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Exova Reviews

Updated January 21, 2015
Updated January 21, 2015
36 Reviews
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36 Reviews
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  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.

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    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Portland, OR - Horrible management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Portland, OR
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Portland, OR

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    Quit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Not a pleasant work experience

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Exova as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    No training, No work-life balance

    Cons

    When you enter to the company, there is no instruction or training and you need to find out about each and everything (their system) by yourself.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I really feel very sorry for the mangers in this company and I have no idea how company survive up now within such a management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Very happy with this employment

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Health insurance benefits sub par.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    good company, interesting work

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    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 ManagementAdvice

    NA

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Interesting!!!!

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    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Enjoyable

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Finance in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Former Employee - Finance in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    The people who work here are very friendly, approachable and helpful. Everyone seems to be bad mouthing unexperienced managers, when my manager could not be faulted. Very knowledgeable of the system and very considerate to the staff.

    Cons

    I've didn't work for the company long enough to comment on cons. The only thing is the pay doesn't reflect the inflation

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep doing a great job.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    Worst employer I've ever had

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Ottawa, ON (Canada)

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

    Pros

    Experience, other than that run if you can. Take any other job.

    Cons

    Toxic environment, extremely low salaries, constantly increasing responsibility as people leave or get fired, almost no senior staff remaining, no resources to do your job, hard work not rewarded, people pushed until the point of breaking... The list goes on... Half the time there was no materials needed to complete basic functions of the company in order to cut costs. The company is hanging by a thread due to poor management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let someone else fix your mess.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Horrible Company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Edinburgh, Scotland (UK)

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

    Pros

    Some nice people stuck there.

    Cons

    Management are clueless and inconsiderate. A very poor Company to work for with high staff turn over due to reported problems being ignored. Customers are treated badly and the staff even worse.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave and let someone who cares take these roles, you are making it worse!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Lord help me. I work at Exova.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Lab Analyst in Mississauga, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Exova full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    They will hire you if you tell them that you know everything in the world without checking it.
    Health and dental benefits, 10 vacation days for first year and 15 days for more than 1 year.
    A lot of opportunity to learn different techniques and instrumentation.
    Free coffee for the employees
    Big building
    Air conditioning
    Better than SGS or Maxxam.

    Cons

    Salary is not the lowest but below the average.
    Don't expect any raise or bonus unless you are a manager.
    People are treated terribly by upper management.
    GM tries to save money on everything (including paper cups for coffee) but keep lazy people that don't do anything at the same time.
    If you get on a bad side of a manager, you are out.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change your practices and how you treat people or leave the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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