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Dow was a great place to learn, not necessarily the best place for my career

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Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op  in  Midland, MI
Former Employee - Engineering Co-Op in Midland, MI

I worked at Dow Chemical as an intern for more than a year

Pros

I did 3 co-op terms with Dow. All of them in different locations, and different job roles. I was pleased with my experiences, and have learned a lot during my time with them. Some of the pros:
- Company Culture
- Large number of different opportunities both in US and globally, many possible career paths
- People I worked with were good
- Big on safety
- Large variety of products and business segments

Cons

I did not accept an offer with them, because following my co-op experiences although expressing to them what my interests were, I felt I was offered a generic position doing a line of work i wasn't interested in. Other companies listened more to what my interests were, and offered more competitive offers doing more exciting work. Some cons:
- Didn't listen to my interests
- Locations (for young professionals they aren't exciting places)
- Short term vision by executive management, making promises that can't be kept (leads to feeling of instability after every bad quarter)

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Switch to long term outlook, don't make promises to investors that can't be met. Focus on fulfilling new plants and improvement projects, and long term strategy will pay off. Dow has a great variety of interesting products coming down the line, with a lot of creative innovation, needs to focus on delivering those rather than cutting costs.

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Disapproves of CEO

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    Dow Chemical is outstanding company.

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    Former Employee - Purchasing Director  in  Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Purchasing Director in Midland, MI

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Values, Diversity, Opportunity to grow in different areas..

    Cons

    Matrix organization (too many people involved in a decision)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clarify the strategy: aquisition of specialty company and investment in Sadara.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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    Extremely professional approach

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    Former Employee - Research Chemist  in  Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Research Chemist in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    I was treated fairly, with respect and dignity. Various opportunities were given to show my skills and compentencies. Overall, great people to work for.

    Cons

    Location of being about 50 miles away from any major metropolitan city is a negative to keeping good talent.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more open in communication to people in plants. Do not strong arm employees families when they voice their opinions on your operations

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
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