Bruker Reviews

Updated August 27, 2014
Updated August 27, 2014
29 Reviews
2.4
29 Reviews
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Bruker Chairman, President, and CEO Frank H. Laukien
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  1.  

    Good company, new technology a lot of changes

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    Current Employee - Final Test Technician  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Final Test Technician in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice environment; Perfect team and atmosphere for work; Family friendly and best working hours. Friendly to employee in all departments.

    Cons

    Driven by the financial successes, to many small businesses was consumed to succeed the corporation. Changes reflect stability of manufacture. No one is insured so far from laid off.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is not about management- all department managers was completing their job descriptions. Just bad luck some time. The industry is moving too fast.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Disaster

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bruker full-time

    Pros

    I am not sure that I can think of the pro's. It was a poison pill environment.

    Cons

    Having the correct expectations internally of what the real market challenges are.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the office and meet with your customers

    Doesn't Recommend
  3.  

    It was a very fulfilling experience, I was able to learn new things , and was given the chance to be admin to progr.

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    Current Employee - Quality Document Control  in  Fremont, CA
    Current Employee - Quality Document Control in Fremont, CA

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

    Pros

    The Management allowed you to grow by attending classes that helped your job.

    Cons

    The moral was low due to Micro Management .
    I felt that the Management could have met each other halfway and come to an understanding for the good of the company. instead of

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management needs to communicate more with employees to help the business.
    They need to involve employees in decision making. Encourage employees to come up with ideas. Act upon feedback received, or explain why you haven't if you don't. Work as a team with other manager and not let ego's get in the way for the good of the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Great science, mediocre (or worse) management

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great technology. Most are nice people, polite and pleasant to work with. Time off at holiday season (between Christmas &New Year) is great.

    Cons

    Scientific arrogance. They also believe that only scientists know anything and so put scientists into positions that they are supremely unqualified to fill.They do not provide training to fill gaps in knowledge. Top-heavy management. Many VPs and Presidents with unclear and often conflicting responsibilities.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Bad management, poor decision making from upper management

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer  in  Houston, TX
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Houston, TX

    I worked at Bruker full-time for less than a year

    Pros

    -decent benefits , atleast in Optics (USA) due to HQ being in the state of MA

    Cons

    - Very poor foresight by upper management
    - No long term vision (especially in Optics division where I worked) seems pretty same when talking to employees in different groups in US
    - Poor operations methods - can't imagine the quality of million dollar equipment coming out of these shops that have such poor product development methodologies.
    -upper management (in Germany) doesn't really care about employees in US(atleast my experience).
     I moved cross country to take a position in Houston and within a year they shutdown the whole Optics R&D group because a project was dead ended (again I blame upper management for not getting enough insight and giving proper direction). The CTO didn't want to loose face before the board I think, so it was down to laying off people. There were a lot of employees in Germany who were also on the same project but none were laid off. The decision however was to terminate all Optics R&D employees in US (employees from the dead project were laid off immediately; employees working on another project in US were given a deadline to finish the project and hand it over to the team in Germany which already screwed up the previous project and then they too will be laid off). Luckily the job market was good here and I got another position within a few weeks and I quit.

    - upper management shows some sort of preference for their German employees.
    The project that dead ended was mainly due to upper management giving preference to opinions of relatively inexperienced engineers who were part of the German R&D team over the more experienced US team. Decisions were often taken and implemented before the US R&D team knew about it. Priority was always given to the opinions of the German R&D team. And ultimately the US R&D team got axed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    -If you want to be truly multi-national then please accept the fact that people in other countries can have a brain and can design and engineer good products. Just because people are born and live outside Germany doesn't automatically make them idiots.
    - If you want to be in the market longer, then you need to implement good practices for improving product quality. Otherwise, even your most loyal customers will realize how much inferior the quality of your product is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great People, lousy communication by upper management

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bruker full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    The Company has some great clever and cooperative people, the atmosphere within the departments is usually very good and the people are (still) very motivated. Support of the middle management obviously depends on the actual Manager, yet is typically also good.
    It used to be a great Company with great culture - customer oriented and always keen to get the best results with the best Technology. People used to be proud to work for the company yet this is changing - its just another job nowadays.

    Cons

    Currently a lot of pressure on middle management ot reduce costs and workforce. Several very poor GM decisions in the last few years are now putting pressure on operating margin and have to be fixed immediately. GM is unable to make decisions and processes take (felt) forever. Since a year there is no decision whether to continue, discontinue or to replace a vital business IT system with another one...something which is vital for the business planning and even the usage of the existing one is not properly enforced by GM, every local office does its own thing and justifies it with different processes and systems in the different divisions. There is no general guidance at all for the corporations creating lots of friction losses and frustration.

    Bonus plans are completely intransparent and subject to random cutting as it occured recently. This is completely inacceptable when the bonus plan should serve as an incentive. It has been operated as a way to push up low regular wages to an acceptable level while keeping the option to shorten it later and not being forced to include this into regular salary increases. This is currently to be changed, but the way the targets are defined is to a vast extent still a joke.

    Career Progress is at random only. You have to be at the right place at the right time or you have to force it by yourself. HR sees ist role as a Gatekeeper to prevent careers as this might cause for requests for salary increases - which doesn't really take place even in case of promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get out of the ivory tower and learn how bad the mood in the company actually is! The motivation of the people is going down the drain rapidly. People are intensly looking for alternatives and the ones you loose will not be those you'ld like to get rid of but those you cannot afford to loose! Work on your communcation: there either is no vision or strategy or it is not communicated at all - if you want to lead people somewhere it makes sense to tell them where you want to go - unless you have no clue by yourself but then you're in the wrong position as a leader.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 3 people found this helpful  

    Not what it used to be

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Bruker

    Pros

    Not many. Pay is [barely] OK but you have to beg for it. Used to be some pros such as show of care for their employees. But over time all things have dropped. Now is just plain callous.

    Cons

    No one cares about each other. Very poor employee morale and no job satisfaction. Country club mentality. If you're in, you're in. If you're out, you stand no chance.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to pay more attention and show more investment in your employees. Trim the dead weight.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    HORRIBLE place to work, AWFUL management in most departments.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Tucson, AZ
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Tucson, AZ

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

    Pros

    Quarterly bonuses paid (sometimes), when the other sand-bagging divisions (like CA) aren't dragging the rest of the company's numbers down.

    Cons

    Department managers are either passive aggressive, weak "leaders" who are afraid of any kind of confrontation, or low-skill, detached bullies who try to intimidate their subordinates in an effort to hide their own incompetence. Due dates are always changing based on whatever poorly conceived idea top level management wants to pursue that month. Human resources is one of the worst of any companies I've worked for, completely unhelpful and never in the office because the local HR person takes vacation days at least once a week and is always in their office with the door closed and on the phone. Most mid-level managers have been there WAY too long and spend most of their days web surfing and demanding their employees take on the work they couldn't finish because they were on Facebook all day trying to pick a name for their new dog. Some middle managers are uneducated and unskilled and try to bully other managers and employees in order to hide their own lack of skills and shut down further discussion. Employees are held to different standards when compared to other employees within the same department. New products are often poorly thought out and are usually derivatives of previous products. Marketing has way too much influence over what products are offered and makes promises to customers without consulting other departments, leaving those departments to scramble and try to figure out the details, while the marketing personnel are out jetting around and failing to sell new products.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire most of the middle-managers that have been with the company 10+ years and only care about building their little empires and protecting their jobs. Replace them with competent LEADERS who know how to train and motivate their employees. There's a reason the company is losing good employees with years and years of experience; it's because of the terrible departmental leadership!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    good co.

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    Former Employee - Technician  in  Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Technician in Billerica, MA

    I worked at Bruker as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    good team, good ppl, good cofe

    Cons

    i don't see any cons to work at bruker bio spin

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  11.  

    Summer Intern at the Kennewick, WA branch and had a pleasurable experience.

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    Former Employee - Summer Intern  in  Kennewick, WA
    Former Employee - Summer Intern in Kennewick, WA

    I worked at Bruker as an intern for less than a year

    Pros

    As an Intern, I felt like I was utilized and an asset to the company.They gave interns a lot of fun projects as well as plenty of work on the typical day-to-day job. There were a handful of intern projects where the interns collaborated with employees from all aspects of the company. They really wanted you to get a lot out of your intern experience and made sure that all of the interns got to work and observe the various aspects of the company.

    Cons

    Corporate restructuring laid off all interns at the end of the summer, which was a let-down.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The middle management at the Kennewick branch was disorganized sometimes.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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