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Corning Reviews

Updated March 4, 2017
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Corning Chairman and CEO Wendell P. Weeks
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  • Can be difficult for families or single parents to find a work life balance at first (in 18 reviews)

  • Corning is a very small town with one street downtown that runs 4-5 blocks (in 34 reviews)

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  1. "Assistant plant controller"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Assistant Plant Controller in Manassas, VA
    Former Employee - Assistant Plant Controller in Manassas, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company with good values and ideals on paper. Corporate office atmosphere is ideal atmosphere by comparison to Manassas facility

    Cons

    Employee morale is very low, local management does not respect the working staff. Always put on a good show for visiting corporate personnel

    Advice to Management

    Need to realize even non management employees matter and are really the heart of the business


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Contractors treated horribly"

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    Former Employee - Not Specified in Elmira, NY
    Former Employee - Not Specified in Elmira, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corning (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Free coffee is provided for all employees. The work is fun and plentiful.

    Cons

    As a Contract Employee at Corning, you are used, abused, chewed up, spit out and kicked to the curb with no explanation or thank you for working hard and adding value. You have absolutely no job security.

    Advice to Management

    Thank people for their work before terminating them! View contractors as human beings who deserve respect. If you're terminating them for a performance issue, TELL THEM. If you're terminating them because they're costing you too much (i.e. salary too high), TELL THEM and give them an opportunity to accept a lower wage. Stop being so heartless, gutless, and cowardly!


  3. "Corning"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hickory, NC
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Hickory, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corning (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    They have decent benefits; some of the people in authority are tolerable; and if you are desperate for work, it's a pay check.

    Cons

    Leadership is out of touch with the employees who are key to the relationships between Corning and the customers. Customer Service is the most over-worked, under-paid positions in this company; and all the while leadership continues to say in a yearly message "you (customer service reps) are the face/voice of Corning, and we know the importance of that". This is a lot of hot air and smoke blowing that no one believes, yet they continue to fail to realize the importance of this group. Instead of wasting everyone's time, and the company's money, on the iKaizen program for the corporate location, they should invest in the people.

    Advice to Management

    Attention leadership at Corning: try spending time sitting with a customer service rep to get a feel for what they encounter every day. When I say spend some time, I mean, no kidding, sit with a CSR all day every day, for an entire week. Walk around the building to talk to the employees. Actually talk to the employees and ask how things are going. Most of the employees in Customer Care never see anyone from the fifth floor, nor do they know what they look like. Start caring and letting it show; do not just pretend to care.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Corning has been going down hill"

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    Former Employee - Corporate Server Team/Applications Support Team in Waynesville, NC
    Former Employee - Corporate Server Team/Applications Support Team in Waynesville, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corning full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Years ago, Corning was a very good place to work. Over the years they have done nothing but go down hill.

    Cons

    They have no trust in the people they hire on with the company. They seem to always hire contractors. Corning has turned into a company that will pay a Million Dollars to make a Dollar, but they will not pay a Dollar to make a Million Dollars.

    Advice to Management

    I worked in the IT area in a lot of different positions. Corning need to dump the upper management IT Team and start over. The upper IT management team does nothing more than use their "P" cards to bad talk the company at the local Pub and charge it back to the company. I had heard they went thru another RIF in the past few months. Have trust an faith in the people that do the real work for the company.


  5. "Horrible place"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can gain a bunch of experience, there alot of different position because they keep acquiring more companies because the say the want to be a billion dollar company

    Cons

    Pay is 25% of the median pay for any position except for higher ups. Two different group hourly have to punch in and out, then salary that can do whatever they want and work 5 hr get paid for 8

    Advice to Management

    Pay people better


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Process Engineer in Corning, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Corning (More than a year)

    Pros

    Pays well but not worth to bear that

    Cons

    Need talented bosses to understand the situation of Sub-ordinates to make them perform at their best effeciency

    Advice to Management

    Change complete management


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Mid-Career Hires Beware!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Painted Post, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Painted Post, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Corning full-time

    Pros

    The location in upstate NY is beautiful, the company pays well, the work can be a lot of fun, and they generally do support innovative research.

    Cons

    By their own admission, they do a poor job of assimilating mid-career hires. If you don't manage to figure out the culture (the REAL culture, not the slick, focus group approved verbiage in their glossy handouts) , you won't survive, and there isn't much else to do in this area if you've relocated. This is complicated by the inconsistency of the culture throughout the different divisions. Some divisions have more problems in this regard than others, and you might thrive in another division. Surviving in the culture depends on your ability to proactively insert yourself into the many informal groups which exist in your particular area. If you're a type A personality, this will be easy. If not, you will be in for a bumpy ride.

    Advice to Management

    Management doesn't take advice at Corning. They know about the problem, but do nothing to address it, which means they don't see it as a problem! IF they were interested, I would say that emerging issues be addressed more quickly, and not be allowed to get to the terminal stage. This is just as much a management failure as it is an employee failure: after all, managers are supposed to manage people. If the manager doesn't see the problem, or doesn't address it until it's too late, why are they entrusted with management?


  8. Helpful (2)

    "Politics, politics and politics"

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    Former Employee - Researcher in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Researcher in Corning, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Diversified experience in engineering by doing multiple projects

    Cons

    Too many managers and not many people who actually do the work
    Organization is filled with unnecessary managers

    Advice to Management

    Focus on providing opportunity to employees and help them to archive their goal


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Expect perfect storm - RIFs and layoffs every 2-3 years now. Very unstable."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Painted Post, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Low crime, very small town in the middle of nowhere unfortunately controlled by single large employer which can actually be a disastrous. 80% of the positions posted publicly are already filled up by internal candidates. Public postings are just the mock up to fulfill the requirements.

    Cons

    Everything is upside down, very "clicky", promotion based on how much you "like" your bosses and based on race and gender. American company with old style management. If you are non-american they tag you on your badge by the BLUE GLOBE which means you have no access to any databases, no access to research resources and they treat you unequally and with disrespect. You are not by definition part of the pack. You will have to proof yourself for 5-10 years before you get promotions even if you outperform every single year. Middle management absolutely useless, not helpful, very bureaucratic, creating just obstacles. Innovation is stacked for years, people don't trust each others, don't share any ideas b/c on the invention discloser (ID) committee are sitting US citizen only fellows having absolute power and control. They distribute submitted ideas to their own supporters, palls and friends and resubmitted with their names. Many sr. scientists and associates and fellows haven't been in labs for years or never been in labs at all and yet having hundreds of patents, IDs and publications. Stealing was elevated into a first principle. People don't collaborate, they just compete between each other. Due to small town attitude, there is a lot of gossiping, politics and backstabbing. Not motivating at all. 95% folks go to work for just the paychecks.

    Advice to Management

    Get the fellows out of the ID review committee and fire them. Promote collaboration, not internal competition. Treat people realy equally not just by empty phrases with smell of propaganda into which nobody believes anyway.
    Diversity does not mean women and African-American. Take the glass research department from the pedestal, these are the biggest creator of inequality in the company. Make both managers of that department accountable for creation of such hostile and unfriendly environment.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Preach about looking out for employees till employees make request."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Blank Making in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Blank Making in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good Pay
    Many Paid Hours

    Cons

    Erratic Schedule
    Looks for Reasons to Fire

    Advice to Management

    Talk to employees one on one. Company has security cameras (use them) rather than take one word from an employee for reasons for firing


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