Dow Corning Reviews | Glassdoor

Find your next job here

Dow Corning Reviews

Updated February 1, 2018
281 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

3.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Dow Corning President and CEO Robert D. (Bob) Hansen
Robert D. (Bob) Hansen
148 Ratings

281 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

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)

  • Top management has its face toward shareholders only, transitioning market that requires mindset change (in 6 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. "Senior Analytical Specialist"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    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. "Twenty Years of Innovation and Drive for Success"

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

  3. "Was a Great Company"

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


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

    StarStarStarStarStar
    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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "Once a Great Company"

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


  6. "Project Controls"

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


  7. "Great people, ok management"

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

  8. "Marketing Co-op"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great place to work. Loved the people and managers are very competent.

    Cons

    Losing market share causing mass layoffs and hiring freezes.


  9. "Company review"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good community support, small town, opportunities for career growth, great benefits including pension, 401k, medical, dental, vision, tuition reimbursement, training and certification programs, 9/80 schedules, blood bank, and cafeteria. One of the best-paying companies in the area.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic human resources structure that limits promotion and pay levels, constant fear of job elimination and/or outsourcing, frequent restructuring

    Advice to Management

    Be proactive about keeping your top performers engaged and pay fair for the value people bring to their position, department, and the company


  10. "Excellent company. But in flux from Dow integration"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Process Engineering in Midland, MI
    Current Employee - Process Engineering in Midland, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    High integrity organization with midwestern culture. Highly cooperative with a can do attitude. Very family friendly. Most of managers have an engineering background.

    Cons

    Integration with Dow chemical is introducing tremendous changes to workforce and workflows. Not all are good right now. But the future will tell. A slower integration schedule would allow us to take advantage of strengths from both organizations.

    Advice to Management

    Push to realize cost synergy from integration is taking its toll on workforce.


Showing 281 of 312 reviews
Reset Filters