Instron Reviews

Updated June 16, 2015
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  1. Great people, cool products

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Instron full-time

    Pros

    Good environment to learn and grow your career. I've had a lot of really positive experiences and most of that comes down to working with and for great people.

    Cons

    Its a risk adverse culture but that's changing. A great deal of long term employees which is a positive but also a negative at the same time.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Average

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people Easy going atmosphere Good corporate benefits healthcare, 401k, etc. Employees are generally made aware of how the company is doing

    Cons

    Low Pay Minimal vacation Only a select few get promoted

    Advice to Management

    There will be a big gap in a few years once the older employees retire. A lot of younger people seem to be leaving to get higher wages elsewhere.


  3. Operates like it's still in the 90's

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Instron full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good co-workers Decent technology Cafeteria has good options including live grill

    Cons

    Pay is below industry standards Hard to move up within the company Manufacturing techniques/assembly processes are dated Losing market share rapidly Most of the YOUNG employees quit in last few years, huge loss to the company!

    Advice to Management

    Retain talent and get rid of the fat Trim your resources and better align your strategies with the customer needs


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  5. A Great place to learn out of college and grow

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - Customer Service Representative in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Instron full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Instron is a great place if you want to be constantly learning new things. I didn't have a technical background, but I found that I liked learning about their testing applications and enjoyed the training I received. I also appreciated how they would hold company wide meetings to let us know where the company was at financially. Upper management made an effort not to distance themselves from employees. They were always approachable and even humbled themselves at events, allowing themselves to be dunked in a dunk tank, washed employee cars for charity, and served Christmas lunch. They offered a good benefits package, and a chance to be involved with charity and community programs. This was also a fun place to work a lot of the time, seeing friendly faces wherever you went. and I have made great friends during my time there. All my supervisors were very knowledgeable and good to work for. Even some of my customers made working at Instron fun.

    Cons

    The pay could have been better overall. When I left the CSR position was being restructured to be paid more appropriately for the very wide range of tasks we covered, and this should have been done at least 4 years prior. It also seemed like only 2 or 3 of us could be counted on for taking on additional projects, and when people didn't show up for meetings the work fell upon the shoulders of the people who were present. Working at home when it snowed was also a nightmare, as you'd have to prove that you were productive while being booted from the network. When you were able to connect, the phone quality was poor making the calls difficult. I hated working from home.

    Advice to Management

    Lots of talented folks are leaving to get paid better elsewhere. There was what seemed to have been a mass exodus from Instron among the 20, and 30 something crowd. Consider restructuring the compensation packages to retain the talent you do not want to see leave.


  6. Good company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Design Intern in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Design Intern in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Global company but small company feel, nice people

    Cons

    Some people overworked, sometimes workload seems dry


  7. Great company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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 Management

    Keep encouraging new ideas and pushing people to develop


  8. Great place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Personal growth, great friendly environment.

    Cons

    Low pay, and little vacation.

    Advice to Management

    Allow more work from home options.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Limited growth opportunities

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Current Employee - Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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


  10. Great company, people are too nice.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Everybody there is awesome and way too nice.

    Cons

    Had too much down time


  11. Helpful (3)

    Very Good Company with Bright Future

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Programmer in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Programmer in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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



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