Owens Corning Reviews

Updated February 20, 2015
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Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman
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Pros
  • Mid-west company, decent work life balance if you work at the head-quarters, pay is fair at WHQ (in 11 reviews)

  • Great people who are very knowledgable and easy to work with (in 8 reviews)

Cons
  • poor benefits and work life balance does not exisit (in 5 reviews)

  • business performance closely tied to housing market (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Lack of Industry Investment Keeps This Dinosaur Afloat

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good External Branding - the Pink Panther provides instant brand awareness to product Good people in operations - quality, seasoned people are running the plants and providing people leadership Great early development programs - their early talent development programs give them a talent acquisition edge

    Cons

    Turnover, low pay, bad medical - They chop non mfg overhead the minute the markets look sour. Early development strength is wasted and only serves as cheap labor. Once folks shop the mkt... very easy to find better $$. Loyalty valued above insight - bosses will weed you out quickly if you don't demonstrate it. Unattractive industry - real product innovation is non existent, composites and insulation aren't long term hedges against roofing's decline. Costs too much $$$ to keep plants maintained. Company sacrificed r&d long ago. Key product line quality is concerning as cost is king. Political - executives don't effectively streamline decision making. Lots of confusion centrally about where the company is headed. Middle mgmt is caught in the crossfire.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that good products and people development are key to your future. value executives that listen to their people, not just the ones who tell you what you want to hear.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Not a well led company

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Area Sales Manager II
    Former Employee - Area Sales Manager II

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality building products, but you pay a premium for them.

    Cons

    For the record, this company has gone through three Area Sales Managers in the last four years in my area of the mid-west. I was let go (with no reason given) back during the housing downturn even though my sales were increasing compared to the rest of the region. The real funny thing is, I still run into roofing distributors and contractors in this area who comment "you were the best rep we've ever had," or "they made a big time mistake when they let you go." This is a very weak company with spineless leadership at all levels that do not value their people. I'm sure the good 'ol boy system is still dead and well at this place. This company will never be able to get away from the charade of their own arrogance. If your looking to join up with a progressive company that is going places..my advice is to keep looking.. They do exist out there...but not at this place. Happy to say I'm striving in a sales position with a top notch Fortune 100 Company today that values their employees, and places emphasis on a positive productive culture.

    Advice to Management

    What goes around....


  3. Helpful (3)

    Stay away

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

    I have been working at Owens Corning 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

    Lots of great talent but underutilized

    Cons

    Not an employee oriented company. Hire you for your talent and experiences but need a consultant from outside company to tell them what to do. Big on employee wellness programs but cutting other benefits.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your workforce.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Mid managers reneged on training

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Electrical Controls Tech in Memphis, TN
    Former Employee - Electrical Controls Tech in Memphis, TN

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Coworkers were good to work with, no problems. Pay & benefits are good for area. Good product.

    Cons

    Reneged on training OC agreed to provide at time of interview. Also OC corp required safety training was skipped yet was expected perform before Arch/Flash trained. To-do lists were waiting for parts to be purchased. Reprogrammed final palletizer to reduce downtime and significant increase in plant output was rewarded w/ termination without any credit days before probationary period was over and full benefits were due. Later discovered previous tech likewise terminated.

    Advice to Management

    If OC corp. electrical stds. exist, they were not found.Drawings are poorly maintained and was reprimanded for attempting to bring this plant up to date, as a waste of time. Intrenched "old school" maint. mgmt. is nepotist; mostly friends or family. No regular system backups, as might be expected. There is no headroom for controls and found overloaded and overheated conditions. Had to purchase electrical components on my own in order to procure basic resistors. Funding for controls, or even hand tools must be begged from MEs while EL controls needs are chronically ignored. Expect downtime will increase as capital investment in new lines will suffer downtime operating above max temps.


  6. Helpful (3)

    Not a very good experience

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Finance in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Finance in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Owens Corning full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Nice building, nice view of the river, land well-maintained

    Cons

    * Self-Ego is too high in this place. * I agree with some of the postings once you work there "if you state your opinion be prepared to look in your rear-view mirror" because back stabbing is a winner in this place. * Not a welcoming place for minority or people with different background; they say "we encourage minority and diversity" but sayings and company policy is one thing, and actions are something else. * Be prepared for no promotions or salary increases for several years unless you know someone.


  7. Helpful (1)

    STAY AWAY! GOOD PRODUCT; BAD EMPLOYER

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Paterson, NJ
    Current Employee - Sales in Paterson, NJ

    I have been working at Owens Corning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    The only thing good about working at Owens Corning is that because they are a reputable company the name is attractive to future employers. As a sales team member we receive extensive training on the Owens Corning sales process (a FLAWED process, but see Cons). Some of those disciplines do carry over well and are an attention-getter on your sales resume.

    Cons

    I don't know where to start in terms of the Cons... The sales process is so flawed it's a wonder they are a billion dollar company. First, their marketing department, those people responsible for generating leads, are incentivized. This results in them signing up any lead, qualified or not. Clients have reported back to me that they felt bullied to take the appointment and they are not prepared to buy. You get NO information about your lead before-hand and are not allowed to follow-up with your lead afterward. Even if you build a nice repoire with your lead, Owens Corning ONLY BELIEVES IN A FIRST TIME CLOSE. If you don't close on the first appointment they believe the problem is with YOU (not the 5-figure product you are attempting to sell). RIDICULOUS! Most consumers need to think about making such an investment and they are likely wanting to weigh the pros and cons between going with a unique more advanced basement refinishing system as opposed to the cheaper, standard building materials, alternative. So.... - You've spent HOURS traveling to lead and presenting the product (~4 hours + commute) - You've spent your own money on gas and wear and tear on car (no gas allowance, no car) - No base salary or benefits, so you're going in with the knowledge this could be a $0 day After leaving an appointment, if you do not close the sale, the marketing department will call and entice into a 2nd visit. THEY WILL NOT SEND YOU. They will send a different sales associate because, again, they believe the problem is with you, not that the consumer just wasn't ready. It is on these rehash appointments that leads report most often feeling bullied. To make matters worse, leadership/management is terrible. They should truly be ashamed of themselves. There are grey areas when it comes to the commission structure. Sometimes managers will determine what percentage of the commission you "deserve." It's arbitrary! With NO other compensation (base salary), even when you do make a sale, there is no guarantee you are getting the commission due you. While we're on the topic of being sold a bill of goods at the interview... - Was told average closing ratio 30%.... NO WAY! - Was told would only be traveling within 45 minute radius of home office... I've traveled as far as 100 minutes. - Was told average of 6 leads per week. A week could go by with ZERO leads. Management claims slow week. THESE STATEMENTS ARE BACKED BY THEIR EXTREME RATE OF TURNOVER. I TRAINED WITH 10 OTHERS. 9 HAD LEFT BEFORE I MADE MY FIRST SALE. All of my attempts to remain with Owens Corning have failed because emails, calls, texts sent to management regarding my concerns were never answered/returned/addressed.

    Advice to Management

    First and foremost... tell the truth. You don't care about turnover because you don't pay your sales people, but what about all the wasted time spent training them when they just leave because you have have misrepresented the job?!?! Care about your sales people... Remember job satisfaction correlates directly with productivity. Do not incentivize your marketing team. Pay them the salary they deserve. Or, incentivize based on leads that convert to sales. Do something to INCREASE the qualification process. Whatever numbers you are crunching that have given you the impression that lack of first time close is MY FAULT... throw them away. You are burdening the lead by sending someone new and making the lead repeat themselves.


  8. Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Pros

    Good people in manufacturing.....meet some really great people, compensation, promote from within, decent benefits,

    Cons

    Short sighted, not very supportive of those actually making products, very financially motivated company


  9. A step back in my career development

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Pros

    family/work balance (not able to say more than that)

    Cons

    lack of career development, unused talent, lack of empowerment, terrible communication

    Advice to Management

    Have a closer look at who you have running your manufacturing facilities. There isn't enough energy put into ensuring the right managers are in place. You are paying big money for salaries of employees who focus solely on themselves and there job security, rather than doing what they need to do in order to keep you profitable. Focus more on the people and the profit will follow.


  10. Looking for a sales career with OC? You've been warned.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good quality products, but over priced.

    Cons

    A management culture that is best defined as "spineless" - you bring them solutions to problems you are experiencing in the field, and it goes NOWHERE. You'll find that the people who work at corporate have this air of superiority and ARROGANCE which summarizes and adds to the overall dysfunction of this company. The ones who survive with this group are soulless individuals who's main personality trait is only looking out for number one... so watch your back. If you decide to sell for this outfit, I can promise you that you'll think back to this post after 6 months.

    Advice to Management

    Lose the arrogance, and react to the damage that is being created by your internal staff. The last time I looked you were losing some very talented individuals by the droves, and there are reasons they are leaving. Redefine the word "leadership"....this should not include anything remotely resembling a good ol' boy network.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Who's on First?

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER
    Former Employee - AREA SALES MANAGER

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Highley tested, quality designed products to sell. Decent brand marketing capabilities. Talented sales force to work with...for now. I truly enjoy the fact that I'm no longer with them.

    Cons

    Internal political environment that does include customer accounts. Yes, OC's management culture allows some customer accounts to dictate who is employed on OC's sales force creating an unfair advantage for that customer. Corporate greed, pricing approvals just outside of competitive reach in your market dooming your ability to compete. An unsupportive, non-communication sales support environment. Unethical behavior, OC Management requires competitive pricing knowledge from your customer base placing YOU in an awkward position with your accounts. Because of a communication deficit and an inept sales support staff, the competition can easily out manuver them. Relationships with peer sales team is "clicky" and untrustworthy. Unsupportive Regional Management, addressing any issues with your immediate report to never happens due to a fear laden corporate culture. In short , corporate management turns a deaf ear to any internal negitive support issues you are facing.

    Advice to Management

    Recognize that you have INTERNAL ISSUES to solve. Hold ALL areas of your company accountable for success besides the sales force, you'll EASILY FIND the CHOKE POINTS that are killing your sales volume. You are LOSING EXCEPTIONAL TALENT for the above reasons. Market your company with equality and fairness for all customers, the channel market pricing issues you are creating (i.e. better sell price for big-box retailers v. traditional 1 & 2 step accounts) will come back to harm you in the long run.



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