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Never thought a chemical company would be this good to work at.

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Current Employee - Production Engineer in Freeport, TX
Current Employee - Production Engineer in Freeport, TX

I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (less than an year)

Pros

- Smart, willing, and highly competent people to work with
- Brand name recognition
- If you're an Engineer, you can basically write your own ticket anywhere you want once you are there. International travel encouraged, rotation among business encouraged.
- You will never get bored on the job or in your career.
- Excellent Training programs.
- Alot of 'Lifers' here. That in of itself shows how good of a place it is to work.
- Great compensation and benefits (only 1/7 companies in the Fortune 500 that still has a pension plan)
- They give you alot of responsibility early on
- Safety culture the best there is and is taken very seriously
- Very professional atmosphere
- Very big and serious on diversity inclusion. LGBT friendly- it is like an oasis in the middle of the desert (the desert being the petrochemical & energy industry)

Cons

Forced Ranking system is not favored by all but then again many highly competitive companies have something similar.
Locations leave something to be desired but then again if you put in your time, the ticket is yours to write.
Inherent in its size, office politics will play a part. Make sure to keep your corporate warrior skills sharp.
Dichotomy between operators and salaried people.
It is the chemical industry, make sure you know what you're getting into.

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Experience for Very Little Pay

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    Current Employee - Improvement Engineer in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Improvement Engineer in Houston, TX

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

    Pros

    The culture and people that work for Dow are very good people to work with. For the most part it is not a cut throat work place and there is not a competitive, cut others down to get ahead mind set on the surface. You are given a lot of responsibility quickly and are expected to take initiative to either find the solution or find the correct people who have the expertise that can point you in the right direction.

    Cons

    There is a horrible performance evaluation system in place at Dow. It is weighted very little on actual performance, work ethic, devotion to your work and more weighted on who likes you and who is willing to push for your upward movement in the company. It is well known through out the company that employees company wide disagree with the evaluation system, but management continues to turn a blind eye. Pay again is very low for industry average which is surprising since Dow is a leading chemical producer. Again management seems to not care that pay is the number one complaint from employees and seems to operate on the premise that as long as they can hire college graduates and keep hiring their retired workers out of retirement they will not raise their salaries. Employee turn over is extremely high due to low pay and the understanding that if you are not selected to be placed on the high performers list within your first year or two with the company you will never progress through the company no matter how hard you try.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep refusing to pay a competitive salary and you will keep seeing your employee turn over increase. Hiring back retired Dow employees will not fill the experience gap you have created and in a few years you will find that you do not have anyone to fill middle management positions. Employee satisfaction is very low and changes must be made. It is disappointing to see such an established and reputable company failing its employees. Remember, the employees make the company not the other way around.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Marketing Manager in Midland, MI

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

    Pros

    Great, smart and nice people. Professional atmosphere, and strong values and morals.

    Cons

    Very higherarchal and beurocratic culture.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Reduce layers and higherarchy.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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