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Eastman Reviews

Updated August 17, 2017
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  • Work/life balance was a strength at the company but now that is a thing of the past (in 28 reviews)

  • Complex hierarchy, slow decision-making process (in 56 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Excellent Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Incredibly transparent, honest, and open culture. Surrounded by sharp, capable professionals. It's very hard to find a large employer in an incredible recreational area. The work is great, and the area provides a tremendous balance. I made a request for training and it was approved my second week here. That has never happened!

    Cons

    Difficult to recruit lateral talent because many professionals at other chemical companies don't see the value proposition of East TN. Once they do join, they stay, but sometimes they just can't see how great it is to live and work here. There is tremendous value in not living in a crowded, large city.

    Advice to Management

    Company is going through major, positive transformation. Tons of energy around the changes so let's keep it up.


  2. "Workplace"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Really awesome place to work. Good people.

    Cons

    The only downside i see for is it is that its located a good distance from my place. too bad

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

  3. "Eastman"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Current Employee - Senior Manager
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great support from a strong well established procurement team.

    Cons

    Limited upward career mobility, stagnant growth for seasoned employees.

    Advice to Management

    Seek and reward proven behaviors with advancement opportunities.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "LSE Laboratory Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - LSE Laboratory Analyst in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - LSE Laboratory Analyst in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman part-time

    Pros

    Get paid 12.1 hours each shift.
    Benefits are better than most.

    Cons

    Swing shifts.
    LSE's do not get holiday pay or vacation time.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Stay away, not worth your time!"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent, hard working employees that for the most part are fully committed to the company. Unfortunately management will not reciprocate, either in terms of raises orpromotions.

    Cons

    *Grossly mismanaged from the top down.
    *Not giving freedom to new recruits to develop their talents.
    *Management is enamored with processes over results.
    *Employees are expendable when the first economic downturn hits.
    *Old fashioned mentality in doing business, and squeezing employees, suppliers and customers, until they have nothing else to give.

    Advice to Management

    Stop micromanaging and trust your employees.
    Support your human resources, as they are the heart and soul of the company, but are treated like trash.


  6. Helpful (21)

    "Ruminations of a 30-year Eastman Veteran"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company has changed quite a bit from the Kodak days, and mostly for the good. Co-workers and managers are generally helpful and want you to succeed. In spite of some recent blunders I believe the CEO is intelligent and does want Eastman to prosper. Diversity of workforce is mostly a plus; lots of expats have successful careers here. Primary caregivers, however, are more challenged (see Cons). Eastman has historically had many very technically competent employees, but this is changing quickly (more about that in the Cons).

    Cons

    The 2016 downsizing and push for productivity has resulted in exceptionally overworked employees. Forget about taking all your vacation ( and you can't carry it over or get it paid out). Most of the comments in the reviews about the performance management system are true; it is only used against you to prevent a promotion or so your boss can give part of your bonus to one of his pets. The plus side is if you are one of your boss's pets then you don't need to worry about your rating. Experience and technical knowledge are not valued very much; long-time employees are treated like diseases when layoff time comes around. A staggering amount of experience walked (or was shown) out the door in 2016 simply because a young new hire looks cheaper on paper than an old timer. Women (and some men) with children won't fare as well in their careers due to a lack of work/life balance. Another Con is that managers change position every couple of years; I think this is a Con because your direct supervisor may never understand or appreciate what you do or your value. On the other hand this could be a Pro if you're incompetent or want to hide out till retirement.

    Advice to Management

    Stop kowtowing to investors and Wall Street; grow some ovaries and say to them "This is our strategy" and just do it. Investors will throw money at us if our strategy is sound. Appreciate the experience that has been developed right here in the company and remember that you get what you pay for. It takes experience to operate an aging chemical plant.


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Intern"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    It's a great environment to work in. Everyone is friendly and helpful as well as very professional. As an intern Eastman has helped me get to know the company.

    Cons

    Eastman is very large. I would say its possible to feel lost in the sea of employees. This can be avoided if you take the connection opportunities given to you.

    Advice to Management

    So far my internship is proving to be a very valuable experience. I would suggest for future interns to make sure they know about all of the networking opportunities available.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great for the area"

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    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Johnson City, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work experience and opportunities for future development, especially in IT. They invest a good amount into their interns, and you learn about the work criteria of the department.

    Cons

    Not many serious cons as an intern. If you live in JC, the commute is somewhat decent. They are doing less with carrying over vacation days to the next year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!


  9. "Good place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman part-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Employees are great to work with

    Cons

    If hired in part time, sometimes it will take a while before they move you to full time


  10. "Manager"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, vacation, and STD program

    Cons

    Need more interaction between upper management and first level managers.


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