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Updated January 14, 2018
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  1. "Software Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Universal Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Challenging Work and Beautiful View

    Cons

    No specific cons that I know of


  2. "Not a terrible company to start"

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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 Universal Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work culture, friendly people, low cost of living

    Cons

    No growth, no salary hike, no bonus, company shuts down atleast once for 3 days annually without paid holiday

    Advice to Management

    Start caring for employees by attracting salaries, annual increments, bonus, PTO, etc.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "Administrative Professional"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Instruments full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great people and leadership in finance and hr

    Cons

    CEO is never there and company lacks direction as he does not delegate to others. No raises or bonuses are given on a regular basis leading to poor morale of employees.

    Advice to Management

    Pay bonuses and do regular salary increases to keep people engaged.


  4. "Supplier Quality Engineer"

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

    I have been working at Universal Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Work environment is very pleasant and helping colleagues

    Cons

    No bonus, no salary hike, no growth

    Advice to Management

    match up with average salaries and some bonuses to motivate people.


  5. "Good learning center"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in New York, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Universal Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Established company management. Senior management are aggressive. Most of long time employees working like family. Nice working environment and having some state or art advance technologies equipment.

    Cons

    Low reinvestment on new technologies. high employees turn over on certain departments. Facing strong competition from other Asia competitors.

    Advice to Management

    Take more care for employee benefits especially for those loyalty employees.


  6. "Complicated"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Binghamton, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Binghamton, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Universal Instruments full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    UIC is a challenging place to work with no lack of tasks to do that will challenge a person at all levels of skill.

    Cons

    There is a lack of structure and clearly defined roles which makes understanding the scope of work difficult sometimes.

    Advice to Management

    Come up with a build plan and stick with it. Changing requirements makes it very challenging to work effectively.


  7. Helpful (4)

    "Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Conklin, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Conklin, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Great team members and supportive environment. Good work-life balance, low cost of living. SUNY Binghamton nearby and has a good talent pool.

    Cons

    Upper management doesn't care for employees. Uphill battle to the unstable capital equipment market. Lack of long term investment in people.

  8. "Area General Manager - Americas East"

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    Current Employee - Area GM in Endicott, NY
    Current Employee - Area GM in Endicott, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Universal Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Exciting, high technology company with a strong "can-do" culture and position on the bleeding edge of electronics assembly globally. A strong management team, world class engineering and unmatched field infrastructure all provide for exceptional customer service. Universal knows how to make their customers successful. Only U.S. based company in the industry - American Engineering and Innovation!

    Cons

    As a 20+ year veteran, I have no issues. Love my job and this company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the great work!


  9. Helpful (5)

    "Trust the Glassdoor numbers. They don't lie."

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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 Universal Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    One of the few employers in the area. Great people dedicated to their jobs, working for many years for the company.

    Cons

    Lack of recognition. low pay as there are not many alternatives.


  10. Helpful (9)

    "Exciting and innovative until it became all about the bookings."

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    Former Employee - Engineer in Conklin, NY
    Former Employee - Engineer in Conklin, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very talented people who really care about the product and job at hand. They're always willing to work extra hard even though it's completely thankless in the end.

    Cons

    The company is absolutely driven by short term cash flow and nothing else. Way too many meetings talking (yelling) about financials and business development with almost no time and zero resource to take action. There is no reward for hard work. There is no long term plan.

    Once it was purchased by an equity firm the innovation stopped, morale plummeted and it never rebounded.

    Some really great projects were derailed due to lack of longer term vision and now the portfolio suffers because of it. Talented people left like rats from a sinking ship, taking in depth knowledge and skills that you cannot simply replace.

    Advice to Management

    Care about employees. Don't make celebratory statements about incredible cash flow and yet deny any positive compensation for the last remaining talent you have.


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