Dow Chemical

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Dow Chemical Reviews

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35 Reviews
3.9
35 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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  1.  

    good experience, but too many hours with lousy compensation

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Dow Chemical does offer a variety of job experiences, and good growth opportunities You are an asset to them, meaning they do not care about the happiness of their employees, or the work-life balance of their employees. Instead they care about the number of hours you can work, and how cheaply they can get you to work those hours.

    Cons

    Dow Chemical requires you to work ridiculously long hours with low compensation for the number of hours worked. They do not care about their employees happiness, or retaining employees for the long term. When I was looking to relocate to another state for personal reasons, they offered me a job with no relocation when competitors would pay relocation. Then they offered a cheap version of relocation, which again was not competitive with industry standards. I opted to leave the company, and seek employment elsewhere. Since then, I've realized how much better a company culture can be.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to respect your employees and their contributions. Also, you should ensure company pay is competitive with the industry average and approximately fair for the job tasks.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A place where people are treated with respect, and division executives get moved around frequently

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Freeport, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    People treat each other with respect.

    Cons

    There is often lack of accountability with middle managers, as they are moved around often and therefore cannot be accountable for any actions they take (and take any credit for short-term profits) during their tenure at any position. Lack of business strategy in some divisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Re-read "Good to Great" by Jim Collins - spend less time worrying about alignment at the division level, and worry more about getting good people who work together across functions to do great business.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Very competitive place to work at with high pay, but stressful

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    Current Employee - Manager in Spring House, PA
    Current Employee - Manager in Spring House, PA

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Good pay with excellent bonus and stock options
    Exciting research oppertunities
    Location is close to major cities and cultural activities
    The team I am in is highly motivated

    Cons

    Arrogant upper management
    some nanomanaging and hyper criticism
    politics.....

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change performance mananagment system

    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    A good place to work.

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Analytical Technician in Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Senior Analytical Technician in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Good pay
    Dow's commitment to employee growth
    Dow's commitment to Employee Health and Safety

    Cons

    Some technicians are overworked in some groups
    Some jobs are hard on you physically

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More management involvement (Those managers who oversee groups in areas in which they are not physically located)

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Rewarding

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Marlborough, MA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Marlborough, MA

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Opportunities are various and at many locations around the world

    Cons

    Continual change ( during Rohm & Haas ) transition was a distraction

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work to gain experience but organizational changes and focus on protocols prevents advancement.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Unified corporate focus on safety, ergonomics, and health is refreshing

    Company culture is easy-going but professional, people are knowledgeable in their fields

    Flex time is a God send if you've only worked 8-5 throughout your career

    Depending on the Manager, they will make sure you're recognized for the work that you do

    Cons

    Very much the system of "its not what you know, it's who you know" to advance in your career

    Managers and Leaders are so focused on meeting corporate policies and attending meetings they are unable to effectively manage their employees and do their jobs at times

    For a large company, politics plays a huge role in the type of projects you're assigned and how well the Manager works with you. Bottom line, if the Manager doesn't like you count on being assigned projects that end quickly

    Little chance of being hired as a Direct employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make employee satisfaction a corporate policy the same way health and safety are emphasized;

    No opinion of CEO

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