Owens Corning Reviews

Updated August 25, 2014
Updated August 25, 2014
110 Reviews
3.4
110 Reviews
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Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman
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71 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Highly political company with poor management accountability, content with status quo, and disregard for employee

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    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Pros

    Still has large market share

    Cons

    Leadership reactive and not aligned with shareholder interest
    Company organization highly political and does not reward performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Not So Hot

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    Former Employee - In Home Sales Representative  in  Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - In Home Sales Representative in Kennesaw, GA

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Name recognition second to none.

    Cons

    Not serious enough about the branch success

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, hazardous working conditions, and miserable co-workers.

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    Former Employee - Dry End Operator  in  Aiken, SC
    Former Employee - Dry End Operator in Aiken, SC

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Everyone will tell you the only reason they work on the factory floor is because of the pay. No one enjoys coming to work.

    Cons

    Management is fake, co-workers don't want to work, hours are long, job is boring, maintenance doesn't know how to do their job, hazards are not fixed, equipment falls apart and is just taped back together, rules are too strict (such as getting fired for leaving a hose on the floor and walking away for 2 minutes), formaldehyde levels are high, and if people who work above you screw up their job and the machinery comes down it's your responsibility to clean up their mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management? Stop lying to your employees. Work with the union and not against them. Stop discriminating and categorizing employees. Take some part in production on the floor. Walk around, ask employees how everything is going and act like you at least care. Listen to employees and try to help them when they come to you. Try and keep busy instead of taking 2 hour smoke breaks and 3 hour lunches. Just because y'all are salary, doesn't mean you should be able to come in just for half the day (12 hour shift) and then leave and continue the pattern for weeks straight. And fix the communication! The communication at the Aiken Plant is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    KCK Plant SHAMEFUL!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I 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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Build or do serious renovation of plant. Change work schedule. Improve emloyee training and work culture including eliminating favoritism.

    No opinion of CEO
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    Opportunities for you if you are a white American....not so good if you are black

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Owens Corning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    Very 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 ManagementAdvice

    The middle management should just be let go. It is really killing us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than 3 years

    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 ManagementAdvice

    CFO 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Commodity market

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    There are some really talented people working for OC.

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Very Political Company

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    Former Employee - Information Systems  in  Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Information Systems in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    The 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Constant 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 ManagementAdvice

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

  11.  

    Great company with little focus on the long term

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager  in  Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Organizational design is a mess... simplify

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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