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Updated December 20, 2016
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  1. "So sorry to see you go"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Instron full-time

    Pros

    Co-employees, benefits, hours, etc. Overall great career

    Cons

    Shutting local facility, sorry to see you go


  2. "Very stable job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Excellent Job stability in most departments.

    Cons

    Lower salaries, benefits. Not many growth opportunities.


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Solid company and a great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Norwood, MA
    Current Employee - Marketing in Norwood, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Instron full-time

    Pros

    I love working at Instron. The work is rewarding with a clear company mission, everyone has the opportunity to make their mark, and the company takes care of its people not only with good benefits and excellent work/life balance but with an honest caring attitude. It is cool to work for the maker of the world's best material testing systems that enable the world’s top companies, universities, and research labs to conduct groundbreaking research and ensure the best quality control of their products and materials. What really makes it fun is to see the diversity of what our customers are buying the machines for – from testing the strength of aerospace composites, the durability of sneakers, the force required to activate a touchscreen on a smartphone, or the peel strength of duct tape. If you like to do good work and are pleasant to work with, there are few limits to what you are going to be able to do. You can stay here for your entire career if you want with the opportunity to advance up or jump into another department. It isn’t uncommon for people to jump from marketing to engineering, or manufacturing to software, or any other combination as their interests and expertise change. There are many people at Instron with 20+, 30+, and even a few with 40+ years of service which says a lot about the stability of the company and the treatment of employees. Career development is encouraged and it seems like everyone is going back to school because of tuition reimbursement. Some perks include a good cafeteria with great salad bar, opportunity to volunteer in the community, soccer matches at noon on Friday’s, weekly yoga, summer hours, random events and BBQ’s throughout the year, etc.

    Cons

    Like any company, there are some annoyances but they are trivial and I don't think about them much. I leave happy each day and don't dread going to work.

    Advice to Management

    Keep doing what you are doing and continue to share information like is being done in the town-hall company-wide meetings.


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  5. "Meetings are not something to celebrate"

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    Former Employee - Consulting Engineer in Norwood, MA
    Former Employee - Consulting Engineer in Norwood, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people I worked with were very nice.

    Cons

    Not a performance focused culture. After I left, a colleague told me that they actually *celebrated* having the 100th meeting for a project. The company suffers from the the Dead Sea Effect where anyone very good gets out after a couple of years leaving 20-30 year Lifers who don't have exposure to industry best practices.

    Advice to Management

    Any advice would fall on deaf ears. Management rewards people for seniority and "getting along", not for furthering the companiy's goals.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Sustaining Engineering Co-op"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great training- strong focus on employee development
    Great atmosphere, the employees generally enjoy working there, and usually hang out after work too

    Cons

    Nothing comes to mind, fun job


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Solid company. Lots of opportunities to learn new things and move up"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Instron (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    In my career Instron has offered me the unique opportunity to work in an area and become a world expert while also allowing me to learn more about new technologies, industries, applications that I am interested in. This has allowed me to stay current over many years. Of course if you want to do both you are going to have to put the hours in but that is the nature of anything worth doing.

    Work life balance is up to you. If you want to do the minimum you can but your options over time will be limited.

    Cons

    If you want to be a VP 5 years after college go work at a startup.

    Advice to Management

    Keel asking for feedback from all employees to help stay the course of a long term successful company.


  8. Helpful (9)

    "Not worth it"

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

    I have been working at Instron full-time

    Pros

    Instron, by virtue of being a large, established and overall successful company, has good health and retirement benefits. Most of the actual employees are tremendous people that are wonderful to work with.

    Cons

    The management staff are not accountable. They avoid making tough decisions, or make bad ones, and often flip flop on these decisions. They only promote "yes men" (or women) who tell them what they want to hear and do not rock the boat, mostly out of fear of change or an effort to protect their own position. There is little opportunity for advancement and it is not based on merit, but instead by how chummy you are with the middle managers.

    Advice to Management

    This one's tough - management is almost entirely the problem. I would say begin with self-awareness, attempt to limit the hypocrisy, and begin establishing more of a meritocracy. Do not shy away from tough decisions, and be more accountable for them and more transparent with employees.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Time to move on"

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

    Pros

    The culture is laid back, flexibility is available in some departments. The health benefits are pretty good as are the retirement benefits. Overall good people to work with.

    Cons

    In some departments the atmosphere is rampant with negative attitude and other departments are governed by the outdated, know it all views of one individual. I have seen sexism and favoritism throughout the company and the harder you work the more you get buried. This philosophy creates animosity among those employees who are underpaid and undervalued but overworked because they are competent.

    Advice to Management

    Maybe its time to move some of senior management in a new direction. Cages should be rattling with the amount of people that have willingly left over the last six months. Whole departments almost entirely turned over. Take the time to listen, it is proven that our brains cannot multitask, listening is done best with open ears and a closed mouth.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "A company that will never be what it should be."

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

    Pros

    The only pros to working at Instron are work life balance, 401k, and tuition reimbursement; pay is below market value. The people at lower levels are generally very nice too.

    Cons

    Unfortunately Instron is being run by a large group of individuals who have been working there since they were in their mid 20's. The entire senior leadership team has been working at one place for 30 or more years. The decisions that are made are all made to protect each other instead of progressing the company. There has been a huge turnover of talent that has left because of frustrations with senior leadership. The most competent and driven individuals are not developed professionally because the leadership is more concerned about what would happen to their jobs if they did. There is no professional development here so steer clear.

    Advice to Management

    It really is a shame this company works the way it does but it is built on a good old boys network and it will never change. This could be a great company that develops innovative products but those that make the decisions do not stay up to date on the latest technology. How can you expect a company to innovate when teams aren't empowered to make their own decisions and the senior leadership team that does make those decisions doesn't even know what IoT is?


  11. Helpful (6)

    "Instron is a good company with the potential to be great."

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

    I worked at Instron full-time

    Pros

    Stable company with decent benefits, flexible scheduling, good employees and customers. Quality products.

    Cons

    The financial benefits for the work expected to be performed (and actually being performed) is below market value and there is no big reward when you overachieve. It is one of the main frustrations I hear from co-workers and one of the main reasons new, young hires are not staying for more than a year or 2. The main issue is the antiquated pay scale system. People should be paid based on their performance and not on how many years you have been at a company. Management is too concerned about their next promotion and are out of touch with the day-to-day business operations. Management needs to realize that they need to take care of their employees as they are the company's greatest asset. The cost of losing a good, a great employee is far higher than the cost of paying them a little more to stay.

    Advice to Management

    To take Instron from being a good company to a great company, management needs to get back into the trenches and see what the day-to-day business is all about and see what your employees are doing and the responsibilities bestowed on them. Get back in touch with your customer base and develop products and market plans based on their needs. Focus internally and not just on ITW. Management needs to realize that they just have to do a little more for their employees to retain them. Reward your high achievers. Make them feel appreciated for their hard work and achievements.



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