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Updated November 10, 2017
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good company in a tough dying industry"

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Durham, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company was historically great to work for, International footprint and great opportunities. At one point had assembled a remarkable pool of talents.

    Cons

    Could not re-invent itself fast enough in the midst of a media revolution and shrank as the printing industry started disappearing.
    Too much politics in management,


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Dying business"

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    Former Employee - Machinist in Fort Worth, TX
    Former Employee - Machinist in Fort Worth, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people to work with

    Cons

    The printing industry is done.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Sinking Ship"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Durham, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are great and the work was interesting.

    Cons

    Ship is sinking. It is a dieing industry with a lot of layoffs throughout the years. Management doesn't listen to it's employees suggestions on improvements. The groups within do not work well together, always blaming the other. Only raises given were 2 in 10 years. Unless a manager favors you.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees, they have been there a lot longer than you and may have good ideas to improve processes. Treating them like people instead of just heads and productivity would improve. Show them you value them and their work.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Accountant"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Current investors are trying to rebuild and move the company forward.
    It is looking to expand into related fields and provide additional services.
    Even while the company is closing facilities, it is still moving forward by looking for complementary companies that will help to insure its future.

    Cons

    The company is in the Graphic Arts business, selling industrial machinery. With everything going digital, there is less need for new machinery. So future of company could be in question. This has been witnessed by the many recent layoffs and closing of facilities.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "22 Years at Goss"

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    Former Employee - Tech Writer/Illustrator in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Tech Writer/Illustrator in Durham, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good people
    Never got bored. always learning something new
    My job (Tech writer/illustrator) required self-motivation. There was no standard way of getting information, so each day was a challenge.

    Cons

    No job security. Layoffs were always a surprise.
    During the last few years, there were a lot of layoffs. Because there was no clear direction from management, everyone worked hard (with less) but without a positive direction.

    Advice to Management

    Let you employees know what the business plan is. Give clear direction about what needs to be done.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "The ship is sinking"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Goss International full-time

    Pros

    Interesting work
    Good workforce
    Currently practicing lean management

    Cons

    Constant downsizing in an industry being put out of business by electronic media


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Design and manufacturer of printing presses"

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    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Project Engineer in Durham, NH

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

    Pros

    Calibrating with other programmers to produce a control system for large machines.

    Cons

    The printing industry is not growing.

  8. "Good company operating in a tough market"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Goss International full-time

    Pros

    Strong people and great customers. Decent benefits

    Cons

    Tough and uncertain market. Frequent downsizing saps morale.

    Advice to Management

    Better marketing both externally and internally to improve employee morale


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Has opportunities, but missing them all"

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Durham, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Changing jobs - even careers - within the company is relatively easy; there are few, if any, adverse repercussions to it.

    Cons

    Most of management, having worked only in printing, does not understand how to run a business when cash is scarce (printing was flush with cash before the dot com bust). Standard response is to lay off people, but only tribal knowledge is reliable; documentation is not, so layoffs always cause loss of corporate information.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees, and ensure that best practices are used in Engineering (they currently are not). Make sure that product follows documentation, not the other way around. Engineering needs to be responsible for product start to finish - currently goes "over the wall" and is forgotten.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Good benefits, unstable longevity"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Goss International full-time

    Pros

    They have good benefits like health, dental, vision, 401K, holidays, vacation, sick time. They recently brought back tuition reimbursement.
    There were lots of health incentive activities that would pay you extra for doing it. Including things like group walks, bio-screenings, etc.

    Cons

    In the 10 years I was there, it seemed like maybe every 1.5 years they had another mass layoff. Anyone could get laid off during any time of any day, even if the CEO announces that things are looking good (that happened).
    When people quit or get laid off, their work is spread around to others, but without pay raises for your bigger workload.
    There were very rarely any pay raises. I think I saw it happen twice.
    Basically, there were no intensives to work harder to get ahead.
    I would recommend Goss to a friend because of the benefits, but with the warning that they can be laid off at any time for no reason. So don't get comfortable, and keep looking for another job.


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