Agfa Healthcare Reviews

Updated October 9, 2014
Updated October 9, 2014
61 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, stable once you get the sense of how things work (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people to work and share experiences (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management really jumps the gun in allowing unfinished products into the market (in 7 reviews)

  • No cost of living or merit raises for the 4 years I was there (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    avoid at all costs

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in Westerly, RI
    Former Employee - Technical Product Manager in Westerly, RI

    I worked at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    There are no real pros.

    Cons

    If you are studying systemic management failure, look no further than Agfa Healthcare.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a job elsewhere.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  2.  

    Worst Company in the world to work for!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Dayton, NJ
    Former Employee - Warehouse Manager in Dayton, NJ

    I worked at Agfa Healthcare full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Maybe the benefits but thats it

    Cons

    Union environment, poor management, finger pointing, micro managing, no raises or bonuses for salaried employees, lots of overtime not paid

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    look into the situation in Dayton Facility...its a wreck!

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

    Utter Chaos

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

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

    Pros

    Good people that have great ideas but are handcuffed due to inept management from Corporate in Belgium

    Cons

    Philosophy is to throw everything against the wall to see what sticks...and then repeat as many as times possible until something comes out of it. Since their sales numbers are horrible, the US market is cutting staff left and right to make budget.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look for gainful employment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    US market is Cash Cow

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

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good people, customers like the products.

    Cons

    Weak US management serving their European overseers. Management does not seem to understand IT business model.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Time to let go of film and be an IT company. US employees are not expendable commodities.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good People at lower level, bad direction/management

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most people I work with at the lower level are great and are very talented. I really enjoy interacting with them. There are a few odd ones, or corporate climbers, but not that many.

    Cons

    Mid and upper management politics and a half. Decisions are made based on someone's ego and not based on where the company should head.
    Good people keep leaving.
    Struggles financially, cuts corners resulting in making things worse.
    Good luck getting a pay raise or one that is more than inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd say "good luck" but that won't do the trick. You now need a miracle, and you need to fire yourself and bring in selfless (not selfish) leaders.

    I think that the guy at the top knows what he is doing, but too many people below him are sub-par and/or an opportunist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Poor carreer paths

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

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare

    Pros

    Nothing real. Befits quoted by the others...they have to compare with other same rank companies. They are real basics

    Cons

    Finger pointing.
    Unfair often blames to low level employees.
    No carreer paths no investment in personnel.
    Old staff with outdated ideas.
    Racism.
    No respect for workers right.
    Intimidations.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    They shouls be near the employee and listen what hell they are in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Such a sad story....

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This place was a hidden gem in the tech employer landscape of Waterloo. Great people, Great Compensation, great benefits...5 years ago.

    Cons

    Rounds and rounds of layoffs. Provincial government cash injection is gone. No raise (or even cost of living adjustment) in 5 years. The lucky ones get great severance packages. Company turns on a dime with a new figurehead every couple of years and the slide continues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get some ROI before reinventing product lines before the have had a chance to make some profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good place to work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Director, Business Development
    Current Employee - Director, Business Development

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare

    Pros

    Upside in Healthcare is tremendous and their is lots of room for growth in the sector. I like the people as well.

    Cons

    US operation is very weak. They need to restructure their sales organization to better fit the market and how they want to approach it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get rid of the upper middle layer that produces little and expects much. This is dragging down the company tremendously.

    Doesn't Recommend
  10.  

    Amazing peers/product

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare

    Pros

    - extremely proud of our product and that we make a direct difference in healthcare. Peers are amazing.
    - interim R&D Manager well appointed & amazing. Ps keep her because she is amazing and NO one can pull together projects like she can. She "gets" it. Regional Health Manager remarkable and working toward a better product.

    Cons

    - totally agree with comments of March 2010 submission!
    - 6.5 project plan unfair to other staff not on same project. Everyone works hard and long hours and not just select few should be compensated for overtime hours. Isn't that called "discrimination"?
    - bonuses subject to bell curve: 15% needs - 70% meets - 15% exceeds. No matter what any manager says, it's based on favoritism. Everyone in R&D works incredibly yet they had to fill a quota. How insane is that? Managers based feedback on year end assessments soley to fit the placement, not the other way around. Some people never heard a negative word all year but got 15%. Good way to demotivate.
    - No cost of living increases in 2 years (how can we convince anyone to work here with those stats)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Bring back the respectful days of Mitra and values we hear about. Why in the world do you keep some of most boorish, negative and incompetent Management staff? They don't even have the background, education or soft skills close to doing the job? They are costing HUGE dollars and causing irrepairable damage. And, they stab the good Managers in the back until they leave too.

    Doesn't Recommend

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