Analysis and Measurement Services

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Updated June 22, 2015
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    Don't Walk - Run Away

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN
    Current Employee - Engineer in Knoxville, TN

    I have been working at Analysis and Measurement Services full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Really nice facility

    Good people to work with at the lower levels

    Great sense of companionship with your fellow galley slaves

    The work is generally interesting and challenging

    If you have the right manager, you'll always have the tools you need. If you don't, well...

    Positive job outlook - the nuclear industry isn't going anywhere for at least one more generation

    AMS will hang onto you as long as you'll stay, because so few will

    You'll never wonder what our company president looks like, because his face is plastered everywhere

    Office location is convenient to most of Knoxville

    You get a broad depth of experience in all things related to the nuclear power industry

    Cons

    200 Hours / month expected minimum - you're lucky if that's all you have to work

    Salaries are not comparable to the level of effort - most young graduates are started out in the 10th percentile

    President of company controls every aspect of business, regardless of his capability to do so

    70%+ turnover rate

    President of the company believes that the 70% of people who leave are the problem, not him

    Tries to run the company like "a family," which really means you swear familial loyalty to him and he does nothing for you

    401(k) match is PITIFUL. Only up to $2000, regardless of your contribution, and can't start contributing for a YEAR after you sign on

    Comp time is paid out at 1/2 day for every 1 weekend day worked...but only if you're on travel at a customer's facility. No comp time after you cross the "$90k/year threshold."

    Pay for salaried employees is done illegally - once a month

    Everybody operates in "don't make the boss mad" mode all the time

    Lots of square pegs in round holes - like mechanical engineers overseeing the design of high speed RF measurement circuitry

    President's moods are unpredictable, as is the fallout from them

    President thinks that every single person is replaceable, and doesn't care about turnover rate

    President will pay lip service to the hard workers, but has yet to come through on many of his promises

    Management from above is either micro or throw you in and see if you can swim - zero mentoring or real resources available to younger people on the executive path

    Member of staff actually killed himself at least partially due to the job

    Advice to Management

    Start rewarding the hardest workers with money and time off, instead of empty words

    Pay people what it takes to keep them

    Fix your incredibly lame 401(k) program

    Offer straight time or 1 for 1 comp time for weekends worked

    Know that you are currently the laughingstock of new graduates in the Knoxville area

    Pay people what they're worth

    Pay people what they're worth

    Pay people what they're worth



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