Malvern Instruments Reviews

Updated June 25, 2015
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  1. Service Review

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Service Engineer

    I worked at Malvern Instruments full-time

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

    Pros

    Loved doing the job. My coworkers were great to work with even in other company sites. Always helpful.

    Cons

    Most Management (especially upper management) didn't appreciate hard work. The job entailed so much and when extra effort was expended, they complained. Even employees in their main plant say similar things. They have good conduct and ethics policies but do not uphold them when management is the one breaking the rules. Most Management didn't support employees to do a better job.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the hard work and extra effort your employees put into the company.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Customer Service

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Malvern Instruments

    Pros

    None, this group of people have no moral integrity

    Cons

    Liars and cheats, will screw anyone over for a buck

    Advice to Management

    Quit being so greedy


  3. Helpful (1)

    Good company turned bad.

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    Former Employee - Vice President in Westborough, MA
    Former Employee - Vice President in Westborough, MA

    I worked at Malvern Instruments

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Market leading company with decent products.

    Cons

    I’ve read that companies go through phases of development and the corporate culture can dramatically change along the way. Unfortunately, Malvern Instruments is a company that has lost its way as time went by and the company grew in size. What was once a fun, enjoyable environment turned into essentially a repressive police state. Part of the change came with the implementation of SAP – a difficult process anywhere. But along with SAP came the decision to allow an abusive personality run roughshod over anyone not conforming to that person’s twisted view of the world. Rather than a nurturing, feed on the positive environment, the company became entirely focused on squeezing maximum profit per employee at the expense of humanity and decency. The only option for me was to walk away and feel bad for the good people still there. In return for many years of devoted service I encountered hatred and venom from the management team as I left. The moral of the story is go with your gut and leave when the culture turns sour. You’ll be much happier that you did.

    Advice to Management

    In the long run treating employees well works better than abuse.


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  5. Helpful (2)

    A work environment that inhibits creativity and excellence.

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    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Columbia, MD
    Former Employee - Senior Design Engineer in Columbia, MD

    I worked at Malvern Instruments

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

    Pros

    The best reason to work for Malvern Instruments is to get below average pay for showing up to work everyday and not necessarily produce anything worthwhile.

    The president of the company is in the UK and will never know who you are if you work in the states.

    You get your own personal partitioned cubical to work in and listen to several conversations at once all day long.

    You can volunteer to provide bagels on a rotating basis every Friday.

    Cons

    The downside is to work in a cubical with dogs running around, managers in their bare feet, hounding and chasing pregnant employees down the hall until they are brought to tears.

    To listen to people cursing and yelling all day, in what is supposed to be a technical and professional environment, where you are expected to create new designs and innovative ideas that will help promote and support such an environment.

    Being an employee with parents who have end of life problems that require extended leave on your part to care for them and receive nothing short of disapproval from your boss.

    Healthcare benefits are below average.

    Vacation does not accrue annually, (use it or lose it).

    Pay raises that leave you making less than when you started.

    Advice to Management

    Let people who are technically competent become part of a technical team, but do not let them manage people. Technical achievement has nothing to do with people skills.


  6. Helpful (1)

    Decent outfit, nice place, poor pay.

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Great Malvern, England (UK)
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Great Malvern, England (UK)

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Splendid location, subsidised gym, most "workers" are great guys. SOME pieces of work are interesting, and SOME of the managers are understanding.

    Cons

    Sometimes you spend hours giving some technical advice, in reply to a question, and, if it's not the answer they were hoping for, you feel as if you've just become invisible. Since it's recent reorganisation and recruitment of a team of cronies from Cheltenham, you can wave goodbye to any progression of any sort.
    The pay rises, are, on the whole significantly below the rate of inflation, so you're still into the game of moving to a different job every 2-3 years to maintain your pay.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR STAFF. That's all LISTEN TO THEM. They really do understand your business better than you appear to.


  7. Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Malvern Instruments

    Pros

    Great work environment and colleagues

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind


  8. Excellent Company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Malvern Instruments

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Having worked at malvern of over a dozen years I have seen the company grow organicly and through acquisitions. While growing pains and challenges of integrating new personnel and technologies are to be expected, Malvern has done an excellent job in fostering an overall environment of teamwork and is generally very fair to its employees. Mr. Dutko is the President of American Operations is a very capable manager and team builder. I never had any trouble expressing any concerns to him and I think he truly welcomes interacting on a personal level with the entire organization, so he can know what problems people are having and how to keep the operation running smoothly. The company headquarters is in Malvern UK, a very pleasant town with a history of technical excellence dating back to the 1940's. UK management keeps a very worldwide view, is alert for new developments that fit its aggressive growth plans for high end, high tech, high quality material characterization. Generally the environment is demanding. Extra time and effort is required, is usually recognized, but perhaps not your next paycheck.

    Cons

    Some departments are not run as well as others. Some individual managers were not well suited for their positions but usually did not last long. You are generally expected to function in a team toward an overall end result. If your team doesn't function well, of if you don't function well in your team it will eventually lead to problems, and resolutions you may not like.

    Advice to Management

    I don't really have any advice to give at this point since it has been some time since I worked there.



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