Beckman Coulter

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Beckman Coulter Reviews

Updated November 11, 2014
Updated November 11, 2014
302 Reviews
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Pros
  • Work Life balance, Market Segment, Danaher bringing change (in 12 reviews)

  • Fair amount of freedom makes for a comfortable work environment (in 19 reviews)


Cons
  • Poor work life balance as that same DBS system wrings the life out of their employees (in 16 reviews)

  • The sharks in upper management lack any shred of human decency (in 19 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good benefits, too much change and obsession with metrics.

    Former Employee - Manager, Business Development
    Former Employee - Manager, Business Development

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good compensation and tools. Fine facilities. Dedicated, mainly ex-Coulter colleagues. Willing to take business away from the competition.

    Cons

    Excessive analysis conducive to paralysis. From multiple dashboards to War Rooms and the Danaher System the time wasted is huge. Minimal diversity in the field. Trainee programs promote a separation between veterans and newcomers.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you are going to survey the staff please pay attention to their recommendations and concerns.

  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Sales Representative in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great benefits before the Danaher acquisition.

    Loyal customer base, many long tenured employees who work hard to do the right thing for the customer.

    Cons

    People work in silos and do not help each other if there's nothing in it for them.

    Danaher benefits are very poor compared to the old BCI.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Unrealistic expectations on employees has lowered morale.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    Moving away from new product development. Focusing on acquisitions.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Staff Software Development Engineer in Miami, FL
    Current Employee - Staff Software Development Engineer in Miami, FL

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Good benefits in general. One of the few large technology companies left in Miami.

    Cons

    Since the company was taken over by Danaher the culture of the company changed. The very lean approach to business has left no room for research. The company is focusing on the acquisition of other companies rather than in house product development. Little interest in using cutting edge technology. Very few active projects. Not much room to grow professionally. Emphasis on using foreign contractors. Very unstable working environment. Layoffs have become common.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Lack of consistency and heavy handed control makes it a miserable place to work!!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent employee benefits. Possible for advancement if u impress the right people.

    Cons

    KIPS that contradict each other, overtime is cut but responsibilities are increased significantly, heavy micromanagement

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out three goals and stick to that per department. Follow through on promises. Don't over work your employees. Employee moral makes a difference.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 2 people found this helpful  

    Good Company to work but could have a little more structure when it comes to hiring

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Scientist in Chaska, MN

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good environment to work, the benefits are good

    Cons

    This company is all about internal development and growth, however, whenever a position is available they go external instead of internal.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    23 years but my departments inability toeffectively transition to the Danaher Business System made it time to leave

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Semnior Program Manager in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Semnior Program Manager in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Most of the people left are proficient after many layoffs. Still support after work sport leagues which is great for networking.

    Cons

    Off site management makes it hard to stay current. I learn more on the golf course, softball diamond & volleyball court than from my off site boss.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Cross site management was not working when I left. I learned more about what was going on from the team I lead than my manager.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Strategic Product Manager

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great 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.

    Cons

    During 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Visionary software development organization

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Indianapolis, IN
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Indianapolis, IN

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    I'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.

    Cons

    The 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 ManagementAdvice

    Our 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great organization, tough environment

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

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Work 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 ManagementAdvice

    Don'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.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

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

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Indianapolis, IN
    Former Employee - Supply Chain in Indianapolis, IN

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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