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Owens Corning Reviews

Updated Apr 26, 2014
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3.3 102 reviews

88% Approve of the CEO

Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman

Mike Thaman

(65 ratings)

65% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Mid-west culture lends itself to a strong emphasis on family life and work-life balance(in 10 reviews)

  • Plant leadership teams and associates in most plants are great people to work with(in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is pretty non-existent, at least in some areas of the business(in 4 reviews)

  • Company is very tied to the consumer housing market and have been experiencing economic issues as a result(in 5 reviews)

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    Opportunities for you if you are a white American....not so good if you are black

    Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsWork is interesting, pay is decent. The company's focus on safety is very appealing, and managers (those who are good) will steer you in the right direction.

    ConsVery conservative company...if you are someone who can generate ideas and desire to see them implemented, look elsewhere. Also, being a minority( am a currently employed black engineer btw) I will say this. If you are a minority (woman or other minority engineer), your chances of progressing into leadership position or even getting promoted are very limited. I would advice that you look elsewhere. I will be leaving in 3 weeks for a better position, with bigger pay. And this is with a global company.

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe middle management should just be let go. It is really killing us.

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

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    KCK Plant SHAMEFUL!

    Anonymous (Former Employee) Kansas City, KS

    ProsI really enjoyed my co-workers. The pay was decent. Employees were really helpful in training and giving uncut views on politics and history of company.

    ConsThe work schedule was horrible and antiqated. The work enviroment was very unhealthy. The union was a joke. The job culture was counter-productive.

    Advice to Senior ManagementBuild or do serious renovation of plant. Change work schedule. Improve emloyee training and work culture including eliminating favoritism.

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    Mediocre senior management... need to 'reboot the leadership' in certain sectors of OC's portfolio

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Toledo, OH

    Pros* Good operations function
    * Dedicated people in the plants
    * Very good early career development
    * Best company i've ever seen at weeding out bad talent and firing them quickly (not sure if this is a ''pro" but they think it is)... some good talent is weeded out though because of this

    Cons* Reviews are highly subjective... process does not require review with signatures as most Fortune 500s require. Anyone can give baseless feedback to your boss and ruin your reputaton
    * VPs and Directors regularly shout, verbally abuse, and eliminate 'threats'. HR sits by and lets it happen. Then if you try to address situation, you will get labeled a troublemaker and you will be out of organization quickly. CFO and CEO seem to ignore outright abusive behavior by VPs / GMs and Directors.
    * Culture breeds continuous 'separation' mindset where reorganizations happen every 1-2 years
    * Clique culture is fostered between business units and regions and between competing managers... organization does not work together at all
    * Very non professional - Culture enables open criticism of management who aren't there to defend themselves as VPs do it openly to undermine people
    * Good early development is wasted as VPs are clueless on their own processes in their organization... soesnior management has no clue what the rest of the organization does
    * They are very good at holding their power as they are not accountable for their results. Certain businesses have lost millions of dollars over the years, yet it is the same players leading the org. Middle management turnover is extremely high because of it.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCFO and CEO need to examine the methods their underlings use on their people. Certain VPs know they will never be fired or accountable and run rampant on the organization.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Commodity market

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThere are some really talented people working for OC.

    ConsIt's average pay for extraordinary work. They know the market reference on pay and that is the target.

    Advice to Senior ManagementEHS is not as good as they thing they are. Good people trying to do good work but a lack of plant manager understanding.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Very Political Company

    Information Systems (Former Employee) Toledo, OH

    ProsThe people I worked with at OC were always extremely helpful and friendly. The pay was good and the benefits were fair.

    ConsThe company is pretty political with advancements and promotions as it's more about who you know and less about your talent and value to the organization. Work life balance is pretty non-existent, at least in some areas of the business.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Good benefits, World class thinking & facility, 3rd world execution and accountability!

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsGood benefits. Great facility. Good brand. Friendly people. Lots of networking opportunities.

    ConsConstant meetings and discussions. No real actions and decisions be makde or taken. Lack of ownership due to matrix organizations. Heavily focus on "high quality" presentations and conversations, but not enough accountability. CEO and senior management team are in a small group and rarely engage with mid/ low-level people. CEO and senior management team are bright and smart, and they will make sure you know that when meeting with them. Overall, a company rides with the housing market, but doesn't have the culture and strategy to maximumize the opportunities given.

    Advice to Senior Management1. Embrace the challenges and take bold moves to drive the growth
    2. Do more with less talking and meeitngs

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    Great company with little focus on the long term

    Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Toledo, OH

    ProsThe CEO is great, and the old timers who have been there for 20+ years are top shelf

    ConsToo much focus on the short term, several org changes in only a few years

    Advice to Senior ManagementOrganizational design is a mess... simplify

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Static Leadership

    Finance (Former Employee) Toledo, OH

    ProsThe facility and campus environment where fantastic. The work area was very open and inviting. Very conducive to production.

    ConsThere was an overcommitment to group thought. New ideas were not appreciated or thought of as being impactful. Many of the personnel operate in cliques, and attempt to freeze people out.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    If this is American Manufacturing's Future We're in Trouble

    Plant Operations Leader (Current Employee)

    ProsWork life balance - not really a company value but it's just not a hard working company culture which is good for your home life.

    ConsDysfunctional culture from HQ. Lack of anyone who truly cares about the company, most just marking time. No vision. Full of Corporate Cliche programs that do nothing. Very risk averse. Poor locations. Zero innovation company - created fiberglass but all the competitors now are the ones driving innovation.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI know they won't do it but I'll say it anyway - move the HQ away from Toledo. The only people attracted to this town are the same type of people with the same ideas. HQ is filled with a mix between old 20+ year employees trying to keep their head down and act like they're working and new employees who are only planning on being there 3-5 years then going to a better one. Talent management, development, and caring for leaders in this company for lack of a better word - sucks.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Try to succeed despite the incompetence from HQ

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Newark, OH

    ProsBrand recognition looks good on resume. Most people recognize the brand.

    ConsLittle to no communication to the plants from HQ. You hear nothing from HQ unless it is negative or a new organizational announcement of a new director position being created or some previous rising star getting fired. The entire Toledo entity seems to make government look efficient. Lots of infighting and agendas and since there has been so much cutting over the past few years everyone is complete defensive mode as to not get noticed and only do enough not to get fired. Support groups like Granville spend their time trying to seem important but never being on the hook for any actual decisions as to not get blamed for it. No one is rewarded for ingenuity and any bad news is crushed hard so everyone spends their time weaving tales of half truths. Human resources is a rotating cast of people they hire from outside who spend a few years making things worse then they leave or get fired. Instead of hard choices they put every poor performer on special projects like a software upgrade project (SAP) then rebrand it as a "Customer Experience Transformation" team. Then when that team can't execute even that they just shrug their shoulders and keep on delivering the same results. I was in one of the more established facilities and saw all of this first hand.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt doesn't matter. You know all this stuff but are just hanging around to jump to a better company or hide while you make your six figure salaries. Just google some of the public offer letters to see some of the money these people make and you'll shake your head.

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

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