DuPont Reviews

Updated August 23, 2014
Updated August 23, 2014
350 Reviews

3.5
350 Reviews
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DuPont Chairman & CEO Ellen J. Kullman
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good work-life balance when there is no high priority activity going on (in 51 reviews)

  • Great core values and respect for people (in 24 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 10 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    I'm self - employed, so how I am supposed to review myself?

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    Former Employee - Self-Employed  in  Wilmington, DE
    Former Employee - Self-Employed in Wilmington, DE

    I worked at DuPont full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    My boss is very amiable to me.

    Cons

    Pay is lousy and it doesn't pay very much.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more profitable.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good company to work for

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    Former Employee - New Business Development Manager  in  Raleigh, NC
    Former Employee - New Business Development Manager in Raleigh, NC

    I worked at DuPont full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    A very reputed company with many great inventions in the 1930-1980. It also carries many valuable brand name. One of the most ethical and safety conscious company. Good for dual-career couple. Many talented scientists and engineers in Corporate Experimental Station.

    Cons

    Lately, more and more young professionals rose upquickly to management position within a BU without a deep understanding of the foundation of the technology/business. None of the young generation management is a true risk taker but driving more towards conscensus. It makes the decision process extremely lengthy, ineffective and often time wrong decision. They are also more short-term focused for immediate results and neglect the need of a balance for mid-term and long-term development.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Succession plan and development at every level needs to be carried out in a meaningful way, not just for the formality. A true leader is one who know how to lead a business with a balance short-, mid- and long-term strategy and plan.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great learning and working environment!!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont as a contractor

    Pros

    Everyone is very friendly and willing to help you with any problem you may have. Great business and well structured. Competitive pay, and very safe for a chemical plant.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape to go through to get things done and the safety procedures are numerous and sometimes redundant. Previous generation did not do a good job of keeping up with the maintenance works.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
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  5.  

    Statistical Intern

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    Current Employee - Statistics Intern  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Statistics Intern in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    Nice people to work with.
    Get improved in your programming skills.

    Cons

    Hard to find a financial area job if you don't have finance background.
    People usually don't know what you did in DuPont and they are not very interested.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get more background about business through other ways

  6. 4 people found this helpful  

    Good benefits, an old company with a lot of people playing politics

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at DuPont

    Pros

    Good 401k match up to 9% of the salary! Easy life at work without much pressure as compared to a small company.

    Cons

    You do not learn much technically over the years. Many people advance career by playing politics, such as organizing safety review often, and kissing up managers. There is lack of accountability of failing a project due to poor management and incompetency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to hire managers who know the technical well.

  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    Decent work environment

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont

    Pros

    (1) Paid well (2) very safety conscious (3) research is supported well (4) super nice people to work with (5) flexible work hours (6) vacation is generous and used at employees own discretion.

    Cons

    (1) Employee rating system: Employees may be rated as underperforming even though they meet all expectations. System causes animosity amongst employees and very low moral. (2) No clear description for path to promotion (3) Respect for People is a core value however it is an oxymoron because of (a) the Employee rating system, (b) the large number of year to year contractor employees. How can you plan your life with a year to year contract, minimal vacation, and no benefits, (c) slashed medical benefits.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not blame the "indians" when the "chiefs" are making all of the bad decisions. Focus on a well developed business plan with direction and implement the plan longer a year. Get feedback from rank and file employees. Employees are fearful of speaking out and being honest because of Rating/Ranking System.

  8.  

    Ok to work for now

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont

    Pros

    Values, focus, technology, global, diverse

    Cons

    Slow decision making. Rigid structure

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ok

  9.  

    Co-op

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    Former Employee - Co-op Production  in  Orange, TX
    Former Employee - Co-op Production in Orange, TX

    I worked at DuPont as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    Great people and they are willing to help. They are big on safety!

    Cons

    Everyone not on the same page

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    slow to move up

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at DuPont

    Pros

    people respect you, are friendly

    Cons

    too many old folks that will not retire, short term vision

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Running in a circle...

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    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer  in  Wilmington, DE
    Current Employee - Consulting Engineer in Wilmington, DE

    I have been working at DuPont full-time for more than 8 years

    Pros

    Pretty secure and average pay.

    Cons

    Above my level of education, not challenging and without any prospective.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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