Hach Company – Washington, DC
Perform and excel at joint sales calls with Regional Sales Managers (RSM) across target markets Act as the new product expert who assists with all… Ivy Exec
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I have been working at Hach Company full-time (more than 5 years)Pros
- Hach is an extremely global company and is a great place to start a career as you can gain a lot of experience in a large, international matrix organization
- Hach's Fortune 200 parent company, Danaher, provides a lot of top tier instruction and best practices, as well as further job opportunities if you're willing to relocate
- Hach is large and has many different managers and divisions. The general consensus is if you have a good manager / team, this company is generally tolerable. If not, well, move around or get your resume up to date.
- Hach's industry is nearly always stable and growing. Worrying about being laid off due to company performance likely won't happen.Cons
- The main corporate building is built like a bomb shelter. Flat, ugly concrete, very few windows. You can go full days here without seeing the sun or knowing the weather unless you have time to go outside. Further, the building is packed WAY too full so it's extremely loud with little personal office space.
- Hach's parent company, Danaher, has it's own talent placement program. They feed from 4-5 of the top business schools in the country. Regardless of schooling and experience, If you're not in this program, it is extremely hard to move up in the company past a certain mid-level point.
- Compensation is average at best for all but those in the aforementioned talent placement program. Stock options and bonuses that are actually meaningful don't occur until you hit a relatively senior management level.
- Danaher in general strives to be lean and this means there are not enough resources (human / budgetary) to really excel and get ahead of the rest of the industry. Most departments are strained to get basic goals done, much less do something truly innovative in the marketplace.
- As is the case with many large organizations, bureaucracy is rampant. Getting projects approved and even basic items approved usually takes more signatures than you knew existed. This bureaucracy unfortunately flows into all facets of the business.
The bottom line is this is a good company to get some solid experience at, but you'll likely want to take your learning and experience elsewhere in the long run. Hach does some things well, and many things poorly. Unfortunately, they're one of the larger employers in Northern Colorado and they know it. They do little to compete for employees by improving work environment, compensation, benefits, and job mobility simply because they don't have to. This causes relatively high turnover of the "good" employees that can afford to get jobs elsewhere in the area or along the front range.Advice to ManagementAdvice
For senior management (VP and above); Make yourself visible and open to your employees. It is shocking how little senior management puts themselves in the spotlight. Most would rather stay in their offices, creating strategies without connecting with those that carry them out. I'd say with relative confidence that over half of Hach's employees do not even know what the company president looks like.
You need to compete for employees at some point. Truly compete. Invest in the work environment. Invest in benefits, training, and upward job mobility. Make Hach a company you'd be proud to show visitors around in. It seems the strategy today is a "race to the bottom" in terms of how many benefits and compensation could be cut. Until this changes, the top talent will continue to leave.
You need to promote top performers to positions of influence, regardless of their pedigree. The unofficial "Danaher Management Track" that keeps a select few moving up (though they all seem to have gone to the same few schools) kills morale.Doesn't RecommendPositive OutlookNo opinion of CEO