Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
569 Reviews

4.6
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Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Eastman is a unique place that values work-life balance and giving back to the community (in 41 reviews)

  • Pay packages are competitive, especially when you take into account the low cost of living in Kingsport (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Being based out of a small town provides unique opportunities as well as challenges (in 23 reviews)

  • Sometimes to much burocracy which is taking the speed out of the decision making process (in 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company with a lot of opportunity!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Corporate Professional  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Corporate Professional in Kingsport, TN

    Pros

    Culture/People
    Growth of company
    Adaptation to changing environment
    Great steward of the communities in which it operates

    Cons

    Sometimes decisions can be slow to finalize; however, mostly this is due to the 'collaborative' culture. Sometimes, having fewer decision makers will speed up the timing with the end result being the same, if not better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue being supportive of respectfully challeging upward. This has led to many great and innovative ideas. All because someone asked the question "Why?".

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Trustworthy, technically excellent company with a sound plan for the future

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Associate  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Technical Associate in Kingsport, TN

    Pros

    People work together to achieve the greater company goals; you work with trustworthy people - if they say they will do something, they will; flex schedules are allowed whenever possible; management actively works to train and develop people.

    Cons

    Feedback on performance is once/quarter at best. Reduced schedules (less than full-time work) are generally reserved for those with family responsibilities or retirees that are hired for specific company needs.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To encourage innovation, repeatedly communicate details of successful new products - How was the opportunity identified? Who had to be on the team? What was the path to success? Include info on learning from failures and overcoming discouragement. Continue to set a clear vision of the path forward and recognize those that are taking chances to get there.

    Consider allowing professional employees approaching retirement age (55 and up) to work part time for a set period of time. This would allow for smoother backfill transitions for the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place for a long career.

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

    Pros

    Over the long haul, the company has continuously worked to have an ethical, high valued, quality culture. This for the most part makes the company a great place to work.

    Cons

    It is not a company with much opportunity to live in a large metro area. Most locations are smaller communities which is both a positive and a negative. It depends upon your view.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember to act humbly and to plan for the long term.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Growth company that puts safety first, has an inviting culture, and headquartered in a great community.

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

    Pros

    The Eastman culture is by far the best I have ever experienced. The commitment to safety is extraordinary. The focus on growth and innovation is impressive and exciting. The opportunities for professional growth is greatly supported. The diverse workforce works well together at common goals. The headquarter is located in a pleasant community that is family friendly, offers many special activities, and has many great educational systems.

    Cons

    Occasionally, meetings are overwhelming and hinder contributing to the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue appreciating the culture, community, and people as each are a great asset to the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Highly ethical company with a strong growth strategy.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with committed, passionant, capable co-workers. Also, Eastman is in the midst of executing on a strong growth strategy so new opportunities are frequently available. Most businesses and functions are centralized in East TN which offers a low cost of living, good schools, great outdoor recreational opportunities, and close proximity to larger cities like Knoxville, Charlotte, Nashville, and Atlanta.

    Cons

    If you desire to live in a big city atmosphere then your opportunities within Eastman Chemical will be limited. Also, company provided benefits (e.g. health care, vacation) are "middle of the pack" when compared with other companies.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improved company provided benefits as a way to continue to attract and retain top talent.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Life at work is good

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Kingsport, TN

    Pros

    Eastman has a good work/family balance. It's a good feeling to know I can take time to work with family concerns when needed.

    Cons

    Not all management has an extended family and are not as flexable with their employees when it comes to work/family balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Put yourself in someones shoes to see if you like the work/family balance.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Collaborative culture that values work/life balance

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

    Pros

    Very collaborative, supporting, freindly, team-oriented culture. Great work/life balance. HQ set in a location very easy to work and live in. Rapid growth. Lots of emphasis on future. Emphasis on employee health and wellness.

    Cons

    Considerable fragmentation in businesses, as they are aligned with manufacturing processes rather than end-markets

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the good work up!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Growth company fueled by dedicated people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

    Pros

    The company is very focused on growth and productivity which can only help us in the long-run. Within the first day that you work for Eastman, you realize that this company is more than just that, it's a family. It doesn't take long to feel like a part of the "Eastman Team" and develop ties to this company. The people are great and very dedicated not just to their job, but also to their colleagues.

    Cons

    The company places a lot of value on employees with engineering degrees. If you're a new hire, or even a senior employee, if you don't have an engineering degree, you have to work twice as hard to prove your worth.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Wonderful Place to Work

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

    Pros

    Eastman is committed to work/life balance, as well as safety. Benefits & Compensation are competitive. Eastman provides a wonderfully diverse culture. I enjoy meeting new people everyday and working with an exceptional group of people.

    Cons

    Business Support personnel do not receive any paid sick leave so if you miss any work due to unforeseen health reasons then you must file short term disability. It would be nice if they offered a set amount of hours a year for paid sick time before an employee would need to contact the employee service center for short term disability compensation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep up the good work!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Not your everyday chemical company!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Insight and Strategy Specialist  in  Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Market Insight and Strategy Specialist in Kingsport, TN

    Pros

    Excellent culture; great benefits; challenging/value added work

    Cons

    Huge organization; lots of information to master

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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