000+ Employees

Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated Jun 26, 2014
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4.5 520 reviews

                             

90% Approve of the CEO

Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa

Mark J. Costa

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94% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    A work environment dominated by white males, most of whom are intelligent and think highly of themselves.

    Superintendent (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsThe headquarters is located in a great place to live and raise a family. Most employees spend a career here and are very dedicated to doing a good job. The cost of living here is relatively low, salaries and benefits are competitive.

    ConsCurrent management philosophy does not demonstrate that people or diversity is valued.
    There is a lot of micromanagement going on at high levels which keeps middle managers runnng around in many circles trying to please their bosses.
    Too many early to mid career business and technical personnel as well as managers are spending 24/7 thinking and doing things for the job and not in a position to have work-life balance. There is too much fear in the workplace to push back.
    It is not unusual to hear statements from directors and above that are discrimantory towards groups of people and would be extremeley embarassing to the company if made public.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou have strong people at all levels in the company. Let them do their job. Provide direction and goals but let your people make decisions on how to meet those goals.

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

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    Engineer Assistant (Current Employee)
    Longview, TX

    ProsInvolved in multiple departments as an intern, exposure to various plant processes and procedures

    ConsSeverly underworked. "Your only an intern" gets said too often. Texas Eastman has a strong culture to it. It is a very large company that resembles much of coorporate america. No one really cares what you do just so long as you stay "busy" and don't interupt them. It is very difficult to get anything done quickly. There are loads of paper work to fill through and fill out and then you need to wait for days to get approval signitures. So many people involved in even the simple things. As an engineer you never really perform and engineering calculations. You outsource to contractors and suppliers. You just tell them what you have running currently, what you would like to run, and then "review" their proposal when they get it back to you. As a mechanical engineer in a chemically heavy environment your primary function is as a glorified repair man playing the role of project manager for the instillation of piping and other process changes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOverall it is not a managment issue, the people who work here enjoy the layed back atmosphere where you get payed tons of money to do nothing. If that interests you by all means come join their team. Personally it drove me crazy not being able to keep myself busy. Fortunetaly I had some online classes I was able to tackle while at work. In the end the frustration drove me to quite a week early. I do not care if I'm getting payed well, I want to feel like a valued contributor and earn my pay!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Flawed ideology and spineless management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsChallenging work and lots of it to go around. Best pay in the area if you want to sell your soul.

    ConsManagers are spineless and throw workers under the bus at the first sign of problems. All accidents are preventable culture is equivalent of an ostrich sticking its head in the sand.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAccidents are not always preventable. Have managers hold the right people accountable instead of the masses. New blood from outside the company is needed badly! Let's start acting internally how our external persona portrays. Hold managers to a higher standard. We're all adults here, let's start by treating our people like adults and holding individuals responsible for their own actions.

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    Missing the "old" Eastman when there actually cared about their employees.

    Chemical Plant Operator (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsOne of the better paying places in the area.

    ConsBenefits are no longer "good", cut vacation time, retirement and insurance benefits. They no longer care about the people, especially the operators doing the actual work. Contracting lots of jobs out and getting rid of older employees jobs just to turn about and hire younger workers to replace them. Becoming safety stupid.......

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Eastman's Solutia Heritage employees haven't been treated equally as yet!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFuture looks brighter for younger employees.

    ConsSolutia Heritage employees are still suffering financially in compensation since the acquisition.

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    Set Up To Fail Syndrome

    IT Systems Analyst (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsMy co-workers are great to work with. They are knowledgeable, dependable and will rally to help others to fix a computer system problem.

    ConsWithin the last 3 years I’ve seen supervisors become cold and callous in their zeal to improve employee performance. Employees within my division who were known for their expertise and strong performance have taken early retirement because of recent poor annual performance ratings and unreasonable supervisor expectations. I too have become a victim of The Set-Up-To-Fail Syndrome described in the March 1998 issue of the Business Harvard Review. I tried the open door policy with my management and met with HR representatives to discuss the situation but to no avail. I feel employees in my position have no advocate or means to deal with unreasonable supervisors.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSupervision and managers need to be held accountable to model and inspire high levels of honesty, integrity, and trust. Employees want a supervisor who they can respect -the person as well as his position.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Limited opportunity for career advancement.

    Senior CHEMIST (Former Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsLow cost of living in the Tri-Cities area, competitive salary and benefits. Eastman is a good place where to get started in the industry as a scientist.

    ConsLack of advancement, some discrimination, minorities and women have not yet been fully appreciated. Promotions are based on who you know than what you do. Monotonous work as a scientist.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake better use of employee's technical skills.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Micromanagers throughout

    Senior Associate Scientist (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsTravel to meeting is general

    ConsManagers are of a different technical background then the people doing the work (which is often normal) yet managers because they are managers feel obligated to micromanage how the work is completed despite adding no value in stead of simply directing what work is needed.

    Advice to Senior ManagementLet those with subject matter extertise do their job without management oversight as to how to do their work.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Actions don't match words

    Chemical Engineer (Ph D ) (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsStock price has gone up by a factor of 7 since 2009. Dividends have increased almost 20% in the last 2 years.

    ConsRaises for non-managerial employees are meager. Benefits (health care, retirement/pension) are eroding or gone. Culture is trying to change from one of cooperation to one where there is competition between employees.

    Management claims that employees are their greatest resource, but their actions are contrary.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThis advice is to potential engineering employees: Come to work here in a mid-career move. The cost of living is low in Kingsport, and they will likely match your salary from your old employer.

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

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    Great if your in upper tier ,sorry if your salary

    Operator (Current Employee)
    Kingsport, TN

    ProsBeen with the company for 35 years , 30 good years

    ConsCompany cutting benefits at every opportunity (Vacation,Bonus,Health care)

    Advice to Senior ManagementIf we at the bottom are truly an asset (or are we included in that assessment when you make that claim
    ) it would be nice to receive some of the crumbs that fall from the masters table.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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