Flow International

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Flow International Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
12 Reviews
3.2
12 Reviews
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Flow International President, CEO and Director Charley Brown
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  1.  

    Great Place a lil hectic

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Flow International

    Pros

    People, direction ,longevity, food and location

    Cons

    attire, hectic, lacked leadership,parking, breakroom

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    A changing company

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

    I worked at Flow International full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with, many are very customer focused (whether internal or external) and dedicated to improving the company. They have very cool product that is used in a wide variety of industries. Culture and values, below senior management is high. Hopefully when the new owners sell the company, those will still be in place.

    Cons

    Senior management has changed and is looking to increase profits--often by lowering cost. Easy way to lower cost is downsize, which is happening at the moment. Doesn't matter how long the person has been there or how much knowledge and experience they have. Long term employees are expensive.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    New employees are cheaper but don't have the product and customer knowledge that only develops over time.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  3.  

    Great Product vision,good and energetic people,BAD CIO

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Developer in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Developer in Kent, WA

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

    Pros

    Great work culture and great benifits

    Cons

    The IT Application group CIO has no vision or may have personal interest of having consutlants than training full time employess.A work place isn't great if your boss is not technically sound and insecure and never try to understand a solution to the problem. CIO is very Secretive and no proper communication with the employees even on one on one sessions.If you meet him for 1 hour,all he would say is "I don't know" for almost 30-40 times.I some times felt If you don't know then why would you be in that seat at the first place.He is know for not keeping his promises he makes to lure the employees(I have been told by many ex employees about the same).It is great place with great people with bad leadership(CIO)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you preach some thing atleast try to live them to inspire your employees and never make any promises if you cant make them.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Kings and Queens of hire and fire

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Mid-career Professional in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Mid-career Professional in Kent, WA

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

    Pros

    Leading edge technology. Profitable spare parts business.

    Cons

    Flow hires very capable talent, gets a shot in the arm from their enthusiasm and experience, and then lays them off. Does this on a 2-3 year interval. My advice to any seasoned professional considering Flow is that despite what they tell you in the interview, you will be kicked to the street without warning once they have what they want from you. Not a shred of integrity to be found in the senior management ranks. Senior management is a very secretive bunch, very much like a religious cult....you've been warned. Avoid!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck. Most professionals in the Seattle area know your hire and fire tactics. Only the desperate or naïve will seek a job with your organization.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Unique Niche Market in High tech applications

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - RSM in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - RSM in Seattle, WA

    I worked at Flow International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Autonomy, independency, good technical support...

    Cons

    Company has recently been bought out by AIP...management changes will likely follow.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep all waterjet applications in consideration....do not specialize in X-Y machines only.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Challenging & Rewarding

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

    I have been working at Flow International full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Room to Grow, culture of promoting withing, exciting technology, flexible schedule

    Cons

    Management, particularly HR management, can be heavy-handed. The result is some quality people can get blackballed and poor performers are left to languish. Too many Sr. Managers like to say "no" instead of providing support to get things done. This is changing with the recent ownership change, including the replacement of Charley Brown.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good company to work for - there are some bumps, but overall they cared about employees

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Flow International

    Pros

    I didn't appreciate how valuable my time at Flow was until I left. Good benefits, good work life balance. There were some downsides, like a secretive upper management, but they were open to feedback. Personal growth and upward mobility were both encouraged.

    Cons

    The upper management was very secretive. Communication upwards happened and was encouraged, but communication did not flow the other way. The CEO has since left the company.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great potential for changes soon, but overall frustrating work environment with lack of continuity and guidance

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

    I worked at Flow International full-time

    Pros

    Challenging, people, flexibility, interesting market and products, always learning

    Cons

    Growth, Lack of pride in company, continuity issues

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Good product, good people, bad management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Mfg/Engineer/Ops in Kent, WA
    Current Employee - Mfg/Engineer/Ops in Kent, WA

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

    Pros

    some of best people I have worked with. they work very hard and some has been here for 20 year or more! very interesting technology and cutting edge keeps it interesting.

    Cons

    one word. management, they preach values but do not live them. treat people poorly and they our all leaving and some with a lot of experience which makes no sense. great people but terrible morales make it not so good.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people better, keep experience people, live what you preach in all of your meeting.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Market Leading company frittering its edge away

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA

    I worked at Flow International

    Pros

    Great people who really try their best. Proud of their technology and of doing right by the customer. Company is sufficiently dynamic that if you are a self starter, you can gain many different experiences including international exposure.

    Cons

    Leadership does not listen or communicate well with its associates. Pay for the majority of positions tends to be on the low side. Many in senior management do not really have a good idea of what makes the company and its customers tick. The company does not value some of its most talented and experienced associates. They make snap decisions and do not pay competitively.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the employees. Spend time with them and get out of the ivory tower. Bankers are not going to make your company successful. They will line your pockets, but not make the company grow. Knowledge of your customers and associates will help immeasurably.
    Find folks in management who know something about the company, and more importantly know how the sales force tends to bend things in its own interests.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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