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Updated June 8, 2017
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  • Many talented and friendly people at the ground level (in 3 reviews)

  • The hourly employees are great people to work with (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Fun company, innovative products, low compensation"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    it's not an intense, dog eat dog place
    the products are fun and the customers can be interesting
    I really liked the people I worked with

    Cons

    layoffs occur frequently. It is a mature industry. I felt that a lot could be done with software but the company emphasis is 97% hardware.
    salaries are quite a bit lower than other companies although analytical instrumentation vendors tend to lowball people, especially PhD's and techs who aren't really marketable in hot companies
    Not a lot of transparency about financial performance & P&L's except what's in the annual report

    Advice to Management

    Share more business unit info (financial and performance) to operating groups so they know where they stand better and get a better context for what the biggest problems are.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Company that has Sold Out to the Devil"

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    Former Employee - Manager in England, AR
    Former Employee - Manager in England, AR
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Peers are hardworking honest people who look out for the company far too often.

    Cons

    Management rules with an iron fist and does not delegate authority to anyone. Expects instant results with many narrow minded decisions made by people far away from the customers. These decisions has resulted in frequent redundancies lay-off, bad company acquisitions and finally sale of many business arms.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your valuable employees more often. You are driving the company to the ground. Will not be surprised if the whole company be acquired by a bigger firm soon.

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    "Oxford has lost focus on the employee"

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

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good Solid products. Most of the people are very good, but not well managed!

    Cons

    Management has not clue on the how run or perform the job of its employee. Very H.S. like environment. People are put in place to run departments with poor leadership/management/PEOPLE skills. Poor communication from upper management.


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    "Great Employees, Dysfunctional Management"

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    Former Employee - Sales in Scotts Valley, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in Scotts Valley, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Enjoyed working with cool technology.

    Cons

    Upper management has no respect for individual contribution. It feels that upper management is more concerned with exercising their authority, than assembling a cohesive team. Moral is very low due to negative leadership.

    Advice to Management

    UK headquarters should consider replacing the Scotts Valley president, if they are serious about maintaining this division.


  5. Helpful (3)

    "Diffuse Company"

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    Former Employee - N/A in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - N/A in Boston, MA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Instruments (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Solid products. Good designs and solid tool reliability in an R&D product. Good Applications people. Service people very good, but not well managed.

    Cons

    Management turn-over high/and staff Factory and Engineering turnover high in recent years due to having high sales goals with wrong tools and organization for a production market. Corp goal to focus on production markets, while they have been an R&D tool supplier , both functionally and perceptually by customers. There have been complete misses on product introductions.


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    "Poor leadership, Asylum Research"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Goleta, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Team of capable, smart, honest, hard-working professionals
    Interesting, trans disciplinary technology
    Opportunities to interact with leading industrial and academic groups around the globe

    Cons

    Principals do not understand the value of others, hire valuable experience they will not listen to, do not find value on hiring and using effectively business talents outside their skill set -many blind spots there
    Company and team opportunities are fumbled by not planning and placing resources based on data and facts
    Cult mindset product development on obscure unproven new techniques that hurts marketing and sales teams, stop marketing penetration
    Decisions fall in the hands of very few with no rational or due process / group analysis. On acquisition employees got admonished not to communicate with OI which limited visibility of areas for improvement
    No career development, chip-on-shoulder attitude by principal -no leadership skills: take full credit for team wins, blame full failure on others
    Below industry compensation
    Emergence of important number of competitors and dominance by market leader with savvier business teams

    Advice to Management

    Hire appropriate business and management talent. Establish clarity on how business, marketing, development decisions are made. Engage and communicate with employees and listen to what they need to be more effective at their job. Appreciate and acknowledge the value of team and team members. Address the cons.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Living By The Matrix"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Instruments (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are some interesting products available. There are people who care about doing their best. The upper management wants to do what it can for their directs.

    Cons

    The company lives by a matrix, and only makes changes when the matrix calls for it. This means there are many opportunities and options that pass them by. Improvements are met not with arms wide open but with second guessing and the need for instant results and justification because the matrix said so. The directs are often left with managers who are trying to satisfy the matrix driven company vision and the whims of the market, leaving upper management as stretched thin as the middle management. This results in waves of decent people leaving because management only sees them as a resource and numbers in the matrix instead of human beings who want an opportunity to prove themselves. There are no opportunities for growth or expansion here, only imaginary brass rings that seem to disappear once you are close to touching them.

    Advice to Management

    I'd offer some advice, but there are not many who will listen. They are set in their ways because it is comfortable and it worked for them in the past. Much like when directs try to talk to their managers, it might be best to let the matrix work for them in their key positions since it seems to do everything they need.

  8. Helpful (5)

    "Revolving Door"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Cruz, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at Oxford Instruments (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Every now and then, they have "free fruit Tuesday" for a whole month! A definite "perk".

    Cons

    You are not an individual there. You are a tool for management. Upper management benefits from the hard work of the'production staff. They get the raises and big bonuses and the rest get nothing. There is a definite disconnect with the needs and wants of the workers and a narsassitic attitude of the upper management

    Advice to Management

    People are leaving in record numbers. Great people with great ideas . People of value and knowledge. Moral is at an all time low. Did you ever ask yourselves why? Look in the mirror and you'll find the answer...


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Local"

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    Former Employee - Cryogenic Engineer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Cryogenic Engineer in Austin, TX
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    I worked for Oxford for 8 years. The company was a small local part of the corporation. It felt very close knit and friendly.

    Cons

    The corporate model did not fit the local division. The expected margins were not able to be achieved. The company continued to struggle even almost being sold. It was finally sold to a competitor last year.


  10. "decent place to work"

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

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time

    Pros

    good products, R&D, vision in Nanosciences division; balanced work/life and certain freedom for creative ideas , good carrier opportunities for british nationals

    Cons

    IA division frequent management changes and personal change without clear vision of goals and limited information from upper management , poor health insurance coverage; british way to run a company


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