Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated 10 January 2015
Updated 10 January 2015
819 Reviews
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819 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance (in 79 reviews)

  • The compensation is competitive, especially considering the low cost of living in Eastern Tennessee (in 24 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 15 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Good Place To Grow

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    Former Employee - Director of Finance in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Director of Finance in Saint Louis, MO (US)

    I worked at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Promote from within, great benefits and defined goals.

    Cons

    They do not empower their employees to make decisions. Multiple meetings and red tape to get simple processes approved.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lower DOA and trust in employees

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Loyal Employer

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Team-oriented culture, Family flexibility, focus on individual development, training

    Cons

    Processes mandated by larger companies, Integration growth pains, increasing health benefit costs

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great people, diverse work opportunities, ethical culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Eastman people are friendly, helpful, and always glad to share their knowledge and experience. Work schedules for most of us allow good work/life balance. At world headquarters in Kingsport, TN, there are opportunities to work in a huge variety of work assignments without having to relocate or change employers, so you need never grow bored or underchallenged. I go home each day feeling like I've made a difference for the good of other people (and myself). The pay is good, especially considering the low, small-city cost of living. Home-wise, we get the best of all worlds because the Tri-Cities has everything most of us need or want, and there are several good-sized (but not large or crime-ridden) cities within a few hours' drive for those who want bigger-city opportunities on weekends. Eastman is a good neighbor, helping fund local events and fully supporting the United Way, among other efforts.

    Cons

    The good work-life balance doesn't reach everybody; some business people are attached to their i-phones 24/7, and operators mostly work swing shifts which are hard on the body and mind. Benefits have eroded over the years (but are still good compared to other employers). "Benchmarking" seems to mean all peer companies are in a downward spiral as the best companies make a mad race to mediocrity, bringing the average down. There seem to be artificial caps on promotions so on average, it is a long time between merit reclassifications.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Benchmark against the best instead of the average, when deciding whether your pay and benefits are where they need to be.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Supply Chain Analyst

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Eastman has an aggressive growth strategy which has contributed to its success. As an employee, you feel such accomplishment being a part of that growth.

    Cons

    Health insurance policy could be improved upon.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    Great place for a career!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Reliability Management Facilitator in Longview, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Reliability Management Facilitator in Longview, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    Good and improving Safety culture!! Good salaries and benefits. Many opportunities, great work schedule. Family oriented company. Overall it's a good career.

    Cons

    Benefits and salaries are at the median for the area, they need to be improved in order to entice better applicants, and to retain current employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to look at ways to recruit and retain employees!!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Eastman

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work. Your opinion matters.

    Cons

    Employee benifits going down hill.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Eastman is a great place to collaborate with others and grow as a scientist.

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    Current Employee - Group Leader
    Current Employee - Group Leader

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

    Pros

    Great team environment; challenging projects; committment to safety

    Cons

    Eastman is very matrixed which leads to slow decision making

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest in technology infrastructure - we are running out of space due to our growing company

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Good company to work.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Organised and a nice place to work. They provide you same kind of working environment as others by providing same kind of laptops etc with limited access.

    Cons

    As a contractor it is very hard to use their laptop as sometimes one needs to get information online specially if you are in R&D Department but due to limited access one can't use his/her abilities fully and in this way can't perform the job they need to perform.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Either don't hire contractor in R&D department or give them access to your libraries and scientific journals like ACS.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Strong company w/ old school culture

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Longview, TX (US)
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Longview, TX (US)

    I worked at Eastman Chemical full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    -Great Pay
    -Great People
    -Challenging Work
    -Honest
    -Great Benefits!

    Cons

    -In my two+ years a lot of changes occurred at all levels. Created a tough working environment at times.
    -The facilities and labs need major upgrading.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Eastman is a great place to work, learn and be valued

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager
    Current Employee - Market Development Manager

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical

    Pros

    Eastman is a very innovative company which provides different paths for you to develop a strong career. The company is flexible, very results-oriented and it is always posing challenges to the teams. I feel valued at Eastman and like very much the way the company and my co-workers act and make decisions. Eastman is concerned about people from safety, health and family issues. My quality of life improved a lot after joining Eastman.

    Cons

    The company has made some acquisitions and people need to adapt to this new environment. It is just a matter of being adaptable but I am happy to see the company's growth! This is more a challenge than a cons.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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