Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (3)

    Great first company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Associate Production Manager
    Current Employee - Associate Production Manager

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training, mobility, international assignments for high performers, good benefits, pay is on par with chemical industry average.

    Cons

    Big company, shareholders is the bottom line. Strategy is blurry as Dow announces divestures and scrutinizes businesses that were the soul for decades. No business is safe. The new world is a competitive space for all companies.

    Advice to Management

    None. Business is business.

  2. Packager/warehouse loader

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    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Continued training, lasting friendships, safe working environment

    Cons

    No room for advancing, constantly transferred to other jobs, lack of adequate training for job, not valued by supervision, treated like cattle & replaceable

    Advice to Management

    The only opportunity or value is placed on white collar workers. Laborers should be appreciated & not continually worried about keeping their job due to being hurt & threatened to keep quiet. Lost a lot of friends & good workers due to made up reasons. I would suggest keep your workers instead of paying wrongful termination payoffs.

  3. disgruntled

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Improvement Engineer in Pittsburg, CA
    Former Employee - Improvement Engineer in Pittsburg, CA

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    if you can be perceived early as a leader you will go far. technical leaders are rare but plant managers and the like are more abundant. Safety is taken seriously.

    Cons

    tough work environment at the dow chemical, mostly disgruntled. a company that was innovative at one point and now run by a guy that makes poor business decisions for a living.

    Advice to Management

    try and find some profit margin somewhere.

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  5. Helpful (1)

    Great place

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

    I worked at Dow Chemical

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

    Pros

    It was an awesome place to work at. Very friendly

    Cons

    None really besides the cafeteria there

    Advice to Management

    None really

    Dow Chemical Response

    Mar 17, 2015Employee Engagement Communications

    Thank you for your feedback. We're happy to see you enjoyed the friendly Dow atmosphere and that it was viewed as an awesome place to work!

  6. Helpful (1)

    Amazing! Great people, great pay and great exposure!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Finance Manager in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

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

    Pros

    Open minded leadership
    Nice people
    Great pay
    Good work life balance

    Cons

    Can't think of any cons at this time

    Dow Chemical Response

    Mar 17, 2015Employee Engagement Communications

    Thank you for the positive feedback!

  7. Architect

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Architect in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Architect in Midland, MI

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good benefits
    Great freedom
    Only work in your business area, while all the development work is being done by Accenture.
    Lot of work from home

    Cons

    Accenture folks doesn't cooperate much beyond certain point.
    Old time management style.
    Very very distributed man power.

    Advice to Management

    Build more local teams

  8. Helpful (1)

    Good place to learn

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

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    - Great pay with solid benefits (bonus, 401k, ESPP, deferred shares, vacation, etc)
    - Great place to learn, often working with global teams in Europe and Latin America
    - Its employees
    - Humble, friendly and collaborative culture
    - You will be given lots of responsibilities on day 1
    - Midland: low cost of living, good schools, very safe, no traffic

    Cons

    - Midland: 5+ months of very cold weather, lack of good restaurants
    - Working from home is not an option, even after a snow storm
    - Internal politics probably similar to other Fortune 500 companies
    - Mistakes (not even minor) are not tolerated
    - In order to achieve annual EBITDA goals, leadership seems to focus too much on not spending. This hits morale once it is enforced every year. Year-end bonuses are very good, but you hear "no spending" on a constant basis

  9. Chemical Engineering Intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Chemical Engineering in Philadelphia, PA
    Former Intern - Chemical Engineering in Philadelphia, PA

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

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

    Pros

    It was a great experience being a part of the team to work on a specific project related to my studies. Environment was great and I look forward to getting a full time position in the near future. Fast paced, detail oriented work

    Cons

    Experience did not lead to further opportunities in the company, no benefits moving forward. It was very hard to balance being an intern and returning to schooling but had to choose finishing school.

    Advice to Management

    More advice for learning interns would be great

  10. No Training Plan whatsoever

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Contractor - TA COST CONTROLLER in Plaquemine, LA
    Current Contractor - TA COST CONTROLLER in Plaquemine, LA

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as a contractor (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is competitive, but being a contractor is not - no benefits, bonuses, etc. Although Kelly rep will lie to you...

    Cons

    Potential dangers working in plant. Too much idle time - leaves too much room for non-work activities: surfing the Internet, facebook, and gossiping. Employees are SAP illiterate!!

    Advice to Management

    Have a training plan rather than letting new employee suffer through watching someone else while they go through their day. Kelly Services is a nightmare to work with - Dow really should take a priority in knowing what Kelly Services is really doing...

  11. Helpful (1)

    Great colleagues, frequently changing management, collaborative working environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

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