Eastman Chemical

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Great place to work, but not a place for rapid advancement.

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

I worked at Eastman Chemical

Pros

Ability to grow in a stable corporate environment. East Tennessee is an incredibly nice place to live and raise a family. The cost of living is very low compared to most parts of the United States.

Cons

Eastman relies on its location to protect its workforce. Although the company claims to provide competitive pay for professional and management positions on a national basis, it does not. The same positions ofter pay better at competitors which reside in other geographies. Most people stay at Eastman for their entire careers, and Eastman develops really good people for management roles. Unfortunately, ability to obtain higher level roles is often a function of timing rather than a reflection on the individual's capability in the marketplace.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

You need to take a tough look at your compensation practices. Really talented people have left the company due to not being offered advancement or meaningful increases (i.e. significantly above the cost of inflation). You also need to recalibrate the rewards system. Middle management is hesitant to give any awards over $500-1000 even when the accomplishments are worth millions.

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    Old-fashioned values, yet on the edge of technology and today's business environment.

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    The atmosphere is great; co-workers, flex time, etc are all wonderful.

    Cons

    Small town, but there are lots of "outdoor" recreational activiites.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Always solicit feedback from "the little people".

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    "EASTMAN CHEMICAL COMPANY, A VERY GOOD PLACE TO WORK.

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Logistics Planner in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    The company is secure financially and has implemented various measures to stay that way. The CEO, Brian Ferguson, makes it a point to send out communications to all employees advising on any effect on our company a Hurricane, or a wall street meltdown, will likely have. Most BU's have a "Family" feel to them as everyone seems to genuinely have an interest in how you are doing.

    Cons

    Eastman still has a somewhat "Good Old Boy" system of promotion. Openings get posted but for the most part the person who will fill the opening is prechosen, so the posting is meerly to appease the one's who will not be chosen. If one really wants to move up one must align themselves with fast movers and ride their coattails

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    To keep up the good work. 5 or 6 years ago this company was poised for a big fall, but through Brian's leadership the company is strong. The only changes I would look at would be some of the mid level management that keeps the good ole boy/buddy promotion system in tact.

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