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Eastman Reviews

Updated August 11, 2018
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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)

  • "This makes it difficult for decision-making and communication" (in 55 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Not your dad's Eastman... Thankfully!"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Managing Director in Miami, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Have been at Eastman for a long time and can say that if you are adaptable, enjoy challenges and are willing to shape your own role, this is the place to be. The Eastman I work for today has evolved over the years to keep up with a changing environment and demographics, and I like what I see and am proud of contributing to this constant change.

    Cons

    I do not have any to share.

    Advice to Management

    Maintain the excitement!


  2. "Mechanical Engineer Co-op"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Everything about working at Eastman is great. Everyone you meet is always willing to help. I really enjoyed my first co-op term here and can’t wait for my second and third.

    Cons

    I don’t really have any.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "Good company to work for"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Good pay and benefits. A lot of opportunities for career development.

    Cons

    Slow pace due to nature of chemical industry.

    Advice to Management

    None


  4. "Process Improvement Engineer"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Process Improvement Engineer in Longview, TX
    Former Employee - Process Improvement Engineer in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Eastman hires only the best and expects a lot of you. Everyone I worked with, especially management, was outstanding. I felt challenged, valued, and well compensated for my time. If you get the chance to work for Eastman, jump on it!

    Cons

    Most of the PI offices are not located within the plant (to increase safety), making communication with operations more difficult and slows down progress on projects.


  5. "Good Job"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay. People. I luke my job.

    Cons

    None. I've enjoyed working here.


  6. "Electrical Engineer"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    My coworkers are top-notch. Can't beat 'em. My group and supervisor are outstanding to work with.

    Cons

    Paid vacation time policy could be improved upon.


  7. "Steady"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Operations in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Operations in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Steady employment for a long term career. Rare these days!

    Cons

    If you are in a position working swingshift it is difficult, but otherwise a great place to work. Most jobs are day jobs.

    Advice to Management

    Keep making your people important and don’t become like other companies who are just worried about the bottom line. This is what keeps eastman a great place to work!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Proud to be part of a winning team"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Strategy Analyst
    Current Employee - Strategy Analyst
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Proactively reinventing itself, even though it is currently doing well. Leadership recognizes the danger of being stagnant and is constantly seeking ways to improve.

    Doing well financially.

    Solid benefits package. Compared to other fortune 500's I've worked for, Eastman makes a point of offering benefits that employees value, but don't offer immediate benefits to the company. (ie financial incentives to lose weight and have your annual checkup).

    No state income tax if you're at the headquarters in TN.

    I'm proud of the products we make. I love telling people about all the Eastman products in things they use every day. Most people have no idea how often they use Eastman products.

    Feels like a truly American company. Most of what Eastman manufactures is done in the United States. Ask an employee for a quick history sometime, its pretty interesting.

    Kingsport TN (headquarters) is a wonderful place to raise a family. Mid size town, excellent schools, nice quiet neighborhoods, very manageable cost of living.

    Slow, but sure opportunities to move up if you work hard. They really like to recruit from within.

    Cons

    Big company, so change can come slowly.

    The organization tries to encourage work life balance, but it is frequently challenging to manage.

    Some of my peers don't like how little there is to do in the area (comparing it to a 500k - 1m person large city)

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the deliberateness of driving strategy. I know that's your job, but I've never worked somewhere as deliberate as it is here.

    Let us hear from you more often, we know you're busy, but it means a lot to hear what you're working on, how we're doing etc. I've only see two or three communications from the executive team to the company as a whole that weren't new hire/retirement announcements.


  9. "A Company that Cares"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - IP Assistant in Longview, TX
    Current Employee - IP Assistant in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Eastman is like its own family. The people truly care for their employees and everyone here is always helpful to help others succeed in their career. Eastman also offers amazing benefits to include medical, dental, vision, vacation and 401k. I also love that we have an onsite gym that offers classes also that I can step away from my desk for 15 minutes to take a stretch class that helps refresh my mind and body to continue to be very productive. Eastman is people committed.

    Cons

    all of my experience has been positive working here at Eastman

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be people motivated


  10. "This is a great place to work, with great people."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations Helper in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Operations Helper in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great starting pay for a job that requires little to no previous experience.
    On the job training is very thorough, and safety is taken very seriously.

    Cons

    12 hour swing shift might be a con for some people.


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