Corning Inc. Sucks Customer Reviews and Feedback
Corning Incorporated is an American multinational technology company that specializes in specialty glass, ceramics, and related materials and technologies including advanced optics, primarily for industrial and scientific applications. The company was named Corning Glass Works until 1989. Corning divested its consumer product lines (including CorningWare and Visions Pyroceram-based cookware, Corelle Vitrelle tableware, and Pyrex glass bakeware) in 1998 by selling the Corning Consumer Products Company subsidiary (now known as Corelle Brands) to Borden, but still holds an interest of about 8 percent.
A former process technician shared this review, "Corning Inc doesn't care about your wellbeing or how many degrees you have, you are easily replaceable. Management has no understanding of the jobs they are asking people to do or appropriate timelines. Unless you're "teacher's pet," management is awful to you and watches you all the time as if they don't trust you know how to do your job. Nothing is fair about the way the company works."
Former Employee - Senior Research Scientist says"I worked at Corning full-time for more than 5 years Cons: -Too quick to lay off people to save budget -Not quick enough to act on pandemic -Prioritizing shareholders and profit over employee's"
Former Contractor - Senior Scientist says"I worked at Corning for less than a year Cons: In order to become a full-time Corning employee, one must typically endure a year as a contractor as a means of proving themselves before the company will commit to you. During this year, contractors are treated like second class employees. Your opinion doesn't matter, people treat you as though you are stupid, and people are reluctant to form any kind of meaningful relationships with you. Your access to corporate data, which is necessary to perform your job, is limited. It is a form of corporate hazing. You can be terminated at any minute and have zero job security. If you are lucky enough to be granted full-time employment then you are in the club, but prior to that, watch out. I would never accept a job here as a contractor."
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I worked at Corning full-time Cons: By their own admission, they do a poor job of assimilating mid-career hires. If you don't manage to figure out the culture (the REAL culture, not the slick, focus group approved verbiage in their glossy handouts) , you won't survive, and there isn't much else to do in this area if you've relocated. This is complicated by the inconsistency of the culture throughout the different divisions. Some divisions have more problems in this regard than others, and you might thrive in another division. Surviving in the culture depends on your ability to proactively insert yourself into the many informal groups which exist in your particular area. If you're a type A personality, this will be easy. If not, you will be in for a bumpy ride."
Current Employee - Research Scientist says"I have been working at Corning full-time for more than 3 years Cons: Everything is upside down, very "clicky", promotion based on how much you "like" your bosses and based on race and gender. American company with old style management. If you are non-american they tag you on your badge by the BLUE GLOBE which means you have no access to any databases, no access to research resources and they treat you unequally and with disrespect. You are not by definition part of the pack. You will have to proof yourself for 5-10 years before you get promotions even if you outperform every single year. Middle management absolutely useless, not helpful, very bureaucratic, creating just obstacles. Innovation is stacked for years, people don't trust each others, don't share any ideas b/c on the invention discloser (ID) committee are sitting US citizen only fellows having absolute power and control. They distribute submitted ideas to their own supporters, palls and friends and resubmitted with their names. Many sr. scientists and associates and fellows haven't been in labs for years or never been in labs at all and yet having hundreds of patents, IDs and publications. Stealing was elevated into a first principle. People don't collaborate, they just compete between each other. Due to small town attitude, there is a lot of gossiping, politics and backstabbing. Not motivating at all. 95% folks go to work for just the paychecks."
Current Employee - Team Leader says"I have been working at Corning full-time Cons: You work a ton of hours weekly and are not compensated well for them."
Current Employee - Service Delivery Analyst says"I have been working at Corning full-time for more than a year Cons: IT is no longer technical. A cookie cutter attitude exists across all segments of IT. It is hard to measure results since change is constant and then it's time for another change. Gartner's ideas rule. Your contributions don't amount to much unless you are in the right circle of long term employees/friends."
Former Employee - Process Engineer says"I worked at Corning full-time for more than a year Cons: Rat race culture. "Supportive team environment" is talked about but typically not put into action. People are overworked and management is inconsistent and cannot be trusted to take care of their employees. Managers in my experience are interested in moving up and if throwing someone below them under the bus or taking credit for someone else's work is a way to achieving that then so be it."
Former Employee - Audio/Visual Technician II says"I worked at Corning full-time for more than a year Cons: - Low level management is highly unqualified and doesn’t know how to effectively lead a team (media services SP) - If you’re in a support role (IT or Media) you often get mistreated and deal with difficult cod workers when technician issues arise. Even though they company preaches about positive work environment they let mistreatment of other go unresolved (especially when higher ups talk down to the support teams)"
Former Employee - Engineer says"I worked at Corning full-time for more than 8 years Cons: management seems tired, culture is somewhat toxic in R&D, R&D is larger than what the size of the company warrants."
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee says"I have been working at Corning full-time for more than a year Cons: Too often to get things done we're beholden to obtuse and onerous processes. Many think because they're an expert in one subject means they're an expert in another which leads to problem blindness. A lot of old technology solutions and mindsets. Culture of promoting individual achievements undermine culture and collaboration. The mindset toward and leadership of software development is lacking. The cafeteria experience is average at best."
Optical Finish Grinder (Former Employee) says"Never new when they were going to lay me off at any point. I did excellent work and it was never respected by manegment. Cons: highly stressfull"
Process Technician II (Former Employee) says"They don't care about your wellbeing or how many degrees you have, you are easily replaceable. Management has no understanding of the jobs they are asking people to do or appropriate timelines. Unless you're "teacher's pet," management is awful to you and watches you all the time as if they don't trust you know how to do your job. Nothing is fair about the way the company works."
Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) says"The interview process is several months long. The communication is secretive and leaves you with no way to follow up or contact your interviewer for status. There is no obligation to update you."
Team Leader (Former Employee) says"Good company for those that already have work experience prior to the role. Daily role to manage production workers. Company cares about customer image. Very difficult work life balance with swing shift operations. Cons: Swing shift (24/7 operations), managements styles"
Forklift operator- The supply of raw materials (Former Employee) says"Was out for workmens comp and they put that time against my attendance. A year and a half later I miss 4 hours of it and they fired me because the workmen comp time never came off my attendence."
Manufacturing Technician (Former Employee) says"Lack of management and HR does not protect its employees at all, sad thing about the company is admin likes certain people and cares less about hardworking people. Cons: Lack of management"
Management (Former Employee) says"Corning is not any different than any major corporation. They will do whatever it takes to protect management. Code of Ethics protects management not the employee, and you can expect that if you violate or discover a COE violation - HR will do what ever it takes to use you as a scapegoat, and put you on a Coach for Success, which means your going to be RIF'ed or terminated. If you work for this company do not go to HR for any reason other than benefits and not violations of COEs - would not be in your best interest long term if you want to retire with his company - also it's not your company."
Inspector/Packer (Former Employee) says"It was all really good until the poor management came into play and favoritism. You have to work here for 90 Working days then they will certify you but you can do anything and everything they ask plus do multiple peoples jobs and still have favoritism and disrespect from management along never seeing some of the management. Plus they like to fire right before your 90 days are up for no reason. So if your planning to work here beware especially if ur a veteran I felt I was treated differently than others. Cons: Management rotation leader and not knowing what their doing."
Global Security Operations Center Coordinator (Former Employee) says"would not return"
Service Delivery Manager (Former Employee) says"Not recommended if you have ideas for continuous improvement because you will never be heard. This company is in a time warp that they will never get out of."
Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) says"My day was to clean equipment (turn for the next run) and do the repairs. The pay is low for the technical knowledge required for the repairs. Those with electrical qualifications are not paid more than the technicians with the mechanical skills. Even though one has many more risks, serious risks at that, when working on the electrical side of the repair. Management does not discipline the workers who do not do their job....thus leading to many people slacking off on the job and causing the one that do their job to do much more than their fair share. I do not recommend working at Corning."
Service Technician (Former Employee) says"Poor management without proper training. Just because you “survived” for double digit years does not mean you are qualified and experienced. Managers are put in roles they have no background. How is a department supposed to grow and thrive when the manager is in over their heads? Very typical mindset and culture. Sad..."
Level II Operations Analyst (Current Employee) says"For the purposes of getting experience in a corporate environment, Corning is a good place to get a start in IT. Unfortunately, the culture is very skewed toward the color of your badge (blue for contractor and white for employee). With nearly 50% of the workforce being contractors, one would think that contractors could find a place within the culture of the company. Not so. Cons: You'll only ever be a contractor, you'll never get a raise, after outsourcing there are very few if any opportunities for promotion"
Several (Former Employee) says"Loose management structure and pyramid building is the normal operating mode. You have to watch your back every day because you never know who is going to steal credit for the project you are working on or launch a secret 'dark' project that reports nothing to nobody while they undercut the value of your work. If you take an R&D job here, you'd better start 'networking' and that means find the power players and focus on career climbing. The quality of your research is not of much concern. While a flurry of activity appears like innovation, there is very little real research and the development is mostly of marketing old technology in new applications. Most of the technically talented people have moved on or left R&D altogether over the last decade. Be prepared to put people onto patents that were never present and keep your mouth shut when one of the players takes credit for you innovation. Because if you don't the alliances will trash you. HR is a bobble head on a desktop next to the lunch room. I recommend it as a temporary stop on your job hop to a meaningful career. If you're not there long enough, you may leave with a favorable impression. Cons: That all ended in the decades of the 2000 - 2010. Now it's tribal chaos."
Manufacturing Technician (Current Employee) says"Everything is catered to the day shift employee. If you work the swing shifts you get screwed out of vacation pay. You only get 3.5 sick days for the whole year. Only 2 weeks of vacation until after you get to 3 years of service. No one else is held accountable for their mistakes and just blames the shift workers for issues. Shift managers do not discipline their crews and most people do not do their jobs well. Very strict attendance policy and mandatory overtime. They promise you 14 days off a month but you usually never get it due to overtime. Can’t plan your life outside work and have little to no work/life balance. If you’re single and want to make a ton of money on holidays and overtime more power to you. NOT a family oriented company Cons: No family/personal time. Poor management"
Reciever (Current Employee) says"Good working place always busy pay is good people work with are good it's not very hard just a little stressful but downside is benifits are not good at all and dont offer no other hood benegits"
Operator (Former Employee) says"Says it all right in the summary. Quite dangerous for the brain doing rotating shift work. Most of the crew are not enthusiastic and living unhealthy lifestyles which leaks into the job. The work itself isn't so bad but without team players, it can be very daunting. However, the pay makes it bearable but only for so long."
Electrical Controls Engineer (Current Employee) says"Contract employees are treated like a second class citizens. Job work / Life Balance does not exist. Seems like everybody is working like a slave to meet the project deadline and everything is like hurry up and get machines turned over to production."
Mechanical Engineer (Former Employee) says"The culture is very suffocating. There are a lot of workers on the floor, but their needs are put after the needs of the parts being manufactured. The shifts were swapped from 8 hours to 12 hours frequently for a short period, and it created a lot of issues for those with families."
Shared Services Specialist/Validation (Former Employee) says"Too many bosses. Cons: No advancement"
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