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Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated November 20, 2014
Updated November 20, 2014
536 Reviews
3.6
536 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 57 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 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great atmosphere, very friendly and helpful coworkers

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Plaquemine, LA
    Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Plaquemine, LA

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Really great work schedules available, good compensation and benefits package

    Cons

    Supervisor at the time wasn't the friendliest person to work with which made working harder but coworkers definitely made up for it.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Employee R&D

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    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist
    Current Employee - Associate Research Scientist

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

    Pros

    Solid scientific base, good technology in many areas. Interesting problems to work on. Good equipment albeit some of it is rapidly getting obsolete.

    Cons

    Politics gets pretty bad; ranking process may be unfair. Marketing and sales are often lagging behind the competition.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Judge people based on the results of their work, promote on merit. Think long term, act quickly.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Promises, promises ... yawn.

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    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    The engineers I interact with on a daily basis are extraordinary people. The are tops in US for chemical production, and #2 in the world. One of the companies that still have a pension (after 3yrs vested). Great advanced materials R&D units. If you play the games -- you'll go far.

    Cons

    BPSC was a terrible place to work, but I got "out". Low salary compared to industry standard. Too bureaucratic. Too cumbersome. Too many politics. Too many union doofusses at the plant. Nothing exciting about living in Midland, MI ... snotty town with nothing special except the pius populace. HR at Dow has effectively taken the human out of Human Resources ... they run the company, not the managers or directors. Your career is limited by your manager and your job classification (Admin, Tech/Tech, FS/FL). If you're Admin ... good luck getting promoted and even if you're over qualified.

    Time to move on for me ... resigning at most ample opportunity. I've worked in chemical industry for over 20yrs and this is the worst one I've had the misfortune to work for ... I regret taking the job.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Nothing ... it wouldn't matter -- they're tone deaf.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Typical big company; nothing great for anyone under management level

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlboro, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marlboro, MA

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Better than being unemployed, they have been really good about accommodating my often erratic scheduling needs, people are basically good people with a few exceptions.

    Cons

    Pay isn't awesome, super cheap company, no chance for advancement if you aren't a superstar already or know somebody, and conversely, there are some superstars that are obviously ONLY there for who they know.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop with the temps already. Give temps a chance to come on board and reap some of the reward for being an actual employee. Kind of stinks working at a temp for years with no 401k, sick days, etc. Not necessarily conducive to employee loyalty nor to them wanting to do their best for you.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great for most salaried employees, maybe not the best for hourly employees

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    Current Employee - Process Operator
    Current Employee - Process Operator

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

    Pros

    Pay is pretty good for operators, although still not keeping up with inflation.

    Most leaders take safety quite seriously. While this creates an environment where you can be fired far more easily, it does generally allow plants to spend the money needed to ensure safety concerns are handled, although not always. It also contributes to more bureaucracy and paperwork than ever before.

    Vacation is better than many other companies, even for new employees. Do not be surprised if vacation hours become depleted as you are working there. Employees who have been with the company for a long time have had their had vacation eliminated for "consistency", so it would be easy for Dow to say they need to eliminate hours based on "competitiveness" in the future.

    Cons

    Benefits have been on the decline, still decent, but incumbent operators will not enjoy the benefits of their more experienced coworkers (though benefits are still being depleted for them as well).

    Depending on your location, having union representation does not mean what it once does. Most unions now seem to be just happy to even be allowed to exist, let alone try to do what they traditionally did: bargain for better benefits, wages and work environment. Be the best worker you can, and avoid politics in the workplace; the union can only do so much for you.

    Work environment has been "us vs. them" for as far back as people remember. Dow has never really addressed it, nor tried to fix it. Instead of trying to foster equality (or true camaraderie), most leaders and salaried co-workers will still treat you as "bargained-for", little better than a contractor, which may be how higher Dow leadership wants it. Unfortunately, leaders prosper in environments where their workers are constantly fighting each other, as they are promoted within a few years, and can leave the plant in turmoil with no effect on them.

    If you do not pass your training (in some locations, known as OEM), your position and ability to retrieve it are forfeit. Dow treats anyone who does not pass their OEM as irredeemable, blacklisted, and always on the end of the list in interviews. Once someone is in that position, even an inexperienced new employee will be considered before them, despite their years as a chemical operator in the company prior to OEM.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please read the above comments, and realize this is not complaints from a bitter employee. This is an employee who has seen changes with a company after two decades, and few for the better. Take these comments as constructive criticism and try to work with them as best you can. No one expects miracles, but employees appreciate genuine attempts to improve things.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Being Loyal to employer ??? Instead be Loyal to your Life

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Challenging work life, continuous learning opportunity

    Cons

    No value for contractors, Human Element LOST

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think positive !!!! dont be under any presumption

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great job, poor new hire training

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    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Environmental Specialist in Freeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Great benefits, felxibility, work-life balance

    Cons

    No adequate new hire training in place for several positions

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Engineering CO-OP

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    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op
    Current Employee - Engineering Co-Op

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great company to work for. the managers were helpful in seeing that I gained the needed skills as a co-op in the work force

    Cons

    didn't see any cons a co-op.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great company - slow moving

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    Former Employee - Finance Leadership Development Program in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Finance Leadership Development Program in Midland, MI

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    I really enjoyed the culture and the accountability afforded to me. It was a great place to work and I learned a lot. The leadership was fair and it was clear what my goals were.

    Cons

    Change happens over long periods of time. Dow has legacy businesses that make a lot of money and therefore risk taking has a very high premium. Overall it was difficult to make change, however, when necessary the leadership does make decisions to help their customers, shareholders and employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Use advanced modeling to better understand risk

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Midland, MI

    I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Great Company. Forward thinking, solution oriented, and provides challenging opportunities for interns. Interns are trusted with real responsibilities that can have significant impact on the company.

    Cons

    Location-wise, Midland does not have much to do for college age students. This is ok though, because it forces interns to bond and plan many types of activities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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