Beckman Coulter

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Beckman Coulter Reviews in Brea, CA

Updated September 7, 2014
Updated September 7, 2014
284 Reviews
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Beckman Coulter
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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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  1.  

    Good work life balance

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    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Financial Analyst in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Predictable hours, low stress, easy work, could be boring at times but perfect for those who just need a steady income while enjoying plenty of quality time with the family outside of the 8 to 5. Lots of lifers there.

    Cons

    The structure is too flat. Little or no opportunity for advancement. Pay is not great, but fair considering the hours and effort you put in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give more incentive and recognition for good performers, and weed out the slackers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

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

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    Former Employee - Semnior Program Manager  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Semnior Program Manager in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time for 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
  3.  

    33 Years and Counting

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    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst  in  Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Business Process Analyst in Brea, CA

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

    Pros

    Good Pay, decent benefits package. I have been with the company for 33 years, so they must be doing something right.

    Cons

    Poor work/life balance for salaried employees. New owners are bottom-line driven; cutting staff but expecting more productivity. I would like to see more appreciation of employees, not the accolades given to high-performing associates but more team activities.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    One key measurement is employee retention yet they do not really do anything to entice employees to stay with the company.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    Strategic Product Manager

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    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Strategic Marketing Manager in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time for 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
  6.  

    Great place to build a career and enjoy yourself in the process

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    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager  in  Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Human Resources Manager in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    Beckman is doing great things in support of employee career development, engagement, and talent management. I am part of the human resources function and proud to work with this company and being a part of a winning team!

    Cons

    Fast paced, results and metric driven culture is not for everyone.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to foster employee engagement and involvement.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Not what they use to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    This depends on your location. If in the field you may get a car and credit card. CA has some nice golf bonuses.

    Cons

    They were bought out by Danaher. They are more interested in making changes to make money instead of learning why Beckman was once a respectable company.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    May want to focus on retention

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

    Good people to work with.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA

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

    Pros

    Salary and benefits are good within the medical device industry. Lots if internal training opportunities.

    Cons

    Constantly changing environment with changes inconsistently implemented across work centers. Limited Opportunities for advancement

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    I worked at Beckman Coulter 19 years.

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    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator  in  Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Oracle Database Administrator in Brea, CA

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

    Pros

    Benefits 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.

    Cons

    Managers 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 ManagementAdvice

    Have some stability and balance number of off shore workers.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 2 people found this helpful  

    Rediscovering their purpose.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time for more than a year

    Pros

    Beckman 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.

    Cons

    Because 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 ManagementAdvice

    It 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.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great company

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    Current Employee - Senior Analyst - Information Technology  in  Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst - Information Technology in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time for more than 5 years

    Pros

    Good working environment, benefits and products. People typically work here more than 10 years on average.

    Cons

    Nothing to say, everything is good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it going

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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