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Eastman Reviews

Updated November 17, 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. Helpful (2)

    "Summer Intern"

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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

    It's a great environment to work in. Everyone is friendly and helpful as well as very professional. As an intern Eastman has helped me get to know the company.

    Cons

    Eastman is very large. I would say its possible to feel lost in the sea of employees. This can be avoided if you take the connection opportunities given to you.

    Advice to Management

    So far my internship is proving to be a very valuable experience. I would suggest for future interns to make sure they know about all of the networking opportunities available.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Great for the area"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Johnson City, TN
    Current Employee - Systems Analyst in Johnson City, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great work experience and opportunities for future development, especially in IT. They invest a good amount into their interns, and you learn about the work criteria of the department.

    Cons

    Not many serious cons as an intern. If you live in JC, the commute is somewhat decent. They are doing less with carrying over vacation days to the next year.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work!

  3. "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


  4. "Manager"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Current Employee - Team Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great salary, benefits, vacation, and STD program

    Cons

    Need more interaction between upper management and first level managers.


  5. Helpful (8)

    "Chemical Engineer"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • 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.


  6. Helpful (12)

    "Sad place to work anymore"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Kingsport, TN
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The pay is good and if you're not in CPE, you are probably treated better

    Cons

    Good ole boys run the show. Doesn't matter how well you do your job, if you disagree with good ole boys, you will NOT advance. My Team Manager was 73 and been there 40 years. There is a very hard worker and good man that works for him but he doesn't agree with the games they play, so the Team Manager is trying to get him fired. One lady he didn't like only got approved by him for 1 day bereavement for her husband's death. One lady he does like is off her job 6 hrs out of 12 smoking, sleeping, on the phone, or in dept her boyfriend works in. It's all about how well you suck up to him. The good employees suffer for it. Very sad

    Advice to Management

    Cut Team Managers to just 2. One for day shift and one for nights. Also do not need 2 utility operators in CE dept. They sit in office all shift and do nothing but spread lies and rumors. 1 Utility Operator per crew is more than enough and they might actually work for their pay then. They truly do NOTHING 95% of the time


  7. Helpful (10)

    "Listen to your people"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Company is headed in the right direction if evaluating from only a shareholders perspective.
    Terrible years from a talent retention perspective create many opportunities for those who choose to stay.

    Cons

    Culture fosters medocrity. The differential in pay for someone recieving the highest possible ranking (of which only a select few recieve) and "meeting expectations" is only a couple percentage points. This system demotivates the people at the top (Why should I continue working this hard for such a small pay increase?) and those at the bottom (Why should I work as hard as Jim since he's practically killing himself for next to nothing?).

    Promotion consideration largely determined by length of service rather than by aptitude or ability.

    Advice to Management

    Your best people are practically running to work elsewhere, and those companies are offering better salaries, benefits and work-life balance. If I could put it like this - the leadership are doing a great job navigating from the bow of the ship, but they're so focused on the horizon they havent looked back to see their crew have taken the life boats and are paddling in the other direction. Without your crew, you'll never get where you want to go.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great Employment"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good salary base, nice place to work

    Cons

    Does not allow tenured employees a chance to feel needed after many years

    Advice to Management

    All employees no matter length of time at company are important


  9. Helpful (1)

    "operator"

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Chestertown, MD
    Current Employee - Chemical Operator in Chestertown, MD
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    decent pay for area though not competitive with industry

    Cons

    health care benefits are not great


  10. Helpful (11)

    "Currently, Eastman is not even close to being the best ..."

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    • 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
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good pay for this area
    Stable work

    Cons

    Poorly trained plant management
    Overly bureaucratic decision making
    Too many levels of management
    Few opportunities to advance
    Negligible development of talent
    Favoritism in promotions - "It's not what you know, it's who you know"
    Located in a rural area with limited amenities
    Management get shuffled around often making it difficult for them to know their employees' contributions
    Managers talk out of both sides of their mouth about safety.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on putting the right talent in the right jobs, and make training, and development priorities. Also, get some managers with business experience.


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