Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

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Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa
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Review Highlights

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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Stable company on the brink of greatnesss as it transforms into a specialty chemical company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Intelligent, capable personnel who can work collaboratively together to achieve stretch goals. The company provides competitive salaries and interesting workplace opportunities for those willing to take the extra step.

    Cons

    Little diversity in the workplace or management. Senior leadership team has few women managers to provide different perspectives. Headquarters location is inconvenient for global traveling by personnel.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    I've spent most of my career at Eastman with opportunity to grow, advance and try new things.

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

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

    Pros

    People are high caliber and enjoyable to work with. Management is pretty accessible and willing to listen. The large site I am located at has allowed multiple opportunities for me to pursue career changes without relocation.

    Cons

    There are sometimes hints of the old boys network. New HR policies are very time consuming for managers and punishing to most. In the past, we have not been aggressive enough about performance issues but the new relative performer and rating systems threaten to undermine the teamwork and openness that has for many years contributed to our company's success.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reconsider new HR policies. They are entirely too time consuming and a distraction from managing the business. Consider how to best deal with less than satisfactory performers without implementing a quota which forces even some satisfactory performers into getting no raises.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Eastman Chemical Company is a great place to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Kingsport, TN

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

    Pros

    employee empowerment, benefits, diverse job availability, advancement opportunities, family culture, management transparency

    Cons

    Frequent management turnover can at times cause diisruptions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    A Great Company

    Current Employee - Business Director
    Current Employee - Business Director

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

    Pros

    Financially strong and stable
    Excellent capabilities and people
    Attractive culture

    Cons

    Location is not for everyone but very attractive to others

  6.  

    Well-run company

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    • 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 (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Competitive salaries, strong company leadership, friendly and collegial atmosphere, management has a solid ethical and moral compass.

    Cons

    There is some fear of taking risk ingrained in the culture. Also, telecommuting is not widely accepted.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Throughout my career, Eastman has consistently provided an opportunity for exciting new challenges as an employee.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    - Recognizes hard work and thought leadership
    - Culture is a good balance between results leadership and people leadership
    - Invests into building employee skills and capabilities
    - Growth oriented culture
    - Focus is not in one region only. Eastman is global.

    Cons

    - Perhaps conservative on compensation
    - Acquiring growth oriented talent/skill can be more challenging to recruit to HQ location

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - Decisions to invest and make acquisitions more agressively haved created an entirely different outlook than what may have existed in the more distant past. This outlook is very positive for all employees. Keep going.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Good company and outlook for the near future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advanced Development Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Advanced Development Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    I think Eastman is a good company with a promising future. I feel like there is good job security as long as you are a good contributor. Also, the focus on diversifying the portfolio and looking ahead is just what the company needs to stay on top.

    Cons

    At times the layers and layers of processes can get in the way of getting real work done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value, reward, and train the next generation of managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    My 27 years at Eastman has resulted in significant personal and professional growth

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager in Texas City, TX
    Current Employee - Manager in Texas City, TX

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

    Pros

    Care for employees (safety, wellness, work:rest balance)
    Recognition and reward of talent (challenging jobs, relocation, compensation)

    Cons

    Large company results in some challenges. Eastman manages this as well as any.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    I have continued to improve and grow professionally with my experience at Eastman

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    Current Employee - Human Resources Benefits in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Human Resources Benefits in Kingsport, TN

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

    Pros

    Eastman is very disciplined and makes significant decisions with a long term focus. This has put the company on a growth path and is creating opportunities for employees to potentially grow with the company.

    Cons

    The culture at Eastman is a collaborative one, that can at times slow down decision making and make the pace of change slow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to focus on the long term and create opportunities for our grandchildren to work here.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Great work environment

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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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very supportive management staff who encourages and enables employees to be creative. The company has a great safety record as well as providing many onsite health and wellness opportunities. Employees are consistently treated with respect and recognized for their individual contributions.

    Cons

    Honestly, I cannot think of a reason not to appreciate working for Eastman.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Great leadership in leading our company through some challenging economic times.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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