I love the people--everyone is extremely kind and helpful. The safety culture here in particular is more risk-conscious and comprehensive than anywhere I have ever worked (I have a background in machining.)
Also, I learned about so many new and innovative composite processing techniques--classes on composites in school couldn't come close.
I submitted a patent this summer...
I was encouraged to 3D print all of my design work to show to customers--it's amazing to see my drawings become real parts.
It's in Ohio, and I go to the University of Michigan.
If anything, I would have liked the company to provide centralized housing for the interns--finding an apartment was a pain and interns were not introduced to each other before we started at the company.
Advice to Potential Interns
I worked in Granville, OH, at Owens Corning's main research facility. If you want to do research here, you will need some type of graduate degree. Their development program (a rotation program) is definitely worth considering, especially if you have a background in materials science, chemistry, mechanical engineering, or chemical engineering.
Advice to Management
Standard housing for interns.
Diversity here was excellent for the industry (especially in terms of race), but men still dominate the top research and management positions. Try to attract more exceptional women.
Sample Interview Questions
There were only behavioral interviews. I did discuss my technical experience in them.
They asked about my prior experiences in a team environment and on projects. They had me discuss my previous engineering experience listed on my resume. They asked about a time of failure. Typical questions.
I spent a long time answering these questions, so they did not ask more than 5 questions total.
Later on, I had a conference call with the group I was placed in at the company (after receiving an offer). At that time, my technical skills and competencies were evaluated.