DuPont
3.5 of 5 330 reviews
www.dupont.com Wilmington, DE 5000+ Employees

DuPont Reviews

Updated Jul 9, 2014
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3.5 330 reviews

                             

81% Approve of the CEO

DuPont Chairman & CEO Ellen J. Kullman

Ellen J. Kullman

(174 ratings)

69% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "Salary, benefits, work-life balance, most people are good to work with"
    in 49 reviews
  • "Great core values and respect for people"
    in 23 reviews
Cons:
  • "One of DuPont 'Core Values' is 'Respect for People', and they hold this out as their flagship core value"
    in 8 reviews
  • "Below average rate of project progression due to deliberate, data driven, decision making"
    in 10 reviews
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    Currently employed and have had the opportunity to see how big company works

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat opportunity to watch how Senior Management works

    Conslack of accountability for production employees

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Contiuos development at DuPont

    Global Finance Manager (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, DE

    ProsCompanies does the max for your development; values diversity and strong innovation leadership.

    ConsCompany pushing you constantly to deliver your potential. Makes the most for your development.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt critical times, workload still in the shoulders of a few, who deliver. Raising the bar needs to continue to get rid of below required performers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Good company with many opportunities for a young professional

    Senior Research Engineer (Former Employee)
    Wilmington, DE

    ProsStable company, unlimited opportunities and smart coworkers. CR&D is a great place to work.

    ConsRed tape, safety focus is overrated, working at comparable company now and they do not have any more safety incidents despite not having safety meetings and inspections.
    CR&D is disconnected from businesses and it is hard to make a great impact. Principal Investigators are pushed into management within five years of joining.

    Advice to Senior ManagementSafety focus is just red tape, too much time spent on meaningless things. Company should offer employee stock purchase plan.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Best company I've ever work for!

    Chemical Operator (Former Employee)
    Moncks Corner, SC

    ProsThey treat you like you're human, when crises arise DuPont stands at the plate.

    ConsThey had to lay me off, broke my heart! ��

    Advice to Senior ManagementKeep treating your employees well and you will be around for many years to come. Thanks for the pleasant opportunity I had to work for such a first class operation. ��

    – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat culture and a lot of opportunity for advancement and exploring techniques. Good benefits and retirement package.

    ConsLong working hours and weekend work

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    ~ 2 years

    Field Engineer (Current Employee)

    ProsGood benefits. Good people. Lots of opportunities

    ConsOffices are mainly on West coast.

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    R&D Technical

    R&D (Current Employee)
    Durham, NC

    ProsStable company, Range of specialties and businesses, science focused. Benefits are decent but better in past years. Wealth of knowledge. The company as a whole is decent.

    ConsLocal site management has completed destroyed employee morale. Reality has been replaced with perception. No room for advancement for non-exempt employees unless you are deemed a "special one" or know someone in upper management. Non-exempt employees are not appreciated for the importance of their contribution. Us vs. them mentality has been created. They often contradict themselves. Performance evaluation process is based more on who you work for and who likes you opposed to your actual work. Incompetent management still in position after countless complaints with no significant consequences. Low or non-existent raises. Little to no trustworthiness in management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementAt local site, clean-up management. Appreciate non-exempts and contributions with raises or bonuses. Review actual site performance rating process and make it fair and relevant to acutal work performance. Be genuine in desire or attempt to fix problems with employee morale or just leave it alone.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    DuPont IT. A great place to work if you don't like promotions and like managers getting credit for your hard work.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsIt is full time work and the pay is okay.

    The benefits are not as good as they were, but are still better than most companies.

    Most people are very professional and courteous.

    ConsIn order to get a promotion in DuPont IT, they want you to be a manager. Yet higher level IT people who have been there a long time can spend hours in their office playing Windows games and have no real responsibilities.

    DuPont IT hires contractors out the wazoo who waste time, resources, do terrible jobs at support and also waste time and money in paperwork games that bog down any real work to be done. It takes 20x longer to go through the paperwork systems ( some processes owned and maintained by contractors) to move a project from development to production than it takes to actually do the work itself. Something as simple as creating a folder on a drive that used to take 10 seconds is now a 2 month production, with 20 to 50 sign-offs of contract people.

    Projects are put in place that are just a total waste of money and resources. Many times they are proposed and created by the Dupont 'Center Of Excellence' gurus to replace older systems which are already cost effective and efficient. The lower level IT support people know that these changes are not needed and will be less efficient and will have a higher risk of failure and voice their opinions, Those opinions are always discounted and fall into dead air or are answered with the reply.. 'You don't understand the big picture'. These 'replacement' projects almost always fail, leaving the upper crust IT gurus scratching their heads in amazement, while the lower level IT support people knew this would happen all along.

    DuPont is still holding onto outdated process management tools like Six Sigma, when it has been clearly shown that 60% of all Six Sigma projects eventually fail. Especially when you try to force them down the throat of every IT person as a 'You have to do this' option. What you get is a six sigma task with no meaning, just to mark it off your list as having done the 'requirement'.

    One of DuPont 'Core Values' is 'Respect for People', and they hold this out as their flagship core value. It is however, a one way mirror. DuPont believes that they are treating their people fairly, when in all honesty, the promotion system is still the good old boy buddy system. People get promoted by sucking up to the management, not by the work they do. In DuPont, if you sit in your office, do all your required work, increase your skills by 10x what they were after you were hired, please all your customers where they have nothing but great things to say about you, that won't get you promoted.

    If you want to work for an efficient IT company, who's management has a firm grip on costs, and who's people are acknowledged for the work they do (and not their managers taking all the glory) and their accomplishments and skill level increases are rewarded with level promotions.. you may want to look elsewhere. DuPont IT is not the place for you.

    If you decide to work for Dupont IT, Come with low expectations and just do your work every day like the cow in the field, munching grass.You will be happier.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHow about promoting IT people based on increase in skills and quality of work done and do away with the buddy system of promotions.You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?

    Everyone in IT cannot be a manager, don't use that as criteria for level promotions.

    Your sites leadership offers no assistance to promotions. For a manager to promote one of their employees is just another 'task' they don't really want to try to do, because it is work for them and takes too much effort. If a manager does decide to go forward with a promotion for one of their employees, the passive manager will easily bow down to the more aggressive manager to let that manager promote their people. So the employee is at the mercy of a manager who is weak or not aggressive and confrontational. This does a tremendous disservice to the employee who has worked hard throughout the year.

    One day, DuPont, you will finally figure out that contractors are interested in one thing.... money. They don't care if it takes one hour to fix a problem or 2 months, The longer they drag it out, the more they can bill DuPont. The more complicated a contractor makes his support processes, the more they can bill DuPont for. Sure you can possibly save 100,000.00 + for each full time employee you replace, but the costs for the contractor plus the detriment to the business far outweighs those costs. Your businesses are suffering because this. One day you may figure this out.

    Do your homework before pushing projects that are not needed down everyone's throats. Question everything and then, re-question it again. Is it really needed? Get feedback from the people at the sites your changes will affect. Do they really need the change? Is it just a waste of money? Can it be done a different way? Get input from the local IT people at the site and LISTEN TO IT! Form a team that reviews projects to see if they really are necessary and one that has the power to axe ANY project that is found to be not needed or will cause a negative impact on the businesses that use it.

    Also, keep giving contractors access to databases that contain proprietary information. Your data's security is of no issue, right? Do you REALLY know who has access to your data?
    I wonder how many cyber criminals have signed non-disclosure agreements?

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    Not much career guidance but stable company

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsFlexible, stable, good work life balance

    ConsLow raises if any, better vacation for new hires then long term employees

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Amazing

    Research Associate (Current Employee)
    Wilmington, DE

    ProsYou are surrounded by intelligent people on a daily basis

    ConsI would not mind a sald bar in the lunch room

    Advice to Senior ManagementCouldn't ask for better management, company is run soundly

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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