Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated December 17, 2014
Updated December 17, 2014
810 Reviews
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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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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Place To Grow

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    Former Employee - Director of Finance in Saint Louis, MO
    Former Employee - Director of Finance in Saint Louis, MO

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Promote from within, great benefits and defined goals.

    Cons

    They do not empower their employees to make decisions. Multiple meetings and red tape to get simple processes approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower DOA and trust in employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great Company with Great People

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

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

    Pros

    Effective hiring process results in a great team of people. Culture is oriented around team results. Management is carefully selected and well-trained.

    Cons

    Processes are very bureaucratic and doing simple tasks can take significant time to go through red-tape. Company is very oriented around main Kingsport site so being at a satelite site can feel very disconnected from corporate resources.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Loyal Employer

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

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

    Pros

    Team-oriented culture, Family flexibility, focus on individual development, training

    Cons

    Processes mandated by larger companies, Integration growth pains, increasing health benefit costs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    20+ year shift operator

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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

    -Good pay
    -Ethical culture
    -Typically rewarded on some level for doing an outstanding job
    -Culture promotes employees caring for one another
    -Typically helpful co-workers

    Cons

    -Benefits package not as good as it once was. I'm sure the Affordable Healthcare Act has had an impact, but insurance beneifts could be improved

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Good Place to Work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technologist in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Technologist in Kingsport, TN

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

    Pros

    Eastman Chemical has been a great place to work. I have been here more than 25 years, and held positions in 3 different areas of the plant. There is a great variety of jobs, so you can move around a bit if you work hard. Benefits and compensation are still good, offering some of the better wages in the area. The people at our site are great, with winning attitudes and determination to do whatever it takes to get the job done. Vacation benefits are very good and you accrue more the longer you are employed (up to five weeks).

    Cons

    Although still competitive, the benefits have slipped over the past few years. Retirment packages for new employees are different from employees who have been with the company for several years, however there are some employer matches and contributions for 401K's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more consistent in ratings, compensation, and bonuses. The current ratings system seems to demand that employees must be catagorized into areas such as not meeting expectations/meeting expectations/exceeding expectations. Effective teams have many members who work hard to achieve their goals and rating some of the members low is very discouraging.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great place for a career!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reliability Management Facilitator in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - Reliability Management Facilitator in Longview, TX

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

    Pros

    Good and improving Safety culture!! Good salaries and benefits. Many opportunities, great work schedule. Family oriented company. Overall it's a good career.

    Cons

    Benefits and salaries are at the median for the area, they need to be improved in order to entice better applicants, and to retain current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look at ways to recruit and retain employees!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Supply Chain Analyst

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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

    Eastman has an aggressive growth strategy which has contributed to its success. As an employee, you feel such accomplishment being a part of that growth.

    Cons

    Health insurance policy could be improved upon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  9.  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Eastman

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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

    Great place to work. Your opinion matters.

    Cons

    Employee benifits going down hill.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    EMN review

    • Comp & Benefits
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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

    The company has very good compensation policies and offers great time-off for long-term employees.

    Cons

    Eastman is not flexible with people outside of Kingsport (headquarters).

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Think outside the box for employees who don't have the option to live in Kingsport.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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