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Element Materials Technology Reviews

Updated September 13, 2017
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Pros
  • If you're okay with talking to new people you can learn a lot about the many different aspects of the testing world (in 4 reviews)

  • Element strives to provide a safe and productive work environment for those who want to work hard (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Information is slow to trickle down from upper-management (in 7 reviews)

  • Some middle management still needs training on how to supervise and manage employees (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Needs change"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Element Materials Technology full-time

    Pros

    Profitable and plenty of work

    Cons

    Still behind on tech. and processes, facilities starting to look tired.


  2. "Lots of Opportunity"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Huntington Beach, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Element Materials Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Element has just gone through a large acquisition and there will be lots of opportunity for internal growth for everyone that wants to step up. Contrary to popular belief, Element pays a fair wage for the experience and education that you need to get your foot in the door. The culture is improving year after year with more internal promotions and opportunities for education reimbursements. If you’re looking to work in a dynamic atmosphere and are willing to put your head down and work hard, you will be recognized and rewarded.

    Cons

    Element is very customer focused and tends to be lead by the demands of the customer that yells the loudest. There is a big focus on EBITA and on time delivery. This translates into a lot of pressure for the Technicians and managers to out-perform their previous numbers month after month. There needs to be more focus on training and development in the staff to create engagement. Element needs to keep investing in their people and the profits will fallow. A happy worker is a productive worker.

    Advice to Management

    Keep investing in your employees. Give back to the employees that do the hard work day after day. Continue to recognize, but reward as well.

  3. "Speciality test technician"

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    Former Employee - Test Technician in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Palm Beach Gardens, FL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Element Materials Technology full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The type of work is enjoyable. The other techs are enjoyable to work with. There is potential to learn a lot if management would allow growth

    Cons

    The environment is hazardous to health and management does not care. 2 1/2 years of breathing jet fuel and smoke. Zero safety rules actually followed. Management turns the other cheek and lets anything fly. No accountability for anyone's actions

    Advice to Management

    Actually care about your employees health and wellbeing. Utilize your employees for what they can do. Actually train people and not hold them back from growing


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Manager"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jupiter, FL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Jupiter, FL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Element Materials Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Element is a self driven location that rewards it's employees for taking the company to the next level. Diverse work with constant learning.

    Cons

    Not a normal service job. This place takes a lot of energy and attention. A lot is required from the workers here.


  5. "Lab technician"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Element Materials Technology full-time

    Pros

    I was able to work with a great group of individuals.

    Cons

    Long, inconsistent hours. Management's idea of of micro-managing was related to were managing.

    Advice to Management

    Step up, and respect your workers.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Test tech"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Saint Paul, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Element Materials Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people are great to work with

    Cons

    Management finds ways to put techs down, and deny pay raises. Do not treat women well.

    Advice to Management

    Really take care of your people, rather than putting them down, and treating them badly. Take a close look at why women are not in management or working as techs. There's a definite imbalance at some sites. Why?


  7. "Associate Microbiologist"

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    Current Employee - Technical Associate in Warsaw, IN
    Current Employee - Technical Associate in Warsaw, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Element Materials Technology full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours, vacation starts accruing as soon as you're hired in.

    Cons

    Long days, limited opportunities for growth, low pay

    Advice to Management

    Promote from within. Don't expect brand new hands to save the lab. Pay a living wage

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Would Not Recommend to Anyone"

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    Former Employee - Business Development Associate
    Former Employee - Business Development Associate
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Element Materials Technology full-time

    Pros

    The people. That is absolutely it.

    Cons

    Very very many. Let's start with pay. You will be severely underpaid in every way possible. Friends, family will ask how much you are making off your commissions and you will say...zero. Well how about bonuses? Nothing. You will work hourly and bring in millions of dollars to Element to get paid $18 an hour. But, wait. You will get to work overtime right? Well, some. You have to monitor your hours so you don't get too much OT so they can hit EBITDA. AND, your boss will tell you to work at home for free so you can get caught up. Work at home for free...what a slap in the face to the employees. At least we will get EBITDA right?? Wrong. Not for 2018. With the acquisition of Exova, that's where the extra cash will be going. Not to their employees, but to the top dogs.

    Secondly, during your interview, the manager will say something along the lines of, "You won't make much during your first year to year and a half, but after that time and we think you are ready, you will be promoted to a BDM and make double the money." That all sounds fine and dandy, but I haven't seen one person in the company be promoted from a BDA to a BDM. Some have been BDA's for 6-10 years. But, management will say, "They don't want the responsibility of becoming a BDM, that's why they are staying a BDA." They must not want the responsibility of making double the money either...very very sketchy at Element. Okay for a first job out of college, but once you realize you are making pennies compared to your friends, you will want out ASAP.

    Advice to Management

    Hire less and pay more. This whole "One Element" BS needs to go out the window as well.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "room to grow but no increase in pay to keep up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Element Materials Technology full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    no one knows what's going on so you cant be blamed for anything

    Cons

    low pay no raise to new positions, no more profit sharing

    Advice to Management

    learn that you hire American's and cant pay them British wages


  10. "Test Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Test Engineer in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Element Materials Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good testing experience in the aerospace and defense industry.

    Cons

    Disorganized culture, long hours expected.


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