Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated March 27, 2015
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  1. Innovative and productive company built upon strong values and excellent employees.

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

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

    Pros

    Eastman treats its employees very well. A healthy balance between work and family is encouraged. The company cares about your health and your well-being. Management is accessible. In general, Eastman employees are very nice people with a positive and helpful attitude.

    Cons

    The company is becoming more and more global, which presents challenges as we try to support the worldwide company. Travel is becoming more and more common.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. Lots of opportunitites across different business, cultures, and locations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Saint Louis, MO
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Saint Louis, MO

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

    Pros

    Management exhibits values you can be proud of, diversity of businesses, career opportunities, healthy growing businesses, co-workers that work together towards common goal, general environment of respect for one another.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibiilty from the standard processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 4 people found this helpful

    Great Company to Work for but There are Always Improvement Opportunities

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

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

    Pros

    Company has strong leadership and stategy/direction. Safety is given a very high priority.
    Opportunities to change roles/career paths without leaving the company.

    Cons

    Relative perfromance initiative is not very well defined or executed. This program has also been somewhat detrimental to the team culture that Eastman has historically had.
    It is very difficult to adequately reward plant roll employees for outstanding performance, but management is significantly rewarded for slightly above average performance.
    Although honesty and integrity are highly valued, some levels of management have difficult time shooting straight. They will sugar coat things or not fully communicate the details behind decisions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benchmark and target the best companies with regards to benefits, etc.
    Do not become so focused on fast tracking young employees that you forget mid level managers in the middle of their careers who helped get you there.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Great place to work and grow!

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

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

    Pros

    The people are the best thing about working at Eastman! It's a supportive network that will help you learn and grow throughout your career. They genuinely care about your development. Ethical Chemical company isn't an oxymoron here. There's a big emphasis on safety and the sustainability movement is growing.

    Cons

    It seems to be difficult to attract diversity to the area, where more than 95% of the Tri-Cities area consists of non-hispanic whites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. Well Managed, Ethical Company that is Fair to its Employees

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

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

    Pros

    I think Management has done a god job positioning the company so that it can prosper and provide stable employment for the forseeable future. The company is full of people that want to work and do a good job and the teamwork you see is excellent. The compensation, both monetary and benefits, combined wih the low cost of living at the Headquarters site provides a vey comfortable life. The company takes Safety seriously.

    Cons

    The company places a lot of credence in getting input on decisions and courses of action. While that can lead to better decisions, it can get frustrating waiting for and getting the input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the culture and work ethic of the people and don't feel like you have to implement the HRA trends from other companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. Team players wanted!

    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Sales Representative in Kingsport, TN

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

    Pros

    Eastman is a great place to work because of the employees. Employees here are team oriented, always trying to do what is right for each other and what is right for our customers.

    Cons

    We work a lot of hours, but that's true everywhere these days.

    Recommends
  8. Eastman practices its mantra of making decisions based on fundamental principles.

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

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

    Pros

    Focused on excellence. Provides challenging assignments. Believes strongly in developing people. Focused on innovative approaches to problem solving. Excellent benefits.

    Cons

    Sets very high, sometimes unrealistic expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't just kick the tires - check under the hood - when executing M&A and let it effect your price.
    Don't let the tail wag the dog.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9. You get a sense that you are part of a family.

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

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

    Pros

    This company continues to be successful after (what will soon be) 100 years, which is very impressive in todays world. In my opinion other companies should observe Eastman in how they make each employee feel important, because I feel like this in itself drives a team effort that simply works. Eastman has a good relationship with the community in Kingsport which is also important.

    Cons

    This is a heavy industrial plant, so a lot of the buildings isn't exactly like a walk in the park, very hot in the summer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Heath insurance is getting really bad, I know it's getting worse everywhere.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. One of the best places to work

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

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Amazing collaborative culture, good mentoring habbits for new employees and fresh graduates, nurturing environment and very competitve. Excellent work life balance and the benefits are decent. Lots of oppurtunities for training and personal growth

    Cons

    being a growing company diversity is a fairly new concept. Being a global company, management can spend some time teaching its employees about diversity and immigration in particular.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. Great place to work

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

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

    Pros

    It really is a great place to work. The pay is good, and benefits are comparable. There is ample opportunity for training and working with many different people. There is a sense of community and family. The company is growing with many opportunities in areas in which Eastman leads the market. Teamwork and networking are emphasized strongly. Safety is a top priority at Eastman.

    Cons

    Some things take a while to get initiated or to shift gears. Some of the petty things that should be a simple decision take a longer amount of time. Teamwork and networking are emphasized strongly, depending on your take on this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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