Beckman Coulter Reviews

Updated April 26, 2015
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  1. Technical support

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Excellent coworkers, willing to help out and work together. There is a friendly atmosphere. Good interdepartmental colaboration. Company has decent benefits.

    Cons

    Atmosphere of micromanagement. Company expects a level of productivity from its employees that is difficult to maintain without burnout and errors. The stress level is high.

    Advice to Management

    Evaluate the work expectations to determine if you are appropriately staffed. Add staff where needed. Evaluate what needs to be done to prevent burnout and employee turnover.

  2. Senior Manufacturing Engineer

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    Current Employee - Minnesota in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Minnesota in Chaska, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    The instrument is full of cool stuff and there is a lot of potential within the company to make improvements.

    Cons

    FDA regulated company so any type of change is real slow. The procedures and systems for getting anything done are very cumbersome and outdated.

    Advice to Management

    Actually understand the systems and what your people are doing. Don't just manage from the distance.

  3. Helpful (7)

    Used to be at least bearable, until Danaher came

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    Current Employee - Senior Development Scientist in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Development Scientist in Chaska, MN

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    -New graduates, getting your experience to add to your resume
    -Good people in general to work with

    Cons

    -Keep adding work, responsibilities, but do not hire additional help
    -The craziness of being accountable, daily report and all the "danaher crap". To write down your action steps is a good idea, plan out 6 months of work is ok, but there is no "help" when you encounter problems. They make you feel worthless or not doing your job when you're late
    -Management in general is always about "let's keep pushing" and keep pushing until you can't take it anymore
    -Management are afraid of "signing" off or approving stuff nowadays because they're so afraid of being responsible for stuff in the future
    -They do not value your contribution as their pay and bonuses suck. It's one thing to make you work hard and you can try, but it's another thing to give you a 5% raise and 3-4% bonus year after year
    -Can't have work life balance at all

    Advice to Management

    -Need to realistically look at what you're doing and radically change your system and ways before all the good people leave
    -IF you're going to make your employees work that hard and not hire more, the least you could do is actually PAY MORE!!!! Money doesn't mean
    -Engagement surveys in the past have given you indications that you have a problem, stop trying to clarify the words and the way the questions are to get better results. Either that, or stop trying to pretend that employees' opinions count by repeatedly giving the survey, either way it's irritating

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  5. Best thing was, they were generous with the salary.

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    Former Employee - Reagent Manufacturing Technician in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Reagent Manufacturing Technician in Chaska, MN

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    The pay was great and the job was easy. Diverse group of people with different background. I can see the company growing

    Cons

    Clean room environment, so gowning up and down was annoying. Management was horrible at listening to the production employees. Shifts didn't get along very well.

    Advice to Management

    Listen to your employees more and actually do something about it.

  6. Helpful (4)

    Not a happy place to work

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    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Associate in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Advanced Manufacturing Associate in Chaska, MN

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

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

    Pros

    Pot lucks and party's they give to boost moral instead of fixing the problems that are making employees unhappy.

    Cons

    No communication between managment and employees. Supervisors and managers are there for each other and very dishonest. Disfunctional atmosphere. it doesn't matter what you know or how hard you work it only matters WHO YOU KNOW!

    Advice to Management

    Stop covering for each other and start communicating with your employees. Communication is important. Open up your eyes and look at the big picture instead of zoning in on your favoret worker. stop playing games and being dishonest with your team.

  7. Helpful (5)

    Stay if you want to be micromanaged.....

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    Former Employee - Quality Systems in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Systems in Chaska, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good opportunity if you are upper management learning Danaher Business Systems.

    Cons

    Expected to meet metrics. Since Danaher came, it's all about the DBS system. Too much micromanaging at all levels, doesn't feel like we are doing it for the customer. No new R & D development, but more excessive procedures, policies, training, and systems put in place. Can't seem to just fix the real problems. No real advancements unless you want to try something else you are not really qualified for, but still given the position since you are internal.

    Advice to Management

    Employee engagement surveys are unrealistic. Maybe at reviews, do listen and clue in to what your employee wants and feels. That should tell you something why people don't like what they are doing anymore. It's not a career, it's just a job.

  8. Helpful (2)

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

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    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)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    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 Management

    Listen to your employees

  9. Helpful (10)

    Beckman Coulter is not a company you want to plan a future with.

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    Current Employee - Office in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Office in Chaska, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    You get your paycheck every 2 weeks. Middle management is held as accountable sameas any other employee

    Cons

    High Stress. High count of people leaving, low count on people hired. Employees are not heard. You are often asked by upper management, what can be done to make your job better, but keep in mind, cannot add staff, it can't cost money, and we cannot remove any work from your busy desk. Your voice and concerns are not heard, unless it will improve the bottom line. Employees are of not value to the company. You are a cog in a wheel and you will be broken and replaced.

    Advice to Management

    There is nothing that can be said. They have heard it all, and have even hired an outside contract company to find out why employees are leaving. Retention rate is in the tank. And the employee survery that is mandatory, does not address the issues that the employees want to really discuss. I am not longer angry about the decline of Beckman Coulter, I am just a numb and very sad employee of over 10 years.

  10. Helpful (5)

    A Metric and Money Driven Danaher Company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of good hardworking intelligent employees.
    The western suburb location is good with adequate facilities and free parking. The large Danaher family of companies should provide lots of opportunities.

    Cons

    This Danaher company is extremely high pressure.
    Management is disrespectful of employees on a daily basis. Employees are disposable and not valued. The top priority is the bottom line.
    Integrity is consistently compromised as over pressured management personnel is disrespectful of employees on a daily basis. Employee benefits are expensive.

    Advice to Management

    Micromanagement and daily management practices drive wrong employee behavior and incorrect priorities.

  11. Helpful (2)

    Dark Danaher Cloud has settled in

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Collaborative culture, friendly employees, progressive pockets

    Cons

    Since acquistion by Danaher companies a dark cloud has hung over this once vibrant, albeit imperfect work place. Some real advances from the 'danaher business system' are offset by the continual quest to bleed the site out of every possible dollar. This and the steady trickle of staffing reductions has taken a big toll on morale.

    Advice to Management

    Admit you're still trying to shower off from the duplicitous 'DBS friendship tour' immediately following acquistion. The truth will set you free.

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