Intertek Reviews

Updated July 2, 2015
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Pros
  • 20 days off a year, good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • Good company to make relations with employers (in 5 reviews)

Cons
  • I was denied a request to work fewer hours to improve my work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • They intend to make your firing hidden in their high turnover (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Only if zero stars was an option

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lake Forest, CA
    Current Employee - Project Engineer in Lake Forest, CA

    I have been working at Intertek

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Nothing, really nothing. How I wish zero or negative was an option!

    Cons

    Crazy deadlines. Inefficient management. Cheap, bad quality infrastructure. Money saving strategies. They don't treat their employees well. Even basic stuff like soda is not for employees. They announce in the announcement systems if any employee is getting soda out of the refrigerator that soda is for clients only. Working is hell. Unorganized. No efforts put in employee training. Same stuff each month. Zero growth. Employees don't know how to use the restroom and management doesn't want to spend money renovating building or other stuff around.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more money to keep employees happy. Not the sales team all the time.


  2. Not the company it

    Former Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Human Resources in Houston, TX

    I worked at Intertek (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Benefits are solid, 4 weeks PTO, made a few good friends and ---- that is really about it.

    Cons

    Being in HR you see plenty within the organization to realize how poor it is: pitiful communication throughout, constant organizational changes, seems to be that no one ever knows what is going on, the company is top heavy there is a VP for everything and are all earning well over 6 figures yet they pay everyone else way below market value. Employees are under appreciated, not valued. They will tell you, you will receive a bonus (ex: 10%) and come review time, now it's only paying out 25% (been like that for 4+ years, must be a trend at this point). Amongst management, I've seen harassment, vulgar language used, and just flat out unprofessionalism on a daily basis. Dreadful environment, and turnover rate is terrible. There is no onboarding or training in place. Just figure it out type of thing. It's hard being a new employee, they last thing you need is to be thrown into a position. If you are being considered for a position at Intertek ----Please think again!!! It's not a place where you will be happy nor want to stay. At first, it will be ok until you realize all the above mentioned. Working at the company I am today, has made me realize how awful Intertek treated me.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees with respect. Treat them as if they matter. If you do, perhaps you would not have the constant revolving door that you do.


  3. Helpful (1)

    Chemist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Scientist in Whitehouse, NJ
    Current Employee - Scientist in Whitehouse, NJ

    I have been working at Intertek (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    there are no positive input

    Cons

    no personal growth, always money making mind, no employee appreciation or respoect, finger pointing

    Advice to Management

    change the whole management


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  5. Poor management

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Subject Mtter Expert in Allentown, PA
    Former Employee - Subject Mtter Expert in Allentown, PA

    I worked at Intertek

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Colleagues knowledgble but under valued

    Cons

    Micro managed, PhD's in place to oper

    Micro managed, Phd scientists in position to make business decision, no experience with operatig a business, employees treated as chatel, labs operate autonomosusly, imndividuals promoted on their incommpetence, not a oonecompany approch as is always advertised, noting to work 60 hour weeks with no compensation, just chastissed for errrors.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to revise business model to take PhD,s out of businness areas and replace with knowledgableexperienced business managegers.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Back stabbing, self preserving managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Purchasing Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Intertek full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Can't really think of any REAL pros. Made some good friends I guess is one.

    Cons

    No respect for the workers bees, the managers take all the credit and all the bonuses for your hard work.

    Advice to Management

    You aren't that important and if you'd appreciate ALL employees you'd be surprised how much better it could be.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Bait and Switch

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Project Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I worked at Intertek

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    competitive pay and flexible schedule.

    Cons

    Leadership needs to give directions to employees before assessing an employee as a failure.


  8. Helpful (3)

    Great for a Stepping Stone but don't stay long

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI

    I worked at Intertek full-time (More than 8 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    The Medical and Vacation Benefits were good. There was a diverse amount of work to and if you were willing you could learn a lot. Great place to do some professional networking and make some good contacts.

    Cons

    High employee turn over. A complete lack of competent management. The month to month budgets make for a very stressful environment. This company doesn't learn from past mistakes and keeps on making the same ones. Management will steal your ideas and take credit for them. Most managers are lifers who can't work anywhere else because they lack the skills to do so and lack the skills to lead and manage. There is a compete lack of concern for employee safety and environmental protection. Management is so scared to loose their jobs that they only care about meeting the numbers that they need for the month and doing things safely doesn't help with those numbers.
    There is poor opportunity for growth and the management seems to be threatened by those who want to improve themselves. There is a complete lack of leadership and respect. So often your tools or equipment were stolen. Also be prepared to be stabbed in the back as no one takes responsibility for their actions.
    The HR department is a complete mess and has people who don't know how to do their jobs and only seem to come for a visit when they are firing someone. You shouldn't fear your HR department and it seemed like we weren't important enough to help.
    Last but not least as a salary employee you are expected to work insane hours with absolutely no compensation. You get PTO days which include vacation and sick days so there is no help there. Intertek doesn't pay near the industry standards for the positions that they have so be prepared to be overworked and underpaid

    Advice to Management

    Get with it. This company has so much potential but Upper management is so focused on the $$ an not on efficiency or bettering processes. Your lower management shouldn't be so scared to do their jobs that they drag the company down.


  9. Helpful (1)

    No Accountability of Managers

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Project Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Contractor - Project Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Intertek as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You can meet many great employees and really expand your network quickly.

    Cons

    You can really expand your network quickly because of the high turnover rate. Either the good talent get scooped or find a better job or their contract is ended. The people that remain at the company are those that have never tried to get a job elsewhere. Very cliquey staff make internal politics a nightmare. Overall, everyone is very unhappy.

    Advice to Management

    The new director is very good. But the management that was handed to her needs a major makeover. Some of the Project managers are very good. Some are VERY bad. None are held accountable for their actions, or lack of actions. If you want to get good employees, invest in an HR consultant to assist with the hiring process. Making hiring decisions based on the opinions of Senior Staff members and other Temps is both uneducated and unprofessional. Also, please tell the PM/PI and staff to at least wear something nicer than a T-Shirt when interviewing people that are coming in wearing suits and dress clothes. The first impression given is that of "we don't care".


  10. Helpful (1)

    Intertek

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Intertek full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, and good location

    Cons

    no health benefits at all

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  11. Helpful (3)

    This is not a good place at all

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Cortland, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Cortland, NY

    I worked at Intertek full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    PTO = 4 weeks. Okay benefits. And that's a rap.

    Cons

    There is not enough room. Managers who are friends with lab owners that sold out to Intertek or that grew up within the lab sold to Intertek. No competence -- from the top down. It's horrible. No women. No minorities. If you read this and go in for an interview -- take a GOOD look around. Who and what do you see? Outdated lab equipment. Better equipment exists within the companies they do testing for -- than at their own facilities. If you see a bunch of great reviews...think, did HR write them. Read a lot of reviews and read between the lines. Only take a job here if you are absolutely desperate. It's like selling your soul. You will never be the same.

    Advice to Management

    You need to go. You need to hire people who actually have "real" degrees. Not associates, not a GED, not an online degree -- a real degree. And if you are going to tell your customers hey this guy over here is an engineer...make sure academically that the guy really is an engineer, not an engineering tech, not a former EMS driver....but a real engineer. Anything short, is a lie. And yes, I know -- I am an engineer.



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