Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated September 23, 2014
Updated September 23, 2014
613 Reviews
4.6
613 Reviews
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Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Eastman is a unique place that values work-life balance and giving back to the community (in 41 reviews)

  • Pay packages are competitive, especially when you take into account the low cost of living in Kingsport (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Being based out of a small town provides unique opportunities as well as challenges (in 23 reviews)

  • Sometimes to much burocracy which is taking the speed out of the decision making process (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    A rewarding, family-like place to work.

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    Current Employee - Process Improvement Engineer  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Process Improvement Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Eastman has a culture with safety at the forefront and collaboration not far behind.The work is decent, the hours are fair, but the people are great. Everyone is so friendly and ready to help each other it really makes things go quickly and things just seem to get done.

    Cons

    The smells aren't great and the location is less than ideal, but for a chemical company not much better can truly be expected.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't forget the little people. Compensation and benefits go farther than you may think.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I have nothing but positive things to say about my employer, Eastman Chemical.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical part-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    This is a great company to be a part of because they know their core values and work towards them every day. I feel like everyone tries to come together as a team for the success of the group. And I love that they support employee training opportunities for growth.

    Cons

    Compensation increases have been low the last couple of years.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    An amazing place to start a career!

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    They really care about their employees and their personal lives.
    Lots of career mentoring, mobility and advancement.
    Great benefits and vacation.
    On-site cafeterias, gyms, medical facilities.
    They area has a very low cost of living.
    The Eastman culture is very helpful and respectful, it has to be one of the best out there.
    All employees, no matter their position, are nice, curteous, and helpful; it is not a cutthroat or competitive culture.

    Cons

    Some of the manufacturing buildings are smelly due to the nature of the products produced.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the great work! I'd like to see the internal growth in the company occur a little faster.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Eastman - a great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Technology and Business Research Specialist  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Technology and Business Research Specialist in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The company is devoted to developing a well trained staff. They want to give you the opportunity to be the best you can be. However, safety is their #1 focus . . . they care about their employees. Very diverse personnel -- and the trend has been moving into management areas over the past several years. Also, Kingsport is a great place to raise a family and is in a beautiful part of the country. If I knew then (when I was hired) what I know now, I wouldn't change a thing.

    Cons

    Getting to Kingsport can be difficult. We have a small airport,
    and air travel usually involves coming through Atlanta or Charlotte.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Working at Eastman has been a great experience. I feel like Eastman treats me as a person not just a number.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Eastman places value on the employees and rewards their employees for hard work and dedication. Eastman has advancement opportunities as well as programs in place to develop the skills need to advance.

    Cons

    The health care benefit is more expensive than it was when I came to Eastman.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Most Enjoyable work Atmosphere I have worked in.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Organization Specialist  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Business Organization Specialist in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Flexibility
    Independence in work
    Pay
    Friendly atmosphere
    great work life balance

    Cons

    As with any compnay some software IT issues need to be resolved to help improve process work flows

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always keep Flexibility and continue to recognize employees for job well done

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Employment at Eastman Chemical Company

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    Current Employee - Admi
    Current Employee - Admi

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time

    Pros

    The company has been considerate of employee's work-life balance by allowing flexing of schedules. Personal growth and training are encouraged. Safety is enforced as a high priority.

    Cons

    One of the biggest challenges is adapting to changing leadership and continual restructures. Historically compensation was a large consideration for all employees while in the last years it's become more of an exempt employee benefit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    "Thankful to work for this Great Company."

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    Current Employee - Team Manager  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Offers potential growth for each individual, personally challenging you to continually strive to be better. Gives you a feeling that YOU are a part of the sucess of the Company. Also it is comforting to be a part of a Company that cares about the well being of not just its Employees, but cares about the surrounding area and its Customers.

    Cons

    Overall a great Company to work for, but the Health Care Benefits need to be better for the employees and Retirees.

  10.  

    Great Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Secretary in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    They care about their people. The training opportunities have been excellent. One of their top priorities is SAFETY. There are some really wonderful and hard working people at this company.

    Cons

    The biggest would be the benefits but i don't see that as Eastman's fault, they are a business and have to balance offering benefits with business decisions. Medical costs are rising at an alarming rate.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More of a connection with the people out in the plant.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Satisfying 25 Year Career

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The best part of working for Eastman Chemical Company has been the supportive and team culture of the Eastman family.

    Cons

    The main reason to consider not working for Eastman Chemical Company is the continuing decline of the benefits package. The main reason to consider leaving Eastman Chemical Company is the declining value of the benefits package and the focus on eliminating the opportunities for mid-career employees.e of the benefits package and the

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The culture and focus of the company seems to be changing from one where employees are valued with opportunities for a varied and valued career to one where the desire is to hire lower cost/value employees, use them for while and then swap for more.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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