Dow Chemical
3.5 of 5 431 reviews
www.dow.com Midland, MI 5000+ Employees

Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated Apr 13, 2014
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3.5 431 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

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

Andrew N. Liveris

(283 ratings)

75% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Work life balance exists with your choice of a 4 10 or 9 80 work schedule"
    in 42 reviews
  • "work environment, plenty of back ups since everyone knows each others job, good vacation time provided"
    in 20 reviews
Cons:
  • "Work life balance processes are interpreted by Human managers"
    in 10 reviews
  • "Terrible Work Processes-Complicated and cumbersome, it victimizes its own perceived productivity"
    in 10 reviews
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OK

Mechanical Integrity Inspector (Current Employee)
Freeport, TX

I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

ProsGood culture and relationship between upper and lower levels. Dignity and respect - Dow walks the talk. People treat each other well.

ConsFast pace - Dow expects a lot of their workers. Never much of a lull. Sometimes the work load is heavy and expectations high.

Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate with your employees

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

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Great place to work

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Dow Chemical

ProsVery safe place to work.

ConsNo cons that I came across.

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Good work environment

Senior Chemist (Current Employee)
Freeport, TX

I have been working at Dow Chemical as a contractor for more than a year

Pros1) Great work culture
2) Extremely sharp people to work with

Cons1) Mid level management need to bring more clarity

Advice to Senior ManagementMore closer interaction needed with employees

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

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many good coworkers and bosses but losing ground/ many good manreps

Design Eng (Former Employee)
Houston, TX

I worked at Dow Chemical as a contractor for more than 10 years

Prosits like a retirement home.day to day tasks cab be boring. but assignments are good mostly.maybe not for everyone but they do seem to get you on better ones later

Conspay, lately real high turn over, most of the supervision now is very immature,mainly in engineering, the good ones have retired, they have a hard time recruiting top talent

Advice to Senior Managementquit paying attention to kiss butts

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Ok Company to work for

Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

I worked at Dow Chemical

ProsSalary, benefits

ConsCompetitive/stressful Environment

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great place to work

Mechanical Engineer (Current Employee)
New Orleans, LA

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

ProsBenifits, work environment, pay, area

ConsMaybe a lunch room for the employ to eat

Advice to Senior ManagementCREATE A LUNCH ROOM FOR EVERYONE TO EAT!

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

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Great for process oriented people who are ok in a very focused role.

Senior Administrative Specialist (Former Employee)
Indianapolis, IN

I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 8 years

ProsGood pay and benefits, opportunities for development, opportunities for advancement if you are willing to put the time in.

ConsDifficult to maintain work/life balance.

Advice to Senior ManagementRecognize the value in those who have a life outside work.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Highly insular, self promoting incompetent management

Delivery (Former Employee)
Philadelphia, PA

I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

ProsNot one pro can I put forth, management is horrid, very out of touch with reality. Many many layers of bs & operating disciplines which are meaningless

ConsThe worst behemoth I've encountered in my 28 years of working in the chemical sector. This company is a process safety catastrophe waiting to happen.

Advice to Senior ManagementLeave

– I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Good company to work for, but sometime it seems that to just push a broom you need college

Contractor (Current Employee)

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

ProsGood benefits, if you got college you can make real good money. Company is big on safety and is a big help to the community

ConsCurrent employees look down on contractors and/or a lot of employees abuse the employee privilege

Advice to Senior Managementclean house and get rid of the slackers who are just trotting along for the free ride

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

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Worst job I have had in my entire lifetime.

EH&S (Former Employee)
Hahnville, LA

I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than a year

ProsThe only pros are a decent rate of pay and decent benefits and a somewhat flexible schedule.

ConsVery bureaucratic and political, the St. Charles site is rife with nepotism at all levels, promotions are based solely on your ability to pucker. Most areas are very clique based and cause high stress and tension. Management lacks the proper training and are biased on personal opinion and not merit. Not a pure performance driven culture; rather, results are driven by tenure and personal network. Employee attitudes- many employees wouldn't give you the time of day or take you seriously. Employees are very quick to judge before getting to know others.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of the bureaucracy and stop expecting to be worshiped as gods. Recognize the value in those who have a life outside work.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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