Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated March 28, 2015
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  1. Great company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Senior Analytical Specialist in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Senior Analytical Specialist in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    Very organized and structured company with safety as primary focus.

    Cons

    Most of the company location are far from the city. Long commute, little far from the city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    it needs self review. re-visit allocation of resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    Zero leadership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time

    Pros

    People are very nice. Pay is acceptable for the area, but still less than most other comparable jobs.

    Cons

    Made promises the didn't keep. CEO has zero leadership capability. Most "managers" at the firm have zero leadership capability. Same issues brought up over and over throughout the course of a year, with no resolution. Multiple co-workers left.

  3. good or bad

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    Former Employee - Engineer
    Former Employee - Engineer

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    fair pay and benefits, big company for learning

    Cons

    work life balance is not so good, pressure can get very high at times.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. Dow is a great company that has a great work life balance

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    Current Employee - Project Engineering Manager in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Project Engineering Manager in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The work processes are top of the line

    Cons

    The promotion opportunities are limited

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Great people pay and benefits but lots of red tape

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The pay people and benefits are great. It is an extremely safe place to work. There is flexibility in when your working hours

    Cons

    The job can be very demanding at times. There is a lot of red tape that can make it difficult to get things done

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure the benefit of red tape outweigh the cost. Be careful not to over focus on small safety items taking away effort from potential big items.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. Great company!

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    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Account Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Great work/life balance, excellent management and communication from executive leadership

    Cons

    Few opportunities to advance outside of Midland or Houston

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build some more hierarchy into the corporate structure, which would give millennials more opportunities to climb.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    EH&S Associate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Extremely interesting work with a wide variety of opportunities. In most cases, alignment is singular and there is limited conflict in expectations.

    Cons

    Can easily get overloaded with responsibilities. People management has become less important and consequently those not connected to people who care can find themselves floundering.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful

    Mid Michigan Mistake

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Midland, MI

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Big company, gets away with a lot. Good people at the mid to lower levels. On commercial side you get to go to big events on the corporate card.

    Cons

    CEO is a bozo. No credibility. Strategy is incoherent. Shuffles leaders, managers, and presidents every 6-12 months. Nobody ever challenges him or they are gone. Sponsor the olympics for 10 years??? YOU ARE A CHEMICAL COMPANY NOT A CONSUMER FOCUSED COMPANY. What a waste of time and $$$ Again shareholder devalue. His #2 sitting in Europe is a waste of $$ to shareholders and has never done anything to create value. No respect for women in the executive wing. Awesome women who challenged Euro weenie were shown the door. The CEO was called the worst CEO ever by Mad Money and put on the wall of shame. CEOs went nuts and put a big $ push to all his CEO cronies to get that taken down. AND THYE DID! That should say it all. Also, look at the lawsuit by the female compliance officer First, decried here. and now, try to settle. Another waste of shareholder $$.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire Sir Evil. Replace the entire Board of Directors (totally stuffed with cronies and people who clearly don't care about the company (they care about their $$$ and their use of the corporate jets). Develop a real strategy. Then get rid of the clueless "leaders" who have done nothing but drink the cool aid and bob their heads.'

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful

    You don't want to work here

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edina, MN

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time

    Pros

    This review only applies to the Edina factory located in MN and does not reflect the rest of Dow.

    Lots of exposure to automation engineering and technology. Definitely going to be able to leverage the technical knowledge to the next job.

    Cons

    If you want zero work life balance, unreal amount of work, and just overall back stabbing people, then this is the place for you. They place no value on their employee development, you are just going to be another cog in the machine. They tout around the perk of "flexibility" like a value they offer, in reality upper management expects you to bend over backwards for them while they do nothing for you. This place is not professional and do not hold themselves accountable when it comes to caring about employees. This place runs 24x7, people are expected to work on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years...they care about the $, and nothing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Actually care about your employees. Talk the talk, then please walk the walk. Work on improving your culture to retain talent, not forcibly keep employees here by denying an already approved transfer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. Fun and challenging place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Dow Chemical

    Pros

    Great company to work for, strong family culture

    Cons

    Old and worn in company, change takes a long time.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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