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Bittersweet

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Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Brea, CA
Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA

I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time for 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 ManagementAdvice

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.

Recommends
Neutral Outlook
Approves of CEO

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Staff Technical Operation Scientist

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    Current Employee - Staff Scientist  in  Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Staff Scientist in Brea, CA

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

    Pros

    Work environment is very good

    Cons

    Not much room for progress

    Doesn't Recommend
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    Only if You are Desperate!!!

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Danvers, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Danvers, MA

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Company has potential and plenty of room for improvement.

    Cons

    Upper Management and some Middle Management do not truly regard employees with respect they say things that may think they respect you but their actions never reflect what they say. Open honest two-way communication does not occur between Management and employees. If you have a problem with a co-worker or manager just keep it to yourself. Trust me on this one... just nod and smile, do your work and collect your pay. If you don't expect much beyond a paycheck and experience for your resume you won't be disappointed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    No, they already know how bad it is for the employees. They need to institute team building amongst and between all groups and make that a priority, not just talk about doing it. Hopefully they will try to change the culture but I wouldn't count on it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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