E.A. Fischione Instruments Reviews

Updated May 3, 2015
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  1. If you want to make a difference, this company is perfect for you.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at E.A. Fischione Instruments full-time

    Pros

    While it has been in business for nearly 50 years, Fischione has been experiencing an explosion in growth in the past ~5 years. The company is developing cutting edge technology, is making bold moves into new markets, and has been adding first-rate talent to fill key product development positions. The management is open to new ideas. It has shown a willingness to try new approaches and to allow employees who show initiative to expand programs within their area of expertise.

    Cons

    The company is growing fast. One must be flexible to work in such an environment. Sometimes there is no existing infrastructure to support your initiatives, therefore, you have to devise the infrastructure, document it, and make it the new SOP. If you find such a scenario to be exciting and challenging, then it is not a negative, at all. If you find such a scenario scary or too stressful, then yes, it would be a negative.

    Advice to Management

    Continue doing what you are doing: keep investing in top-level talent, keep pushing product innovation, and keep pursuing new markets.


  2. Great learning step in a career, but not a place where you can advance.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at E.A. Fischione Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Work along side great people, who are dedicated to get work done to the highest quality. No bureaucracy or corporate issues to deal with as it's a private company. Ability to work with great teams and talk to anyone you need to in the company. Great work place and building, relaxed work environment, flex-time.

    Cons

    Everything, I mean everything goes through the CEO or the CFO, doesn't matter if it's a major sale or PO for post-it notes. There is a complete lack of full disclosure, others have commented that you are informed of things on a need to know basis, but you don't need to know. Often, decisions were made without involving those that would be affected.

    Advice to Management

    Trust your employees to do the work you want. Focus more on what management needs to focus on, running the company, let the employees run the projects and build the products.


  3. It was a learning experience

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at E.A. Fischione Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Very interesting products. Fischione makes robotic very high tech products. Some of the Staff are intelligent, vibrant, wonderful people. They make the work fun. They are brilliant and not fully utilized. They tend to be needlessly distrusted by management. They care about their customers. I recommend coming here for the experience. Go there and get some projects under your belt. Just don't get comfy.

    Cons

    Upper Management tends to make low level decisions that would be better delegated. At times Upper Management is "in the way" instead of leading the way. Expert advice is ignored at times because Management trusts its own intuition over the experience and competence of its staff. . Management has a phobia of seeming to "imitate" their competitor's wares. They keep a Patent attorney on the payroll who would be capable of steering them clear of infringement suits. He's another expert whom Management seems to ignore? Decisions are not always based upon facts or data but upon intuition, hunches and previous experience of Management. Intuition and experience of people hired to do a job, not so much weight. Data and facts? Sometimes. Mechanical Engineers rule the roost. They "build machines". Everyone makes them work. Designs are not harmonized amongst disciplines. There is "little room at the top" so don't expect to get there. Some of the staff refer to disciplinary action as "Fischioning". Morale amongst hourly people is spotty. They are good people.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your experts, hire experts whom you can trust or stop wasting money hiring people and then ignoring them. Keep the President out of the Shop until he masters the art of humility. He is taking food out of his own mouth.


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    Great place to work; only a few minor faults

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at E.A. Fischione Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, casual dress, decent benefits, OK wages, good culture, great co-workers, new building, growth industry, industrial park off main road

    Cons

    Poor communication from top down, hiring process takes forever, lack of growth opportunities, no education reimbursement for self-improvement/professional growth classes, management doesn't delegate well, promises made can take years to come, lack of access to management, people are hesitant to make decisions without management approval.



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