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Corning Reviews

Updated September 19, 2017
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  • Work/life balance really depends on what you do (in 18 reviews)

  • Corning is a very small town with one street downtown that runs 4-5 blocks (in 36 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Do Better"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Oneonta, NY
    Current Employee - Controls Engineer in Oneonta, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Clean facility with some great talent. The tooling guys are wonderful. Great place to begin one's engineering career. It's really only a stepping stone so don't get stuck.

    Cons

    Hourly employees are under union contracts so they are very difficult to work with at times. High turnover of senior management personnel so one had to start all over to prove themselves each time this happened. Long work hours and if you like to feel all caught up, forget it at this place... you'll never be out of work. Management tends to want to groom engineers to be managers rather than develop them along the path of their choosing.

    Advice to Management

    Life isn't all about work.


  2. Helpful (6)

    "It certainly can be better"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Research Scientist in Corning, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People
    Cost of living
    Small town feel

    Cons

    Corning knows it's the best option for many people in the area
    Trend of hiring employees a band lower than their resume should warrant
    It is a small town
    Characterization scientists are basically technicians forced to answer "multi-million dollar" questions for customers that at times don't know what questions to ask.

    Advice to Management

    Instead of sticking to basics, invest in technology upgrading for characterization. Instead of hiring "subject matter experts" to work on outdated (and in my case, broken) technology,

  3. "Chemist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Corning full-time

    Pros

    Everything is great. Great place to learn a lot and push yourself to the limit!

    Cons

    Can't think of any bad things about working here


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Happy Mid-career New Hire"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor, Business Function in Corning, NY
    Current Employee - Individual Contributor, Business Function in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I feel very valued in my job. I see a career beyond the one I was hired for. Benefits of a large company is seeing many jobs for a career. The work is challenging and rewarding. As a company they offer pension and 401k, pride themselves in being a "hire to retire" employer. Many come back after retirement as contractor. Corning invests in its future in R&D more than other companies I've worked for which gives me comfort in knowing they can manage the peeks and valleys that may come over time. They are a very polite company-culture. I've worked in enough other large companies to appreciate Corning. They are one of the few remaining family feel companies who have and take seriously their company values.

    Cons

    IT process is a bit behind the times but they are starting transformation now to get up to date in cloud and digital.


  5. "Decent company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Corning full-time

    Pros

    Easy company to maintain a work life balance if you know how the company culture works. Benefits are good and pay is decent.

    Cons

    Culture is negative towards new comers. Company does not respect outside experience and accomplishments.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees you are hiring and integrate them better. Hold employees accountable. A lot of dead weight that is kept because of who they know, replace them with people who will perform.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Overall a Positive Experience"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Culture that fosters a family type relationship with employees
    - Great management in my department. Very supportive and helped whenever asked.
    - In my division, there was ample opportunity to travel and work on various projects. I would never get bored
    - The opportunity to work in many different business units within my role
    - I may be a unique case, but I had a lot of ownership for an entry level engineer. I enjoyed this because I could see how great of an impact my contributions were
    - Co-workers are looking to set you up for success and not failure

    Cons

    - Pay is average
    - Career advancement is slower for younger employees
    - Corning, NY is a remote town in a rural area. This will be very tough for people who came from a large metropolitan area.

    Advice to Management

    Many tech companies out there streamline processes to advance their employees (especially young ones). Corning must do whatever they can to retain young talent.

    Also, improve standardization across the organization so that there is better cohesion among the business units.


  7. "3 stars"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Corning full-time

    Pros

    Detailed knowledge of materials science and commitment to long-term innovation

    Cons

    slow career progression, even for those they've identified as top performers

  8. "HPC System Adminstrator"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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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

    Decent pay, Nice work culture, Good benifits

    Cons

    Hard to advance quickly, some poor managers.


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Can't wait to quit"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy some of my coworkers and the work itself.

    Cons

    Too much work and as soon as you start to adapt, they give you more; unqualified people promoted to managerial roles; management rules with an iron fist as they don't appear to trust their employees; ideas to improve efficiency are squashed--the old status quo is best; overall hypocrisy of the corporate "values" vs. management reality.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees; thin out some of the corporate BS/red tape--too many managers of managers of managers and meetings full of meaningless corporate jargon. The managers seem more interested in having lists of bullet points that they can check off and throwing around buzzwords than paying attention to what's actually going on with their dept. and what would really make a difference with the worker bees.


  10. "Senior engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Corning, NY
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Corning, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Outstanding location with low cost of living and natural beauty. Corporate efforts to make work-life balance healthy. Competitive salaries.

    Cons

    Some areas require heavy overtime (but not all).

    Advice to Management

    Continue to improve work life balance


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