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Corning Reviews in Corning, NY

Updated August 19, 2014
Updated August 19, 2014
170 Reviews

3.6
170 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are in a managerial position, you will have good work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • It is a great place for R&D people and you can learn lots of stuff in a short time (in 9 reviews)


Cons
  • Headquaters is located in a small town (in 13 reviews)

  • No real challenges - I have a great work life balance, very happy (in 7 reviews)

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    Corning

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Corning is a good company, which has long history of innovation. Employees are respected. People are nice here.

    Cons

    Corning is in a small town in upper state of New York. It is kind of far from big cities.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Continued growth, commensurate with overall performance

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    Current Employee - Engineering Manager  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Engineering Manager in Corning, NY

    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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    A decent R&D focused corporation

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Good work culture and environment
    Good leadership training

    Cons

    Slow promotion
    Too much focus on the seniorarity of the employment

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Exciting, well diversified company with over 160 years reinventing itself through investment in R&D!

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Financial Analyst  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Financial Analyst in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Corning is a company that not only spouts values but lives them. Corning leadership promotes valuing the individual. There are many diversity councils at Corning which support all nationalities and life styles. In addition, Corning supports family-worklife balance. Corning is a true believer in supporting the community and promotes this way of life in the workplace as well. You'll find solid benefits at Corning. Corning promotes the growth of its employees through education and on-the-job training. At Corning, Integrity truly is the bottom line. Great place to work!

    Cons

    The only negative I have found is over the years the benefits and perks have dwindled significantly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Before reducing a benefit, rethink it! Find another way to save money by not taking it away from the employees' benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Marketing Communication Specialist - Contractor

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    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Innovative Products, research plays big role on company, some really excellent managers, if you want to do glass research this is the place

    Cons

    Small town politics on large international company, very conservative athmosphere, ridicule holiday policy. Rural area with no other bigger emplyess so every one in town are connected to Corning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see company values guide the daily work in all levels more, not just on executive pover points.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Powerful innovation and technology firm, challenging geography and culture.

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    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Culture is highly rational, data-driven and innovative. Some of the smartest people I've ever met. Company makes long-term investments in fundamental research, then looks for opportunistic applications.

    Cons

    "Build it and they will come" is a challenging business strategy. Remote HQ location leads to inward-focus and some interesting politics, including a culture that is indirect and opaque at times - not unlike a stereotypical Japanese firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture the next generation of leaders instead of focusing on feeding the egos of the current leadership team. Take more risks on products and people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Good

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    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY

    Pros

    Good working environment; Kids friendly

    Cons

    Poor location; Long Winter; Snow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corning - Inorganic Materials Company All The Way Through

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Company has good technology (materials plus process) in core competencies area: fusion draw for thin glass, silica vapor deposition for fiber draw, good cables, extrusion in catalytic converters and filters. Scientific and engineering staff excellent. Great place to work if you do that things. Makes money to spite itself. Company closes or sells old technology to refresh.

    Cons

    Company ignores $20 million market as too small. Common to waste 50 $M for bad investments. Annual layoffs now in USA. High egos and nepotism(?) too common in management. Corning averse risk. Company bad at bringing new tech from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You appear good to Wall Street, not to employees. Morale is lowered. Must get quality leadership at very top of the S&T, where say one thing to face and do another behind back. I say cowardly. What kills opportunity at end is same you knew to kill them in the beginning- so respect you must reality!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Nice Culture

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

    Pros

    big company with small town feel

    Cons

    Big company, promoting growth through change is good, but it can also cause constant insecurity for workers in fear their jobs may disappear any moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know the people who work for you by personal interview, not by what someone else has to say.

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

    Research Engineer

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Corning, NY

    Pros

    The company invests lots of money in research projects and have lots of researchers at the HQ. If you are mediocre, don't be afraid because you can just survive. Here are some tricks that might help: (1) You need to be in a position that allows you to say some project management keywords: "GO", "NO GO"; (2) If you don't know anything about software or hardware, just ask ask somebody else to do it for you; For a small MATLAB program ,you need to have $20k available to pay for a third party to write it for you. Don't feel bad , it's company's money; (3) You must be really good at writing up patents and invention disclosures from nothing new; (4) Hire/manipulate contractors and take the ownership of their work.

    Cons

    Nice weather for skiing almost all year long.
    Too bad for smart guys over there being taken advantages of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a job somewhere else you are not good enough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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