Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
755 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • The compensation is competitive, especially considering the low cost of living in Eastern Tennessee (in 21 reviews)


Cons
  • Eastman is a company that is headquartered in a small town and has an aging employment base (in 31 reviews)

  • Work/Life balance is frequently just lip service when it comes to direct management (in 14 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Great!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Executive Administrative Assistant in Kingsport, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    So many opportunites and training are available to employees for career development and personal growth. Many health and recreational programs are provided to employees and their families. I feel it is definitely the BEST place to work in the area...maybe anywhere!!

    Cons

    Sometimes the size of the company makes it difficult to keep up with everyone although the company does a great job with the many sites of info on our intranet website.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Deal with problems of poor performing lower management and do not let them destroy morale and work efficiency due to their poor self-image and lack of knowledge and their acting like a boss instead of a leader.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Awesome place to work!!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Dynamic company with great products! Eastman products are everywhere in our daily lives and it is great to be part of that. I am proud to be working at Eastman! Great people, great opportunities! Good salaries and other benefits.

    Cons

    Sometimes Eastman is perceived old school but I believe we are changing that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stay on our current track of growth and bringing this company from good to great!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    A Large Company with Work/Life Balance at the Forefront

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Eastman Chemical is a strong company that is focused on future growth. It is a great company to work for and has a very competitive compensation plan.

    Cons

    Eastman is a very large company, so making changes to anything can be a very time consuming operation.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great place to spend a career!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Representative in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Representative in Kingsport, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Highly team-oriented, very ethical, committed to excellence, strong leadership, innovative.

    Cons

    Many excellent opportunities to work on. Need to get better at the discipline to focus on the vital few.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Great company to begin a career with.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Eastman does a very good job providing training opprotunities to young employees. They also have a mentorship program which pairs you with a full time employee to learn from your first year. Compensation seems to be above average for entry level engineers. Benefits are also good as well as the work to life balance.

    Cons

    Lots of new focus on performance driven culture. This creates tension within the ranks since you are competeing against your coworkers for raises and bonuses. The way you are rated in performance reviews seems arbritary and is not on set principles. It is completely up to your supervisor to give you whatever rating he feels your earned and doesn't necessarily always seem tied to your actual performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the performance rating system. It is going to kill the great culture of friendliness and helpfullness that exist right now.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great first impression that has not tarnished over time.

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    Current Employee - Process Improvement Engineer in Longview, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Process Improvement Engineer in Longview, TX (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Eastman has worked hard to foster an inclusive environment for their employees. There is a strong emphasis on team work, but the individual is not forgotten in the process. There are numerous opportunities for training, growth and advancement without giving up your family in the process.

    Cons

    As with a lot of big companies, there does seem to be some duplication of recordkeeping activities and paperwork that can be frustrating. However, this is gaining some recognition at higher levels and it appears that some efforts may be underway to address some of the duplication.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be careful when pushing for a more competitive work force. Competitiveness, when not properly managed, can breed cut throat behavior and will drive people away from productive teamwork.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Kingsport, TN (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    It really is a great place to work. The pay is good, and benefits are comparable. There is ample opportunity for training and working with many different people. There is a sense of community and family. The company is growing with many opportunities in areas in which Eastman leads the market. Teamwork and networking are emphasized strongly. Safety is a top priority at Eastman.

    Cons

    Some things take a while to get initiated or to shift gears. Some of the petty things that should be a simple decision take a longer amount of time. Teamwork and networking are emphasized strongly, depending on your take on this.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Very welcoming, high performing culture

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Human Resources Manager in Kingsport, TN (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    The company is dedicated to growth - for it's employees and earnings
    I've had an opportunity to work for some of the best leaders of my career
    I trust my manager
    Heavy focus on welliness - even a '4 dollar healthy meal deal' that is partily paid for by the company
    Really great computer hardware - computers, monitors, phones

    Cons

    Retirement and health benefits are not top tier
    Some of the people processes could be updated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be seen more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    One of the best places to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Advanced Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Advanced Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Amazing collaborative culture, good mentoring habbits for new employees and fresh graduates, nurturing environment and very competitve. Excellent work life balance and the benefits are decent. Lots of oppurtunities for training and personal growth

    Cons

    being a growing company diversity is a fairly new concept. Being a global company, management can spend some time teaching its employees about diversity and immigration in particular.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    The future for a great global company to work for.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time

    Pros

    The opportuntiy to have personal and professional growth, have exposure and contibute with a diversify community. The company treats employees farly and provide professional opportunities. The change to embrace new cultures, diveristy and strong team work!! New CEO, more changes for a great place to work!

    Cons

    Sometimes getting out of the comfort zone is a challenge for people. In my opinion, you will always have cons in a company but it also depends in you if you want to make the difference and work hard to obtain what you expect in your professional life.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Motivate new employees! Try to get to know employees for who they are. Support them and make them feel comfortable. Provide more training opportunities.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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