Eastman Chemical

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A Co-op's review of "The Eastman"

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Current Employee - Co-Op in Kingsport, TN
Current Employee - Co-Op in Kingsport, TN

I have been working at Eastman Chemical

Pros

They take their co-op program very seriously. The plant site in Kingsport is very large so there is a wide array of opportunities for students to gain experience. Mentors and supervisors work hard at helping new employees become acclimated with the environment. You are allowed to work on meaningful projects that are challenging and exciting. Benefits are excellent for a co-op position. The company seems to take very god care of their employees, through encouraging them to improve their health and by allowing flexible work schedules. All of the employees are easy to work with and a joy to be around. Everyone is helpful and polite. Their commitment to safety is outstanding, you can be sure you will be safe as long as you are smart about doing your job.

Cons

Not much to say here, if you are OK with living in the middle of nowhere TN.

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None.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Eastman is uneventful and having a hard time going to the next level.

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    Current Employee - Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Eastman is in a good location. Promotional opportunities are ok. The company generally stays up to date on current technology.

    Cons

    I am not conficent that Eastman salaries are comparable nationally. The company thinks they are family oriented. I do not believe that senior management values people. They tend to take local people working there for granted. Kingsport is a one major employer town.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Quit spending like a drunken sailor and then telling employees we are in a recession and that cuts are inevitable.. Lots of landscaping and beautification when the company and the economy are tanking.

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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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