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Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
555 Reviews
3.6
555 Reviews
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Dow Chemical Chairman, President, and CEO Andrew N. Liveris
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work life balance exists with your choice of a 4 10 or 9 80 work schedule (in 61 reviews)

  • work environment, plenty of back ups since everyone knows each others job, good vacation time provided (in 24 reviews)


Cons
  • The trade off of having a great work life balance is that promotions come at a slower pace (in 13 reviews)

  • Lots of time and money spent on developing work processes that people don't follow (in 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Tough as contract

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Contract Lab Technologist in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Contract Lab Technologist in Freeport, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as a contractor (more than an year)

    Pros

    Large company, great networking, good safety culture

    Cons

    Difficult to move to permanent

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Losing good folks to contract

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Employees are great. Managers are jerks who think they are better than employees

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Lab Tech in Charlotte, NC

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

    Pros

    Great employees who like each other and try to help and look out for each other

    Cons

    Management has their own agenda, make money at all cost. Do not care about employees. If management is questioned about something or put in an awkward position or called out they get mad and fire employee. Moral of working employees low.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees. While you are sitting in your office or in a meeting the real people are doing the work out in the field

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Friendly culture, good work-life balance

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern

    Pros

    Good work-life balance, friendly people to work with

    Cons

    We're a "big company" corporate culture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on the future -- finding the best new talent, ensuring the best people are in the right roles, and evaluate the environment (and competitors) to ensure the company is providing the things to incentivize new talent.

    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Not worth it

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Research Specialist in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Research Specialist in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    Big bang projects that go no where.

    Cons

    Those projects get killed in couple of years and your boss gives you kudos for it...and big bonus..and more money to start another pre-failed project. The so called "Scientists" are only interested in getting more patents for themselves and not interested in commerce.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the work and let 3M and Dupont kick your butt

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Overall good place to have an R&D career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Freeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Compensation is competitive compared to other chemical companies, benefits are quite good, and work-life balance is very good. Workplace culture is competitive but not cut-throat, and most everyone is helpful and good to work with.

    Lots of resources are available for R&D work and there are plenty of experts around should you need to leverage expertise in your projects. Good support for IP fillings should you have patentable technologies come out of your research.

    Safety protocols are first in class.

    Cons

    Like other big companies, there is a process for everything, and it can be burdensome at times.

    Safety protocols are excellent at Dow, but at times can make progress quite difficult for lab researchers.

    Too much emphasis on growing project management and other soft skills, not enough emphasis on growing technical expertise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cost cutting efforts are good for improving the bottom-line temporarily, but not when it comes at the expense of top-line growth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    New Mechanical Engineer

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Production Engineer in Freeport, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Dow is very people oriented, provides great training opportunities. I love how there is always work to be done, I feel like I can add a valuable contribution every day. Pay is very good for ME's. There is a lot of growth potential in the company. Dow has very good ethics, puts safety first.

    Cons

    Seems like a lot of work is spread over not enough people some times. Some of the management systems that are used can be counterproductive/reduce efficiency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus more on rewarding people on the work that they do, especially on the lower/middle levels (i.e. plant operations staff)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Above average salary and benefits, lots of opportunities

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good salary and benefits, diverse workforce, supportive of work/life balance and alternative work schedules. Lots of opportunity for growth and advancement

    Cons

    Svery large corporation so work process can be very inflexible

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of experience

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - I/S Analyst in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - I/S Analyst in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical part-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Best relationships with coworkers, Great experience, flexible with life balance

    Cons

    Management fails to see your performance, some managers only care about what the name of the school you're coming from is and of not care about experience. Even if you've been there for a few years with great recommendations.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Fabulous place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Caring, considerate, helpful coworkers
    Management that cares (in my case, at least)
    Interesting projects that allow me to use different engineering skills
    Wonderful place to learn with several trainings offered
    Great work-life balance (9/80 schedule, etc)
    Large site allows you to work in and learn about different processes

    Cons

    Company will not spend money to update engineering buildings, leading to leaking ceilings in the offices and other problems.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Learned alot.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Machine Operator in Newark, DE

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

    Pros

    Alot of cross training for everyone.

    Cons

    Operators comepeted with each other too much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep treating employees well.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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