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American Science and Engineering Reviews

Updated June 3, 2017
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  1. Helpful (1)

    "CEO was brought in for company to be sold or acquired"

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    Former Employee - Sales Applications Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Applications Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Science and Engineering full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits and above industry compensation

    Cons

    Functional silo driven, politics, bureacracy, clueless executive team

    Advice to Management

    too late, already acquired by OSI Systems / Rapiscan , most if not all executive management are gone including CEO, who was brought in to sell or be acquired, as will his next gig


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Was a great place to work"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Science and Engineering (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere and professional co-workers

    Cons

    Too many reorgs and layoffs. Company sold to competitor

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Best company and job I ever had until manager problems destroyed the whole department"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Lead in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Field Service Lead in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Science and Engineering full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Small company. Everyone matters. Good product. Challenging and lots of satisfaction. If you have a good manager you will be encouraged to become proactive with ideas to help improve operations and technical issues

    Cons

    Sr management very corrupted. Middle managers (VP's) only budget driven with no regard for anything else. First line management over burdened and hence non responsive to direct reports. Lots of back stabbing in service by support people.

    Advice to Management

    OSI will get rid of some of the problems


  4. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Director in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great technology and great product

    Cons

    Has been acquired. May lose its soul.

    Advice to Management

    No advise


  5. Helpful (2)

    "anonymous"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous in Billerica, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at American Science and Engineering full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    I don't see any Pro's for working at this company unless you are desperate for a job

    Cons

    Manufacturing has been on a 3 day work week off and on for the past few years at least, level of sales is very low. New CEO has removed all old upper management without any gain to show for doing so. In the past three years we have lost many good employees with tribal knowledge that is very difficult to replace, it is tough with added work load and stress level is high, lots of infighting.

    Advice to Management

    I have no idea how to help them at this point. Sell ????


  6. "Good company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at American Science and Engineering full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very interesting work with multidisciplinary engineering team, good esprit-de-corp with good customer focus, and driven to keep safety first.

    Cons

    Time accounting (government contractor) is a pain.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Stay away or leave if you are in!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Science and Engineering full-time

    Pros

    Benefits and pay are fine.

    Cons

    Management operate from levels of fear, paranoia, and with inconsistent direction/strategy due to their level of fear.
    There is a true lack of leadership, vision in management, and although publicly they will claim a desire to improve, move forward and grow the company, their actions tell a different story. There is no coaching, I a sure the meaning of the word is not known.
    Lots gossiping behind the backs of colleagues, creating a very toxic environment where folks are not working as a team to move the company forward. Debilitating atmosphere where the management style is elitist and distant. For this size company there should only be one layer of management and it being hands on!

    Advice to Management

    This is above management. Need the Board of Directors to overhaul management, its structure, its broken processes and broken employees

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Toxic Working Environement/Toxic Management"

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    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Principal Engineer in Billerica, MA

    Pros

    Competitive compensation, health benefits and 401k.

    Cons

    Every day was like a barroom brawl. Politics were the worst I've ever witnessed. Some people openly hated others. They have cleaned house by laying off primarily those who had highest salaries...this includes senior engineers and managers. A couple of managers were certifiable i.e. psychotic and sadly they did everything they could to keep their jobs by backstabbing others. Even during good times 2004-2013, it was par for the course to fire people. Mind you, not lay-off but FIRE. If one of the managers didn't like you for whatever reason, you were history. Most toxic company I have worked at in the 30+ years I've worked as an engineer.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the place to the highest bidder and start all over.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Program Manager"

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    Former Employee - Program Manager in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Program Manager in Billerica, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at American Science and Engineering full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great talent and great technology. Benefits at one point very good.

    Cons

    If you are not part of the inner circle you will fail.

    Advice to Management

    Sales have lagged for several years and they still keep the same person leading the pack. A total failure!!


  10. "Mechanical Engineer II"

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    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Billerica, MA
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at American Science and Engineering full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Well compensated, great peers, great work environment, interesting technology

    Cons

    Business is slow, relies heavily on military and government funding, recent new product development somewhat lacking.


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