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Good company to work at, but the culture is "harsh".

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corning, NY
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

I have been working at Corning

Pros

There are truly some excellent people at Corning - at all levels of management and staffs. The culture allows for a conservative approach to business while at the same time promoting risk-taking with scientific exploration and product development. A truly exciting place to work.

Cons

Overall, I would liken Corning to a college fraternity or sorority - in that you pay for any loyalty the company shows you by surviving the lifelong hazing and brainwashing.

This may sound ironic - but I personally accept the trade-off. I believe it's important for people considering a move to Corning (especially Corning NY specifically) to be aware of the undertones of "Stepford" that exists here. I actually tend to be frustrated by people who can't accept the conditions at the company and expect the company to adapt to them. This is Corning, after all, and it's been this way for 160 years - get over yourselfs and get in step with the establishment! Or, decline the job offer.

I should also add that specific to my Stepford reference...be VERY aware that you will be pressured outside of work to do things in the community that your bosses agree with. A recent example is the school system vote. There were voicemails from senior executives telling people how to vote and a lot of internal pressure to vote a certain way.

And while most people are very nice throughout the company (and they really are), remember...if you cross your boss outside of work (or your kid beats their kid in a baseball game...), be prepared to pay the price at work. Just remember that your personal life and job are now one in the same.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Try to better live the values of "Valuing the Individual" and "Integrity is the Bottom Line" when dealing with employees. Maybe valuing the few over the many isn't how you should run a GLOBAL company. Try to acknowledge a greater diversity of employees (both new hires and tenured long-timers with experience) rather than patting the same old cronies on the back.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good Place to work, but with some flaws

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer  in  Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning

    Pros

    Compensation was ok, annual merit increases were generally along inflationary lines, and goalsharing bonus in Feb. was nice. Informal technical training sessions were frequent at Sullivan Park, which were really nice to attend. Corporate technical library is second-to-none!

    Cons

    Groups sometimes operate in "silos" and moving from one group to another (or worse another division) was difficult. Long hours at times depending on projects without much recognition afterwards for the sacrifice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Top management is doing the right thing, but middle management should keep employee's career development and promotion paths more in focus.

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  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not a good place to work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Corning, NY

    I have been working at Corning

    Pros

    Small town culture if you like associating with narrow minded people.

    Cons

    people at the whole company are very conservative. it is not a good place to work for a motivated, innovative professional. They care more of the format and waste a lot of time. Too much politics, too bureaucratic, and old fashion management. The town is very boring. You'll love there if you're a boring person who doesn't want to have a life outside work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Foster an inclusive, open-minded, progressive culture. Move away from this boring little town.

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