DuPont Reviews

Updated July 20, 2015
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DuPont Chairman & CEO 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. Nice summer intern experience

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Newark, DE
    Former Intern - Software Developer Intern in Newark, DE

    I worked at DuPont as an intern (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    The scientists were nice and easy going. The work pace was not fast, standard 9 am to 5 pm. As an intern I got my own office cubicle. And the pay was nice as well.

    Cons

    Nothing particular I felt bad about.


  2. Looking back, mixed reviews from a "millenial"

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

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

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

    Pros

    Trust the history and future of the company. True innovation and opportunity to change the world for the better with their science. Great work-life balance, easy hours that most people follow

    Cons

    Not the fastest company to move, and kind of stuck in some conservative ways. The focus on safety and ethics is great, but sometimes leads people to lie

    Advice to Management

    Be more open to new, modern ideas. Young people leave because they do not feel like they belong, and there is a lot of red tape to get through if you want to get anything done. There are many programs and jobs that seem to be unnecessary, and therefore people take a lot of time doing unimportant research and implementing unnecessary products.


  3. Revolving door of managers

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

    I worked at DuPont full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    DuPont, in general, focuses on specialty products. There are few commodity businesses that are mainly used as cash generators. There are opportunities to support products that you can be proud to work on.

    Cons

    I was at DuPont for ~4.5 years and had two jobs working at different manufacturing sites. In that time I had 6 different bosses. Expectations from each one of them was different and it was sometimes difficult to understand what they defined as success before they moved on. It felt like a constant guessing game.

    Advice to Management

    If you have never worked in particular aspect of a business, like R&D, MT, Tech Service, etc., do not show up and act like you know everything. Listen and learn.


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  5. Good plant experience with lack of respect toward/among employees

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Edgemoor, DE
    Former Employee - R&D Engineer in Edgemoor, DE

    I worked at DuPont full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    I had a couple of years in the titanium dioxide business. The process is very complex thus giving the opportunity for engineers to learn a lot. The plant operating philosophy with regards to PSM is well documented. Maintenance procedures are well documented. Good opportunity to gain meaningful experience at a union site. The site is a tough place to work at. You will develop your character at this site which is critical to have further success in your career. Important metrics were shared on a dashboard for everyone to see. The R&D department had a potluck at the end of the year to help with teamwork and collaboration.

    Cons

    Chemours used to be part of DuPont. One of DuPont's core values is "respect for people". Respect for people was lacking at the northeastern titanium dioxide plant site. As a bilingual speaker (Spanish and English), I was told to go read the "Mexican procedures" written for the business' Mexican plant site when I asked for mentoring and coaching. While competition is a good thing for business, the environment at the site was competitive to an unhealthy toxic level. People keep information to themselves to make themselves look good, the mentoring was not very good, backstabbing from an operations engineer towards the R&D department/manager was rampant retaliating over a bad review he got many years ago from the R&D Manager, other operations folks openly mocking my supervisor, disrespectful operators yelling at you and threatening to skip your meetings. Interns and early career engineers start a lower salaries when compared to other businesses within the company. For a business that made a LOT of money in 2010 and 2011, it seems like exploitation that their expectation is for people to work 55 to 60 hour weeks. They will label you as unreliable if you don't work that many hours which could hurt your career advancement opportunities if there is an oversupply of engineers when you are trying to switch roles. If there are more roles than talent available, then you should be fine as long as you are appraised as a successful performer. It is not worth the effort to work that many hours for less than a 3% yearly salary increase, specially considering the record profits they had in 2010 and 2011. Early career Promotions only earn you about 4% and you get them every 2 to 3.5 years depending on your level and performance. You are trading 50% more of your time (if you work 60 hours vs. 40 hours) to get low single digit raises. It is not worth it. Instead, skip meetings that aren't helping you meet your yearly objectives to increase productivity. I determined that I had on average 8 hours of meetings a week out of which I could cut out 6 hours to increase my productivity, which I did. Another problem plaguing the company is the poor execution of their high quality engineering standards and policies. There is just not enough people to execute the standards and policies like they want to. First party audits often don't catch the execution gaps because the audit scores affect site leadership pay, thus site leadership strongly influence the auditing process.

    Advice to Management

    The culture at plant sites reflect upon you.


  6. Helpful (4)

    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 (6)

    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.


  8. Helpful (1)

    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.


  9. 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


  10. 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


  11. 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



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