Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated July 21, 2015
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Pros
  • Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance (in 79 reviews)

  • Pay is quite good relative to the cost of living (in 24 reviews)

Cons
  • This is a small town when it comes to life outside of work (in 31 reviews)

  • No work life balance in my position (in 15 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (5)

    Eastman is a great place to work, learn and be valued

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

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

    Pros

    Eastman is a very innovative company which provides different paths for you to develop a strong career. The company is flexible, very results-oriented and it is always posing challenges to the teams. I feel valued at Eastman and like very much the way the company and my co-workers act and make decisions. Eastman is concerned about people from safety, health and family issues. My quality of life improved a lot after joining Eastman.

    Cons

    The company has made some acquisitions and people need to adapt to this new environment. It is just a matter of being adaptable but I am happy to see the company's growth! This is more a challenge than a cons.


  2. Great Place to Work

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Customer Service Representative in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, great people, opportunities

    Cons

    I have no issues with Eastman

    Advice to Management

    Employees do make the difference. We are a great company because of the people and leadership that exist in all areas of our company not just Senior Management.


  3. "EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY, A VERY GOOD PLACE TO WORK.

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The company is secure financially and has implemented various measures to stay that way. The CEO, Brian Ferguson, makes it a point to send out communications to all employees advising on any effect on our company a Hurricane, or a wall street meltdown, will likely have. Most BU's have a "Family" feel to them as everyone seems to genuinely have an interest in how you are doing.

    Cons

    Eastman still has a somewhat "Good Old Boy" system of promotion. Openings get posted but for the most part the person who will fill the opening is prechosen, so the posting is meerly to appease the one's who will not be chosen. If one really wants to move up one must align themselves with fast movers and ride their coattails

    Advice to Management

    To keep up the good work. 5 or 6 years ago this company was poised for a big fall, but through Brian's leadership the company is strong. The only changes I would look at would be some of the mid level management that keeps the good ole boy/buddy promotion system in tact.


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  5. Old-fashioned values, yet on the edge of technology and today's business environment.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The atmosphere is great; co-workers, flex time, etc are all wonderful.

    Cons

    Small town, but there are lots of "outdoor" recreational activiites.

    Advice to Management

    Always solicit feedback from "the little people".


  6. Great place to work, but not a place for rapid advancement.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Ability to grow in a stable corporate environment. East Tennessee is an incredibly nice place to live and raise a family. The cost of living is very low compared to most parts of the United States.

    Cons

    Eastman relies on its location to protect its workforce. Although the company claims to provide competitive pay for professional and management positions on a national basis, it does not. The same positions ofter pay better at competitors which reside in other geographies. Most people stay at Eastman for their entire careers, and Eastman develops really good people for management roles. Unfortunately, ability to obtain higher level roles is often a function of timing rather than a reflection on the individual's capability in the marketplace.

    Advice to Management

    You need to take a tough look at your compensation practices. Really talented people have left the company due to not being offered advancement or meaningful increases (i.e. significantly above the cost of inflation). You also need to recalibrate the rewards system. Middle management is hesitant to give any awards over $500-1000 even when the accomplishments are worth millions.


  7. great place to learn about marketing

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Marketing Intern in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    good pay and benefits a lot of attn from management (good attention and not micromanaging - lots of teambuilding) nice environment - people definitely make this a lifetime career and community - everyone says hello in the elevator or hallway - very friendly and welcoming a lot of resources to get your job done good communication across depts - minimal silo problems great marketing team and a very progressive marketing dept particularly for a b2b

    Cons

    overheard some rumbling from others about "old school" in terms of pay and promotion - but i saw a wide range of people in management so this may just be bitterness from a few individuals the company is huge so obviously people will be passed over some i disliked being in a cubicle and wanted more teamwork kingsport is a small town - not a lot to do

    Advice to Management

    more activities for single people - there was a lot of family entertainment promoted but not a lot for people who were new to the area or people who didnt want activities like watching kids movies in the employee center. those things are great but dont encompass the whole of the workforce.


  8. satisfied

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Tyler, TX
    Current Employee - Operations in Tyler, TX

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

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

    Pros

    hometown near by short commute little traffic

    Cons

    not as good pay as the coast


  9. Helpful (1)

    Fantastic place to work

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Process Engineer 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

    - Wonderful people that make for a great work envirmonment - Nearly everyone you encounter is very compentant and easy to get along with, which makes it easy to get work done. - A large portion of the workers have family that have worked there and plan to spend their entire career with the company. Having alot of 25+ year people around has made it a great place to learn. - At a point in time where people are beginning to retire, so there are a good number of opportunities for advancement - Competative salaries and benefits - All the different functions are located in or close to the plant so there's excellent communication between business, manufacturing, etc. This also means the scope of jobs available is wide and workers are able focus on their stregths and use resources for areas they're not as proficient.

    Cons

    - Since it's a small town if you're single when you come to the area finding someone here may be difficult. - It's the major technical company in the area, so if a spouse is looking for a job and can't get hired on at Eastman there aren't a lot of other good options nearby.

    Advice to Management

    Make a stronger effort to help place spouses and serious significant others at Eastman or offer aide in helping them find employment in the area. I have had a number of friends who were excellent at their jobs that had to leave to company for that very reason, and I am aware of a couple more who are likely to do the same.


  10. Helpful (1)

    eastman

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - DCS Engineer in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - DCS Engineer in Longview, TX

    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

    good managament, pay, very calm layed back environment

    Cons

    not much chance of moving up, (Being a EE in a chemical plant doesnt help)


  11. Great company wit good growth prospects and great culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Director
    Current Employee - Director

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

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

    Pros

    Company in growth mode with good customer focus Genuinely interested in developing people through challenging assignments

    Cons

    Need for more entrepreneurial spirit in functions

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be close to the employees despite the larger organization after Solutia acquisition



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