Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated April 24, 2015
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  1. Overall a positive work environment

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    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Maintenance Engineer in Freeport, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Ability to work with good people

    Cons

    Low level management practices deceptive tactics

  2. chemical process operator

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Pearland, TX
    Current Employee - Process Operator in Pearland, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great benefits. Okay pay. Great opportunity to earn a great living for you and your family.

    Cons

    Can get hot in summer and cold in winter but it's not to bad if you pace yourself and dress appropriately.

    Advice to Management

    Don't micromanage.

  3. Awesome career with wonderful colleagues along the way!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - HRBP in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - HRBP in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global reach, local touch, awesome benefits, working conditions

    Cons

    sometimes it is too big

    Advice to Management

    give the underdog a chance sometimes

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  5. Great place to work, but don't expect to become a direct hire contractors!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Contract Administrator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The schedule flexibility and team building evrents.

    Cons

    Contractors do not get the benefit of the doubt (even when right) when it comes to contractor vs direct hire.

    Advice to Management

    Give the good contractors a shot at interviewing for direct hire positions in which they would excel.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Great colleagues, frequently changing management, collaborative working environment

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with highly professional and smart people. Receiving good training constantly. Compensation and benefits are good.

    Cons

    Constant reorganization and management change cause inconsistency. Career advancement has more to do with networking than merit. Technical career track fairly slow.

    Advice to Management

    Be consistent and inspirational.

  7. Great company. Needs to fix a few things.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Freeport, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Safety is always first. Great benefits. You have the ability to move into a salary role so great advancement. Tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    Top out pay is about 3-5 dollars lower than competitor pay. But still a good living. Top out at 34.50 and 36.50 as board operator.
    Distribution operators start 18.50 top at 24.65 unless you get a tier 4 spot it's at 27.65. No vision plan

    Advice to Management

    Give the distribution operators a chance to move to process operations. Show them loyalty as they showed you loyalty by staying with the company. You give a kid a job out of process technology school because they showed the commitment to finish the school. How about rewarding the distribution operator with that job cause they showed you commitment and loyalty. They could have put dow on the resume and got another job. So wake up!! You spend a lot of money on training this individual the other company that hires them laughs at you for spending all that money on training that individual for them.

  8. Helpful (2)

    Good place to learn and gain experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - I & E Technologist in Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - I & E Technologist in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to really expand your technical skills. Plenty of opportunity to transfer to other areas and sites. Having experience at Dow on your resume carries a lot of weight.

    Cons

    There seems to be a very rigid class system. If you aren't in management, then you are reminded on a very frequent basis that you are replaceable. Layoffs are used as a threat to keep blue shirts in line. The safety programs tend to focus more on individual workers while larger safety issues are ignored if it costs a lot of money to remedy.

    Advice to Management

    As Dow employees get laid off and contractors are hired to replace them, the quality and safety of your plants goes down. A lot of very valuable knowledge was has been walked out the gate to save a few bucks in the short term.

  9. Brilliant people doing cool things!

    Former Intern - TS&D Summer in Freeport, TX
    Former Intern - TS&D Summer in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    TS&D is a great department because of the range of opportunities available. The people are really smart (PhDs from across the country) and the work-life balance is great.

    Cons

    Locations. Even for an engineering company, their locations are still out of the way.

  10. Great company to work for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analytical Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Analytical Specialist in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very organized and structured company with safety as primary focus.

    Cons

    Most of the company location are far from the city. Long commute, little far from the city.

    Advice to Management

    it needs self review. re-visit allocation of resources.

  11. Dow is a great company that has a great work life balance

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Engineering Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineering Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The work processes are top of the line

    Cons

    The promotion opportunities are limited

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