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Edwards Reviews

Updated 9 October 2017
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Pros
  • Decent pay, relaxed(mostly), decent work/life balance (in 3 reviews)

  • Have seen some real improvement since Atlas Copco bought us, especially the investment in training and the working environment (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Also a complete lack of training (in 3 reviews)

  • Slow career progression & slow move to senior positions (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Great place to work"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Burgess Hill, England
    Current Employee - Manager in Burgess Hill, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edwards full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Offers great career, development opportunities in a friendly, modern working environment. Local employer. Good salary and benefits.

    Cons

    Has gone through a period of change..


  2. "Pump on!"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastbourne, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eastbourne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Fun and interesting technology (if you like pumps)

    Cons

    Poor management lacking leadership skills and technical ability

    Advice to Management

    Surviving redundancy does not mean that the staff are equipped to do the job.


  3. Helpful (6)

    "Becoming unpleasant needlessly"

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Eastbourne, England
    Current Employee - Engineer in Eastbourne, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edwards full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Growth industry, opportunities to prove your worth, some excellent people to learn from, safe working environment, friday afternoons off in some locations, working from home allowed. Firm is massively profitable due to semicon division currently enjoying huge boom. If your face fits and you sing the tune you are told to you'll be ok. 'Flexible' employees very well treated.

    Cons

    Work in the UK changing as manufacturing and local technical support moves to newly declared autonomous centres in US, Asia and Czech. UK still involved but to an ever decreasing level. Inexplicable appointments are made leading to conclusions that are never discussed but not denied either. If you are a competent engineer you will get plenty of work but increasingly you will be required to be 'flexible' meaning long assignments away from home. It is no longer an engineering company, in fact designers and engineers are almost mocked by a new incoming wave of Marcomms people, project managers, senior project managers, VP's all of whom are ignorant of the legacy and why it is such a profitable company. Under BOC, Edwards was a fine place to work, even the redundancy package was very generous as was the final salary scheme, sharesave options and other benefits, all of that has gone to be replaced with Atlas statement "We don't want to make employees rich". Very disappointing attitude which will see employees who want to do well leave.

    Advice to Management

    Sell us or realise that the next generation of producs will be needed when the customers say so, not when you do. Spend just a little of the obscene amount of money you are making on product development, not just junkets to Singapore.


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  5. "A bit old fashion but OK"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Local company and interesting product. Loads of positive changes since becoming a part of Atlas Copco.

    Cons

    No career path or clear career progress prospects, unclear policies.

    Advice to Management

    Keep moving and changing with time and learn from AC global partners. You are doing a good job!


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Field Service Engineer"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burgess Hill, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Burgess Hill, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Edwards full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Acceptable pay for the work being conducted

    Cons

    Lack of training to perform job effectively. Poor job security

    Advice to Management

    Ensure new employees are trained properly before giving them tasks to perform on their own.


  7. "Great team"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Really good people, great technology, strong customer relationships - well embedded, diversity was important, long history in the vacuum world which attracted good talent

    Cons

    Difficult transfer of ops to Korea, private equity owners very short term focused, subsequent sale to Atlas Copco should be good new


  8. "Interesting technology"

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    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Bristol, England
    Current Employee - Development Engineer in Bristol, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Edwards full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Interesting and complex products.
    Huge amounts of accumulated knowledge of semicon industry.
    Lots of opportunities to learn and develop.

    Cons

    Average pay for Bristol market.
    Horrific PDM and managament of CAD vault; no integration between systems.
    Not great company culture, though it is changing.

    Advice to Management

    Invest in better IT solutions that can improve productivity and reduce business risk.
    Look after top performers instead of treating everyone equally.


  9. "March 17"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good bonus and pay. Pension good for long serving.

    Cons

    Gravitas of company moving to Asia. No real reward for long service


  10. "Brilliant place to work"

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    Former Employee - Lawyer in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Former Employee - Lawyer in Crawley, West Sussex, South East England, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Brilliant people and products in a fascinating sector featuring cutting edge products with class a customers and global reach. Well managed

    Cons

    None that I can think of, lots of change over the years but a successful take over by atlas copco and now invested in further and going really well

    Advice to Management

    None


  11. "Great Improvement in Places"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in London, England
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Flexible management, friendly co-workers. Have seen some real improvement since Atlas Copco bought us, especially the investment in training and the working environment. Hope this continues.

    Cons

    Too many long service managers still not accepting change.
    Business is too big for communications to be cascaded effectively.

    Advice to Management

    Keep going with the changes and investment and manage those who don't want to change out of the business. Look at better ways of communicating.


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