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Updated July 5, 2017
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  1. "hectic but fun"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    good facilities and great people

    Cons

    constantly on call for tutoring sessions


  2. "V.P. Human Resources/Director Human Resources"

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    Former Employee - Vice President and Officer in Yellow Springs, OH
    Former Employee - Vice President and Officer in Yellow Springs, OH
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    The company is close to my home.

    Cons

    The Executive Team was released when Xylem bought YSI and the history of the company was lost.

    Advice to Management

    Appreciate the values of employees and allow them to fold those values into the work they do.

  3. "Fun Job"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

    I worked at YSI full-time

    Pros

    The position offered a lot of autonomy and was very fun. The people were great to work with and the company had a strong, positive culture.

    Cons

    There were almost no opportunities for career growth. Once you've been in a position for a while and are looking to advance within the company, there were no avenues and no focus on development.

    Advice to Management

    Think a little more long-term and put plans in place to develop people you want to retain. The business requires relationship building that takes time, so you'll want to find ways to allow your relationship builders to stay longer term.


  4. "A Company Undergoing Change...for the Better...Finally!"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Some of the smartest and most dedicated personnel I have ever had the pleasure of serving with.
    Recent leadership changes provide a chance for a breath of fresh air.
    A renewed focus on growth.
    These people believe that they are saving the earth...and they just might be!

    Cons

    YSI was purchased by Xylem several years ago. The top leader was a highly competent operations guy, and did some good in protecting YSI during its transition, but his expectations were vastly misaligned with available resources, and he was not much of a people-person. Additionally, in several key departments, there were old-guard and old-school hold-outs who were better served with the culture of bullying and micro-management that had been in place prior to the acquisition. These folks were threatened by the increased level of accountability and the increased expectation of leveraging matrixed corporate resources. The tension and strife these folks caused was tremendous, and it was always done under the deceptive battle-cry of "gone are the good ol' days!", which only masked the fact that the root problem was that they were not getting on board with the new program. Thankfully, this is now done with - but only recently, and memories run deep. It will take years to unwind what was so tightly bound.

    Advice to Management

    Stay the course with the recent leadership changes. Keep eyes fixed on growth, not operational metrics.


  5. "Overall good employer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Dayton, OH
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook

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

    Pros

    Good working environment with good benefits. Great employee activities and events.

    Cons

    Upper management seemed to make many uninformed decisions hampering the growth of the company. People have the tendency to be let go from the company for strange reasons such as personality clashes, etc.. and not based on poor performance or violations.

    Advice to Management

    Get all the facts before making large decisions. Talk to those who are on the front line not just the managers that are so far up the chain they are as clueless as you are.


  6. "Fun Company"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at YSI full-time

    Pros

    Great people, reasonable salary, advancement opportunities

    Cons

    Large company, complicated processes, little room for process improvement

    Advice to Management

    Honestly, not sure how to spur rapid improvement in a corporate structure this large. Good luck!


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    "Coddles Bullies:"

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

    I worked at YSI full-time

    Pros

    Can't think of any.

    Cons

    If you are ever targeted by one of this companies several bullies, you'd better start looking for another job. Your days there are numbered... Management is afraid to stand up against several bullies who have no qualms about defaming those they dislike. This company is notable for favoritism at a chronic level. If you get on one of their favorites bad side for any reason, you are toast! This company forces everyone to watch videos about reporting harassment and bullying in many forms to HR. But if you are a victim, don’t report it, it's a lie. HR has no power here.

    Advice to Management

    Fire the ones that everybody has trouble with and you will cultivate a peaceful and pleasant culture instead of a combat zone. There is at least one in management that could also wear the title "BULLY" also. Fire him too!

  8. Helpful (2)

    "Tech Support"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at YSI full-time

    Pros

    Decent company with allot of good people working for them

    Cons

    Management is clueless. Too many political games .

    Advice to Management

    Please quit


  9. "Great Company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at YSI (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Enjoyed the company and my immediate manager. It was a great work environment and the people really made it a good experience

    Cons

    Not much to say about cons there, it was a great experience. Some of the internal technology tools were a little behind.

    Advice to Management

    The management changed after I left so I can't really comment on this. It was pretty good while I was there though.


  10. Helpful (3)

    "Work Like a Dog, Then Get Beaten Like One!"

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

    I worked at YSI full-time

    Pros

    1. Great diversity of tasks such as soldering, wiring, programming, assembling equipment, repairing equipment, and providing technical support.
    2. Opportunities to work outdoors and travel to beautiful and interesting places.
    3. Excellent benefits and an ample amount of paid time off.

    Cons

    1. Any suggestions employees have to offer are usually met with hostility, criticism, belittling comments, and threats of termination.
    2. If you take pride in your work and want to do the job right the first time, you will soon be made a pariah. The number one focus is on stuffing customers' equipment in a box and shoving it out the door by the due date. Quality of work takes a back seat to the due date, despite customers paying many thousands of dollars for their equipment.
    3. Customers pay Ferrari prices but get Yugo quality.
    4. Common sense is not common at this company.
    5. Putting in hard work and long hours is not rewarded.

    Advice to Management

    Make the quality of your work your number one focus, and meeting due dates second. Meeting due dates does not matter if the equipment does not work properly for the customer, whether they receive it on time or not. When customers pay high prices, they expect to receive high quality equipment which works reliably and lasts a long time.


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