DuPont Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Pro Development

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

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

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

    Pros

    they have actively invested in my personal skill development for the past 18 years.

    Cons

    It is a large company and things can move slowly at times.


  2. Safety culture

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Emphasis on safety. Flat managing structure.

    Cons

    Promotion can be slow sometimes.


  3. 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.


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  5. 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.


  6. 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


  7. Process Engineer

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Newark, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer II in Newark, CA

    I have been working at DuPont (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Great culture, Friendly colleagues willing to help each other out

    Cons

    slow promotion process. Not sure about employee review process

    Advice to Management

    No comments at all


  8. 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.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Strong Past, Dwindling Future

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

    I have been working at DuPont full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Many opportunities to advance and diversify yourself

    Cons

    Management is difficult and often doesn't understand what it takes to improve the life of the plant


  10. Maintenance Manager

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont full-time

    Pros

    Worked with a number of dedicated, exceptional colleagues.

    Cons

    Forced ranking system and other J. Welch flavored HR/compensation practices.


  11. Helpful (1)

    Poor management and zero follow through

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

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

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

    Pros

    Fair salary, but not based on performance no matter what they tell you. There is a range for your job title and they balance you within the range regardless of average or outstanding performance.

    Cons

    Site management refuse to make individual decisions, always a group so no single person can be held responsible. Poor, poor management at site level. Managers are either control freaks or completely hands off. Plans for plant management promotions are based solely on safety performance and cost savings, nothing to do with plant capability and individual performance. If a manager can just hold his ground for 2-3 years, a promotion to a different site, no buy in or goal to make their site successful.

    Advice to Management

    Please stop pretending you have the core values, you only take action and publicize those small cases that are identified to individuals, if the company ignored the big items until it was at a legally actionable point, it is Sept under the rug.
    When you shove something down our throats everyday, safety, you either get ignored or push back. Safety is important, but it doesn't keep a business viable. Discuss all of the important parts of businesses.
    Stop making an engineering degree a mandatory requirement for any position, focus on ability and work ethic, a degree does not create an effective and dedicated employee. Go back to work basics and stop running your company like you are in fear of being sued for an employee sneezing!



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