Instron Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. Good Workplace

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    Former Contractor - Programmer in Norwood, MA
    Former Contractor - Programmer in Norwood, MA

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, very creative, mix of manufacturing and programming,

    Cons

    Code base was very difficult to tackle

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2. Good company

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    Current Employee - Design Intern in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Design Intern in Norwood, MA

    I have been working at Instron

    Pros

    Global company but small company feel, nice people

    Cons

    Some people overworked, sometimes workload seems dry

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3. Great company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA

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

    Pros

    Exciting and dynamic work environment
    Opportunities for personal growth
    Interesting customers
    Global business

    Cons

    Lots of long serving staff can be reluctant to change

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep encouraging new ideas and pushing people to develop

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5. Great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Instron

    Pros

    Personal growth, great friendly environment.

    Cons

    Low pay, and little vacation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Allow more work from home options.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful

    Limited growth opportunities

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    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer

    I have been working at Instron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Decent work hours and that's about it.

    Cons

    Too much politics
    Unless you are really close to the senior management, there is no way you would grow.
    Lot of favoritism rather than appreciating someone's hard work.
    Bad feedback mechanism

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. Fast paced work environment. Upper management considers personal growth. Great Benefits

    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern
    Former Intern - Anonymous Intern

    I worked at Instron as an intern (more than a year)

    Pros

    Great work/life Balance
    A lot of room for personal growth

    Cons

    Not much room for lateral growth

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. Great company, people are too nice.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Instron

    Pros

    Everybody there is awesome and way too nice.

    Cons

    Had too much down time

  9. 2 people found this helpful

    Very Good Company with Bright Future

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Programmer in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Norwood, MA

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

    Pros

    Strong corporate parent, ITW, who provides support and allows independence.
    Strong C Suite
    Good core values& principles
    Believes in and pushes innovation
    Customer First Mantra
    Good communication with employees

    Cons

    Bit of an "Old Boy's Club House" in C Suite
    Upper Mgmt makes broad stroke judgments on employees - either you are a rising star or not
    "Leadership" skills is pushed on everyone to the point of some employees focused on promoting themselves

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. Instron is a diverse work place with great people.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work at Instron is the people. They are diverse and caring. The diversity creates an interesting environment. Our parent company, ITW, is very charitable. Full tuition reimbursement is a great benefit.

    Cons

    We are learning to be more agile in our approach. We tend to over think and take too long to get to market.

    Approves of CEO
  11. Overall, a good place to work.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA

    I have been working at Instron full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits package, somewhat friendly atmosphere, and a good corporate citizen to the surrounding communities.

    Cons

    New Hourly employees are under paid, Wellness incentives come at a high privacy price. They talk a lot about wellness, and then use less than healthy foodstuffs as a "reward" for meeting production goals that line the pockets of upper management. Safety is stressed, but keep to your "station" or below.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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