Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated April 25, 2015
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  1. Overall positive experience, but mismatch of needs

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Positive Outlook
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Pay is at or above industry average for many occupations. Many networking opportunities from across a variety of functions.

    Cons

    No opportunities for training from external sources. Time-based promotions and over-saturation of contractors and consultants in the workforce makes building bonds with coworkers very difficult.

    Advice to Management

    Allow for acceleration of HiPo employees at a faster pace and encourage engagement with industry leaders external to the company

  2. Helpful (2)

    Good place to learn and gain experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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.

  3. Helpful (1)

    Good safety culture, diversity. Good benefits, if you got college you can make real good money

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

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

    Pros

    great company, good safety culture, diversity. Good benefits, if you got college you can make real good money

    Cons

    The trade off of having a great work life balance is that promotions come at a slower pace

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  5. Good employer

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

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

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

    Pros

    Good management overall. Hard working.

    Cons

    Long hours needed at times

  6. DOW Chemical is a great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

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

    Pros

    The DOW Chemical company is a great place to work and has good benefits and also offers competitive compensation packages.

    Cons

    The DOW is a very large company with offices and businesses all over the world. While this is a strength, it is also a weakness because it means the company is not as nimble as it could be.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Dow

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule, good leadership, great training, take safety as a top priority

    Cons

    Too many work processes. Compensation for overtime during turnarounds doesn't exist. Finger pointing when things go wrong. Don't pay well enough for good engineers and designers, then wonder why projects have so many changes.

    Advice to Management

    You get whatyou pay for. Hire experience and less engineers straight out of college.

  8. Helpful (4)

    Good corporate experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Business Development Leader in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Business Development Leader in Midland, MI

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Dow is a large company, and offers the opportunity of moving between roles and gaining a breadth of experience. They are major part of a keystone industry.

    Cons

    It is a very large corporation, and it is hard not to feel like a cog in a giant machine. Management and coaching is not encouraged or rewarded, so little opportunity for mentorship and guidance beyond your own wherewithal. Dow is a bit of an old boy's club, and promotions are influenced by who you know and have worked for and how much political capital they have with leadership.

    The industry is old fashioned and lacks an innovative and face paced environment, and this is true through much of the company.

    Dow wants to be an innovative technology leader, but is caught in its hedge between old school commodities for which cost cutting and efficiency are the keys, which are its bread and butter, and advanced technologies further up the value chain. Dow isn't risk tolerant to place the financial bets and invest in a different type of human resource to really transform as a company.

  9. Great Place to Work

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

    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

    Great development opportunities
    Top notch co-workers
    The opportunity to have many careers within one company

    Cons

    With being a large company, some change takes time

    Dow Chemical Response

    Jan 29, 2015Employee Engagement Communications

    Dow takes pride in developing employees and offering future opportunities for growth, both professionally and personally. Thank you for the feedback.

  10. Helpful (1)

    Organization

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    If you like science, you will enjoy working at Dow. It's a wonderful organization in which you can work with smart, hard-working, scientific individuals.

    Cons

    Similar to other companies, the organization has had many layoffs. Therefore, it is somewhat resource-constrained.

  11. Dow

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Good place to work at.

    Cons

    Can not retain employees as well.

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