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61 English questions out of 61

September 15, 2021

What is paid time off like at Dow?

Pros

Annual raises most years by 3%, don’t track PTO.

Cons

They developed a new HR program so you have no idea where you rank or any goals for where you want to go. They’ve made a lot of false promises to sound amazing, but yet won’t actually deliver. If you get promoted to a new role that is multiple levels of a jump, you will only get a minor raise based on your previous pay and not based on the work of the new role.

Advice to Management

Value your employees

Annual raises most years by 3%, don’t track PTO.

September 15, 2021

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August 11, 2022

Does Dow offer relocation assistance?

Pros

Some management is actually good people, some functions other than IT are inclusive, benefit package is good

Cons

IT is very sexist and exclusive, the pay is mediocre, innovation is squashed, red tape kills projects

Some management is actually good people, some functions other than IT are inclusive, benefit package is good

August 11, 2022

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June 30, 2021

Does Dow offer massages?

Pros

Pay on time, free coffee, good phone

Cons

Culture is hit and miss here and there can be very different

Advice to Management

Get to know what’s actually going on get involved with employees

Pay on time, free coffee, good phone

June 30, 2021

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August 31, 2021

Does Dow offer dental insurance?

Pros

The company self generates its own engineering and construction work for their plants. Good benefits for Direct employees and a stable and constant workload.

Cons

Employees and contractors are underpaid by industry standards. The closest description I can give is a Cosa Nostra Mentality! To get in, even as a contractor, you need to be associated (friend of mine) and vouched for by a direct employee (made member) of the company. If you don't know anyone, don't even try because they don't bring strangers in. If you have a sponsor and stay within their good graces then you are in and likely to get promoted and even become an employee (made member or friend of ours) at some point. Contactors get a standard industry benefits package through their shop, which include holidays, health, dental, regular insurances and 3 week of PTO... which you can't use because it needs to be saved for 3 weeks mandatory furlough at the end of the year. And you can't plan any vacations during that time either because if overtime is necessary then they authorize you to work the time, then it's a use it or loose it kind'a thing, but the work must keep going out, mind you! In essence, no sick time nor vacations for contractors! It's considered a traveling company because the bulk of their designer are offshore and they cannot do site visits, for obvious reasons, and thats why you must have an active TWIC card and be very willing to travel more than 30% of the time. They do regular and redundant heavy background checks, including hair drug testing. It's a very distrustful company for their contact people, most direct employees treat you well enough but at the company level there is a revulsion to contactors which is displayed by quite a few of the leaders.

Contactors get a standard industry benefits package through their shop, which include holidays, health, dental, regular insurances and 3 week of PTO... which you can't use because it needs to be saved for 3 weeks mandatory furlough at the end of the year.

August 31, 2021

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July 30, 2020

Does Dow have a pension plan?

Pros

Pay is above average for location, some good benefits, fairly flexible schedule

Cons

First level leaders are inexperienced and are thrown into the water to sink or swim, satisfaction of job solely relies on quality of direct leader, benefits are declining, they preach equality to everyone but significant total benefits package differences especially for those that have a traditional pension and those that have the newer (2008+) plan which is terrible and doesn't keep up with inflation on growth, always in code-red, daily work is fire fighting, work is given to you to do rather than ask you how to best solve the problem, etc Most workers suffer from anxiety, local medical doctors see people for high level of anxiety due to work environment.

Advice to Management

Empower workers, let people fail by trying to innovative, have a clear path for salary ranges, be more transparent on pay and benefits to all employees at all levels, do more promotions in current roles rather than when/if move to a new role. If you don't keep your employees happy you won't keep your shareholders happy, empowered and innovate employees will deliver results so give them the freedom to do so rather to fight fires and work on the newest initiative to keep shareholders happy.

First level leaders are inexperienced and are thrown into the water to sink or swim, satisfaction of job solely relies on quality of direct leader, benefits are declining, they preach equality to everyone but significant total benefits package differences especially for those that have a traditional pension and those that have the newer (2008+) plan which is terrible and doesn't keep up with inflation on growth, always in code

July 30, 2020

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