Corning

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Corning Reviews

Updated November 19, 2014
Updated November 19, 2014
182 Reviews
3.7
182 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
Wendell P. Weeks
110 Ratings

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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  1.  

    Turbulent

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  2.  

    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
  3. 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
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  5.  

    Excellent company!

    • 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

    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
  6.  

    Project was good but location is so so

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    • Senior Management
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    • 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
  7.  

    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
  8.  

    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
  9.  

    CET Backstabbing

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    • 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
  10.  

    Good work environment, friendly people

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    • 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
  11.  

    Wonderful Place and Enjoyable Atmosphere

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    • 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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