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Good company

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Current Employee - Lead Analyst in Freeport, TX
Current Employee - Lead Analyst in Freeport, TX

I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

Overall, a very good company to work with. Huge emphasis on safety, and they are great about work-life balance in my department

Cons

When you are working at a satellite site from your direct line of management, you feel left out.

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  1. 6 people found this helpful  

    Dow Chemical- A great place to go if you don't want to have any impact and not feel empowered but want a job that pays.

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Freeport, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Freeport, TX

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Money-The money was good and very competitive
    Flex Scheduling-9/80's and 4/10's
    Work Life Balance is ok
    Genuine about safety
    Can move around and do different things-but mostly lateral moves
    Good hourly workers-many of the older Dow workers are great, and are the real backbone of Texas Operations

    Cons

    Health insurance is not as good as competitors or other nearby industries
    Not innovative at all-Unwilling to try new things or technologies
    Consensus style management-no one has the stomach to make a decision
    Peter Principle alive and well at the Freeport Site
    Doesn't know what it wants to do when it grows up-consantly changing focus, selling assets, focusing on short term goals.
    Too much shareholder focus-employees are second
    Too many work processes
    Too many chiefs and not enough people who actually accomplish work.
    Cost savings mode all the time-codeword cheap on fixing stuff or maintaining assets
    Not much promotion potential-must ride the coat tails of a manager to move up-i.e. be a minority, female, or brown noser to really move up. Hard work and competence has nothing to do with it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make a plan stick with it-Decide what kind of chemical company do you want to be
    Reduce your overhead by simplifying work processes and get rid of useless middle management
    Make managers be competent technically and be good people managers
    Develop a culture of innovation at a department level-It is frustrating for experienced hires to bring cost saving and time savings innovations just to be shot down

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Overall, 'OK' experience for 10++ years of experience

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    Current Employee - Manager
    Current Employee - Manager

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

    Pros

    Competitive compensation and benefit, great training program

    Cons

    Too much big corporations politics. Not much diversity in thoughts. Corporate pressure affecting work life balance of leaders.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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