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Corning Overview

Corning, NY
10000+ employees
Company - Public (GLW)
Electrical & Electronic Manufacturing
$5 to $10 billion (USD) per year
Corning is one of the world's leading innovators in materials science, with a 166-year track record of life-changing inventions. Corning applies its unparalleled expertise in glass science, ceramics science, and optical physics along with its deep manufacturing ... Read more

Mission: For more than 165 years, Corning has applied its unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products and processes that have created new industries and transformed people’s lives.

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  • In 1879, Thomas Edison staged his first successful test of an incandescent light bulb, leading to one of the most ubiquitous and life-changing household items of the late 19th century. See how Corning’s partnership with Edison led to the development and mass production of the light bulb and laid the foundation for decades of innovation that followed:

    —30+ days ago
    Corning History of Innovation | Glass Discovery | Corning

    William J. Woods, a former glassblower, and his colleague David E. Gray, an engineer, invent the high-speed ribbon machine which creates 400,000 bulb blanks in a 24-hour period- about 5 times the output of earlier machines. Later, in 1933, the ribbon machine is used to manufacture radio bulbs.

  • The Economist recently visited Corning’s global R&D center for an inside look at the development and innovation of Gorilla Glass and other advanced glass technologies. Read what they had to say about the history of Gorilla Glass and what we can expect for the next 10 years of advanced glass innovation:

    —30+ days ago
    One of the world's oldest products faces the digital future

    AFTER 4,000 years of development, you might assume that just about everything there is to be known about glassmaking has already been found out. Not so. Though the basic recipe of sand, soda and lime remains the industry's core, first alchemists and then chemists have tinkered with the ingredients over the centuries to produce specialised products.

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Corning – Why Work For Us?

For more than 165 years, we’ve been collaborating with customers to solve tough technology challenges with products that transform people’s lives.

We are one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science. For more than 165 years, we’ve applied our unparalleled expertise in specialty glass, ceramics, and optical physics to develop products that have created new industries and transformed lives.

We succeed through sustained investment in R&D, a unique combination of material and process innovation, and close collaboration with customers to solve tough technology challenges.

Wherever you are in Corning, you’ll be
in good company to collaborate beyond borders.

We Are Defined by People, Ideas, Innovation

Our culture creates a caring and considerate work environment, offering empowerment, flexibility, collaboration, recognition, and respect. It’s a culture of learning and innovation, where mentoring and being mentored go hand-in-hand. Our leaders are always approachable and value the contributions of every employee.

And since our culture is founded on our seven Values, it helps us attract and retain the best talent in the market, enabling us to continue to build on our outstanding reputation as the world leader and innovator in specialty glass and ceramics.

We Have a Skilled, Advanced Workforce

As a company, we’ve always understood that our success depends upon the full participation and contribution of the people behind the glass. Our global workforce represents a diverse mixture of race, gender, nationality, and opinion. We maintain a work environment that respects the differences among our employees, and we rely on those differences as a source of strength. Our people are among the most creative and innovative in the world, and they continually conceive, develop, and improve the revolutionary products that have literally changed the world. We are committed to providing each of them with opportunities to develop to their highest potential, because our people make innovations possible.

Our culture is founded on seven Values that help us attract
and retain the best talent on earth, upholding our reputation as 
the world leader in specialty glass and ceramics.

Inclusive Culture. Diverse Talent. Inspired Innovation.

Diversity and inclusion are integral to Corning’s belief in the fundamental dignity of The Individual – one of Corning’s seven core Values. We are committed to providing an inclusive environment where all employees can thrive.

Corning’s Commitment to Diversity & Inclusion has Never Been Stronger

We are passionate about the individuals who make up our company and believe it is incumbent upon our leaders – and all of us as colleagues – to create and maintain an environment where employees can contribute to their potential. Valuing diversity and inclusion is key to this mindset.

While Corning’s formal diversity journey began in the early 1970s, we are a company whose success as one of the world’s leading innovators in materials science has been built by the brilliance and determination of our diverse workforce for more than 165 years. Today we celebrate diversity and inclusion on a global scale with more than 40,000 employees in nearly 25 countries.

It is a priority for us to attract, develop, promote, and retain the world’s best diverse talent with deep technical and commercial knowledge. We want Corning to be the employer of choice for these individuals, and we distinguish ourselves through our strong Values, approach to inclusion, and a robust portfolio of employee development offerings.

Another priority is to expand leadership opportunities for Corning’s diverse emerging talent, and this focus is paying off. Over the past decade, our diversity and inclusion efforts have significantly improved the representation of diverse individuals at the highest levels of the organization. Going forward, we will continue these efforts to ensure our diverse talent is given every opportunity to be a part of the global leadership team that carries Corning forward in our chosen markets for another 165 years.

Great Things Come from the Synergies of Our Differences

Successful global innovation at Corning depends on diversity of thought, experience, background, and the unique traits of individuals working in our collaborative, inclusive culture. Encouraging the full participation of our employees and leveraging their different perspectives generates new ideas that drive Corning’s next great invention. Breakthroughs occur when our employees’ passion for science meshes with Corning’s markets of interest, delivering benefits to society, and bringing value to our company. We hold the diverse people who comprise our global workforce of innovators in the highest regard, and we know our commitment to diversity and inclusion will continue to be a source of our strength as well as a competitive advantage.

We offer many opportunities for you to develop an exciting, 
rewarding career. And, to support a brighter future.

Our philosophy recognizes that employees are one of Corning's most important strategic resources.

We provide a competitive, comprehensive career development, compensation, and benefits program. “Total Rewards” reflects our commitment to supporting your financial, career development, health, and life goals – it’s what we call Total Health, Total Wealth, and Total Self.


Our salary compensation program is designed to reward employees competitively and to link compensation to market pay, based on job skills and requirements. Our pay philosophy is to manage compensation competitively within functional job families, with differentiation based on individual performance. The philosophy recognizes that employees are one of our most important strategic resources. We value employees and will treat them fairly and equitably.


We value our employees and are committed to providing tools and programs that can help you get healthy and stay healthy, achieve financial security, and find the right work-life balance. Our philosophy around employee benefits is consistent globally, even though the actual benefits provided differ by country.

We’re Part of Your Future

From light bulbs to LCDs, we’ve created breakthrough solutions that have transformed lives for more than 160 years. To achieve our success, we’ve always been committed to making the right investments today for tomorrow’s achievements. And while our heritage is important, our focus remains on the future. Critical to our prospects will be our people and creating long, secure, and successful Corning careers.

What does a career at Corning hold for you?

International Exposure
Corning is a truly global business. With 70 locations across North America, South America, Europe and Asia, we deliver exposure to a network of industry-leading professionals based around the world.

Technological Innovation
Every day we engineer cutting-edge products that solve the toughest problems for a diverse range of industries. Our employees work with established and new technologies, systems, and processes — always learning, growing, and practicing their expertise.

Culture and Environment
We’re proud of our culture. It fosters a caring work environment that provides empowerment, flexibility, collaboration, recognition, and respect. We focus on learning and innovation, where mentoring others and being mentored truly complement one another. Our management is always approachable, respecting, and valuing each employee’s contribution.

Corning Reviews

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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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    "The greatest career start!"

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Hickory, NC
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Associate in Hickory, NC
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    I have been working at Corning full-time (Less than a year)


    Corning is THE place to work at. Great benefits, fantastic working conditions, relatively easy in most departments.


    Communication between office employees and employees on the floor. It is a lean company but it typically does not affect the employee.

    Advice to Management

    Get communication kinks worked out.

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    Anonymous Employee in Keller, TX
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    I applied through a recruiter. I interviewed at Corning (Keller, TX).


    Took a tour and got the job, interview next day. All I had to do was pass drug test and background check. Casual dress interview and no questions. Wasn't offered what I was told.

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Corning Awards & Accolades

  • Fortune 500, Fortune, 2015
  • Top 100 Global Innovators, Thompson Reuters, 2013
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2012
  • Best Places to Work in Kentucky (Large)(#8), Best Companies Group, 2012
  • Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality, Human Rights Campaign, 2010
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