Corning Reviews

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
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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company with good opportunity

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very people oriented, good bonus program

    Cons

    A lot of times you have to relocate to get promoted.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Good work environment, friendly people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  3.  

    Wonderful Place and Enjoyable Atmosphere

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in New York, NY

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

    Pros

    Good Pay and Good People to work with

    Cons

    Nothing, everything is really good

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    CET Backstabbing

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

    Melting Process Engineering Intern

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrodsburg, KY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Harrodsburg, KY

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

    Pros

    Great people, respect, and work-life balance. Excellent travel opportunities.

    Cons

    The company is located in a remote location. For young professionals, Lexington is the place to stay

    Approves of CEO
  7.  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  8.  

    small town no traffic

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    work with lots of smart people

    Cons

    poor upper management, especially the research and development

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat your people right

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Technician

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    High exposure to wide range of scientific areas.

    Cons

    As a technician it can be tough to get out of the Contract Employee trap. Lay-offs often loom.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    A little transparency goes a long way. Managament would do well to be up front about permanent possibilites.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 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
  11.  

    Corning

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

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