Dow Chemical

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Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated Jul 23, 2014
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3.6 467 reviews

68% Approve of the CEO

Dow Chemical Chairman, President, and CEO Andrew N. Liveris

Andrew N. Liveris

(304 ratings)

74% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance exists with your choice of a 4 10 or 9 80 work schedule(in 49 reviews)

  • work environment, plenty of back ups since everyone knows each others job, good vacation time provided(in 22 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance processes are interpreted by Human managers(in 11 reviews)

  • Lots of time and money spent on developing work processes that people don't follow(in 11 reviews)

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    Dow is a great company, but it is also an enormous company..

    Customer Service Representative (Current Employee) Marietta, GA

    ProsCompetitive compensation. Great people. Collaborative. Very safety oriented. Genuinely care about employee development. The benefits package is top notch. Excellent health insurance. 401(k) matching up to the first 6% contributed.

    ConsIt's a big company so it can feel like it takes a long time to push anything through. I personally have found it difficult to advance my career. One big con is that its HQ's are in Midland MI.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great network culture with options for finding roles that fit best

    R&D Manager (Current Employee) Midland, MI

    ProsThe culture is such that finding the right person is always just a couple phone calls away. Almost everyone goes out of their way to help coworkers from across the company. And, being such a large company, there are many positions likely to suit most anyone, so if you have a desire for a change and the will to work through the company to make a move (networking, expressing your desires, working hard and taking on new challenges), it is possible to move into something great.

    ConsIt can be a competitive environment because, as with any company but particularly those not growing at unsustainable rates, there are limited rewards (pay increases, bonuses, leadership positions). The company has very good compensation compared to market values, but people want more relative to their peers, and not everyone can be above average, by definition. There is a lot of focus on annual performance reviews in the culture that can drive non-collaborative behavior in areas where leaders aren't valuing collaboration, or publicly emphasizing valuing collaboration, as much as they should. Dow also hires top-notch people, so there is disappointment when many who have been told they are the best through their life end up being told they are average here.

    Advice to Senior ManagementConsider carefully the messages being sent about collaboration vs individual performance management. One way to take the focus off rewards people are getting is to make us more proud to work at the company. We are told we solve problems and are high quality people, but give us something beyond the company to be proud of- how those solutions we come up with impact people around the world.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Dow's Ringwood, Illinois Facility

    Contractor (Current Employee) Ringwood, IL

    ProsSome friendly people, other than that not much.

    ConsJust go there, it will make you puke. Worst place I have ever been. I did some contractors work there and it is a complete circus. No one knows who is in control. No one knows what the chain of command is including the site leader. The operators seem willing to help out, but they are afraid of their own shadow and they act as if they are about to commit suicide. I am just glad I don't work there all of the time.

    Advice to Senior ManagementI would tell management to be more human and not so "by the books." Meaning there is no laughter at this plant if I see an operator make a small mistake on a safe work permit it is possible they will be fired. I have seen many of them go and this makes me never want to work in a place where people are willing to rat you out for nonsense. I have asked management about why they fire people for stupid reasons and they always say "We are Dow, it is about safety." That is the typical giant corporate answer of people terrified of losing their jobs.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    long time contract experience

    Information Systems Analyst (Current Employee) Midland, TX

    Prosglobalizations, working environment, management, working life balance is ok.

    Conspeople, releationship, collaborations, efficiency, opportunities

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Excellent Work life balance, but future is limited

    EHS Specialist (Current Employee) Freeport, TX

    ProsExcellent Work Life Balance. Excellent benefits. Decent Culture.

    ConsVery little opportunity beyond EHS Specialist

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Great company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsExciting industry. Exposure to manufacturing. Challenging opportunities. Lengthy history in industry; lots of experience and knowledge shared among employees and managers.

    ConsCompensation is not very competitive for non-engineers. Meeting targets often more important than rewarding employee efforts. Promotions based on time in role rather than contributions.

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    Frustrating

    Research Leader (Former Employee) Houston, TX

    ProsGood salary and benefits, excellent facilities, great scientists. It has been at times a really enjoyable place work. There have been some absolutely fantastic chemistry projects to work on.

    ConsVery much a risk averse research environment which stifles creativity. So process orientated that it also limits productivity and can be exceedingly complicated to get stuff done.

    Because of the departmental/business organization is the way it is it can make people very "siloed" and adversarial...... I don't think the problems are what the company wants , but it is a situation that senior leadership has unfortunately created!

    Advice to Senior ManagementTrust your good people more.... move the non-contributors on more quickly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    As an engineer, this company has it all; good pay, great benefits, and a work-life balance.

    Improvement Engineer (Former Employee) Plaquemine, LA

    Pros- Work-life Balance
    - Can make your out-of-work issue a priority
    - Higher ups are personable
    - Connections can bring you places
    - People are go-getters
    - Easy-going

    Cons- Difficult to see future of company sometimes
    - Broad spectrum of personalities leaves room for uninspired people
    - Complacency is sometimes an issue
    - Difficult to make some of the smallest changes

    Advice to Senior Management- Keep being personable
    - May horizon seeable to all employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great First Job

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood experience with onboarding and training college graduates in the corporate environment. Compensation is slightly above peers' in other companies

    ConsDevelopment programs lock-in entry level employees for a minimum of seven years. Management positions not available until 'graduating' from the entry level development program.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company with work life balance

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSuperior corporate social responsibility!Great culture! Nice and talented people!

    ConsUncertainty due to some regional development strategy

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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