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Eastman Reviews

Updated Dec 2, 2019

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3.6
65%
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Eastman Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Mark J. Costa
Mark J. Costa
698 Ratings
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  • "Decision making is a very lengthy process, an employee needs to have a champion to have a career(in 43 reviews)

  • "Small town, large company -- transitioning to global company is difficult(in 41 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (8)

    "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
  2. "Well Structured Company"

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician 
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great training programs available and flexible schedules

    Cons

    Not much room for growth

    Eastman2019-11-22
  3. "a"

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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
  4. "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
  5. Helpful (1)

    "Opportunity options"

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    Former Employee - Business Manager 
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    There are a lot of opportunities to try a lot of different kinds of jobs. Changing jobs every three years to try something new not uncommon, great way to get a good view of the company. People are genuinely nice, polite southern culture, and East Tennessee is a gorgeous place to live.

    Cons

    Management does have their favorites, options for growth if you weren’t on that list are limited. With the southern culture comes some passive aggressiveness, they are not great with conflict. There are some limitations to the culture of the area, lack of diversity especially with trying to raise a young family.

    Advice to Management

    Trying to drive accountability is a good thing, but all the metrics Put in place around sales Calls is not driving the right behavior. Also building a business plan from the bottom up is a great concept but only if upper management doesn’t completely change the number at the end.

    Eastman2019-10-19
  6. Helpful (2)

    "Marketing at Eastman"

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

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

    Pros

    Engages well across multiple channels. Robust innovation pipeline.

    Cons

    Too many people directing work. Not enough people doing work.

    Eastman2019-10-28
  7. Helpful (1)

    "Good progress"

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    Current Employee - Manager 
    No Opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Eastman full-time

    Pros

    Good shared vision and progression towards future growth.

    Cons

    Still think like a technology push company trying to prove conclusions.

    Advice to Management

    Value your people and allow them to makes choices with a relative level of confidence without drowning in data.

    Eastman2019-10-15
  8. "Senior Buyer"

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    Current Employee - Senior Buyer in Hyderābād
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Transparent organization with clear vision and positive environment.

    Cons

    No transport facility but compensated by work from home option

    Eastman2019-10-15
  9. Helpful (1)

    "Heading the right direction"

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    Current Employee - Business Person in Kingsport, TN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No Opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Company innovation is solving problems the world needs solved (e.g. circular economy) so a strong purpose; seeing improvements in inclusion and diversity and commitment to employees with more of a focus now in these areas; in the long term the investments in growth along with the reshaping of the business will pay off

    Cons

    Short term financial challenges while trying to make change in the midst of a difficult external environment; change is slow because still a lot of people who want things to stay the way they have been in the past and resist change, and management slow to deal with that

    Advice to Management

    Don't forget to invest in your employees even during difficult financial times as you need your employees to feel valued and give their discretionary effort to make the turnaround needed actually happen

    Eastman2019-10-07
  10. "Great place"

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    Former Employee - Team Leader 
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great job and people and location

    Cons

    Pay scale and hours and environment

    Eastman2019-10-03
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