Eastman Chemical

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Eastman Chemical Reviews

Updated 17 December 2014
Updated 17 December 2014
810 Reviews
4.6
810 Reviews
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Eastman Chemical Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Many roles/supervisors are supportive of maintaining a good work-life balance (in 79 reviews)

  • The compensation is competitive, especially considering the low cost of living in Eastern Tennessee (in 24 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 15 reviews)

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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's a great company that offers great work/life balance

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    • 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

    You'll find many high-quality individuals that are truly team-oriented and you don't tend to work with many people who are only out for themselves.

    Cons

    The promotions tend to be few and far between. The benefits continue to get worse over time. Pay is not as good as you would find at some other employers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new performance rating system is hurting morale and does not add to employee performance. It should be scrapped immediately.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work and grow!

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

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

    Pros

    The people are the best thing about working at Eastman! It's a supportive network that will help you learn and grow throughout your career. They genuinely care about your development. Ethical Chemical company isn't an oxymoron here. There's a big emphasis on safety and the sustainability movement is growing.

    Cons

    It seems to be difficult to attract diversity to the area, where more than 95% of the Tri-Cities area consists of non-hispanic whites.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Excellent company and location

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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 (more than an year)

    Pros

    Very positive working environment, excellent prospects for advancement across businesses, forward-looking management, strong technical competencies, seen as a valuable business partner with customers

    Cons

    Still quite a bit of the old boys network in existence, but decreasing little by little. Healthcare costs are increasing and we are feeling it, especially with the "consumer driven healthcare plans"

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be sure to consider how all levels of employees live and are compensated. Open up decision-making processes more and more to alleviate the feeling of back-room deals/decisions.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Lots of opportunitites across different business, cultures, and locations

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Saint Louis, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Business Manager in Saint Louis, MO (US)

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

    Pros

    Management exhibits values you can be proud of, diversity of businesses, career opportunities, healthy growing businesses, co-workers that work together towards common goal, general environment of respect for one another.

    Cons

    Lack of flexibiilty from the standard processes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    Innovative and productive company built upon strong values and excellent employees.

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

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

    Pros

    Eastman treats its employees very well. A healthy balance between work and family is encouraged. The company cares about your health and your well-being. Management is accessible. In general, Eastman employees are very nice people with a positive and helpful attitude.

    Cons

    The company is becoming more and more global, which presents challenges as we try to support the worldwide company. Travel is becoming more and more common.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Eastman a place of value

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Martinsville, VA (US)
    Current Employee - Machine Operator in Martinsville, VA (US)

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

    Pros

    co-workers and supervisors care about your feedback, they give back to the community, they have health incentives example: they reimburst a qualifying gym cost, they're big on having a safe work environment, "they want you to leave work the same as you came in".

    Cons

    lot of mandatory overtime, slim chance of changing departments(job) they only give two chances per year, 12 hour swingshift (get every other weekend off),

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    keep up the good work, need to create more automation machines (Martinsville Va site)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    A strong culture of teamwork & dedication to achieve company goals exists at Eastman with many opportunities for growth.

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

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

    Pros

    Eastman provides many tools to help you succeed including multiple training courses and opportuniites to suggest new courses where needed. The experience of the technical staff at Eastman is vast and will help drive success for future product development. Flexible schedules are common with the expectation you will get the job done. I can't say enough about the willingness of people to help you succeed. It really is a team effort where projects are involved. Everyone works together to make new ideas and projects be successful.

    Cons

    Starting in 2015, everyone will change to high-deductible healthcare plans. The high-deductible plans, although a normal part of benefits for most companies now, are often more costly with less patient benefits.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Love coming to work!

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

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

    Pros

    Although I've heard it wasn't always this way, the current Eastman culture is warm and inviting. It really is a pleasure to work with people who are kind, considerate, competent, humble... the list goes on and on. Compensation is far above what fellow college alums have shared with me, and to me that's a tangible reinforcement that Eastman highly values their employees and desires to keep them for years.

    Cons

    Insufficient documentation of past projects can be frustrating at times, but that's to be expected with a 60-year-old plant.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Well Managed, Ethical Company that is Fair to its Employees

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

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

    Pros

    I think Management has done a god job positioning the company so that it can prosper and provide stable employment for the forseeable future. The company is full of people that want to work and do a good job and the teamwork you see is excellent. The compensation, both monetary and benefits, combined wih the low cost of living at the Headquarters site provides a vey comfortable life. The company takes Safety seriously.

    Cons

    The company places a lot of credence in getting input on decisions and courses of action. While that can lead to better decisions, it can get frustrating waiting for and getting the input.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the culture and work ethic of the people and don't feel like you have to implement the HRA trends from other companies

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Very welcoming, high performing culture

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

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

    Pros

    The company is dedicated to growth - for it's employees and earnings
    I've had an opportunity to work for some of the best leaders of my career
    I trust my manager
    Heavy focus on welliness - even a '4 dollar healthy meal deal' that is partily paid for by the company
    Really great computer hardware - computers, monitors, phones

    Cons

    Retirement and health benefits are not top tier
    Some of the people processes could be updated

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be seen more.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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