DuPont Reviews

Updated June 30, 2015
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DuPont Chairman & CEO Ellen J. Kullman
Ellen J. Kullman
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Pros
  • This culture screams work/life balance (in 56 reviews)

  • Core values are of utmost importance and are carried out on a daily basis (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • One of DuPont 'Core Values' is 'Respect for People', and they hold this out as their flagship core value (in 9 reviews)

  • Lack of agility within the decision-making process (in 12 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    Six Sigma Blackbelt Project Lead

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Six Sigma Black Belt in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Company with a lot of history with a mission to help solve the world's big problems
    Opportunity to grow and switch positions internally
    Support for certifications and development

    Cons

    Raises have fallen below industry norms
    Risk of short term focus vs. growing for the future

    Advice to Management

    Invest in the future and don't cut R&D for short term Wall St. concerns


  2. Helpful (3)

    Once a strong recommendation, but no longer.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Principal Investigator in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Principal Investigator in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont

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

    Pros

    DuPont hires very talented individuals, and encouraged shared learnings. Most weeks, work/life balance is great. Large company, so many varied opportunities--hard to get bored.

    Cons

    Pay is averaged out across level--DuPont does not utilize a Pay for Performance policy for the common worker. Management regularly misjudges market, sets over-ambitious targets, and frequently misses objectives. Creates a very negative environment, with occasional reductions in force (but the leaders who set unreasonable objectives are not let go, and often rewarded). Company doesn't really know what it wants to be--vision unclear. The emphasis on core values has slipped since Ellen took over--safety incidents on a rise, respect for people a figment of what it once was.

    Advice to Management

    Develop a clear vision, set realistic targets, and drive accountability--especially at the senior management level.


  3. Manager

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Communications Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

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

    Pros

    Polite, respectful employees who value safety and well being of colleagues. Access to business senior management. casual dress. relationship focused. Nice.

    Cons

    slow to change, not competitive in salary or compensation. can be a good ole boy's club environment. lack of strategic clarity. reluctant to invest in business for growth.


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  5. Lean Six Sigma Black Belt

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

    I have been working at DuPont full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    varied types of projects, lots of great experience

    Cons

    Always a no travel rule in 4th quarter, can make project work a little more challenging


  6. Ridding dead weight

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

    I have been working at DuPont (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Good management under senior level, good pay, good work life balance

    Cons

    Focus is only on profit. Long term employees pushed aside.


  7. Helpful (1)

    A historic manufacturing company in transition

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Program Manager in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont full-time (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    A 200+ year old company with a rich history. Great pay & benefits. Employs very talented people. Strong research and manufacturing technology capabilities. High ethical and EHS standards.

    Cons

    Tends to be very hierarchical and bureaucratic. High degree of command & control management. Authority & decision making concentrated in upper management layers....limited autonomy and empowerment in mid to lower parts of the org structure

    Advice to Management

    Trust your organization and engage them in decision making. Delegate authority and reduce bureacracy


  8. Helpful (3)

    Nice people but very behind the times

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Human Resources Business Partner in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at DuPont full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The employees of DuPont are some of the nicest people I've ever met. The company has a strong brand, which helps from a recruiting standpoint. Strong benefits and competitive compensation also help. The company is very committed to their values (almost to a fault).

    Cons

    I worked as an HR Business Partner in Wilmington, and felt that we had little support from corporate HR, so it continuously felt that all of the HRBP's were reinventing the wheel since we weren't leveraging support. The systems and procedures are very manually-intensive and outdated, though they are implementing Workday, so hopefully there will be some relief. The HRBP client groups are very large (800+), and with very little administrative and corporate support, it can be very difficult to support them proactively (more a matter of maintenance). I love the company's focus on their values, but they take it a bit too far; almost has a cult-ish vibe, and opening each meeting with a 15-min discussion around safety is terribly ineffective.

    Advice to Management

    Increase resources in HR in corporate and in the field. Focus on leveraging shared resources so employees are treated consistently and the HRBP's can be more effective with their clients. Manage poor performers and hold employee accountable.


  9. All depends on what business within DuPont

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at DuPont full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Each individual business gives you a feel of a smaller company. The experience that you have depends on what business you are in. Some feel like family, some are very cold. Depending which, it can be a good experience. I worked in both, but had more time in a good, family feel business.

    Cons

    Since the company is so large it was very difficult to see how you contributed to the company as a whole. Also, because it is an older company set in its ways, it does not allow for a lot of movement in short periods of time. You were forced to stay in a certain role and level for a set amount of time - usually at least 2 years, before you could move on or be promoted.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that people need to be able to move and be promoted based on contribution rather than time spent.


  10. Historically a great company but changing

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager in Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Senior IT Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    DuPont has excellent benefits and variable compensation. Company is very innovative and has many patents to its name. R&D is among the best in the world.

    Cons

    Company is changing due to negative outside influences and pressure to split apart. Leadership does not realize the value of core businesses that made the company great. IT services are only fair and IT senior managers are just a good old boys club. Field IT intern program is based on hiring children of senior managers or of friends of senior managers with no regard to their qualifications.

    Advice to Management

    Don't allow a greedy shareholder to destroy the 200+ year old legacy of a great company.


  11. Plenty of opportunity to shine; strong sense of core values

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

    I have been working at DuPont full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Because it's a large company, you can develop your career through internal job moves.

    Cons

    Decision-making can be slow and bureaucratic



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