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Helpful (3)

Bittersweet

  • Work/Life Balance
  • Culture & Values
  • Career Opportunities
  • Comp & Benefits
  • Senior Management
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 10 years)

Pros

This company has great benefits, although they have declined somewhat in the last 3 or 4 years.. HQ in Brea has a free on-site gym for employees. The facilities are bright and clean. Although you may hear employees complaining about low salaries, the salaries are actually very good and higher than many in the medical device industry. Now that the company has been purchased by Danaher, the potential for new product development is looking better than it has for the last decade.

Cons

Overloading employees. The last decade has been all about increasing share holder value by eliminating costs - by force reduction, space reduction, benefits reduction, R&D investment reduction, capital expenditure reduction - nothing that others in the industry are not doing but, the cuts have been so severe that R&D came to a halt with most of the experienced workforce being let go or leaving as the workloads and lack of resources to get the job done became too much. Very high stress levels and low moral developed and have been sustained. Continuous leadership changes, restructuring, and poorly implemented process changes have left people confused about who is responsible for which things and how the work needs to be performed and documented. Attempts to use manufacturing style metrics for KPIs in engineering departments is not working. The amount of training is stifling and is performed more to meet requirements than to provide meaningful training for employees.

Advice to Management

Use the Danaher R&D money to grow and maintain local talent as you develop new product and technologies ... that is a big part of what Beckman (and Coulter) was built on. Buying technology is fast but does not support the long-term health of the company. The employees that you have do care tremendously about the future of the company, the product, and, most importantly, about the customer.

Other Employee Reviews for Beckman Coulter

  1. Helpful (3)

    How to go from riches to rags

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in New Orleans, LA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    I'm employed....I guess that is a start. They give you a vehicle but put a GPS on it and watch it 24/7

    Cons

    Metric the crap out of everything, next up is they might metric how long you spend in the bathroom, after all you are doing that on company time. Company;s non-compete agreement basically keeps you or any member of your family from working at any other biomedical company or lab that has BCI equipment. That my friends is indentured servitude.

    Advice to Management

    Screw the metrics, all save the only important one which you do not even measure...Will this customer buy from us again. The lab is an incestuous beast where people work at many labs therefor they talk to many people, and the rep of BCI is bad....very bad. Oh yeah, the no compete agreement, I will never sign that dam


  2. Helpful (1)

    Overall Good Company amidst the changes

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Technical Support Engineer II in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good work and life balance

    Cons

    FDA regulations has required more paperwork than necessary to complete projects.


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