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Updated January 18, 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. "Maintenance"

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

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good for the area

    Cons

    Not much opportunity for advancement

    Advice to Management

    Look at employees inside of the company to move up instead of hiring from the outside


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Change"

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    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 (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most employees are supportive and helpful.

    Cons

    Older/more seasoned workers are often overlooked for young employees hired straight out of college.

    Advice to Management

    Experience should be thought of as more important than it currently is. Just because you have a degree doesn't mean you can perform a job better or more effectively than someone with experience. Sometimes experience in lieu of a 4 year+ degree can and should be more desirable.

  3. "Chemical Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    There are some amazingly brilliant people that work here and are willing to help you and the culture is generally friendly and constructive.

    Cons

    Lay offs seem to be an annual event now, I really hope that changes, its very discouraging especially to younger employees who feel uncertain about their future here.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Good People. Slow Advancement."

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Lots of great people to work with - everyone is willing to help each other. Lots of teamwork between individual contributors. Good safety culture. Competitive starting salary and benefits for college new hires. Opportunity to move to other positions within the company.

    Cons

    Advancement is very slow in the company - results in almost no salary gap between experienced (that started at Eastman) and new hires. Advancement is also more based on years of experience vs peers than actual performance.

    Advice to Management

    "Show" appreciation and value the experienced employees. Award those that are actually putting in 100%! There is minimum gap in terms of recognition between 60% effort and 100% effort.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Not a bad place, if you are full-time"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Former Employee - Lab Technician
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastman (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Great IT system
    - Casual environment
    - Competent middle management (slowed down by upper management)
    - Flexibility in work assignments

    Cons

    - Limited service employees (LSE) do not get any benefits whatsoever, no matter how much you work per week
    - All roads lead to Kingsport HQ, limited advancement opportunities in smaller sites
    - Slow progress with regards to some health/safety issues
    - Low morale in the past few months


  6. Helpful (5)

    "No balance, has become very competitive."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    They offer good benefits and salary for the area.

    Cons

    Management constantly wants you to do more with less. You have to cut staff every year and then get beat on if you don't meet your quality or safety goals. The cost cutting has been going on so long now it is like getting blood out of a turnip. Tremendous pressure to deliver with little support from Div. level or VP level management. One bad year and you're out.


  7. "Great company with good culture and values"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Very Collaborative work environment; Family oriented company

    Cons

    Slow growth, Complex to navigate

  8. Helpful (6)

    "Get With the Times"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good area to raise a family.
    Okay starting pay.
    Lots of good people - easy to develop some great friendships.
    Lots of talented people.

    Cons

    While there’s lots of talented and smart people in management, it feels like more of an old culture where they are to be feared rather than seen as leaders there to help you grow and knock down roadblocks.
    There’s absolutely no reason knowledge workers should be required to work onsite.
    Most of those knowledge workers should have no real dress code.
    Career progression seems to be based on who likes you and how long you’ve been there.

    Advice to Management

    Get with the times - you will not obtain and retain talent if you can’t get past old school mentalities.
    With all the leading edge companies recruiting a remote workforce, you cannot continue to keep local talent who doesn’t want to leave the area.
    There’s nothing wrong with the need to keep stakeholders happy - the problem is that you’re not putting your focus on the employees and giving them a reason to love where they work and what they do.


  9. Helpful (28)

    "Ruminations of a 30-year Eastman Veteran"

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    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "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


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