Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated 18 October, 2014
Updated 18 October, 2014
733 Reviews
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733 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance (in 69 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.  

    Rewarding

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

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

    Pros

    Many opportunities to advance and move around. When the economy limps, Eastman weathers the storm every time. Eastman does well becuse of the many different products we make and of course, the people.

    Cons

    Dealing with the many different personalities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please help us with Health Care. We need more options for our healthcare. Paying full price for doctor visits are very hard for families. I know Eastman is trying to get out of the Health Care business, but many of us would rather have better health care coverage than bonuses or raises. Please give some benefits to the employees instead of taking away benefits. We have seen Retirement, life insuarnce, health care, and bonuses dwindle away over the last several years. I understand that we need to be profittable but I think we need to be more attractive to the job market.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    One of the best companies I've worked for. Great salary and good benefits.

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

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

    Pros

    Flexible work schedule and vacation time.
    Good benefits.
    Great salary

    Cons

    New insurance policies Reduced coverage and increased rates.
    Little or no advancement without bachelor's degree

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take into consideration that the employees not always informing the management of their accomplishments are the employees that actually do the most efficient work.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Business Strategy Manager

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

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

    Pros

    Diverse set of projects and opportunities, exciting growth projects in the company, and resources to execute on those projects.

    Cons

    Smaller town with relatively lmited options for singles or couples with no children. Company is highly matrixed, which can make getting alignmen or acting swiftlyt challenging for large projects.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    No Better Place to Work

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

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

    Pros

    I have worked at Eastman for over 30 years, and if I knew then what I knew now, I wouldn't hesitate to start again. Great people and great projects over the years. I look forward to coming to work every day.

    Cons

    Some of the programs developed to enhance performance can be distracting.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Some of the programs developed to enhance performance can be distracting.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    A Positive, Engaging place to work.

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

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

    Pros

    Eastman is a great place to be. Our safety culture, our people, and the interesting and challenging things that we get to be a part of every day make it an exciting and fun place to work. Plus - Eastman values my work / life balance as well. I have a good amount of flexibility and great benefits.

    Cons

    As with any large company, there can be some bureaucracy and red tape to navigate through at times.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    While I realize that to be competitive in today's markets, companies can't afford to offer excessive total compensation packages (including salary and all benefits). But, keep in mind that if your package is just 'average', then that's the kind of employees that you are likely to be able to attract - 'average'.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Eastman has been a great experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Group Leader
    Current Employee - Group Leader

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

    Pros

    Eastman has a team oriented culture that supports a work life balance. Within one site there are opportunities for varied career paths.

    Cons

    To continue to compete for talented employees, Eastman will need to consider further enhancing current salary and benefit packages to entice talent to Eastman locations.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Friendly coworkers and relatively stress-free atmosphere with somewhat disappointing compensation.

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

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    The company has a very good work environment. Coworkers are friendly, approachable, and helpful. There is a good work/life balance with most managers understanding you have a life outside the office.

    Cons

    The pay seems to be lower than the industry average especially considering the site's close proximity to Houston.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Consider compensating employees with better pay and benefits to avoid losing top talent to better paying companies in nearby Houston.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great place to work!

    • 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 10 years)

    Pros

    Eastman offers excellent compensation, competitive benefits, and they value a reasonable work-life balance (for most positions). They are extremely focused on creating a safe workplace and protecting the environment. There are a wide variety of job opportunities for most roles -- lots of potential to move around the company to gain experience with different divisions. HQ is in Kingsport TN -- safe, great schools, and an excellent area in which to raise a family.

    Cons

    Promotions occur at a slow pace. While there are opportunities to move around, moves don't typically occur fast unless you are on the "fast track". HQ is in Kingsport TN. While this area has an incredibly low cost of living (~15% below national average), your "entertainment" options are limited unless you want to drive 2-5 hrs to a big city.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Older facilities need to be replaced, not continuously repaired. New CEO (<1 yr), so it's a bit too early to rate his performance.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Great place to work

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

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Eastman offers many opportunities to work in several different facets of the company for engineers, from engineering design to hands on troubleshooting, to working in the business side of the company. The opportunities to move around become more difficult as you grow in salary grade. The Culture is the best part of working at Eastman. In general, most people are willing to help any collegue.

    Cons

    Some jobs in the business side of the company are very demanding and stressful. There are some people in management positions that are not as supportive of collegues, however these seem to be few and only in some areas of the business. Also in some areas, there is management that tends to want to hold back young new hires into a position instead of looking for opportunities to grow these folks.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Focus on improving employee development in areas that would benefit the employee and the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  11.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer
    Current Employee - Senior Chemical Engineer

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

    Pros

    The people are good: smart, friendly, devoted to the success of the company, devoted to the success of their team. Eastman's policies are fair and employee-positive. Professional development opportunites abound. Advancement plans are available and actively discussed. I feel like the company values my contributions and wants to support my success, which is also the company's success.

    Cons

    We hold lots of meetings. These are often fun and productive but they can eat up time quickly.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Communicate more broadly about specific projects, exicting possibilities, failures, and changes in direction. I often find that I have to be in small (nearly one-on-one) meetings with mid-level management to find out interesting/exciting developments, while the large presentations they give are too highly sanitized.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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