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Updated September 23, 2017
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Pros
  • Lots of good people in the trenches that work hard and care about the company (in 5 reviews)

  • Many talented and friendly people at the ground level (in 3 reviews)

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  1. "Management is a disaster,"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Lots of good people in the trenches that work hard and care about the company.

    Cons

    Management is a disaster. Turnover is huge. Middle of the road pay. Benefits lacking.

    Advice to Management

    Get it together. Will you still be in business in a few years?


  2. "Company in a British death spiral."

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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 Oxford Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    It's in Santa Cruz California.

    Cons

    Poor pay, incompetent management. President is a sociopath. Company was bought out by the British owned Oxford. Our early Preaident's primary goal was to keep the British out, only because they do things so "differently." Classist, abusive, people would come out of the HR office in tears. The COO was sleeping with, and is now married to the head of HR. Conflict of interest anyone? Oxford waged war on the employees, and still does. It's a climate of fear and hate. Not kidding. Company is at 24 million, would have been at 60 million had they left it alone. Layoffs, never released a single working new product in 10 years. They are known by upper management to deny unemployment to boost margins. Go work for em!!

    Advice to Management

    Leave

  3. Helpful (4)

    "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.


  4. Helpful (3)

    "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.


  5. Helpful (2)

    "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.


  6. 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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Oxford Instruments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Good culture,good flexibility, Nice work, Best training opportunities

    Cons

    Levels for Compensation not so good

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Mediocre"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Oxford Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Good Working environment, good colleagues

    Cons

    low salary and need to face inflexible management. It is very hard to make a change that helps the company.

    Advice to Management

    Increase employee benefits and value capable employees will be my advice. The company loves its comfort zone and does not want to change. Particularly an average very long working years is guiding the firm to stay where it is without improving.


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Ok Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    The hourly employees are great people to work with.

    Cons

    Management is poor and does not have people skills.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to motivate people better.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "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.


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