Dow Chemical

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It is what you make of it

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Former Employee - Finance in Midland, MI
Former Employee - Finance in Midland, MI

I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Opportunities for growth if you apply yourself.
Professional work environment.
Good leaders depending on which department your working in.

Cons

Too many politics within the management.
Many senior level leaders lack experience and do not take ownership of issues in their department.
Too many tasks involved in one role.
Constant layoffs make a future unpredictable.
The company relies on incompetent contractors to complete tasks.
Terrible communication between management and employees.
The company is not as stable as it previously was.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Management and senior leaders need to be held accountable for lack of productivity in their departments. Get rid of the contractors and replace them with competent Dow employees. This process of using contractors is only costing the company money in the long run.

Doesn't Recommend
Negative Outlook
Disapproves of CEO

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    Classic huge company

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    Current Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - Senior Research Chemist in Philadelphia, PA

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

    Pros

    Good balance of work and life in general
    Opportunities to learn different skills
    A lot of resources at your disposal, if you know how to access them.
    Everyone has heard of your company, which saves some explaining to relatives
    People are generally tolerant of timelines slipping

    Cons

    Slowing moving, stuck in a commodity chemical mindset.
    Rigidly compliant to set processes.
    Inpersonal, you have a problem? email a nameless email address and hope for a reply.
    Dependence on contractors makes routine functions unpredictable, it can take months to get bills paid.
    Constant layoffs and downsizing has made the morale of the work force dismal.
    Innovation is a buzz word rather than a core value.
    The company is more about managers playing politics, kick down kiss up will get you far.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop behaving is such a clearly hypocritical manor, like writing a book about jobs in America then shipping them to Korea, or claiming Dow doesn't fire scientists while you are in the midst of firing scientists.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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    Company in Transition

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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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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