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Good company with bad management

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  • Work/Life Balance
  • Senior Management
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
Former Employee - Engineer in Northbrook, IL
Former Employee - Engineer in Northbrook, IL

I worked at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (more than 5 years)

Pros

A company that works to improve public safety

Cons

Upper level management doesn’t understand how to comply with company mission & real market requirements

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Get out

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Disapproves of CEO
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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    UL is changing

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories

    Pros

    Working with people who believe and buy into UL's mission of product safety, good benefits, fitness center

    Cons

    Constantly changing direction, underpaid employees, no clear path for career advancement

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    Brought in from the outside to "change the culture" - that was a lie, still great place to start a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Camas, WA
    Current Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Camas, WA

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life balance.
    SO many different business units and opportunities to move into
    Benefits above average
    Beautiful campus in Camas, WA
    Laid back environment - easy going people.

    Cons

    Bureaucratic
    Management incompetence
    Low morale
    Customers are dissatisfied with inefficient pricing/turn around times
    "Playing the game" pays at UL

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There is such a disconnect between middle/upper management and what is actually happening on the front lines. UL has some really dedicated workers, but the culture created by management really throws the wet towel on any ambition generated. I received a verbal warning for approaching a VP after he invited us to come and talk to them after a meeting and ask questions - many at UL have told me that voicing your opinion is career suicide. Fix the management structure, and this could be a GREAT company to work for.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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