Agfa Healthcare
2.8 of 5 51 reviews
www.agfa.com Mortsel, Belgium

Agfa Healthcare Reviews

Updated Jul 4, 2014
Agfa Healthcare – Waterloo – “AGFA Healthcare”

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    Executive and senior level management very out of touch with rank and file, and the situation "on the ground".

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsPay was pretty good. Company provided car was very nice fringe benefit.

    ConsWhere to begin...Out of touch senior management, over-weighted, meaningless metrics. No sense of teamwork - people too guarded with their little "piece of information" as if it were their security blanket and to share too much would jeopardize their perceived job security. "[Blank] rolls downhill" is alive and well with Agfa.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDo something for the company, take your golden parachute and leave while the damage is repairable.

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

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    Some great people can be found, but terrible communication almost everywhere.

    Project Manager (Former Employee)

    ProsThe company has some very talented, hard-working people.

    Pay was okay for the amount of work done.

    Fairly non-demanding job, where I hardly ever worked over 40 hours per week.

    ConsTerrible communication everywhere...from management down to individual contributors. Over half of my time was spent trying to track people down and get a reply...including my own boss. Constant cases of meetings where people either wouldn't show up or didn't follow up with deliverables. Management was just as bad (or worse), and so there was never any improvement of behavior.

    Very little (if any) visibility or communication from management layers above. I never heard from, talked with, or sent reports to the manager above mine. Likewise, there was no communication, strategy... anything...communicated from anywhere above my manager.

    Project management processes are non-existent. Terrible lack in project planning, project documentation and project communication. No accountability for missed dates. With a few exceptions, project managers are very poor at actually "driving" projects.

    Absolutely no career path, planning, or management. No cost of living or merit raises for the 4 years I was there. Annual performance planning was almost always blown off until the Fall of the year that we were planning for, and would immediately be outdated! It took 4 months to get moved over to a promotional job after I was hired.

    A lot of silos everywhere. Countries and regions are siloed in terms of processes, tools, etc. Teams are siloed, and managers commonly refuse to work with one another to cooperate or develop processes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementCommunicate...anything....something...just communicate.

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

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    Continuous RIF's to make company look more profitable

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsCompany car, decent pay and coworkers that stick together while leadership is nonexistent.

    ConsEmployee morale is at an all time low with some of the most valued members actively looking to jump ship before the company sends them packing. It's gotten harder and harder to keep customers happy when we don't have enough resources or a clear vision on what we need to do to get the job done. Where is upper management? Employees are afraid to complain of being overworked because that seems to be the #1 cause to be placed on the next RIF list.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet rid of upper management that are not contributing to the improvement of the company or their teams and hire experienced people. It's because of their poor leadership and decision making skills that we are all in the situation that we are in. When the chips are down, they are non existent and customers never see them.

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

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    Sad to see what is happening there.

    Specialist (Former Employee)

    ProsGreat team in the field of exceptionally smart and loyal people. They care about their customers and always go that extra mile to get it done despite management shooting the company in the foot at every turn

    ConsLocal, USA, management is worse than useless. They are reactive rather than proactive. They manage to a budget and think that the field and their customers don't know what they are up to. Policy is counter-intuitive and never makes sense. They continue to alienate customers with cutting staff, stopping parts so that what should be a one hour fix takes 2 days and continue to push bad product to be fixed in the field rather than deliver a rock of a product like they used to. One has to believe they are running the company down to sell it off.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWake up and push back up stream when what you are told to do does not make sense. Retain and treat your employees like the valuable asset they are. Other companies are benefiting by hiring them away and treating them like the valuable parts of a team they are.

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

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    Good place to learn but....

    (Former Employee)

    ProsVery good work environment to enjoy. You also have the freedom to engage the company with your own ideas and strategies allowing your professional growth.

    ConsVery poor upper management, full of incompetent and unskilled people to these kind of positions. Most of the times making inappropriate and inconvenient decisions.
    There are not competence plans for the people and career path, nor real merit reviews or recognition at all. Human resources does not exist.
    The people which get promoted is because of friendship with the top manager, this is the criteria used nowdays at least in Latam region.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou need to think seriously about the actual top and regional managers who are not giving back any real value and growth to the company. All multinational companies around the world are conformed by people, and this aspect is highly neglected at this moment. Unfortunately things are getting worse everyday.

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

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    You can do worse; you can do better...

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    Ridgefield Park, Bergen, NJ

    ProsGreat products with great pedigree. The products WORK.
    There are some very talented people there.
    Well respected in the industry.

    ConsConstant reorganizations.
    Frequent layoffs.
    Difficult to determine a company direction.
    A lot of egos and politics.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet your act together.
    Improve morale.
    Listen to the advice and learnings of employees on the front lines.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    tough experience

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgood engineers and service technicians left to work at maximum capacity

    Consno investment in employees, no development path, below average salaries, no clear product strategy, discontenting work environment

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

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    Started good, then got to know more

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosgreat people, market they are in is important

    Conscomp plans are not at market, old school business mentality, say open to innovation but many roadblocks and hurdles to make things happen

    Advice to Senior Managementlook more regionally than globally when determining policies

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Was a great place to work with a lot of opportunities, but no longer

    Software Developer (Former Employee)
    Waterloo, ON (Canada)

    ProsCompensation was quite good in the past. But, has declined

    ConsMoral is quite low due to a few key people in management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou actually need software developers to build software.

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

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    Sunk HeartLab into the ground.....bad service, poor product development, lack of resources since they laid everyone off

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood Pay and benefits but poor organization

    ConsNo Internal product resources
    Only one service person for multiple territories (Cardio)
    Lack of roadmap and behind in innovation

    Advice to Senior ManagementBring back people & resources

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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