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Good Opportunities If You Are Adaptable

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Current Employee - Manager in Wilmington, DE
Current Employee - Manager in Wilmington, DE

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

Pros

Aggressively pursuing growth areas in Ag, Nutrition, and Bio; for employees this means lots of opportunity to learn and diversify. Global footprint.

Cons

Large company can be slow to adapt.

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Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 4 people found this helpful  

    DuPont IT. A great place to work if you don't like promotions and like managers getting credit for your hard work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    It is full time work and the pay is okay.

    The benefits are not as good as they were, but are still better than most companies.

    Most people are very professional and courteous.

    Cons

    In order to get a promotion in DuPont IT, they want you to be a manager. Yet higher level IT people who have been there a long time can spend hours in their office playing Windows games and have no real responsibilities.

    DuPont IT hires contractors out the wazoo who waste time, resources, do terrible jobs at support and also waste time and money in paperwork games that bog down any real work to be done. It takes 20x longer to go through the paperwork systems ( some processes owned and maintained by contractors) to move a project from development to production than it takes to actually do the work itself. Something as simple as creating a folder on a drive that used to take 10 seconds is now a 2 month production, with 20 to 50 sign-offs of contract people.

    Projects are put in place that are just a total waste of money and resources. Many times they are proposed and created by the Dupont 'Center Of Excellence' gurus to replace older systems which are already cost effective and efficient. The lower level IT support people know that these changes are not needed and will be less efficient and will have a higher risk of failure and voice their opinions, Those opinions are always discounted and fall into dead air or are answered with the reply.. 'You don't understand the big picture'. These 'replacement' projects almost always fail, leaving the upper crust IT gurus scratching their heads in amazement, while the lower level IT support people knew this would happen all along.

    DuPont is still holding onto outdated process management tools like Six Sigma, when it has been clearly shown that 60% of all Six Sigma projects eventually fail. Especially when you try to force them down the throat of every IT person as a 'You have to do this' option. What you get is a six sigma task with no meaning, just to mark it off your list as having done the 'requirement'.

    One of DuPont 'Core Values' is 'Respect for People', and they hold this out as their flagship core value. It is however, a one way mirror. DuPont believes that they are treating their people fairly, when in all honesty, the promotion system is still the good old boy buddy system. People get promoted by sucking up to the management, not by the work they do. In DuPont, if you sit in your office, do all your required work, increase your skills by 10x what they were after you were hired, please all your customers where they have nothing but great things to say about you, that won't get you promoted.

    If you want to work for an efficient IT company, who's management has a firm grip on costs, and who's people are acknowledged for the work they do (and not their managers taking all the glory) and their accomplishments and skill level increases are rewarded with level promotions.. you may want to look elsewhere. DuPont IT is not the place for you.

    If you decide to work for Dupont IT, Come with low expectations and just do your work every day like the cow in the field, munching grass.You will be happier.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    How about promoting IT people based on increase in skills and quality of work done and do away with the buddy system of promotions.You talk the talk, but can you walk the walk?

    Everyone in IT cannot be a manager, don't use that as criteria for level promotions.

    Your sites leadership offers no assistance to promotions. For a manager to promote one of their employees is just another 'task' they don't really want to try to do, because it is work for them and takes too much effort. If a manager does decide to go forward with a promotion for one of their employees, the passive manager will easily bow down to the more aggressive manager to let that manager promote their people. So the employee is at the mercy of a manager who is weak or not aggressive and confrontational. This does a tremendous disservice to the employee who has worked hard throughout the year.

    One day, DuPont, you will finally figure out that contractors are interested in one thing.... money. They don't care if it takes one hour to fix a problem or 2 months, The longer they drag it out, the more they can bill DuPont. The more complicated a contractor makes his support processes, the more they can bill DuPont for. Sure you can possibly save 100,000.00 + for each full time employee you replace, but the costs for the contractor plus the detriment to the business far outweighs those costs. Your businesses are suffering because this. One day you may figure this out.

    Do your homework before pushing projects that are not needed down everyone's throats. Question everything and then, re-question it again. Is it really needed? Get feedback from the people at the sites your changes will affect. Do they really need the change? Is it just a waste of money? Can it be done a different way? Get input from the local IT people at the site and LISTEN TO IT! Form a team that reviews projects to see if they really are necessary and one that has the power to axe ANY project that is found to be not needed or will cause a negative impact on the businesses that use it.

    Also, keep giving contractors access to databases that contain proprietary information. Your data's security is of no issue, right? Do you REALLY know who has access to your data?
    I wonder how many cyber criminals have signed non-disclosure agreements?

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Safety professional

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    Current Employee - Safety Professional in Circleville, OH
    Current Employee - Safety Professional in Circleville, OH

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

    Pros

    Safety is "in front" of people. Daily, weekly, monthly and yearly reviews are held. Employees manage many safety committees and responsibilities.

    Cons

    Benefits are quickly going away. Pay is flat line at best. People feel disrespected and 'taken advantage' of each day. When management says" if you don't like it, leave" then harmony and trust are broken.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review what made this company great and go back to the core values of 50 years ago.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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