Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated Jul 21, 2014
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4.5 534 reviews

92% Approve of the CEO

Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa

Mark J. Costa

(62 ratings)

94% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Eastman is a unique place that values work-life balance and giving back to the community(in 39 reviews)

  • Pay packages are competitive, especially when you take into account the low cost of living in Kingsport(in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Being based out of a small town provides unique opportunities as well as challenges(in 23 reviews)

  • Sometimes to much burocracy which is taking the speed out of the decision making process(in 19 reviews)

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    Human Company looking not just on results also HOW you get the results

    Sales Representative (Current Employee) Mexico, Distrito Federal (Mexico)

    ProsWithout doubt our culture is what makes difference since each of us is involved in follow good behaviors, ethic code, sustainability, safety, wellness. Is incredible how good your can feel in a company the covers all aspects to get a balance between personal and profesional life; and of course this is reflected in good results.

    ConsWe have many procedures to follow up, some of them require too much time. But this year we are working in a productivity initiative.

    Advice to Senior ManagementManagement it too involved with all levels in the company. Their is an open communication, and good example to follow up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This is the best place where I've ever worked.

    Director (Current Employee) Kingsport, TN (US)

    ProsPeople at Eastman are willing to help you with whatever project you're working on. I've never felt such a team spirit at any other company. Also, whether its someone in manufacturing or someone in a business office, everyone seems to be focused on the same things to move the company forward

    ConsCompetition from companies in other countries continues to increase and increase quickly. It's sometimes hard to stay ahead or even keep up. Plus the company has grown quite a bit in the last 3-5 years and alot of change has occurred. The changes haven't necessarily been bad, but there's been constant change.

    Advice to Senior ManagementReconsider the performance review program. It could hurt the team spirit and team attitude if employees start having to compete with each other. We need to be a team and focus on competing with outsiders-- not competing with our own colleagues for a bigger bonus or promotion.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Company that Cares

    Engineer (Current Employee) Kingsport, TN (US)

    ProsWith a large company comes various job opportunities. At the largest sites, you can move into different job functions and never have to physically uproot your family. Eastman is working hard to do their part to minimize industry's impact on the environment. Eastman is very supportive of family and promotes good work-life balance.

    ConsSeveral outside upper level managers are being brought in who don't understand the "family" culture that Eastman has had for many years. However, some are trying to understand it and make positive changes and improvements.

    Advice to Senior ManagementJust because some other company is doing it doesnt make it the right thing for Eastman. Remember that your employees are your number one asset.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Outstanding Place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsOrganizational values, specifically the quality of life they focus on for employees. The organization values individuals, and wants to see you succeed, but not at the cost of your family life.

    ConsUltra conservative culture, which can be challenging to navigate. Additionally, it can cause a mindset of 'we don't do that here', which can also be challenging to navigate.

    Advice to Senior ManagementProtect the core culture at all costs - the quality of life that is part of the org culture is a key differentiator in the market place.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Continues to evolve brilliantly.

    Senior Vice President (Current Employee) Hong Kong (Hong Kong)

    ProsThe company is focused on innovation, productivity, performance and growth, not just of the company but employees as well. The company treats employees fairly and well, particularly high performers and high potential employees.

    ConsGiven the global footprint, it is a relatively more diverse and challenging place to work. However, it is a good place for top talents looking to gain a global perspective to work.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A great place to work!

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGreat managers that want to support you to reach your full potential. Employees are hard-working, intelligent and passionate about the company and are rewarded for this with great employee benefits.
    The safety of employees is a priority for Eastman so it’s nice to know that we work for a company that genuinely cares for its employees.

    ConsCan be slow to act at times.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMore decisions and approvals should be made regionally to speed things up and improve productivity.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Nice people, interesting work, great quality of life

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Kingsport, TN (US)

    ProsEastman has values that align with my own. The compensation is competitive, especially considering the low cost of living in Eastern Tennessee. Eastman emphasizes work-life balance and allows a flexible work schedule (for most roles). Everyone is friendly and helpful and the company provides an atmosphere that values teamwork.

    ConsAs a young person, Eastern Tennessee was not the first location that came to mind when I thought of where I would be working, but the benefits and experiences you get working for Eastman make it worth it.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Great company, but not sure how much more we can do with less or the same resources...

    Market Development Manager (Current Employee) Kingsport, TN (US)

    ProsGood opportunity to learn and grow.

    ConsConstant increase in responsibilities without additional compensation is creating a lot of exhaustion. Company is doing well, but morale doesn't reflect it because the grind isn't letting up.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    This company takes good care of its employees.

    Senior Research Chemist (Former Employee) Kingsport, TN (US)

    ProsExcellent compensation, good camaraderie. excellent working conditions, steady employment
    Excellent benefits. Largest employer in Tennessee.

    ConsFrequent management changes to develop candidates for senior management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementUse department experience to fill management positions. Nothing worse than having a manager come in who knows little about the business he has been assigned to run.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A positive, encouraging environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Saint Louis, MO (US)

    ProsStrong, ethical leadership that puts family first

    ConsLimited, global thinking and too much emphasis on process at lower levels of the organization.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGrow inorganically to strike a better balance in global perspectives.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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