Corning Reviews

Updated August 24, 2015
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Corning Chairman and CEO 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)

  • Great place to work if you do that things (in 10 reviews)

Cons
  • Good corporate programs for work-life balance (in 8 reviews)

  • Headquaters is located in a small town (in 14 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Corning - Great Place to Work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Manager in Hickory, NC
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great opportunities to engage in shaping the future of the company and contributing to it's success. Team oriented atmosphere allows people to tackle tough problems and get recognized for their talents.

    Cons

    If you are not a very self driven and focused individual you can flounder at Corning. There is not a strong leadership training process or "leadership factory" you can enter in to that will propell someone into leadership roles. Corning is a very autonomous organization so you have to market your ideas across the organization, which can be time consuming.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to focus on the long term future of the company and not fall in to the trap of other Fortune 500 companies, that manage to stock price and industry analysts.


  2. Corning - A GREAT place to grow your future

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Process Engineer in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    CI is a very balanced company to work for in both lean and fat times with regard to work-life balance. They are positioned well through market needs and legislative dictate for their existing products, and spends enormous monetary and personnel capital on innovation and growth.

    Cons

    It is a plus for me, but many of their locations, including the world headquarters and Corning-Valley manufacturing sites, are in more remote locations. So, if a big-city location is your preference, you may not be satisfied. With that said, they invest HEAVILLY in local culture, arts, and education, and are building continuously new infrastructure to improve the local area.

    Advice to Management

    Continue on course and tack. You are doing fine and making sound decisions to weather the current global economic slowdown.


  3. Strong culture, questionable location

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Project Leader in Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - IT Project Leader in Painted Post, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Strong culture where the corporate values do appear be be worth something. People are respected here. Corning goes a long way to create an inclusive culture. It also attracts a lot of bright minds to R&D. The idea of patient money means that we can wait for research to bear fruit. We don't just chase the profits in the current quarter. The small town community where the HQ is can be a big plus for people because it's safe, housing is affordable, and the schools are pretty good.

    Cons

    The location of the HQ in upstate NY is isolated. The mall sucks and there aren't as many cool restaurants. High property taxes in NY are also alarming. If you don't have an Ivy League MBA it's hard to get opportunities for certain jobs. Scientists without PhDs also sometimes don't feel listened to. So there is some academic snobbery here.

    Advice to Management

    Develop our competency in strategic marketing.


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  5. Nice People and Lots of opportunities in various industries

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - MBA Summer Intern in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - MBA Summer Intern in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    nice people, reasonable compensation, strong presence in the industry In addition, organized official recruiting processes are satisfactory I am very proud of having an opportunity to work here at Corning

    Cons

    location is not good for the people who want to live in the city but various kinds of activities can be provided near this area.

    Advice to Management

    He did a great job even in the downturn in order to continue business.


  6. fun, great learning opportunity. Great culture and community.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer II in Harrodsburg, KY
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer II in Harrodsburg, KY
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people. The company works hard to take care of their employees.

    Cons

    Volitile business and poor planning leads to knee jerk reactions that cause pain throughout the company.


  7. Helpful (1)

    Constant 'head banging' battle!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project/Process Tech in Painted Post, NY
    Former Employee - Project/Process Tech in Painted Post, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay scale, compensation and benefits are excellent.

    Cons

    Too many Chiefs and not enough Indians. Too many middle managers along with top managers who are not sure which end is up. Often notice 'micro-managing' happening also.

    Advice to Management

    Remember the core values you tell all incoming employees about during their orientation periods. Many 'managers' and 'department heads' tend to forget them. The most important one is to 'value the individual'. Times change and just because 'it's been done this way for years' doesn't hold up any longer. Innovation is the key to success and even the 'lower' employees can see issues with processes that need updating or tweaking. Do away with your PD&R yearly assessment. I have been told BY MANAGERS it is nothing but a POPULARITY CONTEST. If the department staff like you, you will get a good review that will related to a merit increase. It is not based upon job performance like it should be. Talent is lost when this happens. Worry about the job instead of the people. If the job is done, the people are good. If the job is not done, then the people are are not good. Listen to those doing the job also as they are doing it every day and can tell you what the problem may be.


  8. It gets boring, but you make too much money to complain.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Finishing Operator in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Finishing Operator in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corning full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This company had great benefits, pretty good union protection, and great pay scale with plenty of room to move about the company. The management was approachable. They would often have company performance reviews and safety meetings so you were always in the know of your own performance and safety requirements.

    Cons

    There is a certain improvement program that can implement plans for changes around the work environment that employees can submit to. It seems like they rely on that some what too much, and it makes you wonder why some of the ideas are even being listened to. It is also not the most stable work because everything is based on seniority and not ability. I was laid off after just under three months of employment after two consecutive 5/5 ratings on performance reports. More of a downside on the Union though, not the company.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out a way to keep your hard workers through the union and let the uncaring ones go. Seeing people not working, but safe from lay off really kills your employees morale. While at the same time rewards some who were slacking.


  9. High Quality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very high tech and impressive business. No scrubs allowed here, either produce or you will be cut, as it should be.

    Cons

    Nothing specific to say against the company, some of the employees are irritating, but that happens anywhere. Not an easy job.


  10. A challenging and rewarding experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of opportunities across divisions

    Cons

    If you remain in one division for too many jobs you will limit your opportunity in other divisions.


  11. Easy going interview process

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Interviewers are nice and ask you technical questions

    Cons

    Not much cons, everyone was really nice.



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