Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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  • Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance (in 79 reviews)

  • Pay is quite good relative to the cost of living (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • This is a small town when it comes to life outside of work (in 31 reviews)

  • No work life balance in my position (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Internship OK but wouldn't want to work there

    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Springfield, MA
    Former Intern - Process Engineering Intern in Springfield, MA

    I worked at Eastman Chemical as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    My internship was helpful and provided me with a lot of practical knowledge and practice putting my theoretical knowledge to the test. I had a very helpful mentor (a young engineer) who left the company not long after my internship ended.

    Cons

    Work environment and culture were lackluster. The team I worked on was divided and small enough for that division to be a problem and a drag on productivity and morale. Not the friendliest environment for younger engineers working there full-time; answer to some improvement proposals were "well, that's how we've always done it around here."

    Advice to Management

    Improve acceptance of new ideas from younger engineers for process improvement. Break up seniority rules in all matters a little more.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Maintenance

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Maintenance Services Leader in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Maintenance Services Leader in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman Chemical (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Day shift if you can get it . Keep your eyes open its a chemical plant after all

    Cons

    Unless you have an office job or a large degree you are not considered worth much


  3. Helpful (3)

    Poor Interview Process

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Most of the people interviewing were nice. Many of the employees had very positive things to say about the company as a whole.

    Cons

    HR was terrible communicating all information in general. The interview process as way too long compared to their competitors. The employees were all old white people who seemed disconnected with industry standards external to Eastmans' internal training. The lack of diversity made the environment seemed like there was a "glass ceiling" for non white or non Christians within the organization.

    Advice to Management

    Be concerned about attracting a diverse work group that reflects the global workforce. The company has a 20th century mindset in the 21st century. This will be a problem for them in the future.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    Maintenance Mechanic

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The pay and benefits are well above average for Northeast Tennessee. Steady work hours, few (if any) layoffs. Many people spend decades of their life here, something has to be good about the place.

    Cons

    Bullying culture that is largely overlooked by management. Located in a lower socioeconomic area offering few amenities. Despite heavy company investment, poor apprenticeship training at the local community college. Few opportunities to change career paths within the company.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Working for Eastman is becoming overrated.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Anniston, AL
    Current Employee - Operations in Anniston, AL

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

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

    Pros

    Employees can expect insurance and a paycheck. You can expect average wages with a declining benefits package.

    Cons

    Eastman does not care for their employees. We have a satellite human resource representative from another site. Questions constantly go unanswered while employees are left in the dark to figure out what we are losing next. We just lost our gym memberships after moving to a CDHP. They want you to be healthy, you just wont get any help from the company to get to that point. I hope you are not used to a Christmas bonus. Eastman's policy is $10 per person. Yes, a slap in the face. If you are a Christian, you probably won't even here Merry Christmas . It is replaced with Happy Holidays. The Managers don't listen. Production is a major priority while safety falls to the rear. The managers want all the credit when things are going good, but when things start going bad they want to blame the men in coveralls ( after you told them what was wrong). If Eastman wants to be the number one chemical company in the world they have a long way to go.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they are not as dumb as you think. We are all in this together trying to work toward a common goal. We want to make Eastman a better place to work. Success starts at the bottom and goes up. It doesn't trickle down from the top. Try being good to your employees. If you want to be the best, you have to treat them like the are the best. Prediction: our company rank will continue to fall on glassdoor.


  7. Helpful (4)

    I have been working at Eastman full time for 8 years mainly in the Engineering Department.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    Eastman has always said that they value their employees and that people come first and in many ways they do. We have an excellent safety culture which displays to the employees the importance our company places on the people and getting them home safely each day. My management has always been a great supporter of work/life balance, and in fact many of the areas of the company allow for part time schedules, especially for moms with young children at home where it can be difficult to balance having it all. The headquarters of Eastman are tucked into a neat community in northeast TN which has wonderful community, great things to do for outdoor-lovers, and also very close to large cities for shopping, arts, etc.

    Cons

    Eastman recently moved to a performance based rating system, where at the end of the year each employee is ranked as outstanding, exceeds expectation, meets expectations, and does not meet expectations. This system is quickly killing the morale at the company and the ability for people to work as a team (why help someone else do better at their job if they might be ranked above you because of you helping them?). Newer/Younger employees seem to be leaving the company either because of lack of morlae, or because the "grass is greener" somewhere else. Eastman has long had an environment of teamwork - and in fact, that is why we have hired the people we have because we are not the "competetive" environment that many other companies are. But with the performance rating system, we are starting to become more cut-throat. We do not pay the amount that we need to pay for a competitive environment (employees can go elsewhere and make 30-50% more easily). We need to come back to a culture that works for Eastman, one of teamwork and collaboration. In addition, the performance based rating system does not work well for an engineering department, where you have many employees contributing at a top level and then coming in as "meets expectations" at the end of the year. Every person in this organization provides a unique expertise and it is difficult to compare one type of contribution to another. Also, instead of reducting the number of promotions availble, the company needs to open the number of promotions and maybe even make MORE levels of promotion (especially at the lower salary grades). This is one thing that is important to the next generation of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to keep in mind that in today's world with a wide-open job market, Eastman must hold true to our values and company culture to retain and hire good talent. The performance-based-rating-system is quickly killing the morale at the company and the ability for people to work as a team. Also, instead of reducting the number of promotions availble, the company needs to open the number of promotions and maybe even make MORE levels of promotion (especially at the lower salary grades). This is one thing that is important to the next generation of employees.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Intern

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

    I worked at Eastman Chemical as an intern (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Innovation is at the core of the company

    Cons

    Very unorganized and rude people

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more enthusiastic


  9. Helpful (6)

    Concerned with Company's Direction

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

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

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

    Pros

    Overall I really enjoy my job on a day to day basis. By far, the best thing about Eastman is the people. Most departments are team based and feel like a family.

    Cons

    I am concerned with how recent HR changes are affecting the company culture. Last year, Eastman started a ranking system with a mandatory bottom 5%. I've already seen the culture that once made Eastman great start to change as people become more competitive and focused on who will be thrown under the bottom 5% bus this year. Promotions are also few and far between. By choosing to work at Eastman, I've set myself behind my peers at other companies with more appropriate promotion levels. In addition, Eastman has forced flat budgets for the next 3 years. More and more people are leaving because of the culture changes, but we dont have the budgets to replace them. That leaves the rest of us to work long hours to pick up the slack.

    Advice to Management

    Add more reclassification levels, stop ranking employees, and allow more flexible budgets. Right now, the biggest message I am getting from management is that their primary goal is to meet the stakeholder return promise at the employees' expense.


  10. Helpful (4)

    Not sure why I went to college for this.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Longview, TX

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is good. The insurance deductible is ok, but it has more than quadrupled since starting 3 years ago.

    Cons

    After starting questions about job security were being asked within a month. No chance of moving up unless you have your doctorate, even though the doctor’s bosses don't have one. Vacation use is not guaranteed and hard to take because the business always needs you more than not. Some vacation time is always forfeited without compensation. Eastman touts is safety program, but little if any common sense is used when implementing safety procedures. The only thing that keeps more employees from reporting that they are hurt is the fact that Eastman fires employees hurt on the job regardless of fault.

    Advice to Management

    Requiring a high school transcript when applicant was a bachelor’s degree from an accredited university is insulting. Respect those employees that went to college by not sticking them with the same degrading jobs that the high school dropouts do (that was not part of the job description).


  11. Helpful (4)

    If you like having your hand held as if you were a Kindergardener, then Eastman is the place to work.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical 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 only Pros I think I can really contribute towards Eastman is the wages. They are somewhat higher than average for most of Eastern Tennessee.

    Cons

    I often come to work and feel like I should have brought my lunch in a Scooby Doo lunch box and a Snoopy sleeping pad. Our management acts though we are not competent enough to make personal decisions. Example: Make sure your sleeves are down, don't forget your goggles, you need gloves to handle a water hose. Safety is a good thing and no one wants to go home injury free any more than I do, but there's a difference in being safety minded and completely going overboard. Also, with the new clothing regulations for entering the company property, I often wonder if I'm entering Eastman or Chernobyl. After working for Eastman for 20+ years, and knowing what I know now, I should have sought out another form of employment!

    Advice to Management

    Please stop treating us like we are in day care. I don't need someone to hold my hand crossing the street. I'm not 5 years old anymore!!



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