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Corning Reviews

Updated August 11, 2014
Updated August 11, 2014
169 Reviews

3.6
169 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 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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Amazing place to work & grow your career

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources
    Current Employee - Human Resources

    Pros

    I have bee with Corning, Inc. as a contractor for 2 1/2 years now and I have to say it may be the best job I have had in my 10 year career. There is so much opportunity to learn, grow and truly challenge yourself. The company is extremely innovative and its really exciting to be a part of that.

    Cons

    No real challenges - I have a great work life balance, very happy. Some times response time is a bit low because with all large companies there are many checks and balances.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Marketing Communication Specialist - Contractor

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Marketing Communication Specialist in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Innovative Products, research plays big role on company, some really excellent managers, if you want to do glass research this is the place

    Cons

    Small town politics on large international company, very conservative athmosphere, ridicule holiday policy. Rural area with no other bigger emplyess so every one in town are connected to Corning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I would like to see company values guide the daily work in all levels more, not just on executive pover points.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    A very polite culture

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are genuinely nice. The company has its headquarters in a small town and strives for that style culture everywhere. Has a longer term view due to being an older company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of talk about career growth and development. The action that shows the talk is real is not there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Go out and find out if the middle management is really executing the plans and strategies you are speaking to. You often talk about change and it gets stuck at the old guard middle management. They smile to you and turn around and do what they want.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Powerful innovation and technology firm, challenging geography and culture.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Human Resources Leader in Corning, NY

    Pros

    Culture is highly rational, data-driven and innovative. Some of the smartest people I've ever met. Company makes long-term investments in fundamental research, then looks for opportunistic applications.

    Cons

    "Build it and they will come" is a challenging business strategy. Remote HQ location leads to inward-focus and some interesting politics, including a culture that is indirect and opaque at times - not unlike a stereotypical Japanese firm.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nurture the next generation of leaders instead of focusing on feeding the egos of the current leadership team. Take more risks on products and people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Good Culture, Stable, But low salary comparably

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Wilmington, NC

    Pros

    Great problems and projects, good culture, fair climate, diverse place to work, Great Technology, good training programs, decent benefits

    Cons

    Low salary, hard to move up due to stagnant organization, haphazard organization, poor leaders in some places, VERY lean workforce

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make priority calls and make timeline reasonable, your people will be happier and do better work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Good

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research Scientist  in  Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY

    Pros

    Good working environment; Kids friendly

    Cons

    Poor location; Long Winter; Snow

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Going downhill since 2010

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good benefits as you can expect with any large company but their recent acquisitions and infusion of culture is sad and depressing.

    Cons

    Poor culture, no investment in their people. They have forgotten people built their company. Senior management really needs to be all wiped away and newly picked. They are like the government - won't change and the power will continue to corrupt the VPs and higher ups. They should be ashamed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest more in your people and treat your current and former employees fairly.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Shift underway in IT services

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good pay, longstanding stable company with ongoing product innovations

    Cons

    IT management is currently engaged in shifting many support and operational services to off-shore managed services, with insufficient attention to the impact this is having on staff morale and anxiety levels.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Return to your historic People values. In your rush for scalability and profits, don't forget to reciprocate the longstanding commitment and loyalty of your dedicated employees and contractors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not the company that was once championed by the Houghton family.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Okay salary with health and retirement benefits, pension and goalsharing bonus for employees only. Corning Perks is useless, but nice to know that it is available. Knowledgeable scientist, engineers and technicians.

    Cons

    Poor leadership, and smug office culture. No longer maintains its family values as an American company as they consider themselves a global company. Hire and layoffs are dependent on quarterly results. 2 rounds of layoffs in 2 years! So there was always fear of losing ones job. Once you are out it is very difficult to get back in unless you are applying through contract resources. As a contractor this means the company does not have to pay into pension, retirement or benefits. You become a 2nd class employee, a very unfair business practice IMHO.
    No REAL employee development, the tools are there but in my experience it was sink or swim.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider making quick and smart decisions to keep employees busy instead of waiting for "who knows what". Be more open to staff recommendations this chain of command mentality is hurting the business.
    Take a paycut on your bonus! Folks are losing their jobs and Corning CEO gets 11 million dollars for it?
    Steve Jobs was paid 1 dollar when he came back as interim CEO at Apple. He knew he didn't need the money as his interests was for the business overall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Not bad part time work

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Wilmington, NC

    Pros

    The pay is really good, the people there are really good for such a large corperation

    Cons

    If you are a contractor there is little chance of you getting full time status so leave when you can

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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