Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated March 12, 2015
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  1. Eastman

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Lower pay for equivalent job responsibilities in other areas of the country.

  2. Slow company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Very nice people, lots of parties

    Cons

    Technically not great. Not racially diverse company

    Advice to Management

    Make it competitive for employees

  3. Helpful (2)

    Believe some hype ... just not all of it.

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    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Solid company based on a good reputation for innovation, global reach. The company financial outlook looks stable. Fairly good benefits. Vacation time is often based on lifetime experience--not just years with Eastman. Eastern Tennessee is nice.

    Cons

    Despite what the company says or how it talks about itself in the media, there seems to be a shift from innovation to mergers and acquisitions. Upper management is increasingly from a business background than engineering, which creates a disconnect--perhaps why it feels like such a class system of elites vs. working people. It's a schism that seems to be growing. Employees are asked to tighten our belts but there doesn't seem to be any lack of perks for execs.

    Another con is that Kingsport smells from all the industry. But you can live a short way away and be ok.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on organic innovation again and encourage out-of-the-box thinking.

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  5. Helpful (2)

    It has been a good paying job and has help me raise a family but I have never wanted my children to work here.

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in East Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in East Kingsport, TN

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

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

    Pros

    The pay is good but benefits have declined steadly over my 30 year career.Never had an opportunity for promotion tried for years but could not overcome the politics of the job. Training and experience meant very little least of all senority.

    Cons

    Middle and first line supervision its only a numbers game with them my experience was they were always looking for the next promotion or raise. My area was cut so close to the bone overtime is required just to do whats expected on a daily basis. LSE's don't even want to come back that's one example why they( left) retired in the first place. And the people responsible just keep getting by with it nothing is ever said no matter how bad morale is.We had one person leave the company to take a lesser paying job when you have a supervisor threaten to fire you in a public place and makes people feel worthless it gets old. That's just a few examples my question is "Is anybody ever going to care abut the people that makes this place run (hourly workers) 25 yrs. ago we meant something to this company but now we are just stepping stones!"

    Advice to Management

    Upper manangement should be more aware of how plant roll employees are treated.I do want you to know that I'm thankful for my job and I have made a good living. I will continue to do my very best but the culture that we had when I hired in has been destroyed. I must give credit though to the new division I am in now they seem to care more about their people.I am Thankful!

  6. Helpful (5)

    Culture is changing to a less personal workplace.

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Kingsport, TN

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

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly people at Eastman. Top people are rewarded as well as people who play the game well. Training and other resources are normally available. The company seems to be doing well.

    Cons

    Management is not clear on what your expectations are and not really honest with you on where you stand. Some of the companies success has come at the employees expense.

    Advice to Management

    Make expectations clear. The PMP process is fake.

  7. Helpful (2)

    A good place to be if you want stay in the same job.

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Kingsport, TN

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

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

    Pros

    Work / life balance is decent, and focus on personal health is good.

    Cons

    Management decisions mostly based upon current buisness trends and not building a more stable working future.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees and empower them to create a more stable workplace.

  8. Helpful (3)

    Chemical Engineer

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Interesting work and lots of opportunities for chemical engineers
    Currently there is a family work environment

    Cons

    While the current work environment is good, the "new" performance rating system is starting to create and force a more competitive environment

    Advice to Management

    Change the way that performance management/rating is done

  9. Helpful (5)

    Great company to work for now but concerned about future; Eastman can do better

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    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 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -Great people to work with and learn from
    -Strong culture of teamwork and collaboration
    -Opportunity to rotate to new positions every few years while remaining in Kingsport
    -Opportunity for international rotations
    -Invest time and money in the professional development of engineers
    -Better than average job security and work/personal life balance

    Cons

    Recent changes to HR policies are concerning and include:

    -Forced employee ranking which is already poisoning the culture of teamwork and collaboration
    -Reducing or eliminating recruiting and hiring from many great schools in favor of hiring only from a smaller group of HR determined "focus schools" will reduce diversity of thought and skill
    -Focus on Health and Wellness, a worthwhile goal in concept, has been taken in some cases to an extreme of "fat-shaming" and/or invasion of personal health matters

    Advice to Management

    Eastman is at risk of losing what makes it a great place to work within the next 3-5 years if you don't consider the effect of newer HR policies on culture and morale. As someone who has been at the company for 3 years, I've seen the attitude of many of my fellow 2011-2012 new hires shift from overwhelming positive to jaded and dissatisfied in a short time. Many young engineers (some of the best) left this year for other jobs or graduate school, and many more are quietly considering other options.

  10. Helpful (5)

    Was a Great Company - Future is Uncertain

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    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 10 years)

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

    Pros

    The company provide the opportunity for good technical challenges. Generally good people. Ethical employees and management. Positive work enviornment until recently.

    Cons

    New performance rating system with a forced bottom 5% is destroying moral and workplace culture. Promotions have slowed down dramatically in the last 3 years. Flat budgets are impacting hiring and raises.

    Advice to Management

    Elininate the ranking system. Add intermediate promotion steps to provide better feedback on performance.

  11. Helpful (4)

    Performance-based ranking system threatens collaborative company culture

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    Current Employee - Advanced Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Advanced Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN

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

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

    Pros

    A large percentage of the people who work here really enjoy their jobs, and are pleasant to work with. Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance.

    Cons

    The new performance-based ranking system is causing Eastman's collaborative culture to deteriorate. The work environment is becoming more competitive. People are afraid to take on ambitious assignments or try new roles because they would risk receiving a bad ranking, simply because the job wasn't a good fit for them. Good employees receive "unsatisfactory" rankings because they work in a group of top performers, and their supervisors are forced to rank every employee from top to bottom. Eastman's pay is not good enough to justify this type of work environment, and our benefits get worse every year.

    Advice to Management

    I’ve worked at Eastman for some time now, and have enjoyed my career here. I used to believe it was one of the best companies out there. However, I fear that our recently implemented performance-based ranking system is too competitive and will have a severe impact on the company culture I love. The collaborative work environment is already starting to disappear, and morale is sinking for many employees. It is demoralizing to see skilled and capable coworkers receive poor reviews, simply because their management is being forced to rank every employee from top to bottom, and supervisors have to give the lowest rank to *someone*. Employees are afraid to take on ambitious projects or new roles because if the new job turns out to be a poor fit, the employee risks receiving a bad performance ranking and jeopardizing their employment. Many other companies have used similar competitive ranking systems with success (e.g. several large oil companies and chemical companies are well-known for this), however, the competitive pay and benefits offered by these companies helps make up for the unpleasant work environment. Eastman’s employee compensation significantly lags behind these other companies, however, and does not justify the new competitive ranking system and accompanying deterioration of the collaborative company culture which drew so many employees to Eastman in the first place. If the company continues along its current trajectory, many employees will be left wondering if it’s still “worth it” to work here, when they could seek a job with a similar work environment at a company that pays better.

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