Eastman Chemical

  www.eastman.com
  www.eastman.com
There are newer employer reviews for Eastman Chemical

1 person found this helpful  

A very diverse company with a wide variety of opportunities, demanding of your time and personal/ professional growth.

  • Comp & Benefits
  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Operator in Longview, TX
Former Employee - Operator in Longview, TX

I worked at Eastman Chemical

Pros

Eastman in Longview, TX has some of the highest pay rates in our area. The training and job education is extensive and on-going; you will re train annually and updates to training documents are issued regularly. Safety is a high priority and any issues that arise are reviewed and discussed in depth on all levels, so you feel like you have an input and are made aware of every hazard possible. Commitment to safety and sharing of information with employees at all levels is something the company does very well.

Cons

Your time at Eastman initially will be learning your work site and getting accustom to the schedule. There will be tons of computer based training about the company and safety practices to be completed within a designated time, in addition to learning job responsibilities and mentoring at your department level. After about 3 months, you will be scheduled to attend Eastman Learning Center, an onsite training facility with faculty that will guide you through in depth self paced learning and labs. This is all great for creating a skilled workforce and giving you confidence in your co-workers, but it becomes overwhelming. Much of the work at the learning center is done on your own time with books and disc to be studied at home. When working a 12 hour rotating shift and trying to balance sleep and family time, it is way too much to be expected. I have never felt so incapable and slow to learn on a new job as I did at Eastman. My time at the job was stressed and needing to add additional time onsite and at home without pay- to meet the requirements for the school was nerve wracking; driving in on my days off to attend the school felt invasive to my family time. You often work with same crew on days and night for years, so you better like each other

Advice to ManagementAdvice

I think there is way too much too soon. Management needs to monitor and re- evaluate the amount of information and training to be sure it is learned and remembered, if they want good workers.

Recommends
No opinion of CEO

810 Other Employee Reviews for Eastman Chemical (View Most Recent)

Sort: Rating Date
  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    This company has a huge disconnect between middle management and direct supervisors.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule allows employees to work four 9 hour days and have a half day off every Friday.

    Direct technical supervision is really good to work for.

    Cons

    Although the direct supervision is competent, their hands are typically tied by the other 6 levels of management above them. The pyramid of management at Eastman is ridiculous and the amount of overhead that they require to run a company is overkill. These various layers of management are completely disconnected from the rest of the plant, yet make many of the decisions that directly affect day-to-day activity. These people seem to be put into their positions, not because they are qualified, but because of who they are related to through marriage or who they went to high school with. Eastman, being in a small town, is overrun by nepotism.

    Do not expect any reward for your personal accomplishments. Eastman rewards based on the fact that "Your hard work will not go unnoticed. It will pay off in the long run." but the long run is on a 15-20 year scale for this company. This, in addition to drastic cuts to the benefits package that retroactively affected current employees, is why the turnover is high for employees in the past 2-3 years.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your current employees, otherwise you will continue to train engineers for 3-5 years only to see them leave for better opportunities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good and challenging

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    International global company with challenging work environment

    Cons

    fairly political in management style

    Approves of CEO
There are newer employer reviews for Eastman Chemical

Work at Eastman Chemical? Share Your Experiences

Eastman Chemical

 
Click to Rate
or

Your response will be removed from the review – this cannot be undone.