Owens Corning Reviews

Updated October 26, 2014
Updated October 26, 2014
115 Reviews
3.5
115 Reviews
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Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman
Mike Thaman
74 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Mid-west company, decent work life balance if you work at the head-quarters, pay is fair at WHQ (in 11 reviews)

  • Plant leadership teams and associates in most plants are great people to work with (in 8 reviews)


Cons
  • Work life balance is pretty non-existent, at least in some areas of the business (in 5 reviews)

  • Company is very tied to the consumer housing market and have been experiencing economic issues as a result (in 5 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great company to intern for.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - FLDP Intern in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - FLDP Intern in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Intern pay was very good and was able to become friends with kids from many different schools. Mike Thamen, CEO, is a great leader and has made great decisions for the direction of the company.

    Cons

    The finance department hired close to 20 interns and only offers 5 or 6. If you are looking for a company to offer you a full time position after an interview there are better options, however it will open up a large amount of opportunities after the internship.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Looking for sheep and focused on quarterly numbers

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company provides a lot of opportunity for employees who are hungry to grow within their silo and respectfully follow their manager. Performance reviews are more than just for show and provide frequent opportunities for feedback if you have a respectable manager. They're one of the largest employers in Toledo allowing for a lot of opportunity to get involved in the community and attend other events. Its a great place to raise a family and have a respectable career.

    Cons

    Many managers don't walk the talk but use policies against you. The culture is very political and careers operate within silos unless you're in finance as finance drives the company. They also have recently begun to hire management almost exclusively externally unless you're a yes man as they don't want dissent and constructive conversation to drive for the best results. Time off is reasonable but there isn't enough coverage so that you can truly take it and enjoy a relaxing vacation without working and pay raises are fairly slim year over year without consistently moving roles even if you're exceeding expectations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ensure that employees are cross-functional so that they can take time off and not come back stressed out to help retain your top talent. Train managers so that you can trust and empower them as well as their employees allowing you to more quickly promote from within and take risks on employees to keep them engaged and with the company in the long run.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Ok to work for

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good policy and procedures implementation and friendly people

    Cons

    poor benefits and work life balance does not exisit

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    none

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Moderate opportunities, if you are well-connected

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Financial Analyst in Toledo, OH

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

    Pros

    Mid-west company, decent work life balance if you work at the head-quarters, pay is fair at WHQ

    Cons

    Training varies wildly depending on the department and your manager. Org structure changes constantly, so there is very little consistency. I have spoken to many lifers who give examples where they have had nearly as many bosses as years of service in the company. This can mean opportunity, but it also means many get lost in the shuffle.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay more attention to work life balance between departments, as there can be a huge disparity.

    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great Company to work for

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens Corning full-time

    Pros

    The relationships of people. You can know everyone from the CEO to the hourly worker. Very good locations near major cities. Good pay and compensation. Very safety conscious culture and developing a very quality conscious culture.

    Cons

    Some jobs are filled without being posted. No 360 feedback to senior managers. Crossing between divsions for people who have been with the company for some time is difficult.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Global support teams need to be in place. Have 360 feedback for plant leaders and above.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Limited growth opportunity

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time

    Pros

    Fair benefit, great life style, access to senior management and opportunity, company has industry recognition

    Cons

    Political culture at VP level can affect ones promotion, company's poor performance limit career growth, Toledo

    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Excellent People, Good Culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Toledo, OH

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

    Pros

    The people you get to work with are great and for the most part the higher ups do a good job in making sure your work gets visibility and they give credit, where credit is due.

    Cons

    Parts of the organization are pretty political which inhibits getting things done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the politics and the leadership that refuses to listen to anyone from a lower pay grade.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Great company to work

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens Corning full-time

    Pros

    Great company to work, great developing program at the granville facility

    Cons

    Nothing to complain so far

  10.  

    Great company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - BATCH BINDER OPERATOR in Granville, OH
    Current Employee - BATCH BINDER OPERATOR in Granville, OH

    I have been working at Owens Corning full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    great pay ability to be your own boss, great staff with great technical expertise as it pertains to your job.

    Cons

    Weird hours and scheduling, no room for advancement in current position, hard to find open jobs to move too.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    have more job openings and room for advancement for your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Highly political company with poor management accountability, content with status quo, and disregard for employee

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous
    Former Employee - Anonymous

    I worked at Owens Corning

    Pros

    Still has large market share

    Cons

    Leadership reactive and not aligned with shareholder interest
    Company organization highly political and does not reward performance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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