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1 person found this helpful

Nice people; management by spreadsheet

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Current Employee - Engineer in Loveland, CO
Current Employee - Engineer in Loveland, CO

I have been working at Hach Company

Pros

Hach company is a leader in the field of water quality instrumentation. It has highly-integrated manufacturing capabilities encompassing everything from injection molding to circuit boards. The people are friendly, and everyone tries to do a good job. If you want to see "lean" manufacturing and business practices happening in the real world, look here.

Cons

Management is almost exclusively by spreadsheet. Under the guise of "continuous improvement", yearly goals are set so that nobody can actually meet them. Almost everyone gets a "C" on their review, and raises rarely top 3%. Investment in new product development had risen in recent years, but R&D spending is still no more than 6% of sales. Hach's corporate owner, multinational Danaher, is using the business as a cash cow to fund other acquisitions.

Advice to ManagementAdvice

Many employees are in danger of burn-out, especially among the engineering staff. This, coupled with Hach's below average salaries, poses a real danger if the economy recovers. Some technical positions have already gone unfilled for months, and development schedules are slipping as a result.

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  1. 1 person found this helpful

    Good place to work for type A driven personality

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company

    Pros

    Strong management as witnessed by both Hach, and parent company Danaher growth. Intelligent, technically adept associates. Good product portfolio.

    Cons

    45-60 hour weeks common for exempt associates. Danaher Business Systems is the system by which Hach manages lean throughout the organization. However, sustained improvements are difficult due to constantly low resources.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do a better job of promoting work life balance to the associate level and be more engaged in the daily work. Senior Management is rarely seen on the shop or customer service floor and has very little understanding of what it takes to make the business run.

    Recommends
  2. 1 person found this helpful

    One sided slanted to the company

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    Former Employee - Technical Support Manager
    Former Employee - Technical Support Manager

    I worked at Hach Company

    Pros

    Employment in an unstable market

    Cons

    Senior management knows the market favors employers and they exploit this aspect by creating a draconian enviornment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    None. It would have no positive effect.

    Doesn't Recommend
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