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Updated August 17, 2017
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Pros
  • Salary paid on time, free coffee (in 7 reviews)

  • There are consistent processes with Health and Safety being top of the list and improving systems to support the business and customer focus (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Financial reporting is weekly which adds no value to anyone except a micro management driven senior management team (in 6 reviews)

  • Get rid of all the yes personnel in upper management including the director of human resources they are all extremely two faced (in 8 reviews)

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  1. "typical"

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    Former Employee - Fracture Mechanics Engineer in Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Fracture Mechanics Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Exova (More than a year)

    Pros

    great company to work for. values the employee

    Cons

    repetitive work same old work


  2. Helpful (2)

    "If you like compensation, communication, and a future, this isn't it."

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    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Milwaukie, OR
    Former Employee - Laboratory Technician in Milwaukie, OR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Flexible breaks
    Good to get experience of you have none
    Mostly decent coworkers
    Free coffee
    Not penalized for being a few minutes late

    Cons

    No salary expectations beyond what you get hired at
    Very limited advancement opportunities
    Global company that's feels like a pyramid scheme
    No bonuses, no tuition reimbursement, and no raises for doing a good job.
    Pays too little too hire experienced technicians

    Advice to Management

    I'd give advice, but they're probably looking for a better job too, and/or don't care.

  3. "Good for Early Exposure to the Industry"

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    Former Employee - Test Technician in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Test Technician in Santa Fe Springs, Los Angeles, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    You work with pretty nice friendly people. The work can also be fairly interesting if you are interested in the field.

    Cons

    Management takes too long to process any paperwork. Limited career movement and opportunities.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Wouldn't wish this place on my worst enemy."

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

    Pros

    Ha, you are joking right!?

    Cons

    The manager gets upset and throws "man fits". He yells at the women quite often when under pressure. I feel it makes him feel better about himself because he's a sad, small and strange little man and he has to demean the clerical staff to feel good. He doesn't stop there though, he yells at the men too sometimes, because he knows if someone stands up to him or hits him, they'll just get bullied into quitting or arrested. Alright, let's move on....lazy clerical supervisor who spends all day texting and gives preferential treatment to the friends that party with her while dumping all of her tasks on the poor young women who already do a tough job.

    Advice to Management

    Go manage a McDonnalds, not a facility that ensures that our bridges don't collapse, our planes fly and boats don't sink.


  5. "Telesales Agent"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Exova full-time

    Pros

    Respect for employees and welfare taken seriously

    Cons

    Low salaries even for highly educated staff. No career progression. Different treatment of employees according to nationality/ background


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Moral needs a lot of improvement, if you want to go into the laboratory testing business try anouther company like TUV."

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Detroit, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Job is interesting, you get to work with a number of different projects and clients. Most of the employees are good people and the middle management are trying to make a difference.

    Cons

    performance in certain markets have lead to downsizing and increased pressure on facilities that are performing. Understaffing on projects can lead to long hours and weekend work.

    Advice to Management

    Build moral and don't run the company solely by the stock price. Reward business that are doing well look at your reviews on glass door.


  7. Helpful (8)

    "Pressure"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Exova full-time

    Pros

    Good to have a job, have many friends there. Co -workers are great. Love working in this industry. The work itself is challenging and interesting.

    Cons

    Management is feeling pressure from upper management and it trickles down. Valuable employees are let go, showing no gratitude for many years of service...causing low moral, which in turn causes other valuable employees to leave, increasing pressure on who ever is left...

    Advice to Management

    Take into account that your employees are people. I know it's a business but If possible, have compassion, be thoughtful when letting some go... Do something to INCREASE the moral !

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Interesting place to work"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingwood, TX
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kingwood, TX
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Exova full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    If you like to get your hands dirty and work as a metallurgist then a testing company is one of the best ways to learn. possibilities to work at other sites/countries

    Cons

    testing companies are very poor payers and you can get much higher pay elsewhere, you will not learn as much but the recompense is better. Long hours are expected, and can be high pressure

    Advice to Management

    Realize that skilled people do not come cheap, and not relay on the fact that once in testing it is hard to move out of it.


  9. "Senior Chemist"

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    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Fontana, CA
    Former Employee - Senior CHEMIST in Fontana, CA

    I worked at Exova full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company promotes the collaboration between departments and has an interesting procedure to evaluate the employees daily as well as annually.

    Cons

    Maybe they are too exigent on keeping track on new and old documentation. The GMP regulation does not allow you to do any little repair to the equipment you working on.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Ok, place"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Friendly coworkers and always lots of varied projects to work on.

    Cons

    As an outsider is was definatly difficult to break into the "old boys club" of workers who had been there for 10 to 15 years. This means any projects you are working on will be pushed aside for other tenured staff.


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