Colfax Reviews

Updated October 5, 2014
Updated October 5, 2014
9 Reviews
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  1. 2 people found this helpful  

    CFH has vision and high standards placing employees, customers, and doing the right thing all of the time at the top.

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

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

    Pros

    People and customer focused. Values integrity by doing the right thing all of the time.

    Cons

    International company which depending on your position can require lots of travel.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  2.  

    Intern

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colfax

    Pros

    Good pay for an intern

    Cons

    The company generally doesn't pay it's employees the market average.

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    N/A

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Colfax full-time

    Pros

    Health benefits. 401K average.

    Cons

    Creating change and thus instability has become part of core values.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Values cannot be handed down on a printed sheet. The leadership needs to put in some extra effort.
    Take some time to introspect and understand the difference between leadership and management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5.  

    It's OK. A typical B2B firm.

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

    I worked at Colfax

    Pros

    For the most part, people at Colfax are decent hard working individuals who genuinely care about doing a good job.

    Cons

    There is a clash of cultures with the old guard and new guard coming in. The new guard believes that anyone who doesn't have a Danaher background or Northwestern MBA isn't worth anything. If you have those two things, you'll be welcomed otherwise you're on the outside.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The values posted are phony and I didn't see the follow through that you would expect from something described as 'so important'.

    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6.  

    Talk of employees being important- NOT

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Upper Level Technical
    Current Employee - Upper Level Technical

    I have been working at Colfax full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Not many, your very average job. Local people (besides managers) i work with are the best!

    Cons

    I’ve heard lots of talk from executives and managers for the last couple years.
    BIG talk of advancement opportunities & how employees are the biggest asset but I’ve been treated much better by 98% of my previous employers. I’ve been promoted recognized and rewarded by 98% of every smaller company I’ve worked for for more than 25+ years, not here. They really are just a huge company purely out for profit. Advancement is nearly impossible because you only get promoted if you talk the talk and can impress the BIG visitor when introduced. Many people are scared for their jobs so if you do a good job your supervisor either takes credit or is to afraid to tell the big boss someone under him did something great. Have proven they don’t care for people by lying and cheating whenever they can get away with it. Can’t take a day off without pay to spend time with my family even when work is slow because corporate still has to pay my benefits for that day!!! Even when I worked 30 hours overtime the week before to “Help out”..
    Profits are up because we are paying 20% more for medical than last year, do the math, we each pay 100-300 more a month, instant profits…. Taking the next job I find.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Upper management- Stop lying.
    Maybe allow employees rate their managers/company anonymously.
    But then again, they dont listen so why?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Making quarterly numbers is all that matters.

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

    I worked at Colfax full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    The company is very profitable. Colfax has great employees at all levels. Many of them have been in their jobs for a long time. The products are very good because operators take pride in what they are doing. Very safe work environment. Excellent Lean Manufacturing.

    Cons

    High stress jobs. Lots of pressure to exceed Wall Street expectations. Top management has high salaries, bonus and stock while the remaining employees get very little. Raises are very low, and benefits are marginal for such a profitable company. Promotions are not given. All opportunities are given to outsiders. You can not move up.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company lacks vision. You are focusing to short sighted. Look past the next quarter to long-term goals and objectives.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    If you're at the bottom, you'll stay at the bottom.

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

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

    Pros

    Effort is not required. Come to work, coast through the day, be happier.

    Cons

    You will not advance no matter how hard you try.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    You're missing out on an excellent opportunity to keep employees happy, and be more productive. However you choose to hire every position from outside the company, making everyone start over every few months.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Colfax is run by the Chairman of the Board, who is one of the Danaher founders, and it also is a ruthless culture.

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

    I worked at Colfax

    Pros

    good business in certain markets, good global reach

    Cons

    Operating at the whim of the Chairman who could sell teh company tomorrow and fire you

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    Copy of Danaher, shares will rise, disrespect to people will never change

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CBS Facilitator in London, England (UK)
    Current Employee - CBS Facilitator in London, England (UK)

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

    Pros

    Following the successful strategy of Danaher leads to sustainable rising shares

    Cons

    No listening before judging, no humble inquiry what's going on, disrespectful behaviour to the empployees, no clue about the products, business system is becoming to be the purpose instead of the tool

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    listen to your people, perception before judging, start asking 5 why's after grasping the situation, instead of guessing it's better to know what's going on, be on the shop floor, you can't change the system, you only can develop

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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