Underwriters Laboratories

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Underwriters Laboratories Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
183 Reviews
3.1
183 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Additionally this company allows for a great work life balance (in 33 reviews)

  • The staff at UL are dedicated to the company mission of public safety and are great to work with (in 12 reviews)


Cons
  • Senior management seems to not understand the core process (although this is getting better now) (in 11 reviews)

  • Not a lot of career advancement opportunities (in 9 reviews)

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  1.  

    Interesting and different job. Mediocre pay

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories

    Pros

    Benefits are decent. Pay isn't terrible but it could be better. Depending on what area you work in, the people are generally nice.

    Cons

    Too many management layers with high salaries. Once becoming for profit, everything became all about money.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Good until the reorganization and layoffs.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great opportunities to work the many different industries

    Cons

    Senior management doesn't communicate honestly with their reports.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Now and then

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    Former Employee - Project Handler in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Project Handler in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories as a contractor (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Paid for your education was easy to get to

    Cons

    Lost its loyalty to employees

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Remember the good old days when UL mattered

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5.  

    Associate Consultant / Software Architect / .NET Subject Matter Export

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, good vacation, decent salary.

    Cons

    Benfits have gone down lately. Leadership and management is contract drive, a requirement that gets enforced down from senior company management.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Good experience with a lot to do

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    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Intern - Hourly in Fremont, CA

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Good work environment, higher ups always care about how you are doing.
    A lot of autonomy, you are trusted as a co-worker.

    Cons

    Have varying shifts, if you have the grave shift, the work is very monotonous and will put you to sleep.
    A lot of staff don't seem to be motivated and are only getting through each day and barely fulfilling their requirements.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Could be more organized in the hiring process. They hired too many interns during the summer of 2014 and had to cut back hours.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Technician

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician
    Current Employee - Lab Technician

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Good coworkers, decent benefits, and interesting projects.

    Cons

    Management needs to do a better job listening to their employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees and get a better understanding of labs.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Great and rewarding experience.

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    Current Employee - Associate Project Engineer in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Associate Project Engineer in Northbrook, IL

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule was nice. It was a great learning environment.

    Cons

    It seemed as if there were "chosen" people that got the larger and more visible projects, unfairly.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Stepping Stone

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    There is a very good work/life balance

    Cons

    There is way too much management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    okay for a stepping stone job

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    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Lab Technician in Northbrook, IL

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    comfortable work conditions, personal laptop, fixed work hours

    Cons

    repetitive projects, too many meetings, low pay, slow promotion, an engineering company that specializes in obsolete technology

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    stop over glorifying small achievements and over-killing small issues.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Project Manager

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    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Chicago, IL

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good work environment. Very good co-workers

    Cons

    Leadership values $ over people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of your people and the $ will take care of itself

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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