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Updated October 18, 2017
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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. Featured Review

    Helpful (7)

    "Excellent Place to work"

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

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

    Pros

    Incredibly transparent, honest, and open culture. Surrounded by sharp, capable professionals. It's very hard to find a large employer in an incredible recreational area. The work is great, and the area provides a tremendous balance. I made a request for training and it was approved my second week here. That has never happened!

    Cons

    Difficult to recruit lateral talent because many professionals at other chemical companies don't see the value proposition of East TN. Once they do join, they stay, but sometimes they just can't see how great it is to live and work here. There is tremendous value in not living in a crowded, large city.

    Advice to Management

    Company is going through major, positive transformation. Tons of energy around the changes so let's keep it up.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "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.

  3. "Chemical Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Nothing out of the ordinary.


  4. "Good Job"

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    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineering Co-Op in Kingsport, TN

    I worked at Eastman (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people. Good benefits. Good pay. Affordable area to live.

    Cons

    Heavily becoming controlled by Wall Street and MBA types. Not much innovation going on.


  5. "Strong growth company that can be more efficient"

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

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Growth driven company that derives value from innovation related earnings growth, not cost cutting earnings growth.

    Cons

    As with every big company occasionally you run into red tape and inefficiencies.

    Advice to Management

    From a non-safety standpoint, being risk averse doesn't require the number of cumbersome processes in place to stay compliant. We can gain a lot of efficiency and productivity by carving out superfluous gate keeping activities. Want more focus on rewards for results vs reward for meeting metrics that may or may not actually drive results.


  6. Helpful (8)

    "It's All About the Future . . . But What About Today?"

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    Current Employee - Depends On the Hour of the Day in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Depends On the Hour of the Day in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice area for family life. Definitely conservative. Cost of living is good. Good health care facilities in the region. Lots of different denominational churches.

    Cons

    Every word from upper management is about the 'stakeholders'.
    Employees are now being treated more like a nuisance, than an asset.
    Certain projects and engagements have unlimited funding while other pressing needs are under or not funded at all.
    Site cost cutting efforts are leading to corner cutting or simply deferring the maintenance for a later time.
    Lots of what were Eastman performed jobs, are now given to contractors. Contractors loyalties are not to Eastman but their employer.
    Health care which used to be outstanding and a plus - have become mediocre with high deductible and an emphasis on not having certain procedures performed, even if doctor(s) recommended.

    Advice to Management

    The Stakeholders are important - we all get that. But unless they are coming down to the plant to work with us, please show some respect and acknowledge the importance of our efforts - the Eastman employees - not just with words but positive actions. It's OK to share some of the wealth with us. every now and again.


  7. "Eastman Chemical"

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

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

    Pros

    Such a diverse and innovative company. Proud to work here!

    Cons

    It's such a large organization, at times departments fail to communicate effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating to employees. You are doing a great job!

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Leadership Challenges Leave You Unsatisfied"

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    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.


  9. "Lab Technician"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people. Great pay. Flexible schedule. Great place.

    Cons

    Depending on which team you work for, the work can be monotonous.


  10. "Eastman Summer Intern"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    - Great work/life balance as an intern.
    - Very supportive to intern projects

    Cons

    It is very far away from a major city.


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