Beckman Coulter Reviews

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Beckman Coulter
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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. Beckman Coulter

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Customer Technical Specialist in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Customer Technical Specialist in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great work environment and flexible schedule

    Cons

    Customer care at times is taxing


  2. Not horrible, but not somewhere to call home.

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brea, CA
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter as a contractor (More than a year)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    * Some people are genuinely nice and have been here for over 20 years. That is always a good sign.
    * Accountability is important and people are held to completing tasks on action plans
    * Nice facility and amenities -- cafeteria, coffee shops, walking path, fitness center

    Cons

    * The Danaher culture is more about focusing on action plans and determining whether actions are met or not. Quality is not held in high regards.
    * There is a lack of budget. They are a multi-billion dollar company acting as a frugal startup. They are so lean that there is nobody to actually get work done
    * People are not aware of their own job descriptions -- seriously. Game of hot potato all day.
    * Lots of contractors, lots of turnover. You can tell when people care about their jobs and when they are just there for the paycheck. Apparent that some contractors deserve full-time jobs and some employees deserve the pink slip.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees! Take steps back to look at the bigger picture. Also, think about how certain initiatives implement day-to-day activities -- how will this change affect my team members?


  3. Senior Development Scientist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Development Scientist in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Development Scientist in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Decent work life balance
    Good reputation in industry
    Lean growth strategy powered by Danaher Business System

    Cons

    After acquisition by Danaher, a lot of previous nice perks are gone
    Low internal promotion or fill-in rate
    Short on staff in some departments

    Advice to Management

    Please pay more attention to employee engagement, compensation and development instead of stakeholders only


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  5. Senior Software Engineer

    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brea, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people, nice environment. Progressive company.

    Cons

    Can not think of any


  6. Good company

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

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

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great benefits
    Clear focus
    Improving internal communications

    Cons

    Focus on immediate output
    Not a lot of time allowed for professional development

    Advice to Management

    Efficiency is important but for sustainability, some focus must be put into strategic thinking and allowing employees to explore within their careers


  7. Only Good for Immunoassay Diagnostic Exp. in a Company plagued with a Tribal/Silo Mentality

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brea, CA
    Former Contractor - Anonymous Contractor in Brea, CA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    If you're a fresh graduate (Undergraduate/graduate school) with not much work experience and/or knowledge of the businesses and industries that hire Biology/Chemistry/Biochemistry majors, Beckman Coulter is actually a good place to start, especially for someone transitioning from academia to industry. Most college grads don't really know what industries are out there that can utilize their scientific knowledge and skillset acquired from academia. With that being said, clinical diagnostics is a great industry for someone who majored in Biology, Chemistry, Biomedical engineering, etc.. In Orange County, a temp/contract position at Beckman Coulter will certainly allow one to acquire valuable knowledge and experience working with clinical diagnostics, specifically working with immunoassay analyzers that the company manufactures that are used in medical/hospital labs or even by the labs of other companies that use similar products. Once you've received adequate experience that you can rightfully put on your resume, immediately start applying for other companies.

    Nice campus - For a medical device company, this is probably the most Google-like in terms of what amenities are offered for its employees like a gym and other outdoor leisurely activities such as basketball/ping-pong, mini golf, etc. as the big downfall of this sector/industry unlike the software/web/computer tech companies is that they can't have what the latter are blessed with due to the ultra serious nature of the industry.

    Paid lunches - BC still manages to provide its employees paid lunches and more frequently vs. other companies. This was still the case even before the Danaher acquisition that unfortunately laid off a lot of people and made the company really cheapen-out on its employees

    Request for time off - they're actually reasonable to accommodate if you need to take time off. For actual permanent employees who have the privilege of earning PTO even though it's more difficult to acquire PTO compared to other companies, they'll still work around with the lack of it available.

    Cons

    Rude Tribal/Silo/High School Clique mentality and lack of cohesion - At first, they'll put on a front or even generally mean it when they first welcome you to the company. But after your first day, you'll realize that the majority of the workers aren't exactly friendly. For starters, the majority of people outside of your group aren't really warm if you try to basically say "hi" to them, hence the "silo" mentality. Either they'll look away, give you a dirty/puzzled look, or even snicker (very rude by the way) for being a decent, courteous human being. Although it may be due to the large size of the company, it still doesn't justify that sort of behavior. After a while, it gets old and uncomfortable fast as if you're someone way below the chain, a good amount of "colleagues" just rudely glare at you when you're walking within the campus day to day. Aside from that, cooperation between other groups is essentially zero as no one really wants to help one another and are only selfishly concerned among themselves or their allies when it comes to usage of instruments and equipment. I've even dealt with an extremely rude supervisor who would glare and curse by me when the person had thought I was using an instrument too long. Even with that being said, there are definitely good individuals but they would have left the company sooner or later as they won't put up with it any more.

    Lack of respect and support from those within your group - If you don't fit in socially with the group, they will ultimately shun you with the addition of "fellow" colleagues outright disrespecting you. At that point, if you even try to say hello, they'll look the other way and only acknowledge you if they need something. If you're also not an extroverted brown noser, you'll be immediately seen as the person who can't get along with anyone and won't seriously be considered for future career opportunities. During periods when there's no work available, if you're the introverted type who would rather pass time on the computer yet still be on stand-by rather than chatting away about non-work related stuff with other colleagues, your supervisors will start to brand you as lazy when they expect you to do decide tasks on your own (chances are the task you decide will not be favorable) when they should plan out tasks for you as that's their job as supervisor. Also, supervisors/managers aren't mature and professional as they should be when you're not a favorite and will look for any excuse to start building a case to let you go, and they'll even make fun of you throughout the process. I've even been asked if English was my first language due to my non-Caucasian background as if I can't understand or cooperate with tasks assigned when I can speak, understand and write in English as it's, you guessed it, my first language. When you look for their guidance even though you're plagued with fear of them letting you go while they are comfortable with their seniority within their company, at times I'll be told to "figure it out", especially if I'm not being given actual constructive feedback besides "you're doing it wrong".

    Low compensation well below market rate - with Danaher really cutting down salaries and wages and with jobs being so scarce while blaming the poor economy for their decisions in addition to imagining the higher ups and shareholders are enjoying their profits otherwise, BC has been getting away with poorly compensating their employees well below the average of those from other companies in same occupations.

    Low employment prospects of being hired on permanently - unless if you're an extrovert who can really connect or brown nose your way to a position, they will definitely not consider you for a permanent position when instead they'll find a way to get rid of you especially as they're many other recent college grads desperate for employment.

    Pointless meetings that are mainly talk without much getting done - self-explanatory.

    Advice to Management

    You guys claim you can't figure out why people are leaving or are dissatisfied working at BC when it's so obvious. Here's advice that can save you tens of thousands of dollars in consulting fees:

    1. Start paying your employees the market standard. Maybe then they'll start to perk up a bit and start considering staying with the company.

    2. Although I've actually seen reasonable effort of this though events and casual meetings & lunches, connect better with your employees. Make them feel like they're important to the company who can contribute to the company.

    3. Have HR make your employees, including managers, attend workshops that promote positive, cohesive relations among one another as they should as coworkers. For those that are really worse, reprimand those exhibiting extremely rude behavior. People work better and are less likely to despise their coworkers and leave the company when they are treated with fairness, respect and manners.


  8. field technical specialist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Technical Specialist in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Field Technical Specialist in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    lots of vertical movement if you're willing to work outside your shell. Creativity is rewarded and encouraged. I love this job because there is so much autonomy compared to any lab job. My boss is encouraging and I work in the field which lets me decide my day. Now that Danaher has finished its "weeding" I feel stable and secure. Overall Danaher has been an improvement with the investment in R&D insuring my future with more product. Runs incredibly ethical, love that!!!

    Cons

    There is much redundancy with paperwork and CYA. Perhaps due to FDA. IRIS says its never had so much oversight since coming to Beckman. Its understood i suppose.

    Advice to Management

    Sometimes the fake high five can be robotic, just give me a cash card for doing well. Keep the bonus' coming. Frankly I dont know who the CEO's are currently, there has been some revolving doors, the immediate management has more impact on my everyday life.


  9. Staff Scientist

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Growing company, good work environment, care about shareholders

    Cons

    management micro manages money which some times makes hard to work efficiently

    Advice to Management

    DBS is good but some times it is too much.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Good people, but poor quality and zero work-life balance

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Brea, CA

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

    Negative Outlook
    Negative Outlook

    Pros

    Compensation - they pay good people to stick through the myriad issues that are never resolved
    Solid people in customer-facing roles, particularly inside customer service, field service, and sales.

    Cons

    Years of little investment in product and facilities has resulted in never-ending quality problems and competitive disadvantage that saps the productive time of all. The Danaher problem solving process involves forcing any number of people not directly related to a problem into a room for days on end, 14-16hrs at a time, to solve problems that they have little to no power to change. Problems with parts? Let's get sales and customer service in a room for 12 hours. Problems with field service? Let's have everyone but service management join five weeks of meetings. And then you still have to do your job.

    Top management is an endless revolving door, with each successor deciding that the team must not be working hard enough. 12-14 hour days are the standard work-day, and most find themselves re-answering the same questions for the fifth time on Saturdays and Sundays too.

    Advice to Management

    Edward Deming didn't just invent LEAN and charts and metrics. He was endlessly optimistic about people, truly loved them, and enjoyed focusing senior management on finding ways to improve output and quality by making the lives of deck-plate workers more fulfilled at work. Danaher needs to go back to the source of LEAN and incorporate the man's ethos, not merely his applied statistics.


  11. Diverse work experience and environment

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Brea, CA

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great place to get experience. Learning the Danaher Business System is great for the resume. Beautiful campus with many amenities.

    Cons

    Work can be slow sometimes. Leveling is much slower than at most companies.

    Advice to Management

    Get different business groups to work together more often. Too much politics.



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