Intertek
2.9 of 5 95 reviews
www.intertek.com London, United Kingdom 5000+ Employees

Intertek Reviews

Updated Mar 05, 2014
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2.9 95 reviews

                             

69% Approve of the CEO

Intertek CEO Wolfhart Hauser

Wolfhart Hauser

(45 ratings)

51% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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Review Highlights

Pros:
  • "global company with some opportunity for advancement"
    in 3 reviews
  • "Intertek overall is a terrific company with great people"
    in 3 reviews
Cons:
  • "I was denied a request to work fewer hours to improve my work/life balance"
    in 4 reviews
  • "Too many hours, not enough pay and absolutely no communication from management"
    in 3 reviews
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Very Average -good for career start ONLY

Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
Perth, Western Australia

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

ProsBenefits are ok. Lots of inexperience around.

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

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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marine surveyor of more than 10 years

Marine Surveyor (Current Employee)
Geelong

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

Prosovertime, car allowance and small friendly team

Conswork overload, no back up, irregular life

Advice to Senior Managementinvest staff more with training, promoption and work life balance

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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This Nationally-Recognized Testing Laboratory is a high pressure place to learn fast and work hard.

Engineer (Current Employee)

I have been working at Intertek full-time for more than 3 years

ProsYou will learn testing methods, analytical thinking, and the hustle to succeed in a testing lab. You will learn a variety of equipment within your test specialty. Other test labs value employees of this company.

ConsFrequent turnover prevents group cohesion. Pressure is high. Salary increases are not strongly connected to performance. Improvisation of test setups is likely.

Advice to Senior ManagementA stable command structure, stable team structure, and regimented training of new hires, would promote team spirit and overall team skill.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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What was that?

Technician (Former Employee)
Cortland, NY (US)

I worked at Intertek full-time for more than a year

ProsGood bennies and that's all.

Cons2 years of my life I can't get back. Words can't describe the Cortland Ny office.

Advice to Senior ManagementBring in fresh management. That 5s fiasco was Awwwwwful.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Large cooperation but capable people that take pride in their work.

Project Manager (Former Employee)
Shenzhen, Guangdong (China)

I worked at Intertek full-time for more than a year

ProsThe resources of a large cooperation and the ability to implement services new or old across five continent in a single season or two. Management is fairly flat and there is an openness to new ideas and innovation. Good support for talented employees.

ConsLike a big organization there is bureaucracy and a mixture of values. Some employees take pride in their work but corruption does exist among social and environmental auditors. Lack of a "mission" focus and focus on shareholder profits creates pressure to lower standards, work auditors hard and be defensive to criticism. This makes Intertek and competitors controversial in their field as they are pulled between customers that want the minimal costs versus those that want the highest standards for social and environmental auditing. The company does take this problem seriously and work to address it, but many feel they do not do enough.

Advice to Senior ManagementIn the area of CSR flexibility and ethical missions need to be brought more attention.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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Project Coordinator client load too great to offer proper customer service

Project Coordinator (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at Intertek full-time for more than a year

ProsThe benefits package is competitive. Vacation and sick leave are good.

ConsManagement's shortsighted pursuit of profit is blind to workload of the core group of workers that make profit possible.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Feels like you work for a small company, but Intertek is huge. Lots of hands on learning.

Business Development Manager (Current Employee)

I have been working at Intertek full-time for more than 3 years

ProsLots of learning, various characters, diverse locations

ConsNot glamorous, offices often in awful areas of the cities or countries they operate, people are hit or miss... some "go getters" and "rainmakers", others just here for the job.

Advice to Senior ManagementGet better at recognizing talent, and upward mobility.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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like walmart

Chemist III (Current Employee)
Champaign, IL (US)

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

Prosgood paid time off. retirement, 401k good

Conslazy people got the same salary as working hard employee

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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Great company to work for with an incredible outlook and growth opportunities!

Project Engineer (Current Employee)
Houston, TX (US)

I have been working at Intertek full-time for more than a year

ProsCompany is quickly acquiring small to medium businesses which makes for a challenging environment, full of opportunities. Good ideas are always heard by management. Usually work on multiple projects at a time, thus keeping things interesting. Accomplishments reflect pay. Great work environment, co-workers are fun and motivated.

ConsNot the type of place for someone without initiative. Training philosophy is more 'on-the-job learning' rather than formal classroom.

Advice to Senior ManagementImplement more programs to promote interaction between Intertek branches.

Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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Management at the Lake Forest office have no respect for their engineers or other workers

Facilities (Current Employee)
Lake Forest, CA (US)

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

ProsGood vacation benefits, Good health benefits

ConsCompany is making money hands over fist. Cut back on a lot of perks. My work load more than doubled, I was promised another worker never happened. I walked

Advice to Senior ManagementIf you make promises keep them.

No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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