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Updated November 4, 2016
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Pros
  • Many talented and friendly people at the ground level (in 3 reviews)

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

Cons
  • Upper management benefits from the hard work of the'production staff (in 7 reviews)

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  1. 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


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    "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.


  3. Helpful (1)

    "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.


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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.


  6. "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.


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    "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.


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    "Middle Management"

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

    Pros

    When I started it was a great company, highly focused, good marketing, good product range and managers that would engage the employees in the business. There were some very talented people working on the team. Pay was in line with responsibilities and good benefits.

    Cons

    Over the past 3 years, the Industrial Analysis group, whom I worked for, seems to have lost its way and could not keep up with product diversification. Organic growth became stagnant and the only hope for growth was through acquisition. OI do a poor job of integrating new companies acquired. This also resulted in shifting of many managers positions and responsibilities.......it soon became semi-annually to quarterly. All cohesion was lost, demotivated employees and forced many good people out. Since I left, also has the CEO, CFO, MD, Divisional FD, Quality Mgr., and many others including distributors. Many impractical targets were and are set without proper due diligence and investigation.....simply because we must show growth.

    Advice to Management

    Divest the Industrial Analysis Div. and concentrate on what you really love and understand, the Nano and academic markets. You are clueless when it comes to the needs of industrial customers who rely on up time and competitive products of good quality. As a middle manager you are constantly stuck in a battle between needs and aspirations of your employees and customers and the unrealistic demands of senior management who never visit customers, listen to their front line people or want to properly deal with unrealistic expectations. All employee benefits have been stripped to the bone and all costs passed directly onto the employees. They don't mind you giving up personal time but unless you are close buddies with the ones in power there is no fair compensation or more importantly, appreciation in return.


  9. Helpful (3)

    "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...


  10. 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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    "Miss Management is employed at Oxford Instruments"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at Oxford Instruments full-time

    Pros

    A paycheck. And perhaps some experience performing some tasks that can be taken with oneself and utilized later....at the next job.

    Cons

    Many assumed managers, each with conflicting and inconsistent sets of interests in terms of priorities, all competing with one another for an employee's time and effort. More assigned tasks than one can possibly manage to get done working just 40 hours a week. Thus, to satisfy every assumed manager, one must forgo any sense of work-life balance, as well as their sanity.

    Advice to Management

    The matrix-style of management system, as it has been utilized, simply does not work. Indeed, it only creates constant chaos and confusion in terms of priorities. And, that is not an environment that is conducive to someone who values their accomplishments, their career progression,...and their sanity.



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