Intertek

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Intertek Reviews

Updated 22 January 2015
Updated 22 January 2015
146 Reviews
2.9
146 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • The company is stable and offers fairly good benefits (in 5 reviews)

  • On paper a good company to work for has good core values provided by the boses at the top of the tree (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • I was denied a request to work fewer hours to improve my work/life balance (in 5 reviews)

  • You can really expand your network quickly because of the high turnover rate (in 5 reviews)

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  1.  

    Horrible

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intertek

    Pros

    Good People in bottom levels

    Cons

    managment cannot be trusted
    low salary
    no guidelines
    no integrity

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    communicate with and value operations staff

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Very Average -good for career start ONLY

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Perth, Western Australia

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are ok. Lots of inexperience around.

    Cons

    Very poor morale
    Different rules for different people. A lot of unfairness.
    People are expendable. Very Very high staff turnover.
    Bottom line is king..equipment and furniture is ancient. Something out of the 70's.
    Utter disgrace...many unprofessional people work for this company. They hire the first in so they dont get bogged down with interviews and doing their job properly.
    Promotion by attrition.
    Brains go unrewarded.
    9 years in the same role...opportunities extremely limited.
    A multinational run like a corner store..decisions made on the run and zero planning for the future at any level.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the top layers (big $$$ little input) and give some respect to employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    marine surveyor of more than 10 years

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Marine Surveyor in Geelong
    Current Employee - Marine Surveyor in Geelong

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    overtime, car allowance and small friendly team

    Cons

    work overload, no back up, irregular life

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    invest staff more with training, promoption and work life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Good company, but requires patience and waiting

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Intertek

    Pros

    -stability with an international company
    -great people to work with
    -solid benefits package
    -respect of work / life balance

    Cons

    -starting pay too low in certain areas
    - internal procedures and requests take too long

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    - make sure offices have enough internet bandwidth to handle the people.
    - more strict enforcement of video streaming off of network

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  6.  

    It's ok, nothing special

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    They are flexible about start times and days off.
    Average pay and benefits.
    Many nice co-workers.
    No micro management, at least not in my area.

    Cons

    New hires DO NOT get 4 weeks of PTO, as other posters are reporting, it's the standard 2 weeks vacation, unless you can talk them into more. There are also 10 holidays, but 6 of them are in the last 5-6 weeks of the year.
    Old equipment, computers, desks, chairs, etc...mice and bugs in the office. If your computer dies, you get a hand me down from someone else that has left, the only new computers are given to management or people who've been there for a long time. And if you have computer problems, be prepared to wait hours or days for assistance, as there is no in-house IT person. You must go through IT in India and it could be days before they get back to you to even find out what your issue is.
    No bonuses, these were apparently taken away before I started working here. Now only management gets bonuses. Also, no employee appreciation at all, the Christmas luncheon was a gloomy affair with terrible food, held at a nearby conference center just because the office manager likes it. They handed out 5 gift cards as prizes (2 won by management), then everybody gets to go back to work! The "state of the company" speech by upper management was far from encouraging, actually sounding like we should all be looking for new jobs.
    Some positions have an extreme workload, with lots of hours. I have seen these employees outside crying because they can't handle the stress. High turnover in the project coordinator area, and new hires don't get enough training. This makes customer invoices incorrect many times, they have to be revised, much to the chagrin of clients and employees, as it adds a lot of extra work that shouldn't have to be done.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Show more, a LOT more, appreciation to employees.
    More training, you're losing clients because things aren't done correctly the first time.
    Hire enough people to do the jobs as necessary.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Could be so much more....

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cortland, NY (US)
    Current Employee - Administrative Assistant in Cortland, NY (US)

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits, Great PTO, flexible schedules

    Cons

    Pay is low, appreciation for hard work is non existent from management. Constantly told how good the company is doing, then increases come out and you get next to nothing. No loyalty due to management's inability to address issues. Zero communication. Many lazy worthless workers. promotion according to who you know not what kind of job you do. The company is extremely top heavy...too many chiefs...many of whom do very little. No appreciation of the little guy doing all the work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the waste. Show appreciation to those working hard in the form of decent increases. Catch up with the standard of living increases. COMMUNICATE with each other.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Engineer - Good Learning Experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oakdale, MN (US)
    Current Employee - Engineer in Oakdale, MN (US)

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Job is fairly flexible schedule wise (coming and going for the day). The pay is good, even for someone new to the industry/entry level. Also, 4 weeks of paid vacation a year when you start! It has been a good learning experience. Co-workers are great and always helpful with questions.

    Cons

    There is a general lack of training in this location. It is more of a 'through you in and see if you swim' philosophy. There is a decent amount of turnover. Complications regularly arise from inexperienced sales account managers misquoting projects, and having new/inexperienced engineers working on projects beyond their ability/knowledge.
    Managers are always very busy, so it is often hard to get needed answers to questions. Plus the expectations of the company with 'promised completion dates' on projects creates fairly frequent stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    More training is generally needed for engineers, sales account managers, etc. People should not be working on things/projects that they don't understand unless they are getting all the questions figured out from some sort of mentor. This would help projects go much more smoothly, to the advantage of the clients and the Intertek workers.

  9.  

    Have a great review for Intertek

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - NDT Inspector in Hattiesburg, MS (US)
    Current Employee - NDT Inspector in Hattiesburg, MS (US)

    I have been working at Intertek as a contractor (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great people
    Great work place
    Travel
    Pay
    Light work

    Cons

    Away from home
    Not time off
    Long hrs
    No medical insurance
    Traveling

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None at this time

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Descent pay with flexible schedule but very stressful and overworked

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)
    Current Employee - Billing Coordinator in Houston, TX (US)

    I have been working at Intertek full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule, occasionally work from home, gained good experience

    Cons

    Stressful, tight deadlines, massive work load, no communication

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try better communication techniques and don't overload employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

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