Underwriters Laboratories Reviews

Updated July 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. lab tehcnician

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    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Melville, NY
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Melville, NY

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    flex hours, easy management, tuition help

    Cons

    office politics, everyones related


  2. Rate company

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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 (More than 10 years)

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

    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.


  3. 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.


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  5. Manager

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    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Los Angeles, CA

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories

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

    Pros

    Good, passionate people. Good professional training opportunities.

    Cons

    Long hours. Life/Work balance challenges. Fast paced.


  6. Misguided Management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enfield, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Enfield, CT

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

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

    Pros

    Innovative new technologies and broad and global business scope. Well recognized company in many business circles.

    Cons

    The company has major accountability issues that are carried out inequitably creating continuity issues from one manager to another and this culture seems to be supported by upper management. Advancement within the company is not based on measurable success as it is with other large companies I've worked for but rather whim or even nepotism.

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to what the rank and file are saying but more importantly listed to yourselves. Acknowledging the problems will not make them go away. If management carries out location specific surveys that result in negative results and adverse comments then an action plan should be engaged.


  7. 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.


  8. 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.


  9. 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.


  10. 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.


  11. 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.



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