Oxford Instruments Reviews

Updated July 22, 2014
Updated July 22, 2014
11 Reviews

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11 Reviews
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  1.  

    Good company

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    Current Employee - Middle Management  in  Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Middle Management in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good people. Friendly atmosphere. Hard working employees.

    Cons

    There is an old way of doing things and a new way of doing things - those who have been around a long time are resistant to change even for the better.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get some good managers in place to run the day to day. Have more fun

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Stretched thin with no resources and high demand.

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    Current Employee - Technician  in  Austin, TX
    Current Employee - Technician in Austin, TX

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Steady job, good people on a personal and professional level,

    Cons

    Management, materials logistics, high stress and low pay. The people are generally friendly but management comes from big companies and has a long way towards adapting to a small company. They don't realize people perform multiple job functions and don't have any plan for that.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to set and manage processes and good practices. Follow through when pulling the trigger on things.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3.  

    Treats people like robot

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    Current Employee - Design Engineer  in  Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Design Engineer in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    small company, people of different area are within reach

    Cons

    People are treated like robot here. clock in clock out. can not work over time without prior approval but have to complete full 8 hours. I see employees wait in front of clocking machine just to clock in at the exact minute. If 1 min a day accumulate to 20-30min/month over time, you get warned by HR.
    If you are exempt employee, it's a whole different expectation. You're expect to work ton of over time for free. Bad work, life balance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    treat people with respect

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    engineer

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    Current Employee - Engineer  in  Concord, MA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Concord, MA

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, opportunity to learn different technologies and opportunity to move between business groups.

    Cons

    The salary is ok, maybe not the best opportunity to move to upper management because it is a UK based company

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep on keeping on

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  6.  

    alright

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford Instruments

    Pros

    it is a paying job

    Cons

    you have more work than you get pay

  7.  

    I dont want to answer.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments

    Pros

    I dont want to answer.

    Cons

    Better communication to each employee

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to make changes.

  8.  

    If you start making too much money start looking for a new job

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Some of the instruments had a low price tag. Some markets were only willing to pay so much and they had some low end products.

    Cons

    Take too long to develop new ideas, terrible service and don't want to correct it. Just want to sell cheap equipment and not take care of the customer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your employees more and your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Used to be a good place to work

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    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer  in  Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Equipment Engineer in Scotts Valley, CA

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Flexible schedules, good benefits, they supply the water

    Cons

    Micromanaged to death. Tons of money wasted on pointless things and they don't even supply cups for the water cooler. Used to be a good company to work for

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Scotts Valley, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Scotts Valley, CA

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments

    Pros

    small company small group and limited work space

    Cons

    lot of talker and not a lot worker

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Going places, a great UK company

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    Current Employee - Middle Management  in  London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - Middle Management in London, England (UK)

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Cutting edge technology. Growth and profitable. Reasonably relaxed environment. Open minded in offering a wide selection of perks - flexi time, stock options, car scheme depending on what location you work in.

    Cons

    Transitioning from a dispersed mix of unique divisions to a corporate approach (transitioning). Can be frustrating to make changes however there are plenty of opportunities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be bold and keep the momentum up. Hire the right people to support the evolution of the business into a more corporate entity.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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