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Eastman Reviews

Updated March 27, 2017
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Pros
  • Work-life balance of employees is acknowledged to be important for business to flourish (in 138 reviews)

  • Eastman provides a work environment where it's possible to do different types of jobs over one's career should one want to do so (in 95 reviews)

Cons
  • Depending on your job, the work/life balance may sometimes be off (in 27 reviews)

  • Too many layers of decision making process (in 53 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (6)

    "Good ole boys and yes men"

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

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

    Pros

    Kingsport is a beautiful area and a great place to live if you like small towns and enjoy the outdoors. The cost of living is low. Eastman allows a flexible work 9/80 work schedule with half days on Friday if the supervisor agrees to it and if you're lucky enough to finish enough of your work to feel that you may leave early.

    Cons

    Often it is not about what you know or what you contribute, instead those that know the right people and talk a good game (without even doing good work) are the ones that tend to be recognized and promoted. Many managers are more interested in advancing their careers than growing the individuals under them. This leads to them kissing up to their management chain, while those under them are doing the hard work and not getting recognized. Employees' true feelings and different perspectives are not encouraged; the executive leadership team and many of the managers only want to hear ideas from those that think just like them, or say what they want to hear.

    Managers also rotate out of their positions on average about every 3 years, which means they can't coach their employees to be more successful because they don't have enough time to get to know them. Many managers seem to treat women with less respect than men. Women are afraid to announce pregnancies for fear of being penalized for it. Some women have been accused of doing lower quality work because they have children. Eastman has too many layers of management. This leads to employees spending more time explaining/justifying what they do, rather than doing “real” work. It also encourages micromanaging and not trusting employees to do the jobs they were hired to do.

    Morale is at an all time low. Two layoffs occurred in 2016. In the second round, good talent was purged. The stability that was once found at Eastman is gone. Employees are at risk of being let go, regardless of their ability to perform. Forcing employees to fit on a distribution curve (meaning someone has to be on the bottom) for pay raises and promotions is also decreasing the morale which is demotivating employees, especially since there are not good checks and balances to ensure that managers are ranking employees on actual performance rather than just the manager's perception of the performance.

    Advice to Management

    Stop managing the company to meet short term stock holder expectations. Start managing the company to retain the top talent and grow the company for the future, even if it means taking a hit in the near term. Get rid of the grading system where too many employees are labeled as “does not meet expectations” or “partially meets expectations”. You are sending the wrong message that too many employees are under performing and those that survive the layoffs will decide to leave on their own to seek more fairness and stability.


  2. "Great place to work"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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 3 years)

    Pros

    Encouraging environment. Opportunities to grow and learn new things. Great pay and benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate politics and some unfit managers


  3. "Electrical Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Great work life balance
    Collaborative environment

    Cons

    Cost cutting
    Space limitations for offices


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  5. Helpful (5)

    "Lost plenty with Eastman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Could have potential to be good company

    Cons

    When Eastman bought or company all they did was cut things out. All employees lost our pensions which was very hard to swallow. Yearly bonuses were reduced to less then half. Certain overtime pay was taken away, Job is just a paycheck, no future for young people to start a career.

    Advice to Management

    Management seems to ignore the problems at hand. Money is wasted on projects that seem to have little value and money not spent where it is needed. It takes forever for anything to happen. Still waiting years on equipment upgrades that were suppose to happen.


  6. "Lab Technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    They have an excellent training program.

    Cons

    They are not replacing people after retirement.


  7. "Development Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Nice work-life balance. The mountains are nice during the fall

    Cons

    There is not much to do in Kingsport, TN (night-life wise)


  8. "Procurement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

    Good work ethic, pay align with market level

    Cons

    Only Corporate (headquarter) has a better opportunity for career advancement


  9. Helpful (9)

    "Do Not Recommend Eastman to Prospective Employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    By far, the best part about Eastman is the people. I appreciate getting to learn from and work alongside industry leading experts. The collaborative, team focused, and fun culture makes coming into work every day easy.

    Cons

    Every year for the past 5 or so years, Eastman has made changes to reduce employee compensation and benefits. After a competitive starting salary, raises are small and you quickly end up way below industry average. Promotions are slow and hard to come by. They set a new highest promotion level you can reach if you have a bachelors degree, and if they stick to it, you should only expect 4 promotions in your entire career!

    They also implemented a forced distribution ranking system that includes a Partially Meets Expectations (15%) and Does Not Meet Expectations (5%) level. It's pretty ridiculous to tell 20% of the company that they are performing below expectations. This has significantly impacted morale and I've never seen so many people dissatisfied and actively pursuing other jobs.

    After two rounds of layoffs and no promotions, no bonuses, and minimal raises last year, you'd expect some kind of relief for employees this year, but no. Budgets are flat, training and employee development is almost non-existent, everyone is working incredibly hard, but they are still being ranked and not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Treat employees like assets you value and want to invest in rather than just costs standing in the way of shareholder returns.


  10. Helpful (7)

    "Archaic Ranking System Tanks Eastman"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to start employment because they invest in training (up until recent years) but not a good place to grow a career as a young professional

    Cons

    Eastman has begun to slash and burn benefit packages to make investors happy. Employee morale is at an all-time low.

    New ranking system (the kind Exxon or Mobil has abandoned) is ranking the bottom 5% as Does Not Meet Expectations, 15% Partially Meets Expectations. This has financial impact as well as stigma. After two layoffs in 2016, the company still believes, or is promoting the fact that 20% of it's work force is below average.

    Financially the starting pay at Eastman is very competitive with it's peers, but the stagnation happens quickly. If you had taken a job making 15-20K less out of college, you would be reaping the benefits now. Your peers will surpass you with much more upward mobility.

    Advice to Management

    Pay competitively if you are going to have a culture like the old Exxon or Mobil.


  11. Helpful (11)

    "Great people not so great company"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to come to work later in ones career since start rates are very competitive and Eastman values outside talent much more than their own talent. Also, great coworkers.

    Cons

    The only good thing about working at Eastman is your coworkers. Eastman cuts costs consistently in the areas of compensation and benefits because they are easy targets. The competitive start rate stagnates very quickly, and Eastman only takes care of a very select few, and those few get compensated comically well. Corporate undermines the talent they do bring in by spending money on third party companies. There is much more I could say: poor locations, minimal vacation, no strategy for the future, etc. bottom line: much better to end your career at Eastman than begin it here.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in your employees. Stop being cheap and greedy. Take a half second to realize that manufacturing actually makes all of your money and not your corporate group that constantly screws up everything yet gets all the pay.



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