Intertek

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Intertek Reviews

Updated 27 February 2015
Updated 27 February 2015
159 Reviews
2.8
159 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. 1 person found this helpful  

    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

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    • 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

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    • 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 opportunities to improve technical skills, but you won't be able to build a career there

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)
    Former Employee - Project Analyst in San Diego, CA (US)

    I worked at Intertek full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    It's a good place to learn how to work in a GLP environment and gain technical skills in the lab. As an analyst, you can work your 8 hours and go home without having to take any work home with you.

    Cons

    The office culture here is different than most companies. Most people are friends, which is a benefit, but some employer/employee lines can be crossed that way.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your hard working employees and do not base promotions off of who your favorites are.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Amazing experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Research in San Diego, CA (US)
    Current Employee - Research in San Diego, CA (US)

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

    Pros

    Great work environment and amazing place to work. The management really cared about me

    Cons

    There were no cons from working at this company. I would have liked to continue working there

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There would be no advice to management at this time in regards to how they could improve their staff

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    A good stepping stone.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Textile Scientist in Arlington Heights, IL (US)
    Current Employee - Textile Scientist in Arlington Heights, IL (US)

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

    Pros

    Most employees were very good workers and a joy to be around. The work was never dull. Management does listen to you, and is somewhat flexible. It's a huge international company with a very nice diverse employee population.

    Cons

    Typical problems: Too much gossip, some lazy employees that pass the blame. Very old equipment that broke all the time. Computers running Win 98, ME, 2000. Very slow to repair or get new parts. Unrealistic expectations of how long the work takes to complete. Communication is a big problem. Don't expect Over-Time. It's extremely rare, but when it happens you'll be working 14 hr days.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Promotions are based on the extreme needs of the company, and only at the beginning of the year. Management is slow to do anything. I found it difficult to know exactly what was expected of me in my position. I'm surprised this lab-location stays in business.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    work

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Executive Quality Assurance
    Current Employee - Executive Quality Assurance

    I have been working at Intertek

    Pros

    coworkers are more like family.

    Cons

    Not enough hours and not enough work

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    more incoming work

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Interesting experience...

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technician I in Grand Rapids, MI (US)
    Current Employee - Technician I in Grand Rapids, MI (US)

    I have been working at Intertek

    Pros

    A good place to gain experience. The starting salary for entry level positions was not bad compared to similar jobs in the area at the time that I applied. Benefits are so-so. The vacation time is phenomenal (120 hours starting out).

    Cons

    Unfortunately, new management and new ideas have brought this company to what appears to be much more of a stingy attitude toward its employees. Rather than paying them what they are worth and rewarding excellent work, the trend seems to be going more toward "how little can we pay these people without them leaving". I have noticed this more recently with newer hires. Yearly raises are very small, only hope for a good increase is by jumping positions.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Value your employees. If there are those that are excel, show them that they matter. Don't let corporate greed and penny-pinching effect the morale of your employees. You might lose great potential workers simply because there is becoming less of a sense of upward mobility to grow with this company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Mobile phone tester

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

    I worked at Intertek as a contractor (more than a year)

    Pros

    Sorry, have to say pretty much no

    Cons

    Hired a lot contractor based on hours. Seems only 15% employees are formal. You came in the morning and manager told you go home because no job for today!

    Doesn't Recommend

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