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
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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.  

    Not So Hot

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    Former Employee - In Home Sales Representative in Kennesaw, GA
    Former Employee - In Home Sales Representative in Kennesaw, GA

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

    Pros

    Name recognition second to none.

    Cons

    Not serious enough about the branch success

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Memorable

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    Current Employee - Safety in Amarillo, TX
    Current Employee - Safety in Amarillo, TX

    I have been working at Owens Corning full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Good safety culture from corporate, great people to work with within the plant, friendly environment, good benefits, comparable pay, challenging tasks

    Cons

    Poor communication, pushes employees into jobs they don't want, poor business management- hire then cut back and lay off, lack of policy enforcement, hard to prmooted from primary employee to salary employee,

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The primary employees you have are very talented. Look to them when trying to promote. Also, work on communication throughout plants, from plant to plant, and from corporate to plant level.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Long hours, hazardous working conditions, and miserable co-workers.

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    Former Employee - Dry End Operator in Aiken, SC
    Former Employee - Dry End Operator in Aiken, SC

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

    Pros

    Everyone will tell you the only reason they work on the factory floor is because of the pay. No one enjoys coming to work.

    Cons

    Management is fake, co-workers don't want to work, hours are long, job is boring, maintenance doesn't know how to do their job, hazards are not fixed, equipment falls apart and is just taped back together, rules are too strict (such as getting fired for leaving a hose on the floor and walking away for 2 minutes), formaldehyde levels are high, and if people who work above you screw up their job and the machinery comes down it's your responsibility to clean up their mess.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management? Stop lying to your employees. Work with the union and not against them. Stop discriminating and categorizing employees. Take some part in production on the floor. Walk around, ask employees how everything is going and act like you at least care. Listen to employees and try to help them when they come to you. Try and keep busy instead of taking 2 hour smoke breaks and 3 hour lunches. Just because y'all are salary, doesn't mean you should be able to come in just for half the day (12 hour shift) and then leave and continue the pattern for weeks straight. And fix the communication! The communication at the Aiken Plant is terrible.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Improvements Needed but Provides great experience

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Provided Challenging opportunities. Plant leadership teams and associates in most plants are great people to work with. Pay and Benefits are strong, especially with employer matching and bonus opportunities.

    Cons

    Horrible communication cross functionally and between plants and corporate. Outdated technology. Most people in leadership lead with instinct to put out fires and provide short term solutions and gains but they don't act strategically to plan for long term growth. Can be high stress and it usually results from making little problems into large ones.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    See cons

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Great culture, awesome people and global exposure.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Toledo, OH

    I have been working at Owens Corning (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Leaders continue to challenge you and take you outside your comfort zone to help you develop. The employees are extremely caring and have high work standards. It's easy to stand to behind our products as they truly make the world a better place.

    Cons

    Company needs to take more risks and allow employees to fail to help them grow and develop. The pay for performance methodology can get in the way of a good team environment.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Great Company very focused on people development

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens Corning

    Pros

    Great people who are very knowledgable and easy to work with. Bosses are very focused on personal development. A lot of opportunity within the company.

    Cons

    Not many. Working in a plant sometimes demands strange hours. Must be somewhat flexible to work in a plant setting.

  8.  

    Great work environment, but need to be proactive about own growth and development.

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    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Toledo, OH
    Current Employee - Customer Service Specialist in Toledo, OH

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

    Pros

    •Huge focus on health and safety
    •Strong brand recognition
    •Beautiful campus and great community commitment
    •Many growth and development opportunities, but expect to search them out.

    Cons

    •Not enough training which leads to a lot of miscommunication.
    •Leadership doesn't always focus on big picture

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop relying solely on metrics to paint the picture. Data can be skewed based on who's pulling the numbers. Look more toward your people and customers to better illustrate the story.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    A very good company with very poor medical insurance.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Owens Corning full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great training opportunities and advancement if you work hard. Very safety oriented. Good salary.

    Cons

    The benefits have to be the worst in the Fortune 500 companies. They make it hard to get a full bonus check. If you will have a baby you will have to pay about $7000 out of pocket.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop giving us this lousy medical insurance. I have to pay $7000 out of pocket for a baby? Really?!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Solid company, great executive leadership

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    Former Employee - Director in Toledo, OH
    Former Employee - Director in Toledo, OH

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Very well respected and well run company in the building materials industry. Has been the market leader for 70 years for a reason. I worked closely with the CEO and executive team - in my experience they are among the best

    Cons

    Building materials is a very cyclical industry and the company is exposed to lay-offs as the industry cycles down as it did in 2008 - 2010. OC's headquarters in Toledo, OH is an OK, but not great place to live

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lacking Leadership but Great Technical Expertise

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Toledo is actually a nice community in the midwest and OC is a dominant employer. Average pay offset by reasonable cost of living. Product engineering are stellar folks.

    Cons

    Very political and male-dominated organization. It's who you know not what you know. Senior leaders seem to earn "tenure" and don't have to produce to remain in key positions while younger, hungrier individuals end up leaving for opportunities elsewhere. Old-school unionized environments lack progressive attitudes. Even in the '80's they seemed stuck in the '40's.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Diversify you management teams. Reward hard work with career growth and turnover the dead weight. Focus on core competencies rather than spreading thin across so many product lines.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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