Beckman Coulter

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Beckman Coulter Reviews

Updated Jul 25, 2014
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2.8 270 reviews

33% Approve of the CEO

Beckman Coulter

(75 ratings)

39% of employees recommend this company to a friend

Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work Life balance, Market Segment, Danaher bringing change (in 11 reviews)

  • Fair amount of freedom makes for a comfortable work environment (in 17 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work life balance as that same DBS system wrings the life out of their employees (in 12 reviews)

  • After the acquisition by Danaher, the genuinely caring for people subsided (in 10 reviews)

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    Strategic Marketing Manager (Former Employee) Brea, CA

    ProsGreat benefits package and time-off policies! They had a vacation donation program when I was there, that allowed employees to donate time off to another employee in need.

    ConsDuring the time that I was there (which was about 5 years) , I saw upper management restructure 3 times. This was very stressful for employees who were there, and there was 2 rounds of lay-offs as well.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Visionary software development organization

    Software Developer (Current Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsI've worked in software development at the Indianapolis site for many years and had the pleasure of working on several complex systems that help scientists do life science research that helps improve people's lives. The software director is an outstanding, visionary leader. We are encouraged to use cutting-edge techniques like functional and concurrency-oriented programming (e.g., Scheme and Erlang) and to develop work flows that make the systems easy to use.

    ConsThe open office environment makes it difficult to concentrate at times. There is a heavy focus on hitting monthly revenue forecasts. Most of the executive management has changed since 2011.

    Advice to Senior ManagementOur software products are much more complex than those of other Danaher operating companies, and they take several years to develop. Moving a developer from one product line to another requires training that's equivalent to an MBA. It's not at all like moving an operator from one production line to another.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Great organization, tough environment

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsDBS is their "secret sauce" and it works! Great career development org. Good leadership; integrity, work hard, smart.

    ConsWork life balance is off the scales in a bad way, sometimes the "big picture" gets lost in the nitty gritty details and grind of daily management which impacts culture and engagement.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't forget that associates are humans. Really, they have lives outside of Beckman and Danaher that they care a lot about. They also have different aspirations and motivators, the hammer doesn't work for everything. Don't forget to help associates see the big picture, why they do what they do everyday...keep them connected. That will require pausing from tasks long enough to acknowledge and celebrate the vision...it's an exciting one.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It's a Danaher company so rule #1 is the bottom line. Rule 2 is see rule #1.

    Supply Chain (Former Employee) Indianapolis, IN

    ProsWould be a good place to start a career. Their DBS system is genious

    ConsPoor work life balance as that same DBS system wrings the life out of their employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWork life balance starts at the top and trickles down. If you want to fix your turn over you must start there.

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

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    New product development

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Carlsbad, CA

    ProsStructured hierarchy of employment rank

    ConsDifficult communication among a variety of business groups

    Advice to Senior ManagementLeadership needs to be closer aligned with goals of different divisions

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    I worked at Beckman Coulter 19 years.

    Oracle Database Administrator (Former Employee) Brea, CA

    ProsBenefits good and employees mostly easy to work with. Many employees had been there over 20 years. Work was meaningful and global. The had good team sports such as tennis, volleyball and softball.

    ConsManagers changed every 2 years in the last 8 years. Work flexibility was limited. Cubical re-design meant everyone wore headphones so the intended colaboration did not really happen. We had to get meeting rooms still to discuss anything in depth and long phone calls disturbed other employees.

    Advice to Senior ManagementHave some stability and balance number of off shore workers.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Rediscovering their purpose.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee) Brea, CA

    ProsBeckman is thus far still a great company despite being acquired by Danaher. I believe that the company is starting to get a hold of which direction to go and with that, hopefully start looking like the working environment it used to be.

    ConsBecause of the new Danaher rules, the company is going through changes and it feels as though they have not yet gotten a hold of which direction they would like to proceed in. As a result, it is hard as an employee to feel the same pride and confidence in this company as we once felt.

    Advice to Senior ManagementIt seems as though employees no longer matter to Beckman as before. I feel free to speak about my discontent with anything at the company, except Danaher. It is hard to simply accept the changes that Danaher has brought, especially since it seems as though our voice does not matter one bit.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Good for interns, entry levels to gain experience

    Engineer (Former Employee)

    ProsGood campus, nice co-workers, good opportunities to gain experience for entry levels.

    ConsLong term growth opportunity is less.
    Employment impact by re-org, budget cut.

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    Happy employee

    0a2928d4@opayq.com (Former Employee) Dallas, TX

    ProsGreat products and management create opportunities for professional growth.

    ConsLots of changes with company being sold every few years.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDon't let egos drive all decisions.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tools designed to improve productivity are counterproductive and misused.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsGood people, competitive pay, decent benefits

    ConsConfusing messages from upper management, micro management

    Advice to Senior ManagementBe consistent. Fear and intimidation is not how to make people work harder or smarter.

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