Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated June 27, 2015
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Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa
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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 (3)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • 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. Helpful (6)

    New Recruits beware!

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Technical Service Manager/Sales Development Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Technical Service Manager/Sales Development Manager in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    1. Collaborative Environment is excellent.
    2. People at Kingsport/regional sites are excellent.

    Cons

    1. If you are recruited to work at Eastman, be prepared to be used for the following information with little reward:
          a. Connections of a focus industry if you come from that industry.
          b. Manager not to be involved in your skill set development.
          c. Little Career Advancement because your manager will be a fellow Eastman colleague when you start. The manager will be promoted as a result of your experience/knowledge.
          d. Constantly yelled out by my manager who had little experience in the industry compared to myself.
    2. Overall Benefits are terrible. Health benefits are not good and minimal salary increases are given.
    3. Corporate Credit Card is really a personal credit card given by the company which the company reimburses for approved expenses.

    Advice to Management

    1. Appreciate your recruited employees better.
    2. Improve your benefits.


  3. Helpful (8)

    Not a good place. Positive reviews are mostly due to internal campaign by management.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer, Entry Level II in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer, Entry Level II in Kingsport, TN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good starting salary, friendly coworkers, low cost of living in the area, good experience for your resume

    Cons

    Do not trust the positive reviews of this company on Glassdoor. Eastman's mangement has launched an internal campaign to encourage everyone to leave positive reviews.

    In some groups, 35 hours of work per week is expected and rewarded. In some, 60+ hours per week are the norm. The career rewards are the same, so choose your group wisely.

    Advancement and raises are very slow unless you are one of a select few. Chemical engineers are valued more than any other engineering discipline, others are treated as "second class" with limited advancement opportunities, slower raises, and your input is not valued.

    Strong focus on personal safety (wear your safety glasses and hard hat!) but little to no focus on process safety.

    Management does not support their employees and there is a great deal of favoritism / cronyism. Budgets for raises and bonuses continue to be cut even though the company has been making record profits each quarter for the last several years. Benefits get slightly worse each year.

    Poor project management, with most project management functions being passed down to the project engineers. No engineering standards for most disciplines.

    Culture has shifted from one of helpful people trying to do their best for the company to one of competitive backstabbing. Engineers are rewarded for what they can communicate to management instead of what they have actually accomplished. Management has little to no idea of what their employees do day-to-day or what their actual accomplishments and contributions are.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your people well or the good ones will go elsewhere.


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  5. Helpful (4)

    Eastman likes to dictate to its employees what their career path shall be and has no true leadership.

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

    I worked at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    Some people are truly a joy and privilege to work with. There are also some very smart people who've solved very difficult problems.

    Cons

    Some people do not have the necessary qualifications for their position. There is a lack of communication between business units. Those in leadership roles are weak and the company generally does not accept best practices from outside sources such as professional organizations.

    Advice to Management

    This company was established in the 1920's and still behaves as a company of that time. The company needs to make a gigantic leap forward to the present with its practices. They don't even conduct exit interviews demonstrating they have no interest in improving or changing. It's also very hard to watch train carload after train carload of coal coming into the plant and knowing what that means to the environment.


  6. Ok

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

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Pays bills, what else do u need?

    Cons

    Not too much to do

    Advice to Management

    Listen carefully


  7. Helpful (1)

    A company not very open in its culture

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Auditor in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Auditor in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman Chemical full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    It was lucky to profit from the natural gas boom. Also as a global company, it may provide a lot of opportunities globally.

    Cons

    Close culture. Plenty of politics. Location of its global headquarter. Benefit packages not competitive or motivating.
    One year, due to bad performance, the company had a -3% merit increase for everyone, instead of having the gut to make tough decision and make the business leaner and more competitive.

    Advice to Management

    Move your global headquarter and hire talents according to their strengths.


  8. Helpful (2)

    A very frustrating place to work

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Kingsport, TN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Pay and job security is pretty good in this day and age. The headquarters, and most of the employees reside in a beautiful part of east Tennessee, which is a wonderful place to live. Most employees are very ethical, competent and enjoyable to work with.

    Cons

    If you are not willing to brown nose management, don't expect to ever get promoted.
    Management does not want to hear the truth, they only want to hear what they believe to be true.

    Advice to Management

    Need to treat people right and allow people to have a reasonable work/life balance. There are too many veiled threats and direct threats by management indicating that anyone who disagrees with something or is not willing to work all the time, including vacations, just needs to get out of the way and go somewhere else.


  9. Helpful (2)

    Happy Place

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Adjectives that apply: friendly, happy, positive and old fashioned. Confrontation and dissent are discouraged. Processes are king, results are an expectation from following the process. If the results are short of expectations and the process was followed, all is well.

    Cons

    Think 1984's NewSpeak. The entire organization is expected to use the same script. Compliance with expectations and achieving targeted results are not enough, employees are expected to be fully "committed". Problems and failures are not to be discussed - if the process was followed, all is well in spite of the results. Reports to the contrary are suppressed and the dissenter reprimanded as behaving too negatively. One must remember to be friendly at all times. Location in East TN is completely removed from real world.

    Advice to Management

    Eastman has locations around the world, de-emphasize Kingsport; bring in new ideas and fresh blood. Change the culture from indecisive group-think to results orientation and encourage out of the box thinking and dissent.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Gone downhill after leaving kodak.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Plant Operator in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Plant Operator in Kingsport, TN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    salary is ok and coworkers are good people.

    Cons

    Benefit package has went downhill for years but will be awful in 2015. Insurance will be ridiculous.

    Advice to Management

    Moral is at an all time low because they only think about themselves and the stockholders. they forget about the employees that make the products. it keeps getting worse for us. they say they appreciate us but their actions show otherwise. its time to start taking better care of the people that are this companys backbone.


  11. Helpful (2)

    I had one bad review and I was fired. Prior to that I was perfect.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operator in Longview, TX
    Former Employee - Operator in Longview, TX

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable company with lots of capital

    Cons

    Management could turn on you in a heart beat.

    Advice to Management

    Not deserving



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