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Underwriters Laboratories Reviews

Updated February 21, 2017
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  • Work/Life balance not terribly good (in 13 reviews)

  • Senior Management is not completely in-tune with the employees (in 14 reviews)

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  1. "A good company to work"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Business Systems Analyst in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Lots of opportunity to learn and grow. Very good work-life balance. People are nice and friendly. The HQ is very spacial and nice, and it has a lake and trails. Company encourages employee to have a walk after lunch. It has gym with 10 bucks/month inside the company. It has two Toastmaster clubs, and the company pays for member fee of the clubs.

    Cons

    The company was a not-for-profit company several years ago. Although it's now for profit, the salary is relatively lower than other companies of the same position levels. Salary increase rate is very low. The pace of the company is not fast, which can be a pro or a con depending on a person's view. The employee turnover is a little bit high.

    Advice to Management

    Increase the salary to keep experienced employees.


  2. "Entry-Level"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Flexible work hours
    Work life balance
    Helpful/friendly staff
    Company's loyalty to staff
    Programs and activities that promote a healthy life-style

    Cons

    Budget driven
    Promotions are rare
    Micromanagement

    Advice to Management

    I would advice management to trust the employees decisions. While setting aggressive deadlines might wow the clients, failing to meet them defeats the purposes.


  3. "nice management"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    management is hands off and you can choose your own career path

    Cons

    low pay. turn over because they hire talent but then lose them to better offers.


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  5. "Good company with good ethics"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Care of public safety. Care of their employees.

    Cons

    Possible laid off and concerns regarding job security.


  6. "Project Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Flexibility, great communication with management.

    Cons

    Upward movement is slow; raises are low.

    Advice to Management

    Provide more incentives and better raises.


  7. "Great Place to work"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Lab Technician in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    As a lab tech I have enjoyed working for UL very much. The work hours are flexible, The work environment has been easy going but can be a little demanding at times. usually when this happens they offer O.T to keep pace. Room for advancement and benefits are better then any other job that I have worked at.

    Cons

    Want more out of you then just getting your work done. Can be good depending how you look at it.

    Advice to Management

    None


  8. "Associate Project Chemist"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    you can work independently and have flexible hours

    Cons

    pay increase is not that great


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Old UL vs New UL"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - PROJECT HANDLER II in Lake Bluff, IL
    Current Employee - PROJECT HANDLER II in Lake Bluff, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Large portfolio of services covers many industries
    Employer sponsored 401k
    Good benefits with employer HSA bonus
    Reputable and respected brand
    Laid back work atmosphere (although sometimes too laid back)

    Cons

    UL continues to suffer from inadequate middle-management and employees who have been at UL too long to care anymore. These employees will continue to hinder UL's objectives to be the client's first choice and an organization that attracts top talent.
    Titles are applied indiscriminately with little guidance from HR.
    Poor IT infrastructure and knowledge of technology systems

    Advice to Management

    Hold your staff accountable and require managers to apply more consistent scrutiny and policies across the organization


  10. "Amazing company with wonderful opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Northbrook, IL
    Current Employee - Laboratory Technician in Northbrook, IL
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The culture is primarily a good one. The compensation is average to very good depending on your experience and position. There are many opportunities to build your skills and value for the company which translate to better pay, promotion opportunities, and a variety of work. Work load is average to high, but even when it is high, management works with you to try to push goals- they don't just demand.

    Cons

    The average age of a lot of the employees is a bit older, and there is occasionally a clash of generations especially with technology. Overall most of the old timers are great, but if you are young, it may take some compromise.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to value your employees skills, work, and reward outstanding employees as much as possible to avoid losing valuable people.


  11. "Associate Project Engineer"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Underwriters Laboratories full-time

    Pros

    Great benefits, Good co-workers, and Great facilities

    Cons

    Management overly concerned with money
    Work/Life balance not terribly good



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