Astro-Med

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Astro-Med Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
8 Reviews
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8 Reviews
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Astro-Med President & CEO Everett V. Pizzuti
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    slow and steady

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Technician in West Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Test Technician in West Warwick, RI

    I worked at Astro-Med full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    For an entry level technician just out of high school or an associates program this job isn't bad. The work is fairly interesting, the pay is decent if you're young and just entering the working world and they're fairly flexible with needing time off.

    Cons

    If you enter as an entry level technician then expect to get some experience and leave. Engineering here will disregard any in house talent despite managers telling prospective employees that they like to "promote from within".

    You will get a 2% raise per year regardless of the quality of work you do, this causes employees to become apathetic and do the bare minimum.

    Managers tend to overlook their employees behavior and let people get away with too much.

    Company continues to support obsolete products for far too long there by shipping products that will ultimately return for repair and not be able to be repaired or be repaired just enough that the customer will receive it and have to send it back within a month or two.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Crack down on employees, there's some people here that serve 0 purpose and are just kept around because they have no where else to go. downsizing unnecessary employees and giving decent wages to the remaining employees would boost productivity. You have employees on the floor with awesome potential however they're constantly neglected and denied vertical growth in the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Unpleasant office atmosphere

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in West Warwick, RI

    I worked at Astro-Med full-time

    Pros

    The pay scale and health benefits are in line with other similar businesses. Other than that, there's not a lot to recommend.

    Cons

    Family owned business with nepotism the most important asset. Ancient computer technology that is in desperate need of upgrading. Office staff very cliquish, tending to be not very welcoming to newcomers. Hopelessly stuck in the 70s, replace the computers with typewriters and the office looks like a typing pool from a 1960s movie. Every morning the stuffed shirts tour the entire facility and tut-tut over yesterday's numbers. Difficult to manage workload since everything is a priority and needs to be done immediately.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Great employees, poor employee relations

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

    I worked at Astro-Med full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent pay to start
    Great coworkers who are genuinely good people and hard workers

    Cons

    Outdated processes or lack thereof
    Zero HR presence, very little employee relations
    Family politics and gossip (family owned business)
    Zero growth opportunity
    Micromanagement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    The Bottom Line is King

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Support in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Support in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Astro-Med full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    A well managed company focused mostly on stock value. Stability is created by three divisions in unrelated market niches. This balances bad times. One of the three divisions is usually hot, sometimes more. Good infrastructure. High quality modern equipment throughout production and engineering. A single engineering staff and production facility for all product lines is a good thing. Reasonable benfits, especially for those in sales, marketing and managment.

    Cons

    A lot of family in upper managment, A lot of CYA mentality in the daily operation. A tendency to follow rather than lead technologically, although in the end their products remain competitive, they hang behind the curve a year or two and inovate only when beaten severely by a missing feature. Salary for in-house (non-traveling) support staff is poor.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen more to employess with customer contact ( sales, service, support ) and be proactive in product development rather than reactive. Not enough scientific research in Life Science products. More contact & high-level conversation with leaders in the medical field would help. Relying heavily on imported key components for medical systems endangers the Life Science product line. Encourage employees to admit guilt and eliminate the CYA culture and improve by acknowledging mistakes instead of blaming others. Embrace creativity.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    dull and uninspiring

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in West Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Engineer in West Warwick, RI

    I worked at Astro-Med

    Pros

    The managers are very friendly and generally very helpful.

    Cons

    They will always low ball you for salary and dont expect any rise at the end of the year either. Management does not promote growth. good place for a first job. but sticking here for too long is a waste of time. get the experience you need and get out of here as soon as u can

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    try to promote employees and try to promote their growth

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Not interested in improvement (of products or work-force), just trying to stay the course

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in West Warwick, RI
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in West Warwick, RI

    I worked at Astro-Med

    Pros

    Very lax atmosphere, allow personal time and are very understanding personally.

    Cons

    Sales driven company, not interested in engineering quality. In R&D, nobody seems to have control of their products. They are constantly under pressure to produce quickly with little or no experience, and have to answer to the sales teams (indirectly) to cut corners and minimize costs.

    I was routinely expected to fix things I was never trained on, then held responsible for its performance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a little time and try to understand the technology you're trying to produce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    good place to start your protectional career

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Warwick, RI
    Current Employee - Electrical Engineer I in Warwick, RI

    I have been working at Astro-Med

    Pros

    it is a good place for your first job the managers are supportive and encourage you. it is a small company and the quality of work is very high

    Cons

    the benefits are not that great. the workload is crazy and a better pay packet will make this place a nicer placeto work at

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more frequent reviews to help employees know how they are performing and promote leadership skills. also better guidance for new employees (training ) would be welcome

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    VP of sales

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Astro-Med

    Pros

    Bonus is good not the salary

    Cons

    Salary is not good but Bonus is good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep Improving and satisfy the employees needs

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