Intertek Reviews

Updated July 25, 2015
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  1. Helpful (4)

    It's ok

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

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Nice staff, really friendly atmosphere

    Cons

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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Intertek

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Intertek full-time (Less than a year)

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

    Pros

    Good pay, and good location

    Cons

    no health benefits at all

    Advice to Management

    N/A


  3. Helpful (9)

    It Is the Wild West, Depends on What You Make of It

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Truly global organization, operates with small entrepreneurial units despite its gigantic size, opportunity to meet some great people across the world, depending on your role, of course. I worked here 6 years and thrived, but that was largely due to my personality and initiative. That's the thing that's great, if you take initiative and responsibility, you can accomplish much, but don't expect that there to be any formalized professional development or anything, you can get it, though, based on your initiative. What helped me was that I was doing much of my boss's work as well, so this gave me leverage, but I can see why not everyone would be in that position or even want to do that.

    Cons

    Very high turnover rate, where almost 30% of employees leave the company every year - this is a gigantic number if you take into account the fact that they claim to have 30,000 employees, and they fudge all their numbers a lot. London HQ does not care about this, they even think of it as a great convenience because they don't have to shrink the workforce. There is absolutely no organic growth, and the company grows only through acquisitions. Then I have seen them change the sales targets on the top salespeople, all meant to curtail the payments made to the top sales talent. This is a counter-productive and short-sighted strategy. There is a lot of corporate cheating going on, as the company is set up as over 100-200 legal entities across the world, and many of these entities show that they are losing money. The stock analysts never have true visibility into what the company's operations are. The London HQ offices are kept deliberately modest, but then the Board of Directors really travels in style for Board meetings all over the world, so appearances and claims are very deceiving. Some people get promotions because they have affairs with top leadership members, and these are kind of open secrets.

    Advice to Management

    Have more integrity, value the true talent that is within your company, rather than being a training ground for your competitors.


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  5. Helpful (1)

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

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Inspector
    Current Employee - Inspector

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (More than a year)

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

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Tech II

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Texh II in Cortland, NY
    Former Employee - Texh II in Cortland, NY

    I worked at Intertek full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good vacation time & pay.

    Cons

    They want you to think they are quality driven but its all about the money.

    Advice to Management

    Too many Chiefs & not enough Indians.


  7. Helpful (3)

    Flexible, revolving door

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

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

    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, great benefits, very flexible management.

    Cons

    Too flexible, limited leadership, no growth or development of people..


  8. UX Design

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer
    Former Employee - Senior User Experience Designer

    I worked at Intertek full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Decent pay.Allow Work From Home

    Cons

    Job subject seemed a bit dry for a creative person.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Overall, a good place to work

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

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (More than 8 years)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Intertek has a diverse environment and allows for learning by doing within your own position. There are opportunities for growth if you happen to have the right management.

    Cons

    Management oftentimes cannot perceive you in any role other than the one you currently hold so transferring to another team/division is not offered or an option. There is a lack of clear communication from management, realising that some topics should not be divulged in their entirety, but employees left to their own imaginations as to the reasons for organizational changes will always assume the worst.

    Advice to Management

    Managers should be tasked with writing reviews for their employees - stop using irrelevant employee self review forms as the basis for annual review.


  10. Helpful (3)

    This is not a good place at all

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

    I worked at Intertek full-time (Less than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  11. Helpful (4)

    No place for technical women who are current or future moms

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

    I worked at Intertek full-time (More than a year)

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

    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 Management

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



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