Goss International

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Goss International Reviews

Updated September 22, 2014
Updated September 22, 2014
14 Reviews
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  1.  

    Professional environment with diverse workforce

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NH

    I have been working at Goss International full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    - Positive and professional coworkers
    - International organization
    - Diversity- quite a few employees from Europe, Central/South America, and Asia Pacific
    - Summer hours-offered, but not to all departments and under the purview of the department manager
    - R&D, new product development
    - Many senior employees with great corporate memory and/or industry experience to share
    - LEAN management training in process (change is good but....)

    Cons

    - LEAN management training in process (...but nevertheless challenging to administer. Remember the book, Who Moved My Cheese?)
    - Sometimes the decision making is slow, but more often than not in a large organization that is also true.
    - Industry shrinkage has presented challenges to the organization

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - evaluate customer and industry needs, and adjust product lines and services accordingly
    - design mentoring program to further develop less experienced employees
    - create change buy-in for the current employees that result from LEAN training/Kaizen events

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Goss International is a good company fundamentally, but its primary product is based in a fading industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goss International

    Pros

    Goss is heavily steeped in Lean Manufacturing and Management. Because of the fading marketplace and competition, management has had to seek ways of cost-cutting - hence a leaner approach. Goss doesn't fully finance training, but it still supports it. The office culture is relatively strong, with some hesitation to being proactive. Departments support each other, but sometimes communication's strength and tone is based on the personalities of the individuals providing it.

    Cons

    Goss is a printing press manufacturer and with the world turning to electronic forms of communication, its primary product is in much less demand. There have been several reductions in force eliminating 12-15% of its current workforce. More is likely. At this time, there are no sales forecast for 2015.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Good place to work if you can survive the constant downsizing.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goss International full-time

    Pros

    Leading edge technology in print media. Freedom to innovate. An engineering driven, technology based company. Excellent R&D lab and customer demo center. Union free environment. Superbly talented engineering and manufacturing group.

    Cons

    Uncertain future. Competition with digital media. New top management still finding its way forward.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of your offices and listen to the experienced pros who know the business, the customers, the competition, and what needs to happen for Goss to survive and prosper.

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    Great company in the wrong industry

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goss International full-time

    Pros

    Business and performance orientation, respect for people, great hr team, great team of professionals, lots of skills, dedication, loyalty

    Cons

    unable to meet plans, poor execution of strategy, dying industry, unable to reinvent itself, lack of real innovation, great engineers not listening to market and customers, not invented here syndrom

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Holding on to a dying industry.

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

    I have been working at Goss International

    Pros

    Readily transferable skills, plenty of overtime when needed, direct supervisors willing to work with you when time off is needed.

    Cons

    Seems like the company is more worried about keeping up appearances than keeping production going, it's a machine shop. It will be dirty. Lots of favoritism being played. Overworked, under paid. Upper management refuses to hire new people when it's obvious the two people who need help are struggling to keep up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees.

  7.  

    Great place to work, tou industry

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Goss International full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Stable with investments being made

    Cons

    Tough industry, global pressure, too many products

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back Bob Brown

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Can't understand how they are even still in business

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NH

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

    Pros

    The subject matter, (some of) the people, the legacy of what came before.

    Cons

    (Most of) Management, poor/non-existent leadership, no foresight or diversification, nepotism

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Step aside...Let someone with some passion, drive, and vision take over. Then and only then can Goss return to it's former glory.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Great products

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management Team in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Management Team in Durham, NH

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

    Pros

    People, technology, processes, engineering. Diamond in the rough

    Cons

    tough market, ownership not stable - HWS, etc

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Used to be a good place to work, but the company has one foot in the grave now

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goss International

    Pros

    The people who work for Goss are mostly highly experienced and very professional. I learned quite a few valuable skills that transfer readily to other industries.

    Cons

    The company has been shrinking/cutting back for several years in a row, given the state of printed media there isn't in my opinion a favorable end in sight. I would recommend this company for short term employment prospects only.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Update your resumes.

  11.  

    Relatively Satisfied, decent place to work...

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Durham, NH
    Current Employee - Business Analyst in Durham, NH

    I have been working at Goss International

    Pros

    Other employees are great, the atmosphere in the office is cordial and pretty positive overall.

    Cons

    The industry is aging, and frankly a lot of the people there are older and stuck in their ways. As a young person, it's hard for my 'new' ideas to be taken seriously.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work on communication with the company. The CEO & CFO were just replaced and practically nothing has come out of senior management as far as information, or additional changes that may take place going into 2009.

    No opinion of CEO

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