Underwriters Laboratories Reviews

Updated July 1, 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. Manager

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    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.


  2. Business Analyst

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    Former Employee - Business Analyst in West Babylon, NY
    Former Employee - Business Analyst in West Babylon, NY

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    No opinion of CEO
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    It "was" a great company to work for. Great work/life balance, great benefits, great people.

    Cons

    Company not #1 in their league anymore. Instead of changing with the times and improved their business to be competitive, they elected to lay off the hard working great people that made the company succeed over the years. To this day current employees fear for that "tap on the shoulder" to be laid off. Such a shame.

    Advice to Management

    Correct your business, start at the top to make your much needed changes for a better UL.


  3. All the layers of Management are not aligned on a vision for the company

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    Former Employee - Area Manager in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Area Manager in Brea, CA

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories

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

    Pros

    Public Safety Mission
    Some departments and managers invest in training for their staff
    Most of the Managers are not micro-managers

    Cons

    Nobody knows where we are headed, there is constant changes in strategy
    Executive level Staff have company shares, this is not be shared in an open way when UL went from being a not-for profit to profit status.
    Lots of miscommunication between layers of management

    Advice to Management

    Company needs top down alignment, we still have lots of under performing managers and directors.


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  5. Not what you expect from a corporate setting

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The environment in UL Rails Development is far from what one would expect from such a corporate setting, the management is relaxed and friendly, the environment is nice and challenging, and you have endless freedom to take whatever path you want to solving a problem. At the time of writing this review (June, 2015), the Rails team is about 5 months old, so we're still growing and defining the preferred methods and teamwork strategies for Rails development, which in turn results in a very rewarding Agile enviornment.

    Cons

    The downside of the team being so young is that the salary is below average for a typical Rails Dev job, and the location is on the inconvenient side.


  6. Helpful (1)

    It is ok

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    Former Employee - Associate Project Engineer
    Former Employee - Associate Project Engineer

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

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

    Pros

    Solid, steady job. Not working over 40 hours very often. Decent environment, good benefits. They do promote alot of their own people into entry level managerial positions.

    Cons

    Lack of engineering development, a career path that becomes very isolated with time, management can be very corporate, tedious and arbitrary. Limited advancement through engineering hierarchy is a strange anachronism.

    Advice to Management

    Provide your employees with more opportunities to advance in their career path. Provide objective ways to reach more certifications (Tests, # of projects completed) so that people are not held back form advancement for political reasons, which happens all the time.


  7. a look at ul.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    It great to work vast knowledge base of the many engineers and support staff.

    Cons

    Not doing enough to keep customers.

    Advice to Management

    Look at the big picture.


  8. career path at UL

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

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

    Pros

    Great Market value, Flexible hours, Market leader in certification

    Cons

    Management lacks ground reality, Revenue focus has decimated the employee moral, work ethics of seasoned employees can be like DMV workers.

    Advice to Management

    Make decisions with information regarding the ground reality. Cutting engineers is ETL policy which will bring down entire UL


  9. Good place to start a career

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Melville, NY

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great people to work with on a daily basis

    Cons

    The work gets procedural. Lots of changes happening at a time.

    Advice to Management

    Try to be more competitive with salaries


  10. Brief 3 month internship experience

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories

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

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, hands-on experience, good benefits for an intern, handle real products

    Cons

    Not much information on the job prior to the job, not much technical experience that most engineering interns are looking for, managed by technicians rather than engineers.

    Advice to Management

    Find ways for interns to be more involved with engineers rather than technicians


  11. Helpful (1)

    Temporary

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    Current Employee - Global Business Manager in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Global Business Manager in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Good place to learn entry level tasks.

    Cons

    Management does not address issues. There is no career path or no advancement for qualified staff.

    Advice to Management

    Support the educated and motivated staff so they stay and help grow the company at it's potential.



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