HR professional (Current Employee) – Indianapolis, IN – March 3, 2016
There is not a boring day at Dow - if you like to achieve. Dow runs quite lean, which allows for a good deal of opportunity. Dow hires high quality people - with a great eye toward "nice". Respect and politeness are a part of the culture.
work can take over your life; performance ratings are subjective
Fun place to work, but a lot of chemicals to deal with.
Works as water evaporator tech and EVA operator (Former Employee) – 5005 Barnard Mill Road, Ringwood, IL 60050 – May 16, 2014
I do not want to keep working in a chemical plant for my health. My long term health means more to me than a job that pays money and gives benefits. The place was full of nice people and there are ways to avoid chemicals, but o not want the thought of getting exposed. The older I get the more I realize that it is important to enjoy our time and this includes working. I never cared for the notion of just going to work and dealing with how much it might be dreadful. Now, I want to do something in a way to enjoy my talent. I was a great writer in college as a history major, but I just got away from that and distracted by life. I see how much better life can be when I explore my talents. Dow Chemical gave me a valuable life lesson, but it is time to move on.
Dow is a good company... Very safe. The pay isn't as good as most companies around, bonuses STINK comparatively. . . and they have way too many leadership roles that seem completely unecessary. I hate the UNION for the most part, but it does have a few perks I suppose. Came into work, log on computer, read logbook, MTL, review load/unload schedule and then get the scheduled work done over the time on shift. My plant was very busy, so that was good... it was very different from typical Distribution jobs where cats just sat around in a warehouse pushing buttons. We were very much like tank farm operators. Great experience, but the union and the contracts within really hold people back, and push people away.
Great Pay, Benefits, and Co-workers, Safe
Union, too much Heirarchy, spends a lot of unecessary money on stupid things instead of paying employees more
Lab Technician, Contract Employee (Kelly Services) (Current Employee) – Spring House, PA – June 25, 2013
On a typical day I do QC work or weigh ups of raw materials.
I learned a lot from doing QC work, this includes using Gas Chromatography to find residuals, using a laser to find particle sizes and performing HPLC to get amount of Biocides in samples. I have also been able to perfect laboratory safety and efficiency.
My boss gives me a list of things I should accomplish by the end of the week and it is my job to get everything accomplished in a timely manner. My coworkers are always there to answer any of my questions.
Hardest part of this job is learning something new for the first time, after that it is always easier. The most enjoyable part of my job is coming into work everyday and being in a lab to work with chemicals and advanced instruments.
Packager (Former Employee) – Midland, MI – February 29, 2016
Typical day at work wasn't too hard, kept you busy for twelve hours, basically putting powder in a bag or pack. Learned how to read the BDS and make sure the product went into the right package. Co-workers are good they are lively depending on the shift you are on, some are useless and some actually work, but management wont do anything about it because they don't have a backbone. Management is lacking, they play favorites and its basically a "what can you do for me" mentality that they look for before they promote you. Hardest part of the job is dealing with their disregard for safety yet the say they are so advanced and focused on safety its sickening. They actually go out of their way to not fix problems rather than suck it up and fix it to make the employees safer. the next hardest part would be dealing with the political tango of how to get promoted and whether or not you even want to move up in a company that doesn't appreciate your hard work and the only thing you essentially are to them is an employee number and a dollar sign. other than that the most enjoyable part of the time is the people that you work with, mostly because your all trapped together that it actually does make it fun to make the best out of a bad situation. God have mercy on your soul if you work there.
Easy work, nothing to hard to do, periodic free time.
Have to work overtime to get ahead, favortism, essentially a 2 year probationary period.
Purchasing Manager (Former Employee) – Texas – March 23, 2016
I was Purchasing Agent, Always busy- Loved the work- Your day would fly by. Everyone was great. I had such a variety of duties- Arkema bought out Dow and I was contract so I along with all contract employees lost their job.
Always busy- loved it !!
Contract and all contract employees lost job when Arkema purchased Dow.
Typical Day: * Meet with clients, end users, and stake holders to flesh out design and testing plans for new software or software updates. * Write and test code as well as document project progress. * Rollout software, train users, support existing products.
What I've learned: * Self and team management * All stages of software development
Management: I manage myself and I'm completely responsible for making sure that projects are functionally on target and delivered on time.
Hardest part of my job: I've managed to build a great reputation as someone who can deliver robust solutions that go above and beyond expectations. This means that more and more people seek me out to help with their particular needs. At times I am unable to immediately take on all requests and that's always a little difficult for me. I would like to take on everything that comes my way as soon as I'm asked.
Most enjoyable part of my job: By far the most enjoyable part of my job is when a user or owner contacts me just to tell me how helpful my applications are.
Flexible schedule, creative freedom, good benefits, good pay, great people.
Career / skill development could be a little better.
Production Engineer III (Current Employee) – Freeport, TX – August 15, 2014
Dow chemical was a great place to begin my career while learning the ins and outs of working in a chemical plant as a production engineer. I had a fantastic experience with the engineers, technical staff, and operators within my plant which made the day to day work enjoyable. From speaking with other engineers throughout the company your experience will vary widely depending on the plant you work in.
Process Operator (Former Employee) – Freeport, TX – January 6, 2015
You can learn and advance in this company. It has average pay and lower than average to start but chances for advancement are there afterwards. It is a safety oriented company. They are serious about safety. Best company I ever worked for.
Good benefits, pay, and atmosphere
pay is average for chemical industry, rotating shifts, hourly workers environment varies with location in company