Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated 28 August 2014
Updated 28 August 2014
577 Reviews

4.6
577 Reviews
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Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa
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91 Ratings

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Eastman is a unique place that values work-life balance and giving back to the community (in 41 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 20 reviews)

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Employee Reviews

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  1.  

    Proud to work for this company!

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

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

    Pros

    Great place to start a career and learn about business. The culture is inviting and helpful. Questions are usually welcomed, so all can learn quickly. Short commutes and no traffic if you live and work in Kingsport.

    Cons

    Not much cultural or ethnic diversity in Kingsport. Hard to move up the ranks at Eastman if you don't have a supportive first-line supervisor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't put so much emphasis on "experienced" hires. You're missing great talent right under your nose to bring in expensive hires who might not even be a good fit.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Great Place to Work

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical for less than a year

    Pros

    The company is very ethical and generous and has a great culture. They are very family oriented and allow for a flexibl work schedule. The employees have a great mentality and work ethic. There is a lot of room for advancement and diverse jobs that can be taken.

    Cons

    The vision for the company is getting away from being proud of the number of employees to becoming a lean machine.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They do a great job on communication so keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Great place to work!

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    The culture of Eastman is wonderful. They are very family-oriented, allow flexible work schedules, and go above and beyond the normal to ensure their employees are well taken care of, from the health benefits to the culture of safety. The area around Eastman is beautiful and provides a long list of activities to do for outdoors people.

    Cons

    Sometimes the documentation processes are long and difficult to complete in a timely manner.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get out among your employees and establish a relationship with each. It allows the employees to know you are approachable and they can come to you with concerns or suggestions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Collaborative culture with many career opportunities within the company.

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    Current Employee - Technology Group Leader  in  Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Technology Group Leader in Kingsport, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Most employees are highly ethical and work with the company's best interest in mind-this has led to the supportive, collaborative culture we have. We hire well-employee competency is really high, and the turnover is low. It's fantastic to have lots of career options in the same company (no moving)-I've had multiple roles over a decade+ with continued opportunities. Training opportunities abound. The corporate headquarters, Kingsport, is in a small city, which is a huge pro if you dislike traffic and like easy access to nature.

    Cons

    Compensation increases are fairly minimal-in line with whatever GDP growth is, the low turnover gives HR little incentive to do more. There are typical politics that go into selecting leaders, and those choices are rarely based on contribution/experience/skills in managing people-more on who you impress early in your career (first year or two).

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    All in all a fairly good experience

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    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician  in  Kingsport, TN (US)
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Kingsport, TN (US)

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time

    Pros

    Worked 20 years in production which was a challenging, yet rewarding experience. Was allowed to go back to school to work toward being Lab tech certified. Since then have even been more challenged. Very interesting job working for the last 2 years in this part of the company.

    Cons

    Seems like there is a point in ones career that it does not pay to attempt to improve. Upon being promoted, was informed of being cut in pay.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opportunities for advancement for employees with many years of service needs to be easier to understand. Examples: Pay, rate of advancement in new job, clearer expectations. Be more open and honest.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 6 people found this helpful  

    DO NOT let these glassdoor reviews fool you!

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    Former Employee - Engineer  in  Kingsport, TN (US)
    Former Employee - Engineer in Kingsport, TN (US)

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

    Pros

    Pay. Pay is great, but with that comes a price. You work in East TN where there is very little to do for people who are used to the city life or even the suburbs. Additionally, and especially if you work in the plant, there is an inherent danger. There have been a number of casualties from explosions over the history of the company. Hell, a month ago there was an explosion at one of the buildings that sent 3 people to the hospital and blew the windows and doors off the building. Sound fun? You won't hear about these things in the news much or at Eastman because they keep these things under wraps. They don't want people knowing about the dangerous activities going on inside.

    Another pro is if you are related to someone that works at Eastman and ESPECIALLY if your dad or mom are manager level or higher, you are a shoe-in for a position, no matter what your education level or lack of experience may be.

    Cons

    Disclosure on the glassdoor ratings:
    Last year the company had a movement to push people to review the company on Glassdoor to boost awareness of who they are and to lure people in to work there. When I say movement, I mean a MOVEMENT. This stuff was blasted all over the internal home page, begging people to review the company and to let people know what its like to work here. The CEO at the time even came out begging people to do it. Well obviously Billy Joe and Judy Ray are going to go on there and say great things for one, they are in a mind numming career coma, and two, out of fear for their lives. I have TWO issues with this glassdoor review push they made.
    1). There is nothing wrong with asking your employees to review you and boost your name, but what about the huge number of people that left the company over the past several years because of the horrible culture and working environment. Where was their email asking for them to review the company? Don't believe me? Go through the pages of reviews for this company and start from the first page, look at the date they start at and go backwards. You will see a pattern. One, two reviews a day, and then you get to sometime early last year and the reviews just STOP. There are maybe a handful of reviews prior to last year. Sound fishy?
    2) READ THEM. You will see a pattern. They start to get repetitive. 1, 2 reviews per day, paragraph or two... kind of blurting the same nonsensical garbage in each review. "Oh the culture is great...5 stars!, etc". If a company is willing to pay someone full time to go on here and write reviews to fluff there rating, what does that tell you about the culture? Why would anyone want to work for a sleazy scheming company like this? Look at a company like G.E. They have 2500 reviews on glassdoor, meanwhile Eastman has over 500. GE is 500 times the size of Eastman but only has 5 times the amount of reviews?

    You might be able to fool your average joe in East TN with this crap but anyone with half a brain can look through this veil and see what is really going on.

    Why are they so desperate? Because this company is HURTING right now. 25% of their business is CIGARETTE FILTERS! Have you heard of E-cigs? Guess what? So has Eastman's bottom line. Now all of a sudden, 25% of the company's revenue is going to get smaller and smaller, and they don't have a clue how they are going to make the filter tow business less and less of the contribution to the bottom line. Also, who wants to work for a place that makes cig filters? They won't tell you about it at your schools career fair, I guarantee you that.
    Anyway, moving on...

    Politics! Dear god the politics are absurd here.
    Benefits were great but are slowly getting slashed to lower costs.
    The smells. Hundreds of terrible smells, and they vary by the day. Dead fish smell, vinegar smells, other smells and who knows how much they are harming you.

    Do not come here out of school just because the pay is great. Do not make that mistake. Go do something you will enjoy.

    I would have given 1 star but even I can't pretend that pay wasn't awesome.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Your job is to develop your inferiors and work with them, not throw them under the bus. Enough of the politics.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Most everyone works together and is friendly with one another.

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

    I have been working at Eastman Chemical full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Supervision is fare and work is evenly distributed. There are different shifts available to work which helps when it comes to the needs of your family. Just a few of the perks include paid holidays, one personal day, paid vacation. You are also given opportunities to grow. The company is community-oriented and volunteer work is encouraged. Heatlhy living and exercise are encouraged also. There are facilties available for exercise.

    Cons

    In my department, those with senority get to choose what area and what shift they so choose to work in each year. This makes it hard for those who are newer employees to have to adjust their schedules and balance family/child care needs yearly. However, this is a perk for those who have senority.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More frequent hands-on reminder training for specific issues would be helpful.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Eastman is a very caring company, offering great job statisfaction and opportunities

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    Current Employee - Director Technoloy, Resin and Sheet Development  in  Ghent (Belgium)
    Current Employee - Director Technoloy, Resin and Sheet Development in Ghent (Belgium)

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

    Pros

    Very stable company , with a Caring culture for her emplayees, offering great job statisfaction and huge opportunities for personal development

    Cons

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    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    HOSTILE WORK ENVIRONMENT!!! Homophobic, Racist, Redneck Good Old Boys run Eastman Chemical...

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    Current Employee - Chemical Plant Operator  in  Longview, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Chemical Plant Operator in Longview, TX (US)

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

    Pros

    They pay you every two weeks ($31.46 hour Operator)... Small yearly bonus (some years)... Bare bones health insurance... 40 hours of paid vacation each year...

    Cons

    Company is ran by racist homophobic goof old boys!!! Few opportunities for advancement unless you related to someone in a position of power. Forced to work an insane amount of overtime due to manpower shortages. Lower than average pay. Operators and Maintenance workers are not valued by the company. Day workers and office personnel are given priority within the company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgendered employees are openly discriminated against by Eastman Chemical. Same sex spouses are excluded from insurance. Also, employees with same sex spouses are excluded from emergency leave and excluded from bereavement leave. It will be challenging for Eastman Chemical to recruit and retain the best and brightest employees until all employees are welcome and included!!!
    Very poor work-life balance at Texas Eastman for Operations due to manpower shortages. Operators are required to work insane hours of overtime and are forced to transition from days to nights within 24 hour periods. It is not uncommon to have one one day off per month while working 12 hour rotating shifts.
    Eastman Chemical has no mentoring programs and unless an employee is related to someone in power that have zero chance for advancement.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Okay

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Community oriented and encourage employees to volunteer in the community
    If you are not happy with your current position or supervision, just wait because everyone changes positions every 1-2 years

    Cons

    People hire in right out of school and stay so not a lot of fresh ideas from employees that have worked at other companies - it is the Eastman way or the highway
    Very bureaucratic and political environment - must notify multiple layers and departments for any decision

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Changes in HR approach is creating a very negative atmosphere where employees are no longer willing to help each other because they know they are being ranked with the peers

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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