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"Eastman Chemical is a GREAT place to work!"

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Current Employee - Global Logistics in Kingsport, TN
Current Employee - Global Logistics in Kingsport, TN
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

The most important thing about working at Eastman is the people. The environment that is fostered at Eastman is truly one of family. This is driven home once one experiences a family tragedy, loss, or medical emergency because everyone bands together and provides support, both emotional and physical. So the fosteration of a family atmosphere is the foremost reason, to me, that Eastman is the place to be employed. Secondly, the professionalism that is continually on display at Eastman is unsurpassed. Everyone strives to be all they can be, everyday, regardless of what they do or where they do it. Third is the fact that the company actually cares, and does all it can to make everyone a success. Opportunity is everywhere at Eastman and one only has to decide to excell and they will be given opportunities not afforded at other companies. Benefits are generous with good pay, good medical coverage, bonuses that are based on fair and equitable formulas, 401K matches, and retirement benefits are but a few of the things that help make Eastman the wonderful place it is.

Cons

A very few managers that have been with the company close to 40 years are reluctant to change and let go of old ways. These are good people with great intentions but somewhat slow to evolve and accept new ideas. This is reflected in the fact they are still managers and haven't been able to rise above this level, so this has minimal impact.

Advice to Management

To senior management, whom we see in the hallways and cafeteria a lot, loosen up a little and smile. Return the hellos or good mornings with a greeting. It doesn't take any more time from your day and the perceptions that are currently that you are aloof and cold will go away. Past CEO's and Executive Vice Presidents have been good at making the employees feel at ease, so the upcomming new CEO needs to take a lesson in being more personable.

Other Employee Reviews for Eastman

  1. Helpful (1)

    "Not the best thing since sliced bread, but still a decent place"

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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
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    The pay is good for the area and there is opportunities for overtime, as well as somewhat of a chance to better yourself.

    Cons

    Some positions expect way too much from one person. Some of these employees don't even have a chance to eat lunch or if they do, they eat while they work. The constant push to get the overloaded list of things to do complete can be a major safety concern. Eastman expects employees to arrive at least half an hour early - on your own time, without extra compensation, in order to change clothing and relieve the next guy and are also under pressure to work overtime in order to appease management, failure to do this will leave you feeling constantly job-scared. They preach safety first and foremost, but rush people though very minimal training programs and leave them barely able to do their jobs. The 12 hour rotating shifts isn't for everyone, and it may interfere with your personal life and even your health. For newbies especially, schedules can change with little notice, during your first year - don't make plans and get used to the idea of spending less time with your family. This can be especially trying for new or young couples as well as those that have just started or are planning to start a family. At Eastman, they offer on-site medical services, however if you need to go there it's recorded. Too many trips to medical and you may be risking your job, despite what they tell you. Bear in mind, Tennessee is a right-to-work state and they can fire you for almost any reason imaginable. Eastman seems to have made a habit of placing managers that trained in one department, into an area that's as different as night and day and on the opposite end of the plant, then expecting them to manage a group of people when they themselves have minimal knowledge of how the job its self is actually done. With the implementation of the new healthcare reform act, benefits at Eastman are on the decline. In years past, they offered excellent benefits, but as of 2015 even those of us on the old medical plans will be forced onto the plan as everyone merges together onto the same coverage. The new plan has a high deductible and the premiums are outrageous.

    Advice to Management

    Offer better benefits. Offer better more comprehensive training to both management and new employees. Review your workplaces more often and determine if a job is asking too much of just one individual. Consider offering various scheduling options for different people, as lives may vary. Try to make people feel more secure and confident, rather than constantly fearful of termination for every little thing they do. Offer more stability, rather than constantly moving people around, it may be better to allow a person to become proficient in one task instead of having partial proficiency in a variety of areas. Try to understand why people are afraid to voice their concerns and speak with management, many people just try to keep their heads down and remain as small and insignificant as possible.


  2. "Challenging assignments, multiple opportunities, great people to work with!"

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

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

    Pros

    Great people, varied assignments over my career, East Tennessee is a beautiful place to live!

    Cons

    Big, complex organization can sometimes present problems.

    Advice to Management

    Simplify the organization. Make sure the HSES standards for the company are set, clear, and applied equally across the company, then hold site management accountable for alignment with the standards. Encourage business leaders to understand the standards and be proponent for alignment.


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