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Updated February 17, 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)

  • Complex hierarchy, slow decision-making process (in 54 reviews)

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  1. Featured Review

    Helpful (4)

    "Loved it from day one"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Super people who are always willing to help, wide variety of positions available at headquarters site without having to relocate, wide variety of equipment and processes to keep technical professionals interested for a whole career, new engineers have interesting work and responsibilities right away, beautiful locations, great community relations.

    Cons

    Advancement is relatively slow. This isn't the job for you, if you want to rocket up the ladder.

    Advice to Management

    Show more appreciation for operators; they work long hours in all weather to keep those chemical products coming.


  2. "Operations"

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    Former Employee - Operations in Longview, TX
    Former Employee - Operations in Longview, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay for the area. But alot of hazardous materials.

    Cons

    Management is losing older employees and experience because they're putting to much into the new operaters. They could use both. Favoritism has always been part of the culture. Rotating shift work

    Advice to Management

    Stop treating people under you like they don't matter.

  3. Helpful (4)

    "Share the wealth/ cut management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    A lot of good employees, decent pay, benefits are good compared to some other companies and contractors in the area

    Cons

    Way too much management, the line after the general employee manager to CEO is nothing but management which will a lot of time be several people
    Operations and Maintenance way under staffed compared to prior years. Overtime is at a premium so work/family balance is very unbalanced especially for ones that don’t want to work a lot of overtime
    Advancement is slim unless you are part of the select but then beware management will say have we got an opportunity for you to help boost your stock, then sling someone else around you that has a better sponsor/buddy.
    Bonuses and pay increases are low for the hourly employees
    Benefits are way off from prior years, how can a company this size not have better healthcare cost for employees

    Advice to Management

    Invest/Treat employees better
    Drop the multiple bonuses that several get, make bonuses equal across the board
    Drop some of the multi levels of management
    Get better people in management roles starting at the Team Manager level, most of these are the sponsored yes men/women. There are people who are better choices if people would open their eyes. Get rid of the TMDS system. For a company that preaches teamwork the TMDS becomes the I I I I done this and forget those that you worked with.


  4. Helpful (5)

    "Only here for the decent pay."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good pay, good people (for the most part) and pretty good work/life balance. Dental and vision benifits are fairly good

    Cons

    Poor communication between operations, management and tech staff. Takes way too long for newer operators to get operatirs pay. No way to move within the company where a persons skill set or education can be used the best. Very political. Health insurance is a joke. The operations people get taken advantage of while the upper management get very good bonuses, very good! Very low morale

    Advice to Management

    Share the wealth with the people that really matter. If you dont have operators, you dont have a company. Make health insurance affordable


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Terrible HR policies leading to bad employee morale"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great, dedicated employees who tirelessly sacrifice.

    Cons

    While other companies are giving out extra bonuses and raises in order to keep employees and reward them for their service in today's business-friendly tax environment, Eastman does all it can to short-charge employees of bonuses and raises. Eastman's healthcare plan is pathetic - we used to be able to save some money, but now it all goes for healthcare. Management at higher levels has lied to employees, and makes lip service to safety but we all know that production will win-out as the almighty dollar (for management, in terms of their UPP bonuses) trumps all. Most management decisions are based on the UPP - whatever puts more money into senior management's pockets. UPP is the bonus structure of senior management, while VPP is the bonus structure for working people...why the two bonuses? Should be fairly obvious.

    Advice to Management

    Consider the value of your employees and reward them appropriately. Recognize the two-tiered bonus structure as destructive to working people's morale.


  6. "Great Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits and great pay

    Cons

    No cons to list.


  7. Helpful (6)

    "Stuck in 1976..."

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    Former Employee - Operator in Longview, TX
    Former Employee - Operator in Longview, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fantastic co-workers, great schedule

    Cons

    •Pay is below average for the work
    •Benefits are dwindling down to nothing
    •Morale is at all-time low
    •Diversity is feared by operations personnel because it increases the likelihood of HR issues. Investigations are frequent and a show of force by the legal team, which contributes to a collective disdain for diversity on shift; it's considered too much of a headache.

    Advice to Management

    Re-think your Human Resources strategy, it isn't working. If every legitimate complaint results in an audit for the entire department, your supervisors will continue to brush complaints under the rug and all employees will prefer the lessened liability of a non-diverse workforce.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Long term employee"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good company in a great place to live.

    Cons

    Policies not always encouraging to employee retention.


  9. "Good work environment, fast paced"

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    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment
    Good compensation
    Good benefits
    Good mobility

    Cons

    High urgency in work place
    Susceptible to market changes


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Company can be better and was at one time"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Business Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Competitive salary and company benefits.

    Cons

    Atmosphere has become toxic and a lot of cut throat employees

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention who you promote to middle management and the new hires.


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