Intertek

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Intertek Reviews

Updated December 21, 2014
Updated December 21, 2014
142 Reviews
2.9
142 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great for a Stepping Stone but don't stay long

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    I couldn't wait to get out

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Leatherhead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    If you really don't go and beg for work, you can just sit in a corner doing nothing all day and you will still get paid. Management will ignore any unacceptable behavior as long as you make money for the company.

    Cons

    I spend over 6 months doing "ABSOLUTELY" nothing before I was provided with any sort of training. Management have no clue of what they do. I had to go begging for any sort of work or training. There were days where I literally fell asleep staring at my laptop all day but having nothing to do.
    Management has zero knowledge about engineering procedures and values. "Experienced" (old fashioned) engineers refuse to adopt to new engineering requirements and management never takes any action against this. Use too many short cuts to increase revenue and by-pass standard requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Have a back bone to take necessary action when needed

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    No Accountability of Managers

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • 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
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    not valued

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrator in Leatherhead, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Administrator in Leatherhead, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    FSTE 100 company might look good on one's CV. There are no other Pros for here.

    Cons

    terrible non existant management
    stupid 'yes men' directors
    pay disparity
    employees not valued at all
    no communication
    no progression opportunities

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

    Intertek

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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
  7. 2 people found this helpful  

    Going downhill fast

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

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

    Pros

    Easy going atmosphere - you can do as much or as little as you like, many people do very little and often spend long periods talking to colleagues, playing on smartphones, tablets, mp3 players, browsing the internet, posting on Facebook. Nobody notices or picks you up on it. Basically you just have to put the hours in, and even then they are not logged.

    Cons

    No support or training. The training records and skills matrixes are mostly made up by the managers for UKAS inspections only. Lots of customer complaints with no changes made to stop them recurring. Nobody seems to care any more, or if you do then you will be very frustrated. No contact from any managers, they are on another planet and far too busy to be involved with the day to day business.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Hire managers with good business skills. Learn that growing a successful business is about more than counting beans every month and getting angry when monthly targets are not reached.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Would not work for this company again if it was the last job on earth.

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

    I worked at Intertek (more than an year)

    Pros

    Friendly work colleagues. Old fashioned working environment. The excellent people at the coal face deserve better.

    Cons

    Poor salary
    Broken promises
    No support
    Severe cost cutting
    People made 'redundant' regularly
    Only work for Intertek if you have no other options.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Needs new management

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    This is not a good place at all

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Cortland, NY
    Former Employee - Sales Engineer in Cortland, NY

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

    Pros

    PTO = 4 weeks. Okay benefits. And that's a rap.

    Cons

    There is not enough room. Managers who are friends with lab owners that sold out to Intertek or that grew up within the lab sold to Intertek. No competence -- from the top down. It's horrible. No women. No minorities. If you read this and go in for an interview -- take a GOOD look around. Who and what do you see? Outdated lab equipment. Better equipment exists within the companies they do testing for -- than at their own facilities. If you see a bunch of great reviews...think, did HR write them. Read a lot of reviews and read between the lines. Only take a job here if you are absolutely desperate. It's like selling your soul. You will never be the same.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You need to go. You need to hire people who actually have "real" degrees. Not associates, not a GED, not an online degree -- a real degree. And if you are going to tell your customers hey this guy over here is an engineer...make sure academically that the guy really is an engineer, not an engineering tech, not a former EMS driver....but a real engineer. Anything short, is a lie. And yes, I know -- I am an engineer.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. 3 people found this helpful  

    No place for technical women who are current or future moms

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

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

    Pros

    Vacation
    Risky fun
    Starting salary
    Cute young guys
    Cute middle aged guys

    Cons

    Lack of professionalism rampant. If you're a family-oriented woman, expect to feel uncomfortable daily. You will hear and see risky behavior and be aggressively shut-out if you show concern for yourself or others. They do not want you there. Take the job for the money, but never stop looking for another job. They intend to make your firing hidden in their high turnover.
    Sink or swim mentality and immature leadership.
    High quota, yet no training. Really, none.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Set management goals for yourself and follow through. If you need time to dedicate to those goals, propose that your management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Unfortunate

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

    I worked at Intertek

    Pros

    4 weeks vacation starting, worked with some decent people

    Cons

    No formal training, "Sink or swim" mentality, no mentoring

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    train your new people

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

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