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Updated January 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)

  • Complex hierarchy, slow decision-making process (in 55 reviews)

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  1. "Eastman Chemical"

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Hendersonville, TN
    Former Employee - Teacher, Elementary School in Hendersonville, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman (Less than a year)

    Pros

    good staff
    good pay great Healthcare insurance

    Cons

    takes a toll on your body

    Advice to Management

    be nicer


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Ten years later and it's hard to recognize beyond on the name."

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

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

    Pros

    Good people who are all trying to make the company successful.

    Cons

    Slow to no advancement.
    Managers play favorites, especially if another family member is also an employee. They stress safety, but oft times getting the project complete means safety takes a backseat.
    Long term employees are now looked upon as a burden instead of an asset. Keeping hearing that after 7 years you have little to know value to the company.

    Advice to Management

    Stakeholders are important. Employees are the ones getting the product made, shipped and they're just as important if not more important.

  3. "Used to be better."

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

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

    Pros

    Steady employment, great schedule.

    Cons

    Pay and benefits mediocre.

    Advice to Management

    Quit wasting money on consultants to tell new management how to do there job! Advance people that know the job from experience. Work on attitude and mora, disgruntled employees cost more in the long run.


  4. "Chemical Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Chestertown, MD
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Chestertown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    The pay was very good for the work.

    Cons

    Working conditions very poor. Management doesn’t know how to deal with workers. Has their picks and doesn’t want to listen to anyone that doesn’t agree with they way of thinking.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get Managers that know what they are doing and are willing to listen to the one doing the work.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Wrong leaders in positions and bad decisions on way!"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Current Employee - Anonymous
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and has provided my family a decent living.

    Cons

    Changing but decision makers don't know what they are doing. No experience in leader roles. Morale so low in most organizations. Scary times ahead!

    Advice to Management

    Spend time with whom is leading organizations. Are they leading and inspiring,building up teams or tearing down teams creating low performance and productivity? Invest and start caring about people!


  6. Helpful (5)

    "Driven Out"

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    Former Employee - Control Systems Technician in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Control Systems Technician in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Pay and People, the rest is just smoke and mirrors.

    Cons

    Benefits, Health Insurance, Work environment

    Advice to Management

    Upper Management, get rid of half of the middle management. Middle management, get a backbone.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Leadership Challenges Leave You Unsatisfied"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - B&T in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - B&T in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great pay for the area. The headquarters is also a uniquely located chemical company in a geography with nice weather.

    Cons

    There is a dichotomy at Eastman. Generally great words come out of leadership at the top but the actions leave you unsatisfied. It's honestly the worst display of leadership I have seen in my career. The lack of identifying the root cause of issues and taking swift actions is poisonous to ambitious younger employees.

    Advice to Management

    Make the culture changes rapidly. The current slow pace simply allows old mindset political game mentalities to become entrenched. If someone does not understand the principles and cannot inspire their subordinates if they are in management positions, that is your weakest link and that must be addressed in weeks, not years.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Work life balance, compensation, career opportunities

    Cons

    Old white boys club


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Logistics"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    No pros about working in Logistics.

    Cons

    Working in Logistics at Eastman is very demeaning and degrading. It is not a trusting, healthy work environment. There are lots of mixed messages coming from Logistics Management and it is a very stressful environment. Employees are micromanaged, told what to say, how to say it and what to think.

    Logistics Management is a good ole boys club and the people at the top have very long memories. They continue to put people in authority positions that will agree and are yes-men. If you ever make a mistake, they are unforgiving and will bring up things that happened years ago. Management does not like it when you have a different opinion and do not agree with their approach.

    Advice to Management

    Don't talk about employees behind their back. Treat others fairly and with respect. Tell the truth. Allow people to make a mistake, learn from it and move on without holding a grudge for years.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Chemical Engineer"

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    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    -Good work/life balance
    -Intersting project work

    Cons

    -There is still very much a "good ol' boys club' culture. Advancement opportunities are given to employees who attend the right churches. Strong resistance to diversity and inclusion efforts throughout various levels in the organization.
    - Experience outside of the company is not valued, it is seen by many as a negative
    -Benefits, specifically health insurance, is very poor. Compensation is okay for the area, but raises are small (2% on average) and promotions happen about every 5-7 years.


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