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Flow International Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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  1. "Better since new management."

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

    I have been working at Flow International full-time

    Pros

    Friendly employees and very interesting products.

    Cons

    Company was merged with some of its former competitors, which is sometimes awkward.


  2. "Stay Away"

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

    I worked at Flow International full-time

    Pros

    There are no pros for Flow International

    Cons

    It's a long list but it starts with the senior management team and probably ends with the stinky old building

    Advice to Management

    Grow up or leave

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Amazing technology, but lack "people" skills"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    - Great location with decent parking (Kent, WA)
    - Flow is at the forefront of waterjet technology and growing globally
    - The company will no doubt flourish if/when it goes public
    - Impeccable safety record
    - Well-known, established reputation in the waterjet technology realm

    Cons

    - Disconnect between leadership and front-line staff
    - Lack of communication leads to rumors
    - High turnover makes it difficult to identify and remedy cultural inconsistencies
    - Severe lack of diversity

    Advice to Management

    Listen to the employees. Be transparent and proactive about change, rather than reactive and dismissive. Focus on hiring and retaining strong HR and Management team that is able to connect with employees, rather than just "put out fires". There is a wealth of knowledge, both product and culture, in employees that have worked with Flow for years.


  4. Helpful (4)

    "Be Very Careful With Flow"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Kent, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Flow International full-time

    Pros

    The decision to leave was easy.

    Cons

    Using analogies is a great way to take complex issues and turn them into everyday problems people can understand. For example, take the main restrooms on the 1st floor at Flow, it smells like a truck stop. That is all I had to say. I didn't have to say it gets hammered by overuse and lacks proper ventilation leaving the surrounding hallways smelling like human waste. Most people are keenly aware when something smells bad. Our sense of smell is one the of the few senses that travels directly to the brain bypassing the brain stem entirely. It decreases reaction time to distinguish bad from good.

    The restroom smell wasn't isolated to the restroom. It has permeated through the company and has concentrated in the offices of management. This is where the scent of disorganization and fear blend to create a culture as toxic as it smells.

    When a group of technology is packaged up into a commodity and begins the price race to the bottom you have to wonder what the end game is. What do you do when a balance sheet for an IPO is no longer possible, the technology becomes obsolete and margins have collapsed? You become like Volvo or Range Rover and readjust to work with your new Chinese or Indian ownership.

    And finally, if you are considering doing business with Flow be very careful how much capital expense you will have tied up directly or indirectly with Flow.

    Advice to Management

    Effective immediately, go back to where you came from.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Shame on you - employees aren't valued"

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

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

    Pros

    There used to be Pros to working at Flow - but sadly management has proven they do not care about our rich history of how our technology became world class.

    Cons

    Lack of Management, communication, valuing tenured employees and their knowledge. Pushing too many changes without considering process flow and who it affects. They want to save money but are spending $$$ on upper management travel and lodging because they all live out of state. Employees have to pinch pennies while the elite spend.

    Advice to Management

    Care about everyone and start listening to those that have been around awhile and know how the business works. Not just what it takes to turn around and sell us off. Valuable employees are going to leave to feel appreciated again.


  6. Helpful (4)

    "Flow doesn't value employees"

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

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

    Pros

    Employees care about the technology and history of what made the company a world leader in the industry .

    Cons

    Management has turned focus on selling the company and no longer care about the employees that have stuck by the company over the years. Benefits are dwindling. Use to focus on wellness and employee relations - took resources away that assisted and cared about wellbeing and work balance.

    Tenured employees are not valued or involved in helping move forward with their knowledge of what worked in the past to mold new processes for the future.

    Advice to Management

    Stop asking employees too pinch pennies when most of the senior management spends company resources on travel and lodging since most live out of state. Big dollars wasted but the employees dont get a raise or has to watch "spending". Time to take a look internally and clean house. Tenured, experienced employees are leaving - some are pushed out and some making the move on their own. None want to but it's not a good place to work and dedicate to anymore.


  7. Helpful (7)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Seattle, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Flow International full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    It is truly a global corporation, giving the chance to anyone to work on an international environment.

    Cons

    The company doesn't have anyone at the senior management level that knows anything about the business. The erratic behaviour of the board of directors undermines any initiative coming from the emloyees.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Just a Sad Case"

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

    I worked at Flow International full-time

    Pros

    This company used to be an awesome place to work. Many employees were more like family than coworkers. There was a great team environment.

    Cons

    Pay was horrible compared to market value. Leadership was not concerned with anyone lower than a Director. Not very good with work/life balance. Overworked employees with a very low morale. Company was sold off, which wasn't a surprise to me. I hear now that all of the people that I worked with were laid off without so much as a decent package. Some of these people devoted over 10yrs to the company.

    Advice to Management

    None, they probably think they have it all figured out anyway.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Employee Satisfaction"

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    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Kent, WA
    Former Employee - Supply Chain Manager in Kent, WA

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

    Pros

    Too much changes in short time

    Cons

    No enough room to move up


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Project"

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

    Pros

    Good Benefits and time off

    Cons

    Turnover was crazy, laid people off that had been there for more than 20 years quite frequent. Change of Management all the time.


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