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Dow Chemical Midland Reviews

Updated May 22, 2017
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  • poor work life balance with a lot of the young engineers (in 36 reviews)

  • Very strict work processes can be limiting as far as your ability to contribute to activities and projects (in 27 reviews)

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  1. "Leader, Technical Service & Development"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - TS&D Leader in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - TS&D Leader in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Dow has a culture of data-driven decision making that is evident at every level of management. The quality of science and engineering work is high and it has helped me grow as a critical thinker.

    Cons

    My experience within Dow R&D is that Dow strongly favors organic growth and the tight control of intellectual property. This can sometimes discourage joint development projects with other institutions and can lead to "re-inventing the wheel".

    Advice to Management

    Consider the purchase of a start-up rather than learning a new industry from scratch. Along with the requisite skillsets, start-ups often come with years of industry best practices that are expensive to rediscover independently.


  2. "Material Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Dow Chemical (More than a year)

    Pros

    There are some really great people that work at this company.

    Cons

    There is a lot of uncertainty and insecurity as Dow heads into the merger. The next year will prove challenging.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Non-stop work with multiple demands."

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    Current Intern - College Co-Op in Midland, MI
    Current Intern - College Co-Op in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Chemical as an intern (More than a year)

    Pros

    Constant workload, always opportunities for additional projects/duties. Most employees are generally passionate about their work, which makes it easier for you to follow their enthusiasm.

    Cons

    College coop wage is NOT competitive with rates of other companies. Value of work is determined by individual HR Representative instead of a company baseline. For example, an "Admin-Level Coop" may be running multiple reports, and not be eligible to become a "Tech-Level Coop" because of HR Rep's opinion. Works the other way as well.

    Advice to Management

    (Administrative) employees seem to have "filler" jobs. Wasted time and money put towards people who shop online or fool around during working hours instead of actually creating any sort of productivity.


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  5. "Student Technologist"

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    Former Employee - Student Technician in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Student Technician in Midland, MI

    I worked at Dow Chemical part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great work culture. Great experience for co-ops.

    Cons

    Being a student I didn't have any issues.

    Advice to Management

    none


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Great place to learn. But..."our way is always the right way, and besides, that's how we've always done it.""

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    Current Employee - Director in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Director in Midland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place too learn. Very collegial most of the time. Many opportunities to fix big (albeit unnecessary) missteps--basically a version of the "fail fast fail often" mantra, but completely unintentional. Pretty good comp.

    Very complex business. Don't underestimate the educational value of joining an old line industrial company. Operations, Engineering, Finance, Legal, Environmental and more are all both broad and complex--far more so than most "new" business. Just don't expect great marketing experience: the company mostly sells commodity plastics and chemicals, which is why all the other aspects of the business tend to be used as sources of competitive advantage.

    Cons

    Despite being amicable, the culture is very rigid and not dynamic at all, especially when it comes to problem solving and strategic positioning. That can be very frustrating since the breadth and depth of the work is so extensive. There are so many missed and mismanaged opportunities!

    Majority of executive management is grossly incompetent and owes their position to unquestioning, mindless loyalty to the CEO/Chairman of the Board. CEO is a self absorbed, dishonest megalomaniac who generally ignores his competent leaders out of pride and overconfidence.

    Read about his $720k expense account abuse--it's public. Ironically it became public the same week he rolled out a new employee ethics and integrity standard where he lectured the company about, among other things, how use of expense accounts to even the smallest degree is grounds for termination. Also of note, three corporate auditors in a row were fired or quietly force out of the company remarkably soon after each confronted him about his expense account abuse.

    Advice to Management

    CEO should not be chair of the Board. Board should be purged of the CEOs favor-traders (Thank you Dan Loeb/Third Point for getting the ball rolling). Board should then clean house. There are many very competent senior leaders leaders outside the executive suite.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Dow Chemical"

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    Former Employee - Global Strategic Marketing Manager in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Global Strategic Marketing Manager in Midland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    High Caliber people who work hard

    Cons

    Executive leadership is corrupt - lack of Board oversight

    Advice to Management

    Work for the company instead of yourselves


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Dow Chemcial"

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    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Finance Analyst in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits
    Good people

    Cons

    Lots of bureaucracy
    Hard to make changes
    Always stuck on the "Dow Way"


  9. "Solar Assembler"

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    Former Employee - Solar Assembler in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Solar Assembler in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Full time work, excellent benefits, safety focused company

    Cons

    The local Union is terrible at communicating with employees.

    Advice to Management

    Dump the USW


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great company!"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - College Co-Op in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - College Co-Op in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Chemical part-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Dow management is continually looking to benefit your situation because they know that is how employees will remain motivated to do good work.

    Cons

    Downsizing and layoffs can happen more often than you would see at a smaller company


  11. "Limited Opportunities in BPSC"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Credit Coordinator in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Credit Coordinator in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work life balance. Nice people.

    Cons

    Not very many opportunities to advance; only lateral movement with no pay increase.

    Advice to Management

    Value employees that contribute to the company.


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