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Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST
Current Employee - Senior CHEMIST

I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 10 years)

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
No opinion of CEO

Pros

Depends on the department, but there is a general tendency to emphasize respect and doing the right thing. It is emphasized especially by the current CEO.

Cons

Work processes set up to drive the right behavior for the existing business acts as a terrible bureaucratic barrier for innovation and pursuit of new markets.

Advice to Management

Improve cross-functional cooperation to act on new opportunities in the market.

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  1. Helpful (1)

    I enjoyed my time at Dow Chemical, great place to learn how to operate in a big company

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    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Marietta, GA
    Former Employee - Senior Business Development Manager in Marietta, GA

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    If you have any common sense you are ahead of the curve at Dow. Most leaders never worked any where else. Lots of training using industry best practices.

    Cons

    Slow to do anything, managers cant make decisions, paralysis by analysis is a big weakness. In many cases strategy changes at point of implementation.

    Advice to Management

    Empower your people, force the business units to stick to strategy beyond single year. Teach the difference between a tactic and a strategy.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Lots of opportunities, especially for young employees

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    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Information Systems Analyst in Midland, MI

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Dow is very open to changing their culture, as is evident from their (necessary) business realignment, but also with lots of changes taking place internally. They are hiring a lot of recent college grads/younger people in Information Systems despite the tough economic environment.

    They also place a lot of responsibilities on newer hires, which is a good sign of trust. The CEO is very well liked, and people seem happy here overall.

    The city of Midland, MI is constantly working hard to revamp its image and build up its downtown, especially with the number of young people here, which is more than you'd expect.

    Cons

    Midland isn't exactly a recent college grads dream city to live in. It's very family oriented and at times you may feel out of place if you're single or without kids.

    Many employees here have been with Dow for 20-30+ years, so they're very knowledgeable, but at the same time they are set in their ways and have a hard time thinking outside of the box.

    Dow is a very large company, and as such they operate as you'd expect a huge enterprise too - lots of redtape to cut through, and some things can take months to get done (but they are trying very hard to get better).

    Sometimes the office can sound like a library. Thankfully though, the office isnt an endless row of cubicles (in some places)

    Advice to Management

    The offices need remodeling. The walls are blank, the office setup can be awkward at times, and besides for some powerpoint templates and maybe a couple of posters in random locations, there is very little Dow pride to be found. The Diamond is a very evocative symbol and can be used in creative ways around the office to bring back that prideful feeling that employees work for Dow. Look to Dow's London taxi advertisements for some inspiration in how the Dow Diamond could be changed slightly in design, but still used effectively.

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