Intertek

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Intertek Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
142 Reviews
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142 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is stable and offers fairly good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • On paper a good company to work for has good core values provided by the boses at the top of the tree (in 5 reviews)


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

  • You can really expand your network quickly because of the high turnover rate (in 5 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for a Stepping Stone but don't stay long

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

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    No Accountability of Managers

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

    I worked at Intertek as a contractor (less than an year)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Intertek

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

    I worked at Intertek full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, and good location

    Cons

    no health benefits at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not a good place at all

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

    I worked at Intertek full-time (less than an 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
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    No place for technical women who are current or future moms

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

    I worked at Intertek full-time (more than an 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
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfortunate

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible politics

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than an 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
  10. 2 people 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.

  11. 4 people found this helpful  

    What a joke of a company

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intertek full-time (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

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