Owens Corning Reviews

Updated September 28, 2014
Updated September 28, 2014
111 Reviews
3.4
111 Reviews
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Owens Corning Chairman and CEO Mike Thaman
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72 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Mid-west culture lends itself to a strong emphasis on family life and work-life balance (in 10 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 4 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 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.

  2.  

    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 for 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
  3.  

    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 for 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
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  5.  

    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 for 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
  6.  

    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 for 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
  7. 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 for 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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    KCK Plant SHAMEFUL!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous  in  Kansas City, KS
    Former Employee - Anonymous in Kansas City, KS

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    I really enjoyed my co-workers. The pay was decent. Employees were really helpful in training and giving uncut views on politics and history of company.

    Cons

    The work schedule was horrible and antiqated. The work enviroment was very unhealthy. The union was a joke. The job culture was counter-productive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Build or do serious renovation of plant. Change work schedule. Improve emloyee training and work culture including eliminating favoritism.

    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Opportunities for you if you are a white American....not so good if you are black

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

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

    Pros

    Work is interesting, pay is decent. The company's focus on safety is very appealing, and managers (those who are good) will steer you in the right direction.

    Cons

    Very conservative company...if you are someone who can generate ideas and desire to see them implemented, look elsewhere. Also, being a minority( am a currently employed black engineer btw) I will say this. If you are a minority (woman or other minority engineer), your chances of progressing into leadership position or even getting promoted are very limited. I would advice that you look elsewhere. I will be leaving in 3 weeks for a better position, with bigger pay. And this is with a global company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle management should just be let go. It is really killing us.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  10.  

    Great Development Culture

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

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Management is very focused on your development, and growth. When you have gained the experience in a role, management is receptive to shifting your role. Upper management wants to develop talent internally... Especially if you would intend to remain in the Toledo Ohio area long term.

    Cons

    While very development focused, high structure can mean you wind up in a role you do not desire to be in for a period of time.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    Mediocre senior management... need to 'reboot the leadership' in certain sectors of OC's portfolio

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

    I worked at Owens Corning full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    * Good operations function
    * Dedicated people in the plants
    * Very good early career development
    * Best company i've ever seen at weeding out bad talent and firing them quickly (not sure if this is a ''pro" but they think it is)... some good talent is weeded out though because of this

    Cons

    * Reviews are highly subjective... process does not require review with signatures as most Fortune 500s require. Anyone can give baseless feedback to your boss and ruin your reputaton
    * VPs and Directors regularly shout, verbally abuse, and eliminate 'threats'. HR sits by and lets it happen. Then if you try to address situation, you will get labeled a troublemaker and you will be out of organization quickly. CFO and CEO seem to ignore outright abusive behavior by VPs / GMs and Directors.
    * Culture breeds continuous 'separation' mindset where reorganizations happen every 1-2 years
    * Clique culture is fostered between business units and regions and between competing managers... organization does not work together at all
    * Very non professional - Culture enables open criticism of management who aren't there to defend themselves as VPs do it openly to undermine people
    * Good early development is wasted as VPs are clueless on their own processes in their organization... soesnior management has no clue what the rest of the organization does
    * They are very good at holding their power as they are not accountable for their results. Certain businesses have lost millions of dollars over the years, yet it is the same players leading the org. Middle management turnover is extremely high because of it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    CFO and CEO need to examine the methods their underlings use on their people. Certain VPs know they will never be fired or accountable and run rampant on the organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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