Exova Reviews

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  1. Interesting place to work

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingwood, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingwood, TX

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than 10 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    If you like to get your hands dirty and work as a metallurgist then a testing company is one of the best ways to learn. possibilities to work at other sites/countries

    Cons

    testing companies are very poor payers and you can get much higher pay elsewhere, you will not learn as much but the recompense is better. Long hours are expected, and can be high pressure

    Advice to Management

    Realize that skilled people do not come cheap, and not relay on the fact that once in testing it is hard to move out of it.


  2. Pressure

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

    I have been working at Exova full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good to have a job, have many friends there. Co -workers are great. Love working in this industry. The work itself is challenging and interesting.

    Cons

    Management is feeling pressure from upper management and it trickles down. Valuable employees are let go, showing no gratitude for many years of service...causing low moral, which in turn causes other valuable employees to leave, increasing pressure on who ever is left...

    Advice to Management

    Take into account that your employees are people. I know it's a business but If possible, have compassion, be thoughtful when letting some go... Do something to INCREASE the moral !


  3. Senior Chemist

    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Fontana, CA

    I worked at Exova full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company promotes the collaboration between departments and has an interesting procedure to evaluate the employees daily as well as annually.

    Cons

    Maybe they are too exigent on keeping track on new and old documentation. The GMP regulation does not allow you to do any little repair to the equipment you working on.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Ok, place

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

    I worked at Exova

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and always lots of varied projects to work on.

    Cons

    As an outsider is was definatly difficult to break into the "old boys club" of workers who had been there for 10 to 15 years. This means any projects you are working on will be pushed aside for other tenured staff.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Small lab with high turnaround. Gained knowledge but soon you find there's nowhere to go. Stepping stone company where only few employees are taken care of.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemist in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Chemist in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Interesting work comes in from various places.

    Cons

    No perks, no bonuses, and hard work is not well compensated. Bad company culture where you feel you have to watch your back because when something goes wrong, fingers get pointed rather than putting effort into resolution. Clients are placed way above employees to the point where safety isn't as important as results. Raises were insulting.

    Advice to Management

    Reward employees properly. Don't throw them under the bus. Take concerns and complaints more seriously. Especially those concerning safety and harassment. Zero tolerance is not a suggestion.


  7. Portland, OR - Horrible management

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Portland, OR

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    These people are horrible to work for.

    Cons

    The GM is a sexist, self righteous man and his manager friend is a clown who allows his employees to drink during lunch then presume work. They have harsh work conditions where you are reprimanded if you need to actually leave on time one day and not stay two hours of overtime. They treat you like your nothing and constantly tell you you are replaceable. Worst job I have ever had. I would never recommend to work here.

    Advice to Management

    Quit.


  8. Very happy with this employment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - NDT Inspection in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - NDT Inspection in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Exova full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Working with minimal supervision, great support, good pay, nice atmosphere, challenges keep boredom away.

    Cons

    Health insurance benefits sub par.


  9. good company, interesting work

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

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    great people work there, very skillful and analytical coworkers, problem solvers, the office environment is good too

    Cons

    not much room for advancement, pay is ok, not a very flexible environment, they are stuck with their old ways

    Advice to Management

    NA


  10. Helpful (1)

    Interesting!!!!

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Warren, MI

    I have been working at Exova full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The paycheck clears every time!! You get to see and work with military vehicles that a normal civilian would never be able to see. Climate controlled so its nice in cool all year long.

    Cons

    Only if you know someone will you be promoted. If you ask for a pay increase they will turn the discussion into a conversation on why you are not able to get a increase. Lots of false promises. They will not cross train because everyone is afraid of losing their job. The turn around is usually 1 a month and then they hire a friend of someone instead of promoting from within.

    Advice to Management

    Treat everyone as a equal, Little things like pizza or subs can help the moral of a group.


  11. Foundations to be built on

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Exova full-time

    Pros

    Strong business track record and market position to build from, investment in the business continues

    Cons

    Limited investment in systems and in training/development of staff

    Advice to Management

    Direct more investment share towards the development of updated systems and process. Support colleagues through training and development to work more effectively through updated systems and processes to produce a more satisfying work experience



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