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Corning Reviews

Updated March 2, 2015
Updated March 2, 2015
211 Reviews
3.6
211 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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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.  

    Not the company it used to be

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

    Stereotypical large corporate work environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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's 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
  3.  

    Poorly managed, very top heavy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
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  5.  

    Was very good but has declined trenedously

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

    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
  6.  

    Mid Career at Sullivan Park: Emphasize politics

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  7.  

    Awesome Product Innovation, Lagging with regards to Diversity

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Hickory, NC

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

    Pros

    Very successful company, great at innovating to take advantage of emerging markets and inventing new products, technology and applications. This is a company that knows how to weather economic storms and market changes. Tremendous opportunities for white males - Corning grooms its white males for leadership roles with mentoring, global assignments, and social interactions.

    Cons

    When I was there Corning did a poor job of mentoring and developing people outside of the Corning Valley (Corning NY). In the G&A areas If you were not in the valley you felt like a second class citizen. I think Corning is short sighted and does not take advantage of many talented employees (80% outside of the valley vs 20%in the valley). As to diversity (culture, ideas, gender, citizenship (non-US), and ethnic background) one only has to look at the make-up of corporate leadership in NY (executive, senior managers and dept heads) - the optics are a true reflection in my experience and opinion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put more emphasis on employee development outside of the Valley. Find more ways to recognize and mentor high performers including diversity candidates. Look at best practices from other companies. Create opportunities like short term assignments (1 to 2 month exchange programs) for interactions at different sites (not just a visit from NY leadership). I believe these types of actions will highlight diverse talent that will benefit the company. Find a way to make the succession planning process more objective and independent and train managers on the importance of input from others.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Excellent Co-Op opportunity!!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9.  

    Great Place to start career

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

    Wilmington location is good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  11.  

    Good Company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Great people and learning opportunities. Great growth and lateral movements possible

    Cons

    Small Town leaves a lot to be deisred

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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