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Element Materials Technology Reviews

Updated February 15, 2017
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Pros
  • For the most part, coworkers are great to work with (in 3 reviews)

  • Element is a great place to work for those who are willing to go the extra mile (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Some middle management still needs training on how to supervise and manage employees (in 5 reviews)

  • Information is slow to trickle down from upper-management (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "Chemist"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Chemist in Indianapolis, IN

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

    Pros

    Awesome coworkers
    Plenty of learning opportunities

    Cons

    The benefits are decent but not the very best


  2. Helpful (1)

    "It's a job but not a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Element Materials Technology full-time

    Pros

    Fun staff and a learning experience on multiple levels.

    Cons

    The building is run down and embarrassing to the staff when clients visit.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "Element Materials"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Former Employee - Manager in Charlotte, NC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Co Workers are Great, Good relationships among lower level employees.

    Cons

    Favortism, Hostile work environment, unfair treatment of employees


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  5. Helpful (1)

    "Stagnant"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 3 years)

    Pros

    If you're okay with talking to new people you can learn a lot about the many different aspects of the testing world.

    Cons

    Run by an investment firm. People are a means to an end for them, and nothing more. Ever.
    Management is very "that's the way it's always been done, so that's the way we do it" and do not want to change, even if it's better for all.

    Advice to Management

    Understand that you can be a leader if you want to. A manager is not a dictator, and you do not own your people. They need breaks, they need appreciation, they need help and not just orders.


  6. "Great People / Not great health care."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    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 (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The people are nice and great to work with. Perfect for new grads. Plenty of room to grow a career.

    Cons

    Heath Insurance is not the greatest.


  7. "Good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Very good place to work. Excellent work/life balance.

    Cons

    Management sometimes mismanages money on not thought plans.


  8. Helpful (1)

    "Horrible Company In Every Way Possible"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Daleville, IN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Daleville, IN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Most coworkers are very friendly and helpful.

    Cons

    Horrible management that couldn't care less about you. Employees feel used and taken advantage of. No raises. On the rare occasion there are raises, they are extremely small to the point of absurdity. No room to advance. People are frequently let go due to budget cuts. Dead end jobs. No appreciation or recognition of your hard work. Supervisors seem ignorant and not well-educated. Supervisors are also not good leaders or good examples. They are lazy and some even admit to being so. I've never worked for a company that cares so little for their people. Element is a horrible company and I can't wait to quit and get far away from them.


  9. "Stone for Stepping"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    You can use the opportunity to learn. You may also get some contacts depending on your position. It's also not hard. It's perfect if you like a super easy job mired with abhorrent management.

    However, I would recommend it for people that are not sure what field they want to go into. This job can give you a lot of knowledge of many sectors. I would not stay longer than 2 years.

    Cons

    There is really no oversight at the individual locations over than looking at numbers. Managers try to increase their numbers through refusal to upgrade equipment or expand technologies and instead get rid of employees and ask the remaining less-than-skeleton crew to use outdated and/or dangerous equipment. They are on the stepping over dollars to pick up dimes mentality rather than the spend money to make money mentality. Being so regressive, they are basically slowly circling the drain. They are not into reinvesting in any acquired labs.

    Additionally, the data submitted is usually acquired on a decades old instrument that customers would probably refuse if they saw it being collected. Many times numbers are changed in order to provide "correct" values to customers. There is very little integrity.

    Managers do not like to hear suggestions for improvement. If you have a problem, you should probably just start looking for another job rather than offer ways to improve the culture or productivity of the location. The meeting will just be a waste of your time.

    Pay is poor. Benefits are poor. Opportunities are poor. The only way to move up is if the person above you dies or leaves. The management is so protective of itself that none of them will be fired so there is absolutely no career opportunity here. Annual raises range from 0 to less than a cost of living upgrade.

    Employee meetings are disingenuous. Right before higher-ups come, the managers scramble to clean the place. The only time the floors were ever waxed was right before an upper was coming down. Managers put on their business best and pretend to be involved while the uppers are here and then business as usual when they leave.

    Advice to Management

    At the sector level - spend some time talking to the employees about their current management. You will have to really try to break through though as many employees don't want to talk negatively about management, as that has caused conflict in the past once you've gone. I would spend weeks and months at a location so you can really see what it's like, and not the snapshots set up for you by the management.

    At the local levels - My advice is to take some classes on management. Management isn't something you are good at just because you acquired the position. Not everyone will be skilled in it. Most people aren't. Take the initiative to learn how to motivate your employees. Act like you are actually on the same team. There is a palpable us versus them attitude in the facilities since many managers do not also perform testing. They just sign reports and "manage". Take some responsibility of your location. Realize that you can be part of the problem if employees are not motivated. Be reasonable people. Treat people with respect.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Concrete test technician"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Element Materials Technology full-time

    Pros

    Get laid off in the winter and collect unemployment benefits.

    Cons

    low paying ,Dirty backbreaking grunt work.
    The career expectancy of the concrete tech is only a couple years. By then your back is shot.


  11. "Excellent Opportunities for Advancement"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Element is a great place to work for those who are willing to go the extra mile. The management appreciates hard work and offer new opportunities to employees with a great work ethic.

    Cons

    There is no skating by; don't expect to take advantage of breaks or sit around twiddling your thumbs. It's not exactly a con, but be prepared!

    Advice to Management

    Continue to motivate those that work hard in order to keep them in Element.



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