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Corning Reviews

Updated May 23, 2018
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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  • Workload can be excessive compromising work/life balance at times (in 20 reviews)

  • Corning is a small town in the middle of nowhere, which highly impacts the overall lifestyle (in 40 reviews)

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  1. "A great place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corning full-time

    Pros

    Strong dedication to values and commitment to its employees.

    Cons

    HQ located in Corning NY - its a very small town. Not bad if you're into that kind of thing.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  2. "Good company, may be not for young professionals"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corning full-time

    Pros

    - Opportunities given to MBAs
    - Highly innovative company

    Cons

    - Culture is quite old, average age is over 40
    - Location in Corning, NY is challenging given it is a tiny city

  3. "Wonderful and creative place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Technician II
    Former Employee - Chemical Technician II
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corning full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Corning is a wonderfully creative place to work. They are constantly coming up with novel uses for already existing products as well and new products that will have a positive impact on your daily life outside of work.

    Cons

    Headquarters is in a smaller city and if you are constantly in need of new things to do outside of work, it may not be the town for you.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Very little upward mobility"

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    Former Employee - Federal Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Former Employee - Federal Account Manager in Washington, DC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corning full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Long history of innovation meant that you were most likely selling the best products.

    Cons

    New upper management for Optical Communications was hired into the company sometime between 2010 and 2012. Since that time, the modus operandi has been to hire upper roles from the outside rather than promote from within. I've watched some of the best minds in fiber optics get fired or forced out over the years only to have an outsider take his/her position. If you're looking to move up in the ranks, stay in NC or be willing to move back. Sales is a dead-end job there.


  5. "Good Experience"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Corning, NY

    I worked at Corning full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Strong team - all good to work with.

    Cons

    None, solid team, happy environment.

    Advice to Management

    None


  6. Helpful (2)

    "R&D Leader"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Corning (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    r&d environment with a bell labs flare
    good pay and benefits
    good people
    broad and deep exposure to sciences and engineering
    diverse markets

    Cons

    difficult to plug in as mid career hire
    Corning NY is stuck in the 50's


  7. "Former Employee In Business"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corning full-time

    Pros

    Most employees are very friendly.

    Cons

    Corning is a company that has a management philosophy from 1959 and is way behind technologically on the business side. The company treats there junior employees on the business side like factory workers. Each division within Corning is run like it's own little fiefdom. As a result, there is no consistency or accountability among managers. This has lead to many different ERP systems throughout the company, nearly all of which are outdated by almost two decades. The company and its managers show undue preference to employees who are from the Town of Corning. I was treated differently because I was not from Corning. Please see the following list of cons:

    -Poor Management
    -Outdated/Ineffective technology
    -Lack of willingness to change or seek process improvements
    -Junior employees in the business can expect low salaries and long hours.
    -Bad Location: If you are from any type of urban area, whether it is small/mid-sized/large city, you will find Corning to be one of the most boring and unappealing places to live and work.
    -I do not recommend working for Corning.

    Advice to Management

    Corning's management must to change their management philosophy to implement changes to culture, technology, and business processes/policies within the company. Moreover, if Corning wishes to attract talented young professionals, the company should place these employees in a location in a large urban area or within 30 minutes of a large urban area.

  8. "Great place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Corning full-time

    Pros

    Always willing to help you enriching your skill set and pursing growth within current department or different areas of the company.

    Cons

    No cons at this time. Still 2 years in.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing at this time


  9. "great company, cares about its employees"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    strong internal movement and development philosophy within the culture. Lots of opportunity to get involved in new projects inside and outside your regular scope of work

    Cons

    there is a lot of opportunity to get involved in adjacent projects and if you are someone who can't prioritize, it's hard to say no.


  10. "Intern Experience"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Corning (More than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone there is fantastic and warm - great experience in an awesome city. They spend a good amount of time training you and projects are done rather independantly.

    Cons

    There was an occasional lack of coordination between interns and their respective bosses. Often times single assignments would get caught up in corperate red tape and you couldn't really do your job.


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