The culture appears to be favorable in the beginning, but they will lay you off or fire you for anything, so it gets ugly pretty quickly.
Support from management
I honestly think they try, but its too little to late. There aren't enough managers to ever find one. They never have time to actually manage employees, and they are just looking to jump up the ladder anyway so even if you find one you can't get straight answer... Dow believes no one should hold the same management position for longer than two years, to stir the pot, so they never know whats going on anyway.
Specifically setup to keep teams fighting each other, and the stuff that should be a no brainer is contracted so you have to call an outside company for out of the country to get a printer cartridge. Everything is a struggle and most give up and do nothing.
Freedom to work independently
As long as you bang the dow drumb
I actually think they try and keep you in the dark. Publicly traded company that will do anything necessary to make the stock go up .1 percent. The fact that they have 10 different names as the first question on this survey should tell you everything...... Dow, Dow chemical, Dow chemical Midland, Dow chemical international, Dow chemical international limited..... Sounds exactly like the work environment I was in.... Very proud of themselves and will do anything necessary to keep the wheel spinning.
They love gender equality
Attitude towards older colleagues
Older employees typically make more, so they are unofficially frowned up. They appear to be trying to lighten up the burden on the retirement fund and fire the senior employees any chance they get. They do not have a formal discipline policy and do not keep accurate employee HR files. They take advantage of the the Michigan At Will employee status because they know no one wants to take on Corporate America.
Obviously ended poorly for me about 16 months after the merger. (When I got done training all my replacements)
Overall compensation for your work
Well compensated when they need you. Totally expendable when they do not.
Office / Work Environment
Pretty friendly. People are required to help one another so if you can figure out who to contact, they will help you.
In this area they have caused enough environmental damage and had to complete so much environmental restoration work that they are pretty environmental conscious now.
Great when stock prices are up, they contract everything, and everyone is happy, but end of the quarter, they lay everyone off and the Dow employees are left working 80 hours a week and giving back their vacation time at the end of the year to get an average rating on their review.
They think its great. Locally, they are feared more than respected.
Ha. Good luck... Bob and weave. Never complete a large scale project or the team gets wacked... Try to change managers as often as possible and you may make it a while.
No issues. Their pr machine keeps
Handicap access pretty well up to date.
The cost of previous issues in this area as well as the afformentioned pr machine keeps worker safety in pretty good shape.
Really depends on where you are with your career lifecycle. They will ask you to do multiple jobs at the end but give you no support or direction so they can bury you and tell you your not meeting their expectations.
Inclusive / Diverse
They love diversity
Suggestions for improvement
- If it feels like its going poorly after they buy the company you work for.... then it is. Don't kid yourself like I did. Find another job while you still have a paycheck.... They deal in jobs not careers.
What I like about the company
Unfortunately at this point in the review I'm angry enough that I have nothing good to say about this company. However, i had a great career for 15 years with Dow corning prior to the merger.
What I dislike about the company