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"It was a learning experience"

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
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I worked at E.A. Fischione Instruments full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Very interesting products. Fischione makes robotic very high tech products.

Some of the Staff are intelligent, vibrant, wonderful people. They make the work fun. They are brilliant and not fully utilized. They tend to be needlessly distrusted by management.

They care about their customers.

I recommend coming here for the experience. Go there and get some projects under your belt. Just don't get comfy.

Cons

Upper Management tends to make low level decisions that would be better delegated. At times Upper Management is "in the way" instead of leading the way.

Expert advice is ignored at times because Management trusts its own intuition over the experience and competence of its staff. .

Management has a phobia of seeming to "imitate" their competitor's wares. They keep a Patent attorney on the payroll who would be capable of steering them clear of infringement suits. He's another expert whom Management seems to ignore?

Decisions are not always based upon facts or data but upon intuition, hunches and previous experience of Management. Intuition and experience of people hired to do a job, not so much weight. Data and facts? Sometimes.

Mechanical Engineers rule the roost. They "build machines". Everyone makes them work. Designs are not harmonized amongst disciplines.

There is "little room at the top" so don't expect to get there.

Some of the staff refer to disciplinary action as "Fischioning". Morale amongst hourly people is spotty. They are good people.

Advice to Management

Listen to your experts, hire experts whom you can trust or stop wasting money hiring people and then ignoring them.

Keep the President out of the Shop until he masters the art of humility. He is taking food out of his own mouth.

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  1. Helpful (5)

    "Great place to work; only a few minor faults"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Export, PA
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    Positive Outlook

    I worked at E.A. Fischione Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Flexible hours, casual dress, decent benefits, OK wages, good culture, great co-workers, new building, growth industry, industrial park off main road

    Cons

    Poor communication from top down, hiring process takes forever, lack of growth opportunities, no education reimbursement for self-improvement/professional growth classes, management doesn't delegate well, promises made can take years to come, lack of access to management, people are hesitant to make decisions without management approval.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Overall, A Great Experience"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Fischione is a small, growing company within a relatively stable industry. They have customers across the semiconductor, oil & gas, government research, and university sectors. This balanced profile keeps their growth relatively predictable as they don't weigh too heavily on the performance of one industry. They have flex hours but this can be dependent on your department manager. An employee's work schedule is especially less flexible on the manufacturing "half" of the building (more on this below). The company pays out a modest salary and recently switched to employee-by-employee bonuses (the company originally gave a universal percent bonus, e.g. 8% of your salary). Dress attire is relatively casual, except when important people tour the facilities. Health and 401K benefits are great, but salary remains low compared to industry standards. I think the lacking compensation is due to a VERY good healthcare package, considering they are a small company, it must be expensive to maintain.

    Overall, it's a unique company in a fascinating industry. There is a lot to learn and they let employees hit the ground running. You will have a lot of roles within the company and if desired, you may have the opportunity to interact with several departments. It's a great experience and one worth assessing for yourself!

    Cons

    Overall, pros outweigh the cons, though here is a list of issues I experienced during my employment:
    -Difficult to advance within the company. This is without a doubt, the only true issue with Fischione (the others below are petty, in my opinion). For traditional minded individuals, this will be great as you can expect a stable, guaranteed job. For the majority of the modern workforce, this will be very difficult to handle. Once in a position, it can be extremely difficult to progress within the company, even if qualified. You can expect to experience a relatively high employee turnover, as people realize there is little room for advancement. Unfortunately, this isn't entirely Fischione's fault, as it is very difficult for small companies to accommodate employee promotions or lateral position changes. Needless to say, it could be improved.
    -Compensation is just below average for the industry. Healthcare and 401K are great, though.
    -Split personality and a wall down the middle. The office can feel fractured at times, as the manufacturing and office sides of the building are held to incredibly varied standards. This can create an awkward culture inside the office at times.
    -Different standards depending on manager/department (elaborating on above point). You could work side-by-side with someone, but if they had a different manager, they might not have flex-hours like you, or you-might be required to dress in nicer business attire. This created a "mixed-culture" environment, where it felt like some had been dealt a better hand. This is partly due to it being such a small company, at big corporations, different departments may never see one another.
    -Mandatory lunches at 12 o'clock. This crowded the small lunch room and made it difficult to find a "rhythm" during the work day. Management could easily resolve this problem.
    -It's a small company. This may be a benefit for some, but it had a very 'family' oriented ambiance at times; really, it's a characteristic of small vs large. There were cliques of employees and at times it could be tough to break into these groups. Once the barrier was removed, all was great.

    Advice to Management

    It would be prudent to address the cons listed above, especially the inability to move about the company. Open the door to new ideas and trends. In reality, Fischione could be a modern day 'tech' company (but way cooler because they make important equipment and not some worthless app that will fade as trends change). Embrace this ideology, as few on the East coast have yet to do. Otherwise, it may be difficult to attract (and maintain) top talent in a rural suburb of Pittsburgh, PA. Address the few problems that exist, add some office perks, and business will flourish.

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