Underwriters Laboratories Reviews

Updated August 25, 2015
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Underwriters Laboratories President and CEO Keith E. Williams
Keith E. Williams
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Pros
  • There is a very good work/life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • A company that works to improve public safety (in 12 reviews)

Cons
  • Senior Management cares only about (in 11 reviews)

  • Very poor HR department; poor career advancement opportunity; too much beauracracy (in 9 reviews)

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  1. Senior Staff Engineer

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great Staff to work with. Flexible work schedule.

    Cons

    Management does not support staff.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. Upper management needs to look at middle management.


  2. Lab technician

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    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Intern - Hourly in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great people to work with; very helpful. Great hands on technical experience.

    Cons

    Very easy to get caught up in the corporate politics


  3. Lab Technician 2

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician II in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician II in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    I enjoyed doing different kinds of testing and using different kinds of equipment.

    Cons

    It was hard to get the required information in order to advance up.

    Advice to Management

    none


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  5. Engineering Intern

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    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Engineering Intern in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Everyone I worked with was very friendly. Flexible work hours. Pickup soccer/basketball/volleyball in the summer during lunch. Fun to watch fire testing.

    Cons

    Too much report writing and use of outdated software. Job was slow and repetitive at times.


  6. Marketing Specialist

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    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist
    Former Employee - Marketing Specialist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great corporation - good health plans and benefits. Great people to work with.

    Cons

    Slow to change with the rapidly changing industry. Advancement was also very slow and wage increases were also not comparable to the market in this state.


  7. Great mission, lacking leadership

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great focus on mission of product safety and strong leadership training courses available for career advancement. Pockets of great teams and leadership.

    Cons

    Current leaders are not going to get us where the company ultimately wants to go. Compensation is low and below market. Striving to be one UL but company silos are holding us back. Incredibly strong growth targets and not enough action plans & accountability to hit the aggressive targets.

    Advice to Management

    Review compensation to at least be competitive with market rates. Focus on action plans and driving accountability, seems the focus currently is on big strategic plans.


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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people employed by UL The most part. They are smart and eager to do the right thing without cutting corners. The work is rewarding and there is always something new to learn.

    Cons

    Management is one of the big drawbacks at Underwriters labs inc. They expect employees to do incoming producing work without proper tools. Too many meetings to tick a check mark in their goals. Everyone complains - but can't let management know because they don't know how to accept criticism. There is a lot of cronyism. They find creative ways to reduce your ranking so they can take bonus money away from you and reward their favorites. Too much things to do that do not add to the bottom line.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on the core business. Provide more relevant training. Hire more people as to reduce workload of employees so they won't need to work too many hours over 40 without compensation. Concentrate on making each employee a subject matter expert instead of piling work on and threatening them of dire consequences if work not done. Treat all employees equally and with respect. Managers should be required to learn something about how business works by getting an advanced degree or something similar.


  9. lab tehcnician

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Melville, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    flex hours, easy management, tuition help

    Cons

    office politics, everyones related


  10. Watch yourself

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Glenview, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    The grounds are nice. Great location

    Cons

    It's a good old boys club so there is no place to move to unless you are part of the club. Management lies constantly and provides no direction at all.

    Advice to Management

    Be honest,communicate with your employees and provide some type of leadership


  11. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great overall balance. Many employees committed to the company's mission.

    Cons

    Few opportunities to advance to upper ranks from within.

    Advice to Management

    There are tremendous opportunities to harness the leadership powers from your staff.



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