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Eastman Reviews

Updated 14 Jul 2019

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Eastman CEO Mark J. Costa
Mark J. Costa
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  • "Decision making is a very lengthy process, an employee needs to have a champion to have a career(in 57 reviews)

  • "Most of the people in the company still have a small town mind-set(in 39 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Make Eastman Fun Again!"

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

    I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    I joined the company some years ago, And now it looks like we’ve hit a new low. Specialty we’ve tried to be, But investors disagree. How much longer can this fallacy go? Make better decisions faster is what we’re told to do, But with so many meetings, it’s hard to see through. Responsibilities aren’t clear; New titles make us sneer. Business Operating Model was a failure, it’s true.

    Cons

    It seems like it happens every year, The layoffs, the fear, is once again here. We brace for the call, While HR tries not to stall. The executive team wonders where went the cheer. No one knows when the chaos will end, It may be short-lived, once our management is thinned. Stay silent and comply, To elsewhere we apply. Someone make Eastman fun again!

    Advice to Management

    Here’s some much-needed advice, Start by being respectful and nice, Cut excess at the top, BOM & Ignite must stop. Execute these changes and don’t think twice.

    Eastman2019-07-14
  2. Helpful (10)

    "Be a local or be gone!"

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    Former Employee - Strategy Manager in Kingsport, TN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Kingsport is a great place to live if you like outdoors, want a short commute and want a cheap lifestyle. (It’s cheap because there is nowhere to spend money)

    Cons

    Eastman moves at a snail pace seriously company who wants to be a specialty chemical company needs to be fast and agile. They are stuck and been spinning in place for years now. There is very much so, us vs them mentality. There are golden children (typically home grown talent committed to the area - that’s fast tracked) and there is everyone else. No incentive to working hard. Be a local or be gone is the motto.

    Advice to Management

    Eastman has potential to be a greater company but major cleaning of the house is needed - the biggest obstacle to Eastman is not outside threats is the “be local” culture that is preventing this company from growing and making any meaningful change.

    Eastman2019-06-17
  3. "Chemical engineer in the process safety design team"

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      Former Employee - Chemical Engineer 

      I worked at Eastman full-time

      Pros

      Great work culture Flexible Timings Lots of things to learn

      Cons

      I didn't find any cons in this company.

      Eastman2019-06-22
    • Helpful (7)

      "Be careful"

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      Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Kingsport, TN
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Approves of CEO

      I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 5 years

      Pros

      A good place to start your career if you are freshly out of school or need visa sponsorship. Eastman is nice to new people and compensation is good.

      Cons

      Career movement is very slow. Eventually you will find yourself become a second-tier politician and third-tier scientist if you want to be promoted (or "join the club"). Diversity is lacking - Need more people with diverse background sitting in management positions. Until so, Eastman will struggle competing globally.

      Advice to Management

      CEO, EVPs, and VPs have good vision. This doesn't mean other managers are on-board. Need aggressive management house cleaning (mainly directors and group leaders) to truly change the culture and truly become a strong global chemical company.

      Eastman2019-06-25
    • "Chemical Engineer"

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      Current Employee - Chemical Engineer in Kingsport, TN
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook

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

      Pros

      Lots of independence, guidance from senior engineers, good compensation and work life balance. It has been a very fulfilling experience so far

      Cons

      There are some issues with integrating small sites to work fully with the larger main manufacturing site

      Advice to Management

      Keep communicating with employees about where the company is headed and why

      Eastman2019-06-17
    • Helpful (12)

      "Don't bet on this job"

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      Former Employee - Customer Service 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Eastman full-time for less than a year

      Pros

      Great experience if you are looking for something corporate.

      Cons

      No career movement allowed for two years, supervisors play favorites and target the ones they don't like. They will also do massive layoffs at least every couple of years. Their motivation for who to lay off changes as well so you never feel secure.

      Advice to Management

      Take more corporate responsibility to this area and be a major employer to the people here.

      Eastman2019-06-03
    • Helpful (3)

      "Employee Value Trending Downward"

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      Current Employee - Manager 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Negative Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

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

      Pros

      Great people to work with for the most part who care about doing a good job.

      Cons

      I have been with Eastman for many years. For the past few years, top leadership within the company continues to push changes and emphasize performance in a way that clearly indicates the bulk of the workforce does not seem to be valued. Lately there has been a push to emphasize certain HR policies in such a way that there is increasing division across a very large part of the workforce. It is getting increasingly difficult...

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      Advice to Management

      Remember your roots with respect to employee valuation. They really are the greatest asset for any company. To the BOD: hold the CEO accountable. The stock price continues to be pathetic while the general market roars along. Employees have even suffered personally to address cost in an attempt to rejuvenate the stock. By the CEO's own calculus he needs to be replaced with someone that can make a difference if he cannot....

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      Eastman2019-07-14
    • Helpful (21)

      "One Eastman....or One Disappointment"

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      Former Employee - Anonymous Employee 
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I worked at Eastman full-time for more than 10 years

      Pros

      Eastman has had a lot of interesting product releases in the last several years, and along with the acquisitions, the product portfolio has expanded to the point of having many different types of businesses and technologies to work on, so plenty of good opportunities to continuously learn. The company also does allow people to change job functions (provided there is a need). With so many manufacturing sites, there are...

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      Cons

      First, the company has made a huge negative shift in how they value their employees. When I hired on, it was a team based feel where people enjoyed helping each other. After the rating system was introduced, the desire to help each other started to drop. Mentoring became more awkward for people, as helping one person might be hurting another, so both the company and the employees were losing. The company has some...

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      Advice to Management

      People choose to work at Eastman based on the team based culture that used to exist. In recent years, that culture has been fading because of this "performance based culture" and it will continue to get worse. Combine that with middle and senior management's lack of care for people anymore, and you can see that things are going downhill. Go back to the days when Eastman used to truly value their employees instead...

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      Eastman2019-05-11
    • Helpful (20)

      "Out of touch executives and ageism a concern"

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      Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingsport, TN
      Doesn't Recommend
      Neutral Outlook
      Disapproves of CEO

      I have been working at Eastman full-time for more than 8 years

      Pros

      It's a paycheck. Benefits are better than other places although health insurance is getting worse. Some products are commodities and some have potential to be market leaders. Engineers seem on the ball and the science is sound.

      Cons

      How much time do y'all have? Watch out, experienced dedicated workers! Once you reach a certain age, they'll lay you off and hire someone younger for a song. Meanwhile, the overpaid executive team is more concerned about their stock shares than their employees. They get ridiculous salaries and we get raises that don't match inflation if we get a raise at all. CEO emails to employees are usually depressing. Not a motivational...

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      Advice to Management

      Break up the cronyism at the top. Replace the CEO. Show a little optimism by standing by your employees in tough times instead of sacrificing them. We're told "headwinds" are temporary. Laying off a 55-year old is can be pretty permanent for that person.

      Eastman2019-05-25
    • "Great Way to enter Supply Chain"

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      Current Employee - Supply Chain Analyst in Kingsport, TN
      Recommends
      Positive Outlook
      No Opinion of CEO

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

      Pros

      You get to work with internal employees and learn about our supply chain and businesses.

      Cons

      You can be treated like a help desk more than a resource from time to time.

      Advice to Management

      Clearly define roles and responsibilities otherwise you leave too much gray area that could cause overloading of work.

      Eastman2019-05-30
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