Dow Corning

www.dowcorning.com
Profile Unclaimed

Dow Corning Reviews

Updated February 28, 2015
Updated February 28, 2015
147 Reviews
2.8
147 Reviews
Rating Trends

Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Dow Corning President and CEO Robert D. (Bob) Hansen
Robert D. (Bob) Hansen
84 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Getting better with work life balance than earlier in my career (in 31 reviews)

  • Good benefits package in an area with a low cost of living (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Also beware of workforce reductions, which seem to happen every two to three years (in 12 reviews)

  • Too many managers / levels between the individual contributors and the upper management (in 8 reviews)

More Highlights

Employee Reviews

Sort: Popular Rating Date
  1.  

    Great Internship

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Intern - Materials Research in Midland, MI
    Former Intern - Materials Research in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    Very friendly culture. Internship programming includes insightful talks from executive leaders

    Cons

    Have heard that some teams are more difficult to work on than others. Have heard that management is sometimes not understanding of researchers' roadblocks, but I myself didn't witness much of that. Overall business direction has been questionable in the past

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more careful about future development directions

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Great working atmosphere.

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

    I worked at Dow Corning

    Pros

    Very flexible regarding work hours etc

    Cons

    The industry has a lot of market fluctuation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need more growth opportunities and better salaries

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Manufacturing Automation

    • 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 Corning

    Pros

    Many technologies, Challenging work, Decent benefits

    Cons

    Can be "boxed in" depending where you work
    Market volatility over last few years

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  4. Is this helpful? The community relies on everyone sharing – Add Anonymous Review


  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    A company without Heart

    • 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 Corning

    Pros

    benefits and medical care

    Cons

    The corporate culture is adrift. The company has transformed from a family oriented, Collegial organization to a company without heart. Advancement and growth opportunities are largely political and not based on performance. The company's headlines are ill-fated restructurings, head count reductions and outsourcing. Technology and innovation are no longer on the cutting edge. Many employees are waiting for retirement or looking for external job opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Executive Management is disconnected.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Excellent people, inspiring research, a career that matters

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

    I worked at Dow Corning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    R&D (Scienece & Technology) was a very relaxed, work-at-your-own-pace experience. As chemists, we were encouraged to play in the lab, as a way to promote creativity. The best work environment I've had. Very flexible schedule, excellent work-life balance, with most people long gone by 5 PM each evening, at home eating with their families.

    Cons

    With so many brilliant, highly accomplished scientists under one roof, it's a little difficult to differentiate yourself, as your superiors aren't easily impressed - good problem to have though, as you'll learn a great deal from those around you.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Wonderful internship experience. I had a great time.

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

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

    Pros

    The people are great and willing to help with any kinds of problems you might encounter. Lots of training is available and you can be very mobile in the company.

    Cons

    Midland, MI is not the most exciting town for young people.

    Recommends
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Conservative work

    • 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 Corning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, broad range of projects, relaxed work environment

    Cons

    Too much politics and bad career path

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest on your assessment of people and technology.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 4 people found this helpful  

    Poor Leadership with No Direction for Organization

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

    I worked at Dow Corning

    Pros

    Benefits - medical, dental, vision
    Salary is good but be prepared to work long hours and available 24/7 for most if not all positions

    Cons

    Company has no direction and each year brings a new set of goals lead by a leadership team that has blinders on to the real issues within the company. Employees have no trust for the management and the lack of loyalty continues to decrease with each layoff and reduction in the company. You can count on having some type of layoff about every year and they are so random in nature you could be next. A shame to see so many loyal employees get let go while the poor performers get to stick around. If you do plan to work at the company all the major jobs are in Midland which is not an ideal location to live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Decide on a corporate vision and stick to it. Get leadership that is visible and will listen to employees. Do not punish employees for being honest with their employees. Need to change.

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

    Company is changing

    • 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 Corning full-time

    Pros

    I arrived at a time when the company was switching from its old traditional style (family oriented company; stable; good benefits; conservative) to the new more aggressive style. The benefits to this are that the company will be more aggressive in the future and is pulling in higher caliber people. Salaries seem pretty good too.

    Cons

    Drawbacks are that the company is giving up its core virtues, which are what separated Dow Corning from places like Dow Chemical. Nowadays, advancement in the company is heavily dependent upon playing the game and fitting in with the cool crowd. Many companies have this environment; it remains to be seen that Dow Corning will make it work and become more profitable.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Too much management! Dow Corning is a place where everyone is a manager and no one is doing the real work.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Dow Corning is a great company to work for!!!

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

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

    Pros

    The company provides great work life balance and promotes employee growth

    Cons

    Too much of reprioritization of initiatives lately. Need to set a firm direction and stick with it for a while to assess its impact.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top leadership is predominantly made up of white males. Need more diversity in the top layer to make a global impact.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

Dow Corning Photos

Corporate Headquarters
Dow Corning Corporate Center

+ Add Photo

Work at Dow Corning? Share Your Experiences

Dow Corning

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.