DuPont Reviews

Updated May 3, 2015
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Pros
  • Good work-life balance when there is no high priority activity going on (in 56 reviews)

  • Great focus on core values and a really helpful and collaborative environment (in 34 reviews)

Cons
  • DuPont emphasizes respect for people at a high level but in reality the follow through is just not there (in 9 reviews)

  • Below average rate of project progression due to deliberate, data driven, decision making (in 12 reviews)

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  1. All depends on what business within DuPont

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    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.

  2. Historically a great company but changing

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    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.

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

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    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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  5. manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    strong safety culture and core value

    Cons

    so-so business portfolio in chemical industry

  6. Helpful (1)

    Process Engineer

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    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Greenville, NC
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Greenville, NC

    I have been working at DuPont

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

    Pros

    Big company with lots of growth opportunity. Focus a safety and innovation

    Cons

    There appears to be a disconnect and distrust between and employees

    Advice to Management

    Be open with employees. Tell them the truth about the state of affairs

  7. Fermentation Engineer I

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    Former Employee - Fermentation Engineer in Palo Alto, CA
    Former Employee - Fermentation Engineer in Palo Alto, CA

    I worked at DuPont

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great people and culture. Feels academic and industrial at the same time. Lots of fun activities. Work hard play hard environment.

    Cons

    Career development path not exactly clear, but great managers to help

  8. senior assistant research chemist

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    Former Employee - Senior Assistant Chemist in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Senior Assistant Chemist in Newark, DE

    I worked at DuPont

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

    Pros

    One of the top Us companies to work for ,as far as advanced technologies and research inventions and innovation, patents, new products, drugs discovery, scouting, etc

    Cons

    Had major layoffs and I was affected and oart of one as layedd of after 6 years of working there in the beginning of my new career. Very structured and specific on policies .

    Advice to Management

    Working environment needs to be more layed back and relaxed towards empolyees as well as benefits package for working mothers or people with special needs and major events in their personal life.

  9. Marketing

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont full-time

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for. Really cares about it's employees

    Cons

    I've had a great experience

    Advice to Management

    Keep on doing good things.

  10. Intern Review

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    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at DuPont as an intern

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

    Pros

    I loved my time and my summer spent on the east coast with DuPont. The people were awesome, and the company culture was something that made a big different for me. Great company, paid me well and took care of traveling expenses even as an intern. Would recommend to anyone

    Cons

    Average age in my division was 52.. need to have a strong, heavy influx of young talent in the coming years. Quite a few workers struggled with basics when it came to programs such as Excel

    Advice to Management

    Try and retain/seek more young talent

  11. Helpful (2)

    Used to be great....now...not so much

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wilmington, DE

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

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

    Pros

    The pay and the benefits are decent and the 401k is very good. Get to work with top notch people.

    Cons

    The recent activist investor battle is killing the company. Cost cutting layoffs and instability are causing people to quit left and right. Young people are leaving and the older workers will be retiring in a few years. I'm not sure how the company will handle this loss of talent. Across the board benefits aren't as good as they used to be. Morale is really bad. Hopefully things will turn around and this can be a great company again...but my money is on it being mediocre at best.

    Advice to Management

    Stop trying to placate shareholders by hosing employees. Show you are on the employees side. Stop making unrealistic earnings estimates.

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