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Eastman Reviews

Updated December 11, 2018
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Pros
  • "Good work/life balance for the most part" (in 153 reviews)

  • "Salary was pretty decent, especially considering cost of living in area" (in 43 reviews)

Cons
  • "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 (6)

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

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    • 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. "Field Mechanic, welder"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Great place to work, beneifits

    Cons

    None, truly a great place

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Good Company for Local Professionals"

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

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

    Pros

    Good salary for the area. Competitive benefits. Friendly workforce.

    Cons

    Expectations of world class performance at average pay while catering to stockholders.

    Advice to Management

    To retain world class talent, you need to pay and have benefits like a world class company. Too many professionals are NOT tied to the area and can relocate for much more.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "A great place to work!"

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

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

    Pros

    Employee focused, good benefits, gym and group fitness on premises that spouses can also use, 401K company match, Fidelity advisors will come to plant to meet with employees, flex schedules, personal day in addition to vacation, and opportunity for additional paid time off for contributing to United Way, paid time off for doctor appointments and volunteering, and more. By far the best employer in the area. Good pay in comparison to other companies.

    Cons

    It seems like they keep taking things away to cut costs such as printers, vacation carryover, but continue to waste in other areas. This has a huge impact on morale, especially when the top executives don't appear to be sacrificing.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to do a better job with communicating company policy to employees. Could do a better job of identifying non-exempt top performers and developing them for hetter positions. Need to be consistent and fair when applying HR policies.


  5. "Good Complany"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    The benifits were great, the people and talent you work with are amazing

    Cons

    you just feel like a number. it is all about the money in the sharholders pocket, meaning no matter how many records you break it is not good enough

    Advice to Management

    Remember without the employees you dont have a company.


  6. Helpful (37)

    "A Harry Potter Fan Critiques Eastman's Commercial Segments"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    If you've ever read the Harry Potter series, then you probably remember the four houses of Hogwarts. In the book, first-year students go through a sorting process when they arrive at the school of witchcraft and wizardry, where they each put on a wizard's hat (known as the Sorting Hat) that assigns them to one of the four academic residences based primarily on their personality and ambition.

    Similar to Hogwarts, Eastman is divided into four business segments, and as it turns out, their qualities bare striking resemblance to the four houses of Hogwarts. If you're considering joining Eastman in a commercial role, you might find it helpful to know this before you get "sorted."

    Fibers is the Hufflepuff House of Eastman. They're loyal, hardworking people, and they'll take anyone. Fibers used to be Eastman's largest business segment by selling cigarette filters, but once the world stopped smoking as much, the business went in decline. That's not to say they haven't worked hard to right the ship: Management was shaken-up, the business was relocated to Switzerland for tax savings, and they're developing some cool new products. But to the rest of Eastman, they're still the Hufflepuffs - good people at heart, but not belonging in any of the other three segments.

    Advanced Materials, or AM, is like the Ravenclaw House of Eastman. People in AM tend to be witty, original, and outperformers, though at times a tad eccentric. Everyone is expected to beat their earnings targets 100% of the time. Every time they outperform, the bar gets raised and they are expected to outperform by a larger margin the next time. Then there's the identity issue. Internally, at least, there is never any mention of "Advanced Materials," as the term is only used externally. There are actually three businesses within AM, each headquartered in a different city and each under a different management umbrella. On the positive side, the products are really cool.

    Chemical Intermediates (CI) is like the Gryffindor House at Eastman. The people in CI are generally good people, and they always seem to have the company's best interest at heart, even though their performance is generally not up to par with the others. Under a strategy of "just keep doing what we've been doing the last 100 years," CI's margins are approaching zero due to commoditization of virtually all of its products, and there is talk of divesting some product lines. CI is a good place to be if you're wanting to ride it out for a few years and then retire, but if you prefer challenge, you'll be happier in AFP or AM.

    Additives & Functional Products, or AFP pairs nicely with Slytherin House. AFP has arguably as good of a talent pool and product portfolio as the others, yet the culture is back-stabbingly cut-throat. As quoted in Harry Potter, "those cunning folk use any means to achieve their ends." It's not uncommon to be yelled at during meetings, asked to sacrifice long-term value to meet short-term targets, and/or leave work crying every day. It is really that bad. But on the positive side, with every challenge comes opportunity. Perhaps you can be the change agent this business desperately needs...

    Cons

    More broomsticks are needed to travel between Buildings 1 and 280. Consider replacing Skype with the Floo Powder Network.

    Advice to Management

    Be more like a McGonagal or Flitwick and less like a Lockhart or Snape.


  7. "Good company to work for"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Family atmosphere and caring management

    Cons

    Nothing I can think of

  8. "Import"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Import in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Import in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Opportunities to move within the company

    Cons

    inferior customer service, doesn't value relationship with vendors


  9. "Good pay so so insurance"

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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Maintenance Mechanic in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I enjoy working here and the pay outweighs most of the negatives

    Cons

    High deductible insurance, seems the company keeps taking away things

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate your employees


  10. "Engineering Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    People seemed to enjoy their work

    Cons

    management is focused on short term goals