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Dow Chemical Reviews

Updated June 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Good recognition culture and focus on work life balance (in 123 reviews)

  • A people focused company with good benefits (in 62 reviews)

Cons
  • 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 29 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "BSCP"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Supply Chain Planner in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Business Supply Chain Planner in Houston, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Dow Chemical (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great Benefits. They have good Health Care, 401K, ESOP, and plenty of vacation. Work environment is usually pleasant. Fellow workers/team members are very helpful.

    Cons

    No training. Very poor leadership. They expect you to work 10 hrs. a day minimum. There are no backups to take the vacation they give you. Very little chance for anything other than a lateral move. They assign you Six Sigma projects on top of the incredible work load. Forced ranking sets up competition with people who are on your team.

    Advice to Management

    Hire enough people to actually run the company, and hire competent managers.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "packer/stacker for Kelly Services"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Packer/Stacker in Wilmington, IL
    Current Employee - Packer/Stacker in Wilmington, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Safety is a priority. Most people are friendly. Work is easy enough, slightly repetitive. Mostly full time. Pay ok for area. Some possible advancement opportunities. Recently got a small PTO and get a yearly bonus if you work 1500 plus hours at 1% or 2% of your yearly wage.

    Cons

    Dow does not employ it's production or logistics workers. Work is through a temp service. No medical benefits. They have regular shutdown days at least once a month which you may have no hours for the day. They also either "ramp down" during the winter in which some people "go to the bench" (they may work to cover days off or call ins otherwise sit and wait for ramp up), or we have a lot of lost days during the slow times for all production workers because they do not have work for us. We are currently working 1 to 4 days a week now going on 5 weeks.

    Advice to Management

    It could be cost effective to hire your permanent production and logistics workers. You could then hire seasonal help during ramp up through the temp service. It is proven that people who are appreciated and really are a "part of the team" take pride and do a better job. Your quality and quantity would go up. You would have people wanting to work for your company rather than just going to the place to collect a paycheck. You would have control over who works there.

  3. "Student Technologist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Senior Management
    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


  4. "Dow is a great Company with lot of opportunities within a function and outside the function as well"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IT Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Current Employee - IT Director in Philadelphia, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Challenging projects and enough opportunities to showcase your abilities. Great benefits and opportunities to contribute to community. Very clear strategic direction and most of the jobs are directly aligned to strategy

    Cons

    If you are not in corporate headquarters, the upward mobility is limited. Need to reduce the centralized control a bit.

    Advice to Management

    Develop senior leaders in key satellite locations as well


  5. Helpful (1)

    "a great company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Researcher in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Researcher in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    diversity of smart people, good managers

    Cons

    hard to progress in career development

    Advice to Management

    promote people with real contributions


  6. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Supply Chain Planner in Houston, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Overall very happy with Dow

    Cons

    Like and large company, change is slow


  7. "Intern/Co-op"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern/Co-op in Freeport, TX
    Current Employee - Intern/Co-op in Freeport, TX

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Friendly environment and competitive pay.

    Cons

    Wish I'd had more to do.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe give students a little more responsibility.

  8. Helpful (5)

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

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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.


  9. "Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newark, DE
    Former Employee - Engineer in Newark, DE
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dow Chemical full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    NIce fun place to work at Dow

    Cons

    Work life balanceis hard. Many hours

    Advice to Management

    Pay more


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Dow Chemical"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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


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