Hach Company Reviews

Updated August 6, 2015
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Lance Reisman
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Pros
  • Good benefits, compensation and great salespeople (in 6 reviews)

  • Well defined processes, good pay (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • This puts a lot of stress on those doing the work (in 2 reviews)

  • It's a very lean business and so it's sometimes tough to get everything done (in 4 reviews)

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  1. Fairly steady, middle-of-the-pack

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Loveland, CO
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Hach has had steady growth for the last 10+ years through recession. The Loveland, CO facility is the headquarters, which is a great location.

    Cons

    Hach lags behind industry leaders in R&D budget as a percentage of revenues/profits. The churn in the business office has led to inconsistent product development initiatives, i.e. short-term thinking. Current R&D facility is not "world class".

    Advice to Management

    Industry leaders invest in R&D. The current level of investment will result in market losses, some of which we are starting to see in our software offerings.


  2. Regional Sales Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Great products, great brand recognition

    Cons

    Fair work life balance for employees in the field

    Advice to Management

    Keep the great new products coming


  3. Helpful (1)

    Senior field service tech

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Federal Way, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Federal Way, WA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Good pay, good benefits. Plenty of travel

    Cons

    Poor managers, very micro managed. They stand behind their favorites

    Advice to Management

    Train managers in true employee teamwork. Don't pick favorites


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  5. Good Company

    • Work/Life Balance
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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Many opportunities to advance career in different avenues with Danaher

    Cons

    Most employee attitudes are poor.


  6. Depressing Culture

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    DBS and the process tools

    Cons

    Poor Leadership contributed to low morale

    Advice to Management

    Develop talent throughout the organization


  7. Helpful (1)

    Well run company that delivers results but demanding lean culture

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time

    Pros

    Strong process-driven culture Strong leadership team driving above average market performance Good environment to learn best practices

    Cons

    Despite great margins and performance, company is run extremely lean. Very limited resources available, often underfunded projects, and recurring cost cutting exercises. While it can be great being part of a successful organization, the focus on squeezing out every last cent of waste takes some of the fun out of the work environment. While there's not much negative politics, senior leaders seem more focused on managing up rather than down.

    Advice to Management

    I applaud the current focus on employee engagement but be sure to look beyond the easy improvements around improved communication. Senior leadership reflects the culture. Consider the culture you want employees to experience and then consider how you must change to reflect that culture.


  8. Helpful (1)

    Lean Manufacturing Company

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hach Company full-time

    Pros

    Bright coworkers. Challenging work. Top products.

    Cons

    Soemtimes too lean and process driven - seems to dampen creativity and risk taking.


  9. Helpful (1)

    Great People, Danaher driven to make lots of $$$$

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Associate Product Manager in Loveland, CO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    I have never worked with so many smart people in one place! Very enjoyable co-workers with mostly realistic expectations of how much work one can accomplish. Lots of opportunity for growth. Good support for whatever career path you are interested in pursuing. Decent benefits, they have a couple of extra floating holidays, which is nice.

    Cons

    If you don't have strong boundaries they will gladly let you work yourself to death. You MUST be good at saying "No" or "I can do x OR y, but not x AND y". Kind-of a dreary office environment, lots of grey walls, grey cubes, grey floors, etc. They say their their mission is water quality for people around the world. But like most companies, this is about making money. And they make LOTS of money. The margins here are so high it's actually a little embarrassing. As with all Danaher company profits flow directly to the top of the food chain and to share-holders.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Upper Management has Zero connection to employees

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Stable company, product will always be needed.

    Cons

    Upper management has zero concern for the people that actually produce in the company. They only meet with the department heads and only care about their KPI numbers. Management makes no effort to walk the floor of the company and meet the average Joe that puts the product together or writes the programs or keeps the company going internally. I would be willing to bet that at least half of the employees either doesn't know the President's name or his face. Salaries are stated to be "competitive" for the job position but what they don't tell you is that you will be doing a minimum of 2 peoples worth of work and when/if you don't deliver they don't care why they just see a Red Box in their KPI, they don't care that you work 4 projects at once and spend 50-70 hours a week working 52 weeks a year. The people that do keep up are burnt out and upset that their complaints or suggestions get ignored by management and eventually either burn out completely or leave the company for a more employee friendly work place. For an American company sometimes I wonder if they would prefer to relocate to India where they outsource dozens (hundreds?) of jobs for less than American minimum wage. This is a corporation, unless you are senior management, you're just a Number to them. Unless you're one of the lucky 20 or so people sitting near windows, you might never see the sun during the day.

    Advice to Management

    Senior management needs to engage with employees and learn what their challenges are and see how overworked or underpaid they are. Show your face around the building, do a monthly Lunch with the President with small groups of people. Show that you actually care about the people that provide you with your cushy salary. Hire more people to reduce stress and workloads, don't just focus on KPI Numbers, find out why the numbers are that way. You'll soon see your employees are working themselves to death because departments are vastly understaffed. Upgrade employee work areas, show employees you care about them even if you don't. As your older generation that is vested in retirement leaves you'll soon find that the younger workforce won't stay here long in these conditions.


  11. Helpful (2)

    Zero training and failed leadership.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Loveland, CO
    Former Employee - Senior Field Service Technician in Loveland, CO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    A lot of the time you're able to manage your own schedule when you work in the field. The pay is good as well.

    Cons

    Bad leadership with a yes man attitude that ends up making the guys below them suffer. The leadership has zero experience which is what they want. Leadership experience leads to people saying no to screwing their guys over and to people not micromanaging. They want micromanagers. Coming on board is the roughest time. They throw you to the wolves and expect you to learn on the fly. This makes or breaks many guys in the field. When you're lucky you get some on the job training, but it is only a few weeks worth and not in a row. Maybe two weeks OJT training and then 3 weeks on your own, and then another 2 weeks of training. This usually leads to techs looking poorly in the customer's eyes, and the customers don't get the quality they pay for.

    Advice to Management

    Hire real managers with leadership experience. The field is not somewhere you can put would be managers so that they can learn and grow. You need seasoned managers in the field. Training needs to change. Trial by fire is not only unfair to the new hires, but also unfair to the customers. They pay for quality Hach service, but end up getting a nice smile with no experience.



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