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NuSil Technology Reviews

Updated May 6, 2017
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Pros
  • If you have no education or previous job experience, NuSil is a great place to work to begin your employment history (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people and some good new progress toward setting a vision and working to get there (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Low pay and difficult to move up (in 9 reviews)

  • Wages are below the industry standard and they have a poor training program (in 6 reviews)

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  1. "Fast paced Research environment with opportunity to rapidly learn valuable skills."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Chemist in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Chemist in Carpinteria, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NuSil Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    High degree of responsibility even for entry level chemists.

    Cons

    Poor compensation, high turnover.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Terrible Place"

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

    I worked at NuSil Technology full-time

    Pros

    The people you work with are awesome. Most people are quite friendly with the same goals in mind.
    Flexible schedules

    Cons

    Management or in some cases lack of
    Pay
    Poor communication
    Lack of appreciation
    Decreasing company morale
    Shaddy upper management and suspicious hiring of "consultants"

    Advice to Management

    Pay attention to your supervisors. Some hardly work and hardly put in a few hours a day on a regular basis.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Don't go there with experience. Not too bad for starting a career."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at NuSil Technology full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Location is good in Santa Barbara area.

    Cons

    Unfortunately, only the location is good.

    Advice to Management

    No comments.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "Slow evolving"

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    Current Employee - Senior Mechanic in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Mechanic in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at NuSil Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Rain or shine work is steady. Main office is super nice and decked out.

    Cons

    Supervisors are untrained. This company has no training made available to it's supervising staff. They pick leads with no experiance and the work diversity ethic is a joke, politics are discussed in break rooms and the sensitivity of others is ignored by most of the staff. People in charge spend to much time making attemps to fly a broken, busted machine in the pre historic ages.

    Advice to Management

    Hello! The future is here, lets move passed this old technology and get with the new times. I hope you all realize how far behind you are in technology. These cheap panels and cheap programing is unrealiable yet no one says lets get better systems to run our machines and minimizetime down due to break downs and hours and hours spent by personel cleaning vessels while damaging the equipment. Oh and train your managers and supervisors to treat employees better maybe that way you can minimize turnover. Some college requirement wouldn't hurt either you have supervisors there forever without an ounce of college education how is this possible. Stop firing guys that know how to run stuff because you are threatend by them people with strong work ethics are hard to find now days.


  5. Helpful (5)

    "Can I please get those 7 years back?"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Former Employee - QA/R&D Tech in Carpinteria, CA
    Former Employee - QA/R&D Tech in Carpinteria, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at NuSil Technology full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    1) Some nice people w/ a sense of humor.
    2) Nice location w/ proximity to the beach.
    3) Fantastic product.

    Cons

    1) Horrible management style driven by cronyism, backstabbing & favoritism. Could only be described as a combination of Lord of the Flies, the Catholic Church under the Spanish Inquisition, elements of a prison gang, elements of the 3rd Reich, mainly the Gestapo & elements of the former Soviet Union under the rule of Josef Stalin.

    2) Good ideas are either ignored or dismissed unless made by favored people. In some cases implementing good ideas can get you demoted. Creativity is stifled & in some cases even ridiculed or punished.

    3) Lowest paying wages for the type of work done. I was even told once by 1 of the HR people that I should consider getting a 2nd job because I couldn't afford the insurance provided.

    4) Promotions are a function of backstabbing, simply a function of how many people you can throw under the bus & once promoted your survival depends on how poorly you treat people. Also, when you do get promoted, there's always somebody bucking for your job, so you become vulnerable to the same tactics.

    5) Safety is used as a tool to punish & demote "unfavorable" people.

    6) The company trusts NOBODY, unless you're on the "favored status" list. There's no employee outside internet access simply out of mistrust of the workforce by management. We even had a department manager launch a huge investigation into a missing tool which involved the searching of employee's personal vehicles. Turns out the tool in question wasn't missing, it was in the maintenance locker.

    7) A permeating "Big Brother" attitude all the time, like you're constantly being watched.

    8) Disciplinary write ups are given for the most petty things. I once witnessed a coworker get written up for (get ready for this!) "dancing on the job" in the QA lab.

    9) There's something to be said about a place of employment that prohibits the wearing of sport team apparel, must be something to do w/ gangs or something like that.

    10) Revolving door syndrome, good people come in, but don't last for long. We even had a unit of time named after an individual who started work & 37 minutes & 42 seconds later clocked out & quit.

    Advice to Management

    There's NOTHING that can be said to management because they know it all. Their model seems to be working, albeit inefficiently, but @ the price of a good employee base. If I were to say anything it would be in the following fashion:

    1) TRUST YOUR EMPLOYEES!
    2) PAY YOUR EMPLOYEES A BIT MORE!
    3) CHANGE YOUR PROMOTION PRACTICES!
    4) ACCEPT GOOD IDEAS!
    5) KEEP GOOD EMPLOYEES, FIRE THE BAD EMPLOYEES!

    Just some concepts to think about, but I, as well as many others, simply know that change & NuSil do NOT go hand in hand w/ each other.


  6. Helpful (3)

    "Stay Away"

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    Former Employee - QA Tech in Bakersfield, CA
    Former Employee - QA Tech in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    People are nice, and you can probably get some certificates if your manager is nice enough to approve you getting the training needed.

    Cons

    Management is horrible, there are people who really should not be there. There is always shortage with employees because everyone keeps on quitting, an the rest of employees suffer the shortage and have to work extra.


  7. Helpful (5)

    "Longtime Employees are not valued"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carpinteria, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carpinteria, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NuSil Technology full-time

    Pros

    The people are great. Very collaborative (at least at mid-level and lower).

    Lots of improvement efforts. The company is striving to be better in many areas.

    Some departments are well-managed and engender loyalty. As with any job, your specific department or superior will make a huge difference in your job satisfaction. Morale is not even throughout the company. Some departments are high and others are very low.

    Great opportunities and visibility in the company. Great place to gain a breadth of experience and work with multiple departments. Many training and advancement opportunities if you come in as entry level. However, this many be changing for operators because it's harder to advance without a degree now.

    Easy to get hired elsewhere. Other companies like Nusil employees because we wear many hats and juggle or lead lots of projects and often work hard and work long hours. We have to see the big picture and be detail oriented to be successful here. We work with multiple departments and industries.

    Cons

    Growing company + People quitting + layoffs = current employees are taking on a lot of work.

    The pay for current employees. It's discouraging to have impactful visible projects and constantly told of your importance to the company and you're promoted but you're paid so low, it's not hard to find any random new job and get a 20-40% salary bump. People who stay have equity or other reasons or they are looking. New hires get paid industry standard, but guess what, Nusil salary brackets are 20-40% below industry and you just came in at the top of the salary range and once you become a current employee, raises may be difficult and your work will be under extra scrutiny from multiple directions because you're getting paid more than others.

    Lots of manual checks (room for error) and employees have to cover themselves to not get blamed. The "covering oneself" goes from the lowest to highest levels.

    Disconnect between management and the employees.

    Some departments have very low morale.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the employee surveys. Actually use feedback from employees including from exit interviews.

    Have more regard for the way Nusil did things. Not everything in 1.0 is bad. The way a competitor in the same industry does a certain thing is not always the best way. Nusil has succeeded for decades doing custom work and some of what we do are best practices for small custom products.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "Chemical Operator"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Delano, CA
    Former Employee - Chemical Operator in Delano, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at NuSil Technology (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    -opportunity to grow
    -training
    -safety
    -management
    -company upgrade

    Cons

    -too much politics
    -individual agendas
    -benefits
    -pay
    -hiring process
    -human resource


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Always on the lookout for a scapegoat..."

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Operator in Bakersfield, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The overtime availability is nice in a way

    Cons

    Will force overtime with a days notice.

    Overtime is two days on the weekend so you end up working 12 days in a row.

    The managers seem to be selected based on willingness to go along with company dogma and stupid acronyms/slogans, not an ability to understand the problems.

    Although working in teams is called the norm, its not. You will be left alone in a room to run machines that require two people to operate.

    Repairs to machines take forever to get done and often take 3 or 4 days to really fix as the machine continues to have issues after being released back into service.

    The right tools are never around to do the job.
     I.e.; sockets and no ratchet.
    Utility knife with a dull blade or no blade.
    One small Philips head for a area with no reason to have anything but a flat head.
    Misc. Small box wrenches for a machine two stories tall and with no nuts smaller the 3/4".

    If something goes wrong its always your fault even if youre not given the help you need.

    If you ask for things like a ladder to get to the top of a large machine to change out a material bag you are told "we will look into that" and nothing ever comes of it.

    When some people call in sick for weeks at a time its given a pass because they are in the inner circle and walk on water. Incapable of lies or any wrongdoing they are untouchable. While at the same time someone else is branded for life at a single word form these special people with no chance tothemselves and if themselves and if you take a day off for illness management will tell you that you have no PTO even if you do.

    Theres alot more...

    Advice to Management

    Take a long hard look at your whole company. The truth of the matter is that as you score more and more contracts the workload on those that make the products gets higher and higher while the resources stay the same or deplete. Your managers aren't signed off on much of anything yet they make calls on processes and regularly place operators in over worked rooms alone making mistakes and injury much more likely.

    Promote those leads that have been there longer and have more of a rounded knowledge of the plant instead of a insider or good ol boy. Show those that have not made it to lead that they can be promoted by moving up those already in those slots to something better instead of making someone hired on as a lead less then 2 years ago the department manager. This just tells thise that will inherently know more based on time with the company that they can move up and are not stuck taking orders from whatever new hire manager HR finds. That kills moral and anyone worth anything will leave.
    No more working alone unless youre just monitoring. Right now we will have 2 people watching one machine cool while another room has 2 machines to charge. Its not the grunts job to go find someone to help its managments job to send thise that can be spaired to places they are needed.


  10. Helpful (2)

    "Okay company to work for"

    Star Star Star Star Star
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    • Culture & Values
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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Carpinteria, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at NuSil Technology full-time

    Pros

    Beautiful location, nice people, benefits are below average, good schedule, company will help a bit with education cost. Insurance if you're single it's relatively cheap (~$160 per month)

    Cons

    Old school mentality from VPs and Managers. Progressive thinking seldom taken under consideration. Raises range from 2-3% promotions 6-8%. Very limited room for advancement.

    Advice to Management

    Company should take better care of the workforce. Most employees are very unhappy, or don't care about what they do, which translates to possible poor quality. Overall employee morale is low.


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