Corning Reviews

Updated March 22, 2015
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
Wendell P. Weeks
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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. 1 person found this helpful

    Great working environment

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer Intern in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Process Engineer Intern in Hickory, NC

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    They provide good training and treat their employees very well. The company understands and values the work life balance. The pay was above average compared to other internship positions.

    Cons

    The location of the facility was far from the city.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2. A technical company with great people. Average in terms of compensation compared to other similar size companies.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Technology company. Corning is an innovation company and is a leader in glass. Small town company with great people. People are friendly; not much ambitious though.

    Cons

    Location. Corning is a small town and you have to find ways to make life interesting in this small town. Also, at work, depending on which division you belong to, there is too much bureacracy and hierachy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The current leadership is doing a fair job of keeping Corning afloat. But Corning will have to come up with a new invention soon enough if it has to stay ahead of the competition.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful

    Not the company it used to be

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    Former Employee - Product Line Manager
    Former Employee - Product Line Manager

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    Very good people in general, global reach, respected and recognized name

    Cons

    Very negative recent changes. Too much focus at the business performance with ever decreasing focus on people. The company became very impersonal and cut-throat. Usually pays lower than market rates.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget about your values. "Individual" is one of them. You are loosing it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful

    Poorly managed, very top heavy.

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    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    For this area, the pay is reasonable.

    Cons

    The ability to gain additional career options unless you are a part of the "CLUB" The CEO is nearsighted and cannot let go and let the people working for the company, he always has his hands in the pot. Let your leaders lead and your scientists do what they do best.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside of the box and get rid of the "Good ole boy" club.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful

    Stereotypical large corporate work environment.

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Operations in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The company's resources for learning and training are top notch. To really gain access to all of the training resources and opportunities you'll need support from your superior. Employees/colleagues are knowledgeable and skilled in their prospective areas. Daily opportunities to rub elbows with uniquely intelligent and skilled people.

    Cons

    Decision making from the top conservative and indecisive. Corporate decision makers disconnected from the businesses they manage. Poor work life balance due to workload and performance expectations.

    Company uses a "matrix" organizational structure. Significant amount of time spent in meetings, preparing information and "reporting up" (to senior leaders). There's a strong emphasis on individual contribution and achievement.

    Individuals aspiring to advance their career forward must be willing to be uprooted on relatively short notice. The company likes to move their most promising talent around to gain them exposure. Because of the size of the company there are few advancement paths that involve staying in one place for more than 3-5 years.

    Compensation is above average. Approximately 90% of workforce is embedded, often held in one position for years without advancement. These employees receive career training and become SME's integral to their specific organizations. Found it very frustrating when the company would hire external candidates to fill what would have been a promotion for any number of qualified internal candidates.

    Meeting and impressing the right people will afford greater opportunities for advancement. There is definitely a "good ole boy" club mentality surrounding the corporate office. In the manufacturing plants the company and union relationship is incredibly strained. Company over exploits temporary/contract employees to expand and contract workforce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top leadership needs to spend more time with the operations in which they're expected to mange and influence. Make people priority number one. Develop or hire effective managers who empower and motivate. Turnover the ones who don't.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful

    Was very good but has declined trenedously

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    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

    Great co-workers and opportunities. The day-to-day working environment is generally friendy.

    Cons

    Since 2007 the local and corporate management are ruthless and only care about $. They famous saying is "we continue to live our values". Bull. The number 1, 2 & 3 values are $$$ and running people into the ground.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put people 1st and they will put the company high on their priorities list.

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

    Mid Career at Sullivan Park: Emphasize politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    At corporate research Sullivan Park, the resources are deep, the opportunities can shape the world. Lots of very smart people and capital to act. Fast pace. Lots of training available.

    Cons

    It is well known that mid-career hires have the most difficult time. There is an "inner circle" which has vested interest in their roles. Work is often in "silos" while lip service is given to broad cooperation. Many personal meetings must be conducted before any group meeting. Group meetings are a ratification of decisions made behind closed doors.The old culture of caring for people seems to have changed to the typical management by quarterly results.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cut out many needless layers of middle management. Empower people. Follow Jamie Houghton's model.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful

    Great Place to start career

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    Excellent training programs for employees at all levels

    Cons

    Uncertainty of strategy from year to year

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remain a leader in R&D

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. Excellent Co-Op opportunity!!!!

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    Former Employee - Statistical Engineer Co-Op in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Statistical Engineer Co-Op in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    Amazing management, work-life balance is good!

    Cons

    Kinda gets empty in the office with people flying in on office trips to plants and stuff

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Wilmington location is good

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    Former Intern - Intern in Wilmington, NC
    Former Intern - Intern in Wilmington, NC

    I worked at Corning as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    Friendly people, Good location, interesting work. Good values and a company that just feels generally well put together in most aspects.

    Cons

    One of the upstate locations is very dreary. As an intern, I did not get to work on varied projects.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No advice.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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