Hach Company Reviews

Updated March 10, 2015
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  1. Your Average Employer

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    - Yearly bonus targets are normally very attainable and fair; bonuses seem to be at least 90% of target
    - Pay seems to be good compared to colleagues at other companies

    Cons

    - The work environment varies GREATLY by department. While true of most larger companies, it seems especially true at Hach.
    - Most departments are overworked and/or understaffed what what the management wants to accomplish; the expected workload is largely out-of-line with expectations elsewhere
    - Favoritism, while also prevalent elsewhere, can especially be a problem at Hach

    Advice to Management

    Realign expectations with staffing levels. Become more engaged with your staff to actually understand progress and challenges they are facing.

  2. Helpful (1)

    Some good, Some bad

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    Current Employee - Marketing in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Marketing in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (More than 5 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    - Hach is an extremely global company and is a great place to start a career as you can gain a lot of experience in a large, international matrix organization
    - Hach's Fortune 200 parent company, Danaher, provides a lot of top tier instruction and best practices, as well as further job opportunities if you're willing to relocate
    - Hach is large and has many different managers and divisions. The general consensus is if you have a good manager / team, this company is generally tolerable. If not, well, move around or get your resume up to date.
    - Hach's industry is nearly always stable and growing. Worrying about being laid off due to company performance likely won't happen.

    Cons

    - The main corporate building is built like a bomb shelter. Flat, ugly concrete, very few windows. You can go full days here without seeing the sun or knowing the weather unless you have time to go outside. Further, the building is packed WAY too full so it's extremely loud with little personal office space.
    - Hach's parent company, Danaher, has it's own talent placement program. They feed from 4-5 of the top business schools in the country. Regardless of schooling and experience, If you're not in this program, it is extremely hard to move up in the company past a certain mid-level point.
    - Compensation is average at best for all but those in the aforementioned talent placement program. Stock options and bonuses that are actually meaningful don't occur until you hit a relatively senior management level.
    - Danaher in general strives to be lean and this means there are not enough resources (human / budgetary) to really excel and get ahead of the rest of the industry. Most departments are strained to get basic goals done, much less do something truly innovative in the marketplace.
    - As is the case with many large organizations, bureaucracy is rampant. Getting projects approved and even basic items approved usually takes more signatures than you knew existed. This bureaucracy unfortunately flows into all facets of the business.

    The bottom line is this is a good company to get some solid experience at, but you'll likely want to take your learning and experience elsewhere in the long run. Hach does some things well, and many things poorly. Unfortunately, they're one of the larger employers in Northern Colorado and they know it. They do little to compete for employees by improving work environment, compensation, benefits, and job mobility simply because they don't have to. This causes relatively high turnover of the "good" employees that can afford to get jobs elsewhere in the area or along the front range.

    Advice to Management

    For senior management (VP and above); Make yourself visible and open to your employees. It is shocking how little senior management puts themselves in the spotlight. Most would rather stay in their offices, creating strategies without connecting with those that carry them out. I'd say with relative confidence that over half of Hach's employees do not even know what the company president looks like.

    You need to compete for employees at some point. Truly compete. Invest in the work environment. Invest in benefits, training, and upward job mobility. Make Hach a company you'd be proud to show visitors around in. It seems the strategy today is a "race to the bottom" in terms of how many benefits and compensation could be cut. Until this changes, the top talent will continue to leave.

    You need to promote top performers to positions of influence, regardless of their pedigree. The unofficial "Danaher Management Track" that keeps a select few moving up (though they all seem to have gone to the same few schools) kills morale.

  3. Unachievable expectations, no work-life balance

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Sales Support Specialist in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Field Sales Support Specialist in Loveland, CO

    I worked at Hach Company full-time (More than 8 years)

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

    Pros

    One of a small handful of large companies/organizations to work for in Larimer County, Colorado.
    Free Thanksgiving lunch, served by management team
    Small bonus opportunity based on company performance

    Cons

    little to no career advancement or upward mobility opportunities
    unachievable expectations; little reward
    no work-life balance
    high burn-out factor - too much work; not enough staff on a sustained basis
    some managers are allowed to manage employees by fear and intimidation

    Advice to Management

    No advice for management. Corporate parent company in Wash, DC. This company has a product that will always sell. As long as the company continues to be successful and continues to be one of only several large companies in the local commuting area, i.e., no competition for employees, then nothing will change.

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  5. Solid Company but not the best in pay or culture

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    Current Employee - Operations Management in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Operations Management in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Stable, cafeteria on-site with good prices, very well priced benefits

    Cons

    Very tight with compensation, on the lower end of the scale. Poor processes for a company that claims to live the Toyota Way.

    Advice to Management

    Reduce Turnover - pay better.

  6. Very little reward for hard work

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Sales Support in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    This company is still making a profit and there are lots of good people who work here.

    Cons

    The work environment is very stressful because there isn't enough headcount. Work cuts into your personal life because there is neve enough time to get your work done.

    Advice to Management

    When you are trying to move up in your management career stop doing what is best for you and take care of your team. If you would show interest in your team they would work even harder for you.

  7. good company, good people

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    Current Employee - Chemist in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Chemist in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    R & D is better than production positions

    Cons

    little to no upward mobility

    Advice to Management

    Reward truth and honest opinions, manage by example, seek input from more than 2 people

  8. nice

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operator I in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Operator I in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (Less than a year)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    i like this company very realiable and great company to work just nice for a career . i hope i will be where i want to be.

    Cons

    its good food they have free ice cream and food sometimes. a lot promotions for the events and some fun events if u have a family and kids.

    Advice to Management

    they are nice

  9. Reasonable place to work but very hard to move up within the company.

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    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist II in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Support Specialist II in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    great schedule
    no work at home
    easy

    Cons

    no room to grow, compensation could be better for commission

  10. Helpful (1)

    Lack of respect, very secretive and no integrity.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (More than 5 years)

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

    Pros

    It's a job, they provide Flex hours in some areas and medical benefits. If you mind your peas and "Qs" you can a long career with them.

    Cons

    The management is top heavy and are the only ones with a true career with the company. Kaizens are a joke especially when the director steps in and saids he doesn't care what anyone has to say this is the way it is going to happen or there is the door.

    Advice to Management

    If your employees are happy and treated with respect and integrity you might find that you may get more work, get better quality and a better ROI. Take a look in the mirror and see if you like what you see.

  11. Good company!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Support II in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Technical Support II in Loveland, CO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time (More than 3 years)

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay, benefits. Managers are great

    Cons

    Call center, can get boring sometimes

    Advice to Management

    None, doing great

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