Corning Reviews in Corning, NY

Updated October 16, 2014
Updated October 16, 2014
176 Reviews
3.7
176 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 9 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
  • Small town politics on large international company, very conservative athmosphere, ridicule holiday policy (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Good work environment, friendly people

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    CET Backstabbing

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  3.  

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

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    • 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
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continued growth, commensurate with overall performance

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  6.  

    Corning

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

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

    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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Exciting, well diversified company with over 160 years reinventing itself through investment in R&D!

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Financial Analyst in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Financial Analyst in Corning, NY

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

    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
  8.  

    A decent R&D focused corporation

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Research Scientist in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time (more than 5 years)

    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
  9.  

    Marketing Communication Specialist - Contractor

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning as a contractor (more than an year)

    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
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Powerful innovation and technology firm, challenging geography and culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Corning, NY

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

    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
  11.  

    Good

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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 5 years)

    Pros

    Good working environment; Kids friendly

    Cons

    Poor location; Long Winter; Snow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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