Intertek

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Intertek Reviews

Updated December 5, 2014
Updated December 5, 2014
140 Reviews
2.9
140 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is stable and offers fairly good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • On paper a good company to work for has good core values provided by the boses at the top of the tree (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I was denied a request to work fewer hours to improve my work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • You can really expand your network quickly because of the high turnover rate (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Descent pay with flexible schedule but very stressful and overworked

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Houston, TX
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Houston, TX

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, occasionally work from home, gained good experience

    Cons

    Stressful, tight deadlines, massive work load, no communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try better communication techniques and don't overload employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Have a great review for Intertek

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NDT Inspector in Hattiesburg, MS
    Current Employee - NDT Inspector in Hattiesburg, MS

    I have been working at Intertek as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Great work place
    Travel
    Pay
    Light work

    Cons

    Away from home
    Not time off
    Long hrs
    No medical insurance
    Traveling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    Intertek

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Oak Brook, IL

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

    Pros

    The company is stable and offers fairly good benefits. The work load and expectations are reasonable and the employer is accommodating to flexible family needs.

    Cons

    The work environment here is very cool, people keep to themselves and since the company large, the feel is very corporate. On-boarding was rough and after having been in the group for 6+ months, I feel there is not much team spirit.

    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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  5.  

    Great for a Stepping Stone but don't stay long

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Plymouth, MI

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

    Pros

    The Medical and Vacation Benefits were good. There was a diverse amount of work to and if you were willing you could learn a lot. Great place to do some professional networking and make some good contacts.

    Cons

    High employee turn over. A complete lack of competent management. The month to month budgets make for a very stressful environment. This company doesn't learn from past mistakes and keeps on making the same ones. Management will steal your ideas and take credit for them. Most managers are lifers who can't work anywhere else because they lack the skills to do so and lack the skills to lead and manage. There is a compete lack of concern for employee safety and environmental protection. Management is so scared to loose their jobs that they only care about meeting the numbers that they need for the month and doing things safely doesn't help with those numbers.
    There is poor opportunity for growth and the management seems to be threatened by those who want to improve themselves. There is a complete lack of leadership and respect. So often your tools or equipment were stolen. Also be prepared to be stabbed in the back as no one takes responsibility for their actions.
    The HR department is a complete mess and has people who don't know how to do their jobs and only seem to come for a visit when they are firing someone. You shouldn't fear your HR department and it seemed like we weren't important enough to help.
    Last but not least as a salary employee you are expected to work insane hours with absolutely no compensation. You get PTO days which include vacation and sick days so there is no help there. Intertek doesn't pay near the industry standards for the positions that they have so be prepared to be overworked and underpaid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get with it. This company has so much potential but Upper management is so focused on the $$ an not on efficiency or bettering processes. Your lower management shouldn't be so scared to do their jobs that they drag the company down.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6.  

    Too much upper management and not enough people to perform the testing. Most employees have been there for 15+ years.

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at Intertek full-time

    Pros

    Starting 4 weeks vacation. Friendly people.

    Cons

    No contact with upper management. Problems get passed off to the next person.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you show some appreciation and worth towards entry level employees they would be more likely to stay. High turnover rate. Many employees actively seeking other employment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    High turnover.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Intertek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    20 days off a year, good benefits. Adequate pay for what you do. A lot of corporate managers and observers to watch over what you do.

    Cons

    High turnover. This leads to being constantly in an "orientation" mode. They won't train you because they don't know how Always recruiting for the job and not enough training for the job.
    There is a disproportionate number of senior managers, auditors, supervisors. etc, that do not contribute anything to the bottom line, but travel around, cost money, and generate even more work that justifies their traveling around and spending more money

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of half of the non-producers, Either give them something that generates revenue or let them go..

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    It's ok

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Nice staff, really friendly atmosphere

    Cons

    No career growth, most likely will be doing the same for the rest of your life

  9.  

    No Accountability of Managers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Intertek as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    You can meet many great employees and really expand your network quickly.

    Cons

    You can really expand your network quickly because of the high turnover rate. Either the good talent get scooped or find a better job or their contract is ended. The people that remain at the company are those that have never tried to get a job elsewhere. Very cliquey staff make internal politics a nightmare. Overall, everyone is very unhappy.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The new director is very good. But the management that was handed to her needs a major makeover. Some of the Project managers are very good. Some are VERY bad. None are held accountable for their actions, or lack of actions. If you want to get good employees, invest in an HR consultant to assist with the hiring process. Making hiring decisions based on the opinions of Senior Staff members and other Temps is both uneducated and unprofessional. Also, please tell the PM/PI and staff to at least wear something nicer than a T-Shirt when interviewing people that are coming in wearing suits and dress clothes. The first impression given is that of "we don't care".

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Intertek

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

    I worked at Intertek full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good pay, and good location

    Cons

    no health benefits at all

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    N/A

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Compensation does not make up for physical hours put in nor use of personal vehicle

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

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Regional office works fantastic as a team, the work is varied and interesting, work is distributed evenly among internal team.

    Cons

    Constant issues with payroll and expenses; low wage for what is expected out of each employee, no stipend for use of personal vehicle (travel can be up to 1000 miles per week), the workload is often greater than what a small group should handle under normal conditions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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