Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated April 7, 2015
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Pros
  • Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance (in 79 reviews)

  • The compensation is competitive, especially considering the low cost of living in Eastern Tennessee (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • Eastman is a company that is headquartered in a small town and has an aging employment base (in 31 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance is frequently just lip service when it comes to direct management (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Co-op student

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Recruitment managers very friendly, excited to be working there in the summer!

    Cons

    I can't think of any

  2. Good experience

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    Former Contractor - Computer Technician in Kingsport, TN
    Former Contractor - Computer Technician in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman Chemical as a contractor (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The company treats people well and very good people to work with.

    Cons

    None - I enjoyed working for hem

    Advice to Management

    Continue to treat employees well

  3. Great place to work

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    Current Employee - Advanced Systems Analyst in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Advanced Systems Analyst in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than 3 years)

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

    Pros

    Work life balance and corporate culture are the two best parts of Eastman. Encouragement for employees to move around and broaden their understanding of the organization. A real feel of family even though it is a large corporation. Innovation is highly encouraged.

    Cons

    Too much red tape causes decisions and advancement to take longer than it should

    Advice to Management

    Be more agile and less risk averse

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  5. This is the #1 employer in the state of Tennessee.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Eastman Chemical Company has always been the premier place of employment in East Tennessee. It is often called the "Big E" by locals. The reason for this is that compensation and benefits are the best in the region.

    Cons

    As with most companies, benefits have been becoming less comprehensive with more out of pocket expense to employees. On the other hand, the benefits provided exceed those of most employers.

    Advice to Management

    Eastman does a pretty good job of keeping employees informed about the company. This should always be a priority and insure that the lowest ranked employee fully understands all company policies.

  6. Great Company

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    Current Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    The people are first class. The people are great to work with. It doesn't feel like some companies where it's so competitive that people will walk all of over to get ahead. The pay is decent. The company encourages work life balance. They invest time and resources in their employees to grow you.

    Cons

    The pay is good but could be better, seems to be only average to slightly above average. The cap for vacation is 5 weeks of vacation. Bonus is somewhat competitive but could be much better.

    Advice to Management

    Improve competitiveness in compensation.

  7. Great company that helps you achieve your career goals while offering great compensation and benefits.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    I love the normally flexible work schedule. I never have to worry about having Dr. appointments or personal emergencies. They offer so many growth opportunities & they offer classes to help you learn more. I feel challenged but not overwhelmed.

    Cons

    The corporate hierarchy can be a challenge at times but that's just corporate life unspecific to Eastman.
    I've recieved conflicting information regarding my performance which can be stressful & leaves me feeling confused.

    Advice to Management

    Try to understand that not everyone has been here for 10+ years & therefore doesn't understand all the unique lingo or strategies. Saying "as you know" doesn't help the people that haven't been exposed to such things yet. More explanation would be appreciated.

  8. Helpful (1)

    Great Company to work for.

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    Current Employee - Team Manager in Roanoke, VA
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Roanoke, VA

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

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

    Pros

    Great safety culture, allows employees the opportunity to grow and succeed. Great 401K pla.

    Cons

    work life balance, medical insurance stinks very high deductible

  9. Eastman

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

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

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Lower pay for equivalent job responsibilities in other areas of the country.

  10. Slow company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Very nice people, lots of parties

    Cons

    Technically not great. Not racially diverse company

    Advice to Management

    Make it competitive for employees

  11. A very interesting and rewarding place to work.

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    Former Employee - IT Contractor in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - IT Contractor in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

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

    Pros

    For the IT field, this company really keeps you busy, always have projects in different stages of completion, never without a project to work on.

    Cons

    Data center and main network node are top notch while most older buildings make do with old outdates equipment. This hampers the facilities productivity at times.

    Advice to Management

    Lighten up and loosen the purse strings for equipment updates. Also the is a definite rift between unioin and management personel. It'll probably always be this way but there is always hope.

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