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  1. "Production supervisor"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Everything Great benefits, great balance on work and family etc...

    Cons

    None that I can think of

    Eastman2019-10-29
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    Former Employee - Corporate Strategy Analyst 

    I worked at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    team environment with good networking

    Cons

    No cons that I can think of

    Eastman2019-11-04
  2. Helpful (5)

    "Minimal Value Proposition"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Headquarters sits 20+ miles from a beautiful, mountainous region. TN has no state income tax, which is valuable in retirement. If satisfied with rural living, then the region has some allure. In the Kingsport area of the company, there is a great "family feel" culture in the manufacturing side and their facilities. There is a terrible culture fostered in the Headquarters.

    Cons

    You get the sentiment, through all the resources that are thrown into quarterly investor calls, that the company is extremely sensitive to investor demands. There is a substantial level of tension in the executive suites leading up to every investor call. Historically, the organization had a longer term vision. Right now it's just "Journey to Specialty." The CEO doesn't live in the region, which is a huge... statement (I believe he lives in Florida). If you want to thrive in the specialty chemical space, and have career options, it's best to identify employers around other dense populations. If you relocate to Kingsport, and lose your position (there have been lay-offs and cost pressures consistently on a 3 year tick), you may damage the opportunities for your family. There are no other substantial chemical employers within 100's of miles. The HQ is a brand-new facility, but when you go around the other facilities in Kingsport, they scream 'old age and lack of investment.' It truly is a facade. I'm not 100% sure why a young professional (male or female) would relocate here, other than to be near family. Johnson City continues to grow and that's good to see, but Kingsport with its plumes of steam in the air and the smell, it gives you the feeling you may be getting cancer every day. Beyond diversity in the CHRO seat, there is little female or diverse representation in their executive board (all white males), and I think future employees should look at this, because it is a reflection of leadership values and mindset towards diversity AND diversity of thought. If you have a family, and want your children growing in a diverse environment, this may not be the best region for you. Eastman Chemical is an underwhelming employer through a global lens. You would do much better to look elsewhere. If you are physically tied to the region...then this is your best financial option.

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    Advice to Management

    It's best to raise your pay structure to be competitive with Energy Companies. Why relocate to Kingsport, when you can be in growing regions across the country (unlike East TN), where there are tremendous volume of opportunities with greater pay? I relocate, you gain, I lose. This can't be a sustainable philosophy.

    Eastman2019-12-02

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