Beckman Coulter

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Beckman Coulter Reviews

Updated December 10, 2014
Updated December 10, 2014
302 Reviews
2.6
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Review Highlights

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  

    Not a happy place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    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)

    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 ManagementAdvice

    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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great growth opportunities

    • 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

    Pros

    Disciplined
    Focused on process improvements
    Growth driven

    Cons

    Work life balance is hard to maintain

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  3. 1 person found this helpful  

    not happy

    • 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 (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good people to work with

    Cons

    To much micro management, to many cut backs, over worked, no advancement for internal people.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    start putting some money back into your business and people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, bad management, worse executive management.

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

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

    Pros

    Some of the most talented people I have ever worked with. Great team atmosphere and collaboration culture despite the OBEYA concept. Nice work life balance.

    Cons

    Research & Development was left only to development since no research has been done in the past decade and a half.
    Recently even development has been superseded by acquisitions and outsourcing to L&T.
    Everyone is is constant fear of loosing their jobs.
    Little to no opportunity for growth.
    Bad quarter are made up by firing people regardless of their talent, or contributions.
    Management is stuck between DBS and the real world. They are willing to do whatever it takes to keep their jobs and their superiors happy. Lots of time wasted without projects or meaningful work.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    My hope is that Beckman Coulter gets dumped from the Danaher portfolio. It is the only chance it has to become once again an innovative company that pushes technology to its limits. Currently, technology keeps moving forwards despite Danaher like umbrella multi-national corporations.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor culture!!!!!

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

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

    Pros

    There is always job openings across the nation if you want to move. Decent pay, company van, all vehicle expenses (including personal gas) paid for.

    Cons

    Danaher (parent company) is too focused on short term individual goals instead of looking at the big picture. There is always jobs open across the nation for a reason, and by talking to former employees, I would estimate 85% of that reason is because Danaher sets unrealistic goals then uses these against you when you don't achieve them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look at the big picture, which is supposed to be, and used to be, taking care of the customer. That's how we became to be a powerhouse back in the day. We've lost sight of this and customers are becoming more and more displeased.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Great professional/skill development opportunities!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Miami, FL
    Former Employee - Electrical Engineer in Miami, FL

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

    Pros

    Great team members and very experienced individuals. Great place to develop your skill and enrich your knowledge.

    Cons

    Development has decrease for the past few years, so there is far less opportunities for exciting new challenges. There is more focus in acquisitions and internal organic growth.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the engineering group more a chance to create new instruments.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    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.

  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Miss understanding

    Former Employee - Quality Advance Technician in Minneapolis, MN
    Former Employee - Quality Advance Technician in Minneapolis, MN

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

    Pros

    People of color have to be careful and not express truthfulness.

    Cons

    No chance as a contractor

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There are always two sides to investigate actions and accusations but as a contractor you are not given that .

    Doesn't Recommend
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Power struggle

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

    I worked at Beckman Coulter

    Pros

    stable, safe job, with good benefits

    Cons

    too much waste time, not much room for improvement, or salary growth

  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    OK place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • 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

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