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"Project Engineer"

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Former Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY
Former Employee - Project Engineer in New York, NY
Recommends
Positive Outlook
Approves of CEO

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

Pros

Its mission of safety. Work flexibility and the culture. Great experience to work in a very global environment.

Cons

Cross-functional training is not there or promoting moving within the company to get greater indepth knowledge of different industries.

Advice to Management

Your workforce is your best talent, work hard at keeping it and making them better.

Other Employee Reviews for Underwriters Laboratories

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to start and get your foot in the door"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Analyst in Canton, MA
    Former Employee - Analyst in Canton, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    9 paid holidays and 2 floating holidays
    fun summer cookouts
    paid overtime
    "giveaways"

    Cons

    Poor health insurance benefits
    Poor work/life balance, required working a lot of overtime/weekends/holidays
    Less than competitive pay
    Few opportunities for career advancement

    Advice to Management

    Employment satisfaction and morale should be a main priority.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Step into the time machine..."

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, good work/life balance - great place to work if you don't want to work more than 40 hours a week. Almost impossible to get fired or laid off, they put a big focus on training and development, benefits are top notch.

    Cons

    If you are old enough to remember and enjoyed working for a company in 1985, this company might be for you. Very dated, hierarchical company culture - ex. they actually assign parking spaces based on tenure and title. Highly political and bureaucratic environment. Very capable middle management and rank and file employees are given little autonomy and are not empowered to make decisions which means that nothing at this company moves fast. The IT systems are very dated and since they are all built in-house, you are at the mercy of the IT department anytime something breaks (which is frequently) and many times you are told that (despite the army of IT people we have working for us) IT doesn't have the bandwidth to fix things in a timely manner. A tolerance for low employee performance is wide-spread - no one ever seems to get let go. And those who put in the bare minimum are rewarded the same as those who are really driving results so there is no incentive to work hard. While the benefits are top notch, pay is below market. They have put a freeze on all merit increases for the last two years despite the fact that the company is profitable . UL has acquired almost 30 companies in the last few years but senior management doesn't seem to have any strategic plan to bring the entire business together or leverage these new businesses. We seem to be in the middle of an identity crisis.

    Advice to Management

    If you want to be a for-profit company, start acting like one. The dated culture, processes and systems have to go.

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