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Updated June 23, 2017
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  1. 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.


  2. "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.

  3. 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


  4. 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.


  5. "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


  6. 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.


  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work but tough getting promotions"

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    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Controls Tester in Durham, NH
    Former Employee - Senior Electrical Controls Tester in Durham, NH
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goss International (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I learned a lot about controls testing and troubleshooting low voltage and high voltage cicuits.

    Cons

    Didn't get raises for several years in a row.

    Advice to Management

    Pay your employees and they will commit to the company


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Always in Turnaround"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Acquisition of company by American Industrial Partners in 2015 shows signs of improving basic operations. AIP seems very hands on. AIP is frequently at the HQ in NH, working with management on improving factory operations, contract administration, aftermarket biz, and more.

    Cons

    Extremely difficult business. Most players in the industry haven't made money this decade. Support technology was way behind, examples: ancient version of SAP, Office was still the 2003 version.

    Advice to Management

    Blocking and Tackling: improve flow thru factory, don't give away so much in contract negotiations, treat aftermarket well, remember that most employees have been there a long time and need support, guidance, understanding, etc.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "A dying company"

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    Former Employee - CAD Software Engineer in Rowley, MA
    Former Employee - CAD Software Engineer in Rowley, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Goss International (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Professional environment. Technology is mostly up to date. Good dental plan. Decent vacation accrual. Some valuable intellectual capitol in it's engineering designs & patents. Most recent takeover by AIP is moving company in the right direction.

    Cons

    Continually shrinking over last 15 years. Barely profitable. Medical plan not great.


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