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Corning Reviews in Corning, NY

Updated December 22, 2014
Updated December 22, 2014
188 Reviews
3.7
188 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Depending on your role, work/life balance can be catered to meet your needs (in 11 reviews)

  • It is a great place for R&D people and you can learn lots of stuff in a short time (in 10 reviews)


Cons
  • No real challenges - I have a great work life balance, very happy (in 8 reviews)

  • Small town politics on large international company, very conservative athmosphere, ridicule holiday policy (in 14 reviews)

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  1.  

    Collaborative, innovative, relationships important. Good pay/benefits

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Collaborative environment, interesting business, great global footprint, innovative. Unique benefits (corporate flights to NYC, etc)

    Cons

    Long hours, must know people to move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    World Leader in Glass Research with Friendly, Supportive Environment

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Associate in Painted Post, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corning is the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics. If you love glass, there is no better place to work. Corning is one of the few companies that supports a healthy balance of applied and fundamental/exploratory research. Researchers are encouraged to pursue their own interests and offered many opportunities for growth and training. The work environment is very friendly and highly cooperative. Corning has a polite small-town culture that fosters a sense of family. There is a feeling that "we're all in this together."

    It is obvious that most people choose to work for Corning because they are passionate about what they do and about what Corning seeks to accomplish as a company. That is part of what makes the research culture here so invigorating.

    Corning has some of the top scientists in the world working on life-changing innovations. Combined with a friendly, support environment and many opportunities for growth, what's not to love?

    Cons

    No major cons to speak of. I've spent nearly half my life working at Corning's Sullivan Park research facility, and I wouldn't have it any other way!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up Corning's 160-year tradition of excellence for another 160 years!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great experience in R&D Environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Driven by research and development.
    Good work-life balance.

    Cons

    Small place by location, nothing much to do except for work

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Team Leader, Diesel Plant

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    Former Employee - Team Leader, Piesel Plant in Painted Post, NY
    Former Employee - Team Leader, Piesel Plant in Painted Post, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large diverse company with many career options.

    Cons

    When I was, there many of my peers were manipulative and immature in their dealings. Too much focus on gossip, brown-nosing, and office drama, not enough on actually doing the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you truly want to evaluate your staff, don't rely on hearsay or second-hand information. Get off your duffs and actually see what they do (or don't do).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Expect perfect storm - RIFs and layoffs every 2-3 years now. Very unstable.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY

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

    Pros

    Low crime, very small town in the middle of nowhere unfortunately controlled by single large employer which can actually be a disastrous. 80% of the positions posted publicly are already filled up by internal candidates. Public postings are just the mock up to fulfill the requirements.

    Cons

    Everything is upside down, very "clicky", promotion based on how much you "like" your bosses and based on race and gender. American company with old style management. If you are non-american they tag you on your badge by the BLUE GLOBE which means you have no access to any databases, no access to research resources and they treat you unequally and with disrespect. You are not by definition part of the pack. You will have to proof yourself for 5-10 years before you get promotions even if you outperform every single year. Middle management absolutely useless, not helpful, very bureaucratic, creating just obstacles. Innovation is stacked for years, people don't trust each others, don't share any ideas b/c on the invention discloser (ID) committee are sitting US citizen only fellows having absolute power and control. They distribute submitted ideas to their own supporters, palls and friends and resubmitted with their names. Many sr. scientists and associates and fellows haven't been in labs for years or never been in labs at all and yet having hundreds of patents, IDs and publications. Stealing was elevated into a first principle. People don't collaborate, they just compete between each other. Due to small town attitude, there is a lot of gossiping, politics and backstabbing. Not motivating at all. 95% folks go to work for just the paychecks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get the fellows out of the ID review committee and fire them. Promote collaboration, not internal competition. Treat people realy equally not just by empty phrases with smell of propaganda into which nobody believes anyway.
    Diversity does not mean women and African-American. Take the glass research department from the pedestal, these are the biggest creator of inequality in the company. Make both managers of that department accountable for creation of such hostile and unfriendly environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Turbulent

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corning gives you all the tools to be an accomplished professional. This includes training opportunities and networking opportunities. One advantage is Corning is a small town so commuting to work is easy.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Corning has subsided in recent years and really lost the moral and loyalty of many employees. In many instances, solid scientific professionals are micromanaged by managers who lack any real talent of their own. Additionally, salary is low given the cost of living in New York and health insurance premiums are making it difficult to reside here. I often find diversity is really lacking at Corning including promoting people by sex and race not by qualifications .

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You should reward employees more frequently and promote people who have done an exceptional job. No one wants to wait 10 years for their first promotion. Besides there is no reason to out perform or go above and beyond when you get the same annual raise as your colleagues who slack.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good work environment, friendly people

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laser Lab in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Laser Lab in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Colleagues were friendly and helpful
    The workload wasn't overwhelming
    The company provided really good training
    The pay was good compared to a lot of other freshman internships

    Cons

    The work I was doing wasn't the most interesting thing in the world
    I felt a little babied by the head researcher that was in charge of the project I was working on

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give interns slightly bigger responsibilities

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    CET Backstabbing

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    Former Employee - Ceramic Tech in Painted Post, NY
    Former Employee - Ceramic Tech in Painted Post, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Corning may be the 'largest employer in the area', but they are certainly not the best. They do solve problems by basically throwing money at their problems, but unfortunately, it results in a backfire costing more money in the long run. Good working facilities and safety mindedness, but could do with some newer management and decrease the 'packages' offered by inept supervisors and managers that are working only long enough to get such perks at company costs after retirement.

    Cons

    Overpaid and over compensated for work done. Management takes employee ideas and passes them off as their own for credit. Forced to work with Union and Company employees in circumstances that do not work. Information placed in employee files that are not relevant or correct. Many employees with specific backgrounds, education and previous work experiences are not placed in positions where they utilize these characteristics. If they need a 'warm body' they will place you there for as long as they want then force you out in a RIF situation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try listening more to those employees who are actually 'in the trenches'. Their supervisors/managers do not give a full accounting of how the jobs are going because they do not actually do the job and do not know the problems occurring. There are far too many supervisors and managers to do the job well. All they do is eat up the budget. As has been said over the past few years, 'Do more with less.' Time to follow your own words!!!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    gorgeous surroundings, invests tons of money into R and D, great values and care for employees

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    The most outstanding aspect of this company is its care to the individual. Directors and managers are friendly and want to help you succeed and develop with the company. I got to talk to a lot of people during my time here and am very surprised with the amount of innovation being done throughout the various departments. Very impressive. Though Corning is located in a small town, the company does have daily flights to NYC (big enough city for you?) and Corning's other locations. Business travel fills first then personal travel. Full time employees fly for free. There seems to always be space on the weekends.

    Cons

    A lot of "dark" projects going on so people can't talk about what they're doing most of the time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continued growth, commensurate with overall performance

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Ability to grow within a chosen area or diversify while remaining with the same company. Small town, and at the same time, global company. Opportunity to travel as needed.

    Cons

    It is what you make it. As with all companies, not knowing how to navigate corporate culture and relying only on merit will not work. Again, that is not unique to Corning Inc.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage folks to focus on the life piece of work-life balance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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