Bruker
2.5 of 5 25 reviews
www.bruker.com Billerica, MA 5000+ Employees

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Updated Jul 10, 2014

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Bruker Chairman, President, and CEO Frank H. Laukien

Frank H. Laukien

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45% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Great science, mediocre (or worse) management

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsScientific 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.

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    Great People, lousy communication by upper management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThe 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.

    ConsCurrently 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 Senior ManagementGet 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.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Not what it used to be

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsNot 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.

    ConsNo 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 Senior ManagementNeed to pay more attention and show more investment in your employees. Trim the dead weight.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    HORRIBLE place to work, AWFUL management in most departments.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Tucson, AZ

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

    ConsDepartment 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 Senior ManagementFire 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!

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    good co.

    Technician (Former Employee)
    Billerica, MA

    Prosgood team, good ppl, good cofe

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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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

    Summer Intern (Former Employee)
    Kennewick, WA

    ProsAs 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.

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

    Advice to Senior ManagementThe middle management at the Kennewick branch was disorganized sometimes.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Extremely poor management

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    Prosemployee health benefits were good

    ConsManagement snap decisions continuously made without regard to all the financial and organizational implications.

    Advice to Senior ManagementDetermine objective first and implement a well thought out, rational plan.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    It is the worst place I ever worked at.

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsNone It was a job. Everyone is just putting there time in.

    Consbelow level pay, raise maybe every eighteen months, no on site management

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet a clue .

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    A good place to work

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsThey do care about their employees and will back them up when things don't go as planned. The work environment was not overly stressful.

    ConsTravel can be excessive for people in the field and sometimes also not planned well.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Clueless Sr. Management causing disservice to employees

    Operations Manager (Former Employee)
    Camarillo, CA

    ProsNone as this employer should be out of business to employ people.

    Cons- very political
    - kiss-ass mentality gets rewarded
    - no rewards for loyalty

    Advice to Senior Managementscrew yourselves

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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