Owens Corning

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Earnings are well below what is expected

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Former Employee - Basement Sales in Jersey City, NJ
Former Employee - Basement Sales in Jersey City, NJ

I worked at Owens Corning

Pros

Great product -- much better to finish a basement with than drywall
Company name recognition
They give you leads

Cons

The product is good, it is also very expensive and difficult to sell to most people

Straight commission, very tough to earn a buck here

The leads are very unqualified. Most of the time the people are home (which is good), but they are unprepared to buy or spend as much as we're charging. Telemarketing people set the appointments and are paid on appointments set, not on sales. (Left out to die).

Ownership and management accepts NO feedback from salespeople at all.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Better qualify your leads. To rehash a 6 year old lead that didn't buy back then because it was too expensive, then raise your prices considerably since then and then call the customer back saying we now have lower prices is a flat out lie and a terrible lead for your salespeople. No wonder everyone quits!

Doesn't Recommend
Disapproves of CEO

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    Beware of the moralistic hypocrisy of the culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Pros

    Creativity-inspiring facilities
    Solid people at certain levels of the organization
    Desire to win (although their industrial sector is forever tied to housing's whims)

    Cons

    Over-the-top moralistic. Every word said by everyone is put under the microscope
    Too much behind-the-back chatter about everyone and not enough open-and-honest engagement
    Resources are constrained, though business goals over-reaching (hence fundamentally flawed)
    Dominating dismissiveness to the not-invented-here mind set
    Near zero ethnic diversity - and programs initiated are mostly sugar-coated to satisfy perception rather than create tangible change.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the fundamentals of the culture to allow for respectful engagement by employees with employees without escalating for every minor item.
    Be realistic of the conditions of the industry and invest well in enabling a more agile culture that embraces differences and change.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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    I was satisfied working at OC in terms of compensation and opportunity for advancement

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    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Summit, IL
    Former Employee - Technical Leader in Summit, IL

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Pros

    Working within the manufacturing facilities, you were allowed to voice your opinion and drive change. In addition, you were allowed to take on as much responsibility as you determined. The organization was focused on waste elimination based on continuous manufacturing of a product well into it's product cycle.

    Cons

    To advance within Owens Corning requires relocation. After a while, moving becomes a problem if your spouse is employed or children are in school. Senior level Management is hired from outside the organization and many do not have a foundation of the products, processes, or personnel. Without this foundations, several bad decisions are made.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promote and develop from within. Outside managers tend to bring in initiatives that realize immediate gains. Sometimes those actions may leave a large liability, especially after the new manager has been promoted or bounced to another organization.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
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