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Malvern Instruments Reviews

Updated 12 February 2019
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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Great place and good people"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Malvern Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Great working environment and friendly relaxed approach to everything whilst still maintains high standards

    Cons

    Little opportunity for pay rises and progression


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Malvern"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Malvern Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Free tea and coffee, the local area is nice and colleagues are generally ok. You can get to work on interesting projects, some managers are switched on.

    Cons

    There are too many product lines, lots of upheaval and no clear direction. The wages are nothing special, some management is lacking. Good work is not rewarded or acknowledged.

    Advice to Management

    Get rid of the dead wood, stop focusing on money saving as it is killing your business, and stop trying to diversify without the expertise you need.

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Small problems add up"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, England
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Malvern, England
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Malvern Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Flexi-time was quite nice. The electronic time tracking was hassle-free too.

    Nice people, pleasant interactions overall.

    Nice lunch area (pastry choices were only average if you're health-conscious though), free coffee.

    To some degree, working at Malvern is what you make of it.

    Cons

    Top priority was saving money. My salary was not bad, but even very small work-related investments had got refused in the past.

    Open-plan office layout, low dividers, if any. Occasional instrument noise from the neighbouring pod.

    YMMV on the matter above, it was only occasionally a problem for me, but mgmt's ignorance on the matter was what bothered me more. Noise and lack of privacy result in loss of focus, loss of flow and feelings of anxiety, most would (should?) know that.

    Rigid approach towards skill & career development. I felt like the results of my yearly reviews had very little to do with the actual quality of my work, almost to the point of indifference.

    Advice to Management

    Be more genuine towards your employees, look for things that truly support, motivate and engage them (as well as things that they'd rather do without), try not to pass judgement if/when they tell you what they need and take their issues seriously, don't just throw a few kind words around to appear as if you care, do something about them.

    Also, start providing training on a more individual basis, i.e. depending on an individual's current or future role in the organisation. Finally, requiring employees to meticulously list their skills in SAP after they've already submitted a resume and got hired doesn't send the best message imo.


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Decent outfit, nice place, poor pay."

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    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Great Malvern, England
    Former Employee - Design Engineer in Great Malvern, England
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Malvern Instruments full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Splendid location, subsidised gym, most "workers" are great guys. SOME pieces of work are interesting, and SOME of the managers are understanding.

    Cons

    Sometimes you spend hours giving some technical advice, in reply to a question, and, if it's not the answer they were hoping for, you feel as if you've just become invisible. Since it's recent reorganisation and recruitment of a team of cronies from Cheltenham, you can wave goodbye to any progression of any sort.
    The pay rises, are, on the whole significantly below the rate of inflation, so you're still into the game of moving to a different job every 2-3 years to maintain your pay.

    Advice to Management

    LISTEN TO YOUR STAFF. That's all LISTEN TO THEM. They really do understand your business better than you appear to.


  5. "Intern"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Great work environment and colleagues

    Cons

    Nothing really comes to mind


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Job security but no growth potential"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Malvern Instruments full-time

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    no growth opportunities, management has no accountability for anything


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Operations Manager"

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

    I worked at Malvern Instruments full-time

    Pros

    Innovative; progressive; ethical; fair; professional.

    Cons

    Unclear communication; ambiguous direction; sometimes unresponsive to employees' needs.

  8. Helpful (1)

    "A good B2B environment to work at"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shanghai, Shanghai (China)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Friendly colleagues, enjoyable work environment.

    Cons

    No cons for me personally


  9. Helpful (6)

    "Management is destroying this company"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Westborough, MA (US)
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Malvern Instruments full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Very good, hard working people in U.S. & UK.
    Company is a good stepping stone in one's career for a few years

    Cons

    Little chance of true career progression in U.S. office
    Senior management in U.S. poor
    Too many senior managers there too long & don't create opportunities for others
    All important strategic decisions are made in UK - US management are sales people with inflated titles

    Advice to Management

    Retire. Get out of the way - you are blocking the careers of people more talented than you. Another re-org is coming due to poor financial performance, yet no senior manager on either side of the ocean is ever held to account.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Good company"

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    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Salt Lake City, UT (US)
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Malvern Instruments (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Stable employment, nice benefits, excellent products.

    Cons

    Poor management in the US, unable to make decisions without approval from the UK.

    Advice to Management

    They should be able to make decisions locally to be able to be proactive instead of reactive.