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Eastman Reviews

Updated 14 Aug 2019

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Eastman CEO Mark J. Costa
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  1. "Best coworkers in the world"

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    Current Employee - Engineer 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The area is beautiful. The coworkers are friendly and helpful. Teamwork is valued and rewarded.

    Cons

    The culture can be stodgy.

    Advice to Management

    Quit hiring from the top 10% and paying no more than average.

    Eastman2019-07-29
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Deteriorating Culture"

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    Current Employee - IT Systems Analyst in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Decent benefits, fair pay, good work life balance

    Cons

    We got a new CIO about a year ago. That CIO openly admitted to lying about reorganizations and restructuring in an open Q&A session. Company culture is shifting to be a lot more cut-throat with relative performance assessments (forced ranking with set targets for number of people 'not meeting' expectations). Some leaders outside of IT are able exert too much influence over how IT recognizes and promotes talent. Most...

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    Advice to Management

    Stop lying and actually penalize poor performers even if they have a long history of contribution.

    Eastman2019-08-06
  3. "Good"

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    Former Employee - Systems Analyst in Hyderābād
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman

    Pros

    Friendly environment WFH facility You can move into multiple technologies internally

    Cons

    1.HR Team, it is worst. Everything delayed like PF, Forms etc., 2.High variable pay (15%)

    Advice to Management

    Please make sure all HR related works should be on time

    Eastman2019-07-27
  4. Helpful (1)

    "A company that's still good for now"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 

    I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Reasonable work hours and benefits.

    Cons

    Bureaucracy, benefits expiring in two years

    Advice to Management

    Find ways to save money that don't involve layoffs

    Eastman2019-08-07
  5. Helpful (7)

    "Disappointing"

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    Former Employee - Market Development Manager 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    On the surface very collaborative and pleasant place to work.

    Cons

    Southern niceness on the surface but a very cliquish back stabbing culture under the surface.

    Advice to Management

    Need to get some outside leadership desperately .

    Eastman2019-07-29
  6. Helpful (15)

    "Be a local or be gone!"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Kingsport is a great place to live if you like outdoors, want a short commute and want a cheap lifestyle. (It’s cheap because there is nowhere to spend money)

    Cons

    Eastman moves at a snail pace seriously company who wants to be a specialty chemical company needs to be fast and agile. They are stuck and been spinning in place for years now. There is very much so, us vs them mentality. There are golden children (typically home grown talent committed to the area - that’s fast tracked) and there is everyone else. No incentive to working hard. Be a local or be gone is the motto.

    Advice to Management

    Eastman has potential to be a greater company but major cleaning of the house is needed - the biggest obstacle to Eastman is not outside threats is the “be local” culture that is preventing this company from growing and making any meaningful change.

    Eastman2019-06-17
  7. Helpful (9)

    "Unappreciated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman

    Pros

    Working with some the best people in the industry. Decent pay relative to the cost of living in the area.

    Cons

    Employees are becoming less and less valued. Layoffs are a regular occurrence, and there are very few employment opportunities in the area. In addition to layoffs, freezes on salary increases happen fairly often. The performance management system requires a forced ranking of employees into categories making a majority of the employee population feel scared and undervalued. The only real incentive for working harder is...

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    Advice to Management

    Wake up. Experienced, high-value employees are leaving the company. Do away with the employee performance system and relative performance assessment. Stop trying to change to the culture of the company to one in which backstabbing is required to get ahead.

    Eastman2019-08-02
  8. Helpful (13)

    "Be careful"

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    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    A good place to start your career if you are freshly out of school or need visa sponsorship. Eastman is nice to new people and compensation is good.

    Cons

    Career movement is very slow. Eventually you will find yourself become a second-tier politician and third-tier scientist if you want to be promoted (or "join the club"). Diversity is lacking - Need more people with diverse background sitting in management positions. Until so, Eastman will struggle competing globally.

    Advice to Management

    CEO, EVPs, and VPs have good vision. This doesn't mean other managers are on-board. Need aggressive management house cleaning (mainly directors and group leaders) to truly change the culture and truly become a strong global chemical company.

    Eastman2019-06-25
  9. Helpful (5)

    "Stay away"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee 
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    There are no Pros anymore other than the is Pay decent

    Cons

    Management, especially the Tennessee Operations, transformation team and Empowerment Pay not equal across jobs

    Advice to Management

    Get back to basics, it’s no wonder moral is so loooooow among operations and maintenance

    Eastman2019-07-24
  10. "Chemical engineer in the process safety design team"

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    Former Employee - Chemical Engineer 

    I worked at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Great work culture Flexible Timings Lots of things to learn

    Cons

    I didn't find any cons in this company.

    Eastman2019-06-22
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