Intertek Reviews

Updated August 29, 2014
Updated August 29, 2014
125 Reviews
2.9
125 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • We have the power to move into any industry sector where we see growth opportunities and the people to make sure we are successful (in 5 reviews)

  • Intertek provides good entry-level jobs that help employees build their customer service skills and teamwork tactics (in 4 reviews)


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

  • There is no communication from management, decisions are constantly made without consultation and schemes are often introduced with no notice given (in 3 reviews)

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  1.  

    This is not a good place at all

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    Former Employee - Sales Engineer  in  Cortland, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Cortland, NY

    I worked at Intertek full-time for less than a year

    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 Outdated lab equipment.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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    No place for technical women who are current or future moms

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Project Engineer

    I worked at Intertek full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Vacation
    Risky fun
    Starting salary
    Cute young guys
    Cute middle aged guys

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism rampant. If you're a family-oriented woman, expect to feel uncomfortable daily. You will hear and see risky behavior and be aggressively shut-out if you show concern for yourself or others. They do not want you there. Take the job for the money, but never stop looking for another job. They intend to make your firing hidden in their high turnover.
    Sink or swim mentality and immature leadership.
    High quota, yet no training. Really, none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set management goals for yourself and follow through. If you need time to dedicate to those goals, propose that your management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfortunate

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intertek

    Pros

    4 weeks vacation starting, worked with some decent people

    Cons

    No formal training, "Sink or swim" mentality, no mentoring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your new people

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Their decision to outsource finance because it was just cheaper for them to do so they didn't care about their employees

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intertek

    Pros

    work-life balance was ok

    Cons

    no training was offered and no room to grow

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Terrible politics

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intertek full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Benefits and office space
    Corporate

    Cons

    Pay
    Uneducated coworkers
    Cliques
    Don't care about employees
    Too focused on hitting quota
    High turn over rate

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Most managers are morons that are barely college educated

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Heartless team

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intertek

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits and flex time.

    Cons

    Very erratic management style and male-dominated.

  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    What a joke of a company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intertek full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    The team I was in charge of building there during my 4.5 years there was the best team within the company until the outsourcing was forced prematurely.

    Cons

    Very poor leadership. the CFO (who just left) threw the company in excessive debt with a outsourcing of IT, HR and finance without any standard processes being in place prior. Their estimated costs soared out of control and were millions over budget (more than likely still are). Hires and promotions were not completed based on competency but "they are my buddy". the IT extreme failure over the past two years is a direct result of that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Clean house. You have too many chiefs in Finance HR and IT, and very few of them are experienced in their fields. All of the IT Leadership needs to be let go, they are not able to complete their tasks and they are consistently over budget. The good leadership left or were asked to leave so the crap can run the ship... straight into an iceberg.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Intertek-Not your best option

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    Current Employee - Business Development Manager  in  Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Business Development Manager in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Intertek full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    One hundred plus year old company with a large variety of business offerings. European operations have the most structure and experienced employees.

    Cons

    Intertek is the rare company that has little regard for either its employees or customers yet manages to stay in business by purchasing other companies. If you are considering a business development position keep in mind that just about everyone at Intertek is in business development and you will not get any direction or help. There is a self preservation culture at Intertek and no one is a team player since they mostly came from various companies purchased by Intertek and protect their own turf. Management is mostly inexperienced and has no interest in helping employees further their careers or improving the quality of customer service. Their labs in the U.S. have outdated equipment and facilities are run down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change the culture to focus on nurturing employees and taking better care of customers and not the price of Intertek stock or bottom line which is the current main focus of management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Intertek full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Location, director of office is a nice guy

    Cons

    Terrible pay, no room to move up within the company, overall cheap company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not apply here unless you have no job otherwise

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Disappointing to work, lots of stress

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    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer  in  Menlo Park, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Project Engineer in Menlo Park, CA

    I have been working at Intertek full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Nothing. Even though they are located in Bay Area, the work culture is something like that of the 80's.

    Cons

    No work recognition, stressful hours, internal politics, too much work and deadline pressures. Saw 13 people leave the company in past 3 months. No efforts made to retain any employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    be less in profit making and make the employees happy

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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