Corning Reviews

Updated August 22, 2014
Updated August 22, 2014
171 Reviews

3.6
171 Reviews
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Corning Chairman and CEO 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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  1. 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

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

    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
  2.  

    Not bad part time work

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Wilmington, NC
    Former Employee - Engineer in Wilmington, NC

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

    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
  3.  

    Innovative and respectful, limited executive opportunities unless from Corning valley

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    Former Employee - Manager
    Former Employee - Manager

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Loved the 5/10/15 etc. year anniversary gift - a bonus of 2 weeks vacation that year. Pushes for breakthrough innovations. Average pay for industry.

    Cons

    Was part of smaller, remote organization. Didn't see any senior managers at corporate (Director, VP, etc.) who weren't born and bred Corning employees (25 years + with company) so opportunities for mid-career people transfers (into Corning) will get discouraged.

    Good corporate programs for work-life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Better engagement with remote sites for growth opportunities.

    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place but demanding

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Great place. If you have talent, you will succeed. Very friendly culture. You must work very hard though to succeed. If you are willing to learn, share your ideas and will work hard, you are likely to become very successful (assuming you know what you are doing)

    Cons

    Sometimes training is all over the place. You are trained in everything and anything but not always in an area that would be beneficial.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow workers to deepen their existing knowledge.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Corning - Inorganic Materials Company All The Way Through

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Company has good technology (materials plus process) in core competencies area: fusion draw for thin glass, silica vapor deposition for fiber draw, good cables, extrusion in catalytic converters and filters. Scientific and engineering staff excellent. Great place to work if you do that things. Makes money to spite itself. Company closes or sells old technology to refresh.

    Cons

    Company ignores $20 million market as too small. Common to waste 50 $M for bad investments. Annual layoffs now in USA. High egos and nepotism(?) too common in management. Corning averse risk. Company bad at bringing new tech from outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You appear good to Wall Street, not to employees. Morale is lowered. Must get quality leadership at very top of the S&T, where say one thing to face and do another behind back. I say cowardly. What kills opportunity at end is same you knew to kill them in the beginning- so respect you must reality!

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Live local, work global

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Corning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, innovative spirit and a company who takes care of their employees. A company whose focus is on innovation and how there products provide life changing innovation. Diversified market segments and a commitment to R&D provides rewarding work and opportunities for enriched careers that few companies can match.

    Cons

    Not much to mention. No company is perfect but there are many more pros that completely outweigh any negatives.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Research Engineer

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    Former Employee - Research Engineer  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Research Engineer in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    The company invests lots of money in research projects and have lots of researchers at the HQ. If you are mediocre, don't be afraid because you can just survive. Here are some tricks that might help: (1) You need to be in a position that allows you to say some project management keywords: "GO", "NO GO"; (2) If you don't know anything about software or hardware, just ask ask somebody else to do it for you; For a small MATLAB program ,you need to have $20k available to pay for a third party to write it for you. Don't feel bad , it's company's money; (3) You must be really good at writing up patents and invention disclosures from nothing new; (4) Hire/manipulate contractors and take the ownership of their work.

    Cons

    Nice weather for skiing almost all year long.
    Too bad for smart guys over there being taken advantages of.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Find a job somewhere else you are not good enough

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Not a great place to work

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    Current Employee - Production Supervisor  in  Wilmington, NC
    Current Employee - Production Supervisor in Wilmington, NC

    I have been working at Corning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Decent salary but management didn't seem to have your back on what was important. There are great leaders working there but they are not in senior positions

    Cons

    Very little development offered for its employees. The manufacturing facilities have an "us vs. them" mentality when it comes to the interactions between management and the unions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start listening more to those who do the work.

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

    Nice Culture

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    big company with small town feel

    Cons

    Big company, promoting growth through change is good, but it can also cause constant insecurity for workers in fear their jobs may disappear any moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    get to know the people who work for you by personal interview, not by what someone else has to say.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very positive experience working at the NY location

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Collaborative and innovation driven culture. There is a very distinct family like culture in the organization which sometimes get disrupted from hiring/firing cycle.

    Cons

    Remote location hurt those without family. It is 5 hr drive away from NYC. Nearest city is Rocherster. No other employer near the city and company have to often cut down on employee number to make up for the numbers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is doing a good job keeping everyone informed through regular employee meets. There must be something done to better monetize innovation from Corning.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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