Corning Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
170 Reviews
3.6
170 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
Wendell P. Weeks
101 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • If you are in a managerial position, you will have good work-life balance (in 8 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
  • Headquaters is located in a small town (in 13 reviews)

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

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

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    Current Employee - Summer Intern  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Summer Intern in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning as an intern for less than a 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
  2.  

    Technician

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    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
  3.  

    Corning

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Engineer in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time for 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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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continued growth, commensurate with overall performance

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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 for 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager/Engineering III

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    Current Employee - Project Manager  in  Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC

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

    Pros

    Benefits and Pension plans are above avg

    Cons

    Lack job security and code of ethics. Management loves protecting themselves with their severance agreements

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You do not understand wireless or broadband, or how to deploy products to the marketplace. Your culture is not about QoS - but cost reduction.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Melting Development Engineer

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    Former Employee - Melting Development Engineer  in  Harrodsburg, KY
    Former Employee - Melting Development Engineer in Harrodsburg, KY

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Always working on emerging technologies within the buisness and market. Ability to work with many levels within the company from operators to upper level managers

    Cons

    Lack of training and direction in position. I had to develop my own training and within three years I had 5 managers. Lack of direction for me and lack of progress in my position.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure to give guidence to your staff. Having several managers for employees doesn't allow for good professional growth and direction for new engineers.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    NA

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    No pros for this places

    Cons

    If you are a contractor.. this is not the place for you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Worst managed corporation that I have known.

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    Current Employee - Fiber Optics Production Associate  in  Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Fiber Optics Production Associate in Wilmington, NC

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

    Pros

    Learning about safety in the workforce. Opportunities there if you ignore the management attitudes and apply yourself.

    Cons

    Extremely high overtime that is mandatory. No respect from management with your concerns and ideas. This is the closest environment to Animal Farm that I have ever experienced. 12 hour rotating shifts are difficult with the high overtime. Management teams need more people skills and most need to step down. There is a lot of dead weight at the top that just keep protecting their own. Clean house, Wendell.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try the 12 hour shifts with all the forced overtime and see what the ones who actually work are experiencing. You will change your attitudes quickly. Fix the problems and stop passing the buck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great global company that has a nice market share in diverse areas of glass with exciting teams and businesses.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning full-time

    Pros

    Innovative, nice people, global company. Push for training. Very strong values.

    Cons

    Conservative, has an old school feel. Needs some younger leaders.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start to look at emerging best practices in different areas and consider adopting some within the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great place to work, make a living, and retire.

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    Former Employee - Process Operator  in  Danville, VA
    Former Employee - Process Operator in Danville, VA

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Pay is great along with great benefits (life, health,dental,etc.), no hard manual labor, and your coworkers are friendly and very respectful.

    Cons

    Very hot environment during the summer months due to multiple tanks running non stop turning chemicals into glass.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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