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Dow Corning Reviews

Updated April 24, 2018
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Dow Corning President and CEO Robert D. (Bob) Hansen
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Pros
  • "Great work life balance, 9-80 schedule, growth opportunites" (in 56 reviews)

  • "They put safety first and have good benefits" (in 29 reviews)

Cons
  • "It is easier to get career advancement outside of the company than inside" (in 6 reviews)

  • "Executive Management has turned into a bunch of used car salesmen (sorry used car salesmen)" (in 5 reviews)

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  1. "Senior Analytical Specialist"

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    Former Employee - Senior Analytical Chemist in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Senior Analytical Chemist in Indianapolis, IN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great people, great atmosphere, facilitative/supportive leaders that help develop your carreer ( not sure now that DOW )

    Cons

    Bureaucratic and slow moving sometimes. Some leaders are not educated in the field they are leadinf

    Advice to Management

    Love and respect your employees - pay them well.


  2. "Network Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Corning full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great management

    Cons

    nothing I can think of.

  3. "Excellent company of the past"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Corning full-time

    Pros

    Teamwork, Loyalty, Small company feel

    Cons

    Dow Chemical, Constant fear of downsizing


  4. "Good while it lasted"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Dow Corning full-time

    Pros

    Company culture was great, lots of room to advance

    Cons

    Culture changed as soon as the buyout happened.


  5. "Twenty Years of Innovation and Drive for Success"

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    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineering Technician in Auburn, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Applications Engineering Technician in Auburn, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Love the Teamwork and Family feel that everyone had to get produce results and reach customer's goals. Ability to recognize people's strengths and place them in positions to succeed.

    Cons

    The merging of companies has taken some motivation out of workers that have always put their All towards goals and customers and are let down by the company trying to worry about bottom line numbers instead of its people that grew the company in the first place. Bottle neck in getting customers their products has occurred since cuts were made so deep. Now trying to back fill positions with people that lack experience.

    Advice to Management

    Motivate your workers by setting examples starting with yourself. People love to follow those willing to get dirty in the trenches and understand their employees and needs they may have to also succeed.


  6. "Was a Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Professional in Carrollton, KY
    Former Employee - Professional in Carrollton, KY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is decent at a chemical company.

    Cons

    Was a great company until acquired by Dow. New management is unwilling to listen to the folks that made Dow Corning a great company. No communication between groups. Little communication from top down. No consistency from site to site on how to do things, and no Shared Learnings. Poor safety culture. Safety management does not listen to employees.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the people that made Dow Corning great. Safety needs to listen to the folks on the ground and implement practical solutions not force fit their own agenda. Management needs to recognize the value of the Dow Corning folks.


  7. "Dow Corning was a good company..."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People are fantastic to work with.

    Cons

    Company has changed post-acquisition and lost who it is as an organization.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Once a Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Associate Research Scientist in Midland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Dow Corning had/has great employees and was, at one time, a superb work environment. I would rate it now as medium-good. Still the leader in the silicone industry despite all the recent changes.

    Cons

    Rudderless executive management.
    Endless layoffs have caused talent drain and has damaged morale.
    Most of its good employees now work for competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Don't breakup all of the original company.
    Allow senior employees to finish their careers in Midland.
    Try to find synergies with Dow and Dupont technologies


  9. "Project Controls"

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Midland, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    advancement, multiple opportunity, flexible for family

    Cons

    poor management, poor people skills

    Advice to Management

    some people should not take on a managerial role when they are not suitable to manage people.


  10. "Great people, ok management"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are fantastic. Good resources to do science, awesome small town community.

    Cons

    Poor technical leadership. Career advancement requires significant effort by the employee due to manager turn over rate (every year or two).

    Advice to Management

    Better vision of technical programs including good technical marketing is needed. Also, with the management situation, technical people should be automatically paired with a technical mentor to help them grow and network. Managers do none of this.


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