Dow Corning Reviews

Updated June 26, 2015
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Dow Corning President and CEO Robert D. (Bob) Hansen
Robert D. (Bob) Hansen
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Pros
  • Work / life balance (at least used to be) (in 31 reviews)

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

Cons
  • After multiple workforce reductions with no rhyme or reason other than the companies bottom line (in 12 reviews)

  • Lack of appreciation from upper management (in 8 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Great Stepping Stone

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Communications Specialist in Houston, TX

    I worked at Dow Corning full-time (More than 10 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    - Great benefits
    - Relaxed company culture
    - Ample room for parking
    - Commute is great if you live inside the 610 loop

    Cons

    - Dwindling claims means your employment time will be limited
    - Work tends to be highly repetitive
    - Claimant calls can be a bit outrageous at times
    - Procedures change often and sometimes make little sense

    Advice to Management

    Management would be better if they took the feedback from their employees seriously. Too many times they ask employees for suggestions without implementing them, only to find out the potential problems brought up come to fruition.


  2. Helpful (1)

    I love working here

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    I worked in industry for over 15 years before coming here 6 years ago. This is the most talented workforce I have worked with and as an experienced engineer, my background is highly valued and sought after within this company. The opportunities are fantastic, the current benefits are great.

    Cons

    Some of the younger engineers don't appreciate what they have here. The old benefits were so good, employees were incentivized to retire about age 55, causing a large brain drain.

    Advice to Management

    I am hoping the new cto helps emphasize people working as engineers. Not everyone should aspire to be a manager.


  3. Research Scientist

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Midland, MI

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many brilliant people in the company. Opportunities to move between groups as well as move up with in a group.

    Cons

    MI site is in a very small town. The winters are brutal. There can be a lot a bureaucracy that slows research and development..

    Advice to Management

    Bureaucracy gets in the way of research advancements - remove the bureaucracy to make the company more nimble. Focus more on science less on paperwork.


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  5. HR Co-op

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

    I have been working at Dow Corning part-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Very friendly, helpful culture. Many opportunities to move up in the company. Positions are typically filled from within.

    Cons

    Headquarters is in the middle of nowhere. This makes it difficult to attract young talent.


  6. President

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative and Sales Manager, Director in Gordonville, TX
    Former Employee - Sales Representative and Sales Manager, Director in Gordonville, TX

    I worked at Dow Corning (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    They provide real opportunities to those who are willing to apply themselves and act to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for success. They also provide a compensation structure that rewards performance

    Cons

    Living and working in Midland MI

    Advice to Management

    keep on keeping on


  7. Still a way to go to turn company around

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

    I have been working at Dow Corning

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

    Pros

    Good hardworking people, helpful environment. Flexible schedules

    Cons

    very process driven, can make things slow. Lack of trust in senior management


  8. Helpful (2)

    Middle management power trip

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

    I have been working at Dow Corning (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with, most work together. Great computer support at my current site. Current site has site wide employee events.

    Cons

    Middle management thinks they have more pull than they do. They say one thing and do something else. Some have the attitude that your not a person that you can do your job and theirs so they can sit in their office or "work from home". Nothing contractors can do if they have a problem with management. Contractors seem to be excluded in events they shouldn't be.

    Advice to Management

    Take a good look at your middle managers and figure out which ones actually do something to fix this before this gets more out of hand and the company loses more good employee's.


  9. Helpful (5)

    Innovation dying a death in Dow Corning

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

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

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

    Pros

    Overall a great group of employees trying to make things happen with customers.

    Cons

    Incompetent CEO who rarely engages with his employees. Senior US R&D technical leaders with no transparency or accountability of their actions. Many new 'process' initiatives designed to over engineer simple activities. Regional fragmentation is so thinly spread, no chance commercial organisation can be making technical sales.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the CEO and his band of incompetent buddies.


  10. Manager

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

    I have been working at Dow Corning

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

    Pros

    Work Life Balance, challenging assignments, collaboration, responsibilty

    Cons

    Too slow to make decisions, too many reviews


  11. Helpful (2)

    Anything goes

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

    I have been working at Dow Corning

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Relaxed environment, good pay and excellent work life balance

    Cons

    No accountability and any small change in formulation is called innovation.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of pencil pushers and reward people who want to make a difference



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