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Corning Reviews

Updated December 12, 2014
Updated December 12, 2014
187 Reviews
3.7
187 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    World Leader in Glass Research with Friendly, Supportive Environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2.  

    Great experience in R&D Environment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  3.  

    Team Leader, Diesel Plant

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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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
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  5.  

    Turbulent

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  6.  

    Working at Corning Inc. in Tewksbury, MA location

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good physical environment
    Good coworkers
    Good work-life balance

    Cons

    Rigid culture
    Lacks support for innovative thinking
    Dependency on contract workers

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage new ideas and fresh thinking

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Excellent company!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning full-time

    Pros

    diverse culture, very loyal and proud employees, great place to live and work!

    Cons

    can't think of any at this time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Valuing the individual

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Harrodsburg, KY
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Harrodsburg, KY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Communication is constant from all levels of the organization. Depending on your role, work/life balance can be catered to meet your needs. Recognition and rewards for good performance is a huge plus.

    Cons

    Locations are typical rural and remote. The industry is consumer driven so when demand is low there is a constant fear of layoffs and RIFs (although the compensation packages are typically very generous).

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

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

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    • 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 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
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company values are changing

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Training, Opportunity for advancement, Teamwork, Benefits

    Cons

    Culture - managers leading by intimidation, Work Life Balance

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    When I first started working at Corning, it was truly focused on people, process, & technology, each sharing a link to the total picture of corporate success and employee satisfaction. They have lost that in some industries. They have leaders who manage by intimidation and who violate the company values statements on a daily basis. HR comes in to sweep up but not correct. People operate in fear...if you speak up, you will be targeted. If you are not in the cliche, you will not be protected. If the company is truly committed to dealing with this and restoring Corning to the forefront of leading by example and living the values, it would be an excellent place to work.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Project was good but location is so so

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager in Hickory, NC

    I worked at Corning part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    I was working in telecom business sector in Hickory, NC. Projects and products they are selling was good, but location of the place is so so, rural area. 1 hr from Charlotte, the biggest city nearby. People are very nice, but little bit old.

    Cons

    Location is rural area. Employees are little bit old. Hard-working culture. hierarchical environment. (top-down)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Salary is great, lots of tech learning session,

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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