Molecular Devices Reviews

Updated August 20, 2015
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  1. Helpful (1)

    R&D engineer.

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Molecular Devices full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Molecular Devices is an operating company of Danaher, which is a large conglomerate that owns Danaher Coulter, Leica, and other big life science companies. This gives employees some exposure to sister companies. As of this writing the company is trying to rebrand itself, so there might be some hope for the future. The location in the heart of Silicone Valley is a big plus. This company is primarily medical research instrumentation hardware design and manufacturing company so lots to do if you are an electrical/mechanical/optical engineer.

    Cons

    Because it is a medium size company part of the large conglomerate (Danaher) there is allot of process, even for creative work like software engineer. This can be seen as a positive for some people though.

    Advice to Management

    Most managers that I worked are doing a great job, but sometimes it feels that there is paralysis over analysis. So, take more risk.


  2. MANAGER

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Jose, CA

    I worked at Molecular Devices (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    great team of employees to work with.

    Cons

    management needs to not only listen but take more action on employee needs.


  3. Helpful (2)

    MolDev is a life sciences instrument company focused on automating drug discovery and development processes.

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    Former Employee - Director Research in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Director Research in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Molecular Devices (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    The location in Silicon Valley offers exposure to new technologies and great networking opportunities. The engineering team was competent and dedicated. The atmosphere was relatively low stress for a high tech firm. If you like a highly structured environment with lots of accountability this could be a good place to work.

    Cons

    MolDev, a Danaher company, is extremely process focused and requires metrics for every activity. These metrics are monitored often on a weekly or daily basis. This necessarily curtails creativity and creates a lot of reporting overhead. It is very short-term focused in its product development and the vast majority of projects are incremental improvements or reverse engineering competitors products. Danaher itself is very risk adverse and stays away from new, unproven technologies or "leading the wave" type products. This is a poor environment for creative scientists and engineers who want to develop exciting new products incorporating the latest and greatest technologies. Danaher also focuses on Process over People and runs Kaizen events to improve process efficiency. One of the drawbacks for employees is that efficiency increases often can be accompanied by employee reductions.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    low-mid level professional

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at Molecular Devices full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Challenging work. Mostly excellent and dedicated co-workers inside and outside my group and department. Good products and customers. Reasonable compensation and incentives. Lots of career growth opportunities. Rigorous data driven business metrics (Danaher Business Systems). Demanding work load makes days and weeks fly by.

    Cons

    Some voids in business knowledge due to lots of turnover. Rigorous data driven business metrics (Danaher Business Systems). Challenging work. Morale is sometimes flat. Sometimes I could argue company too driven by bottom line and not enough by core values (...but it is a publically-traded business).


  6. Field Service Engineer

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

    Pros

    Pay is ok, make your own schedule.

    Cons

    Everything else. No organization, structure, or direction.

    Advice to Management

    Actually manage.


  7. Director Communications

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Leadership that truly tries to do the right things for the right reasons

    Cons

    Minimal compliance function at the time I was working there.


  8. those where the days...

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Francisco, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I have been working at Molecular Devices full-time

    Pros

    Good business and interesting equipment

    Cons

    They have lost so much experience and know how due to the way DH transformed the company. No one knows much compared to a few years ago. Not much is documented properly so no wayvto find out once whoever leaves.... Management is more or less only DH yes sayers nowdays, only way to keep their jobs i guess. So flog the horse a bit more and see if it can run any faster...meaning work more work harder so your management can get more bonus.

    Advice to Management

    Rethink...if you do not pick up the talk in canteen, breaks etc you have problems. It is not hurray excactly...


  9. Talks the talk, if only it could walk the walk...

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

    I worked at Molecular Devices full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Lots of passionate and great to work with employees at the non-manager level. Many try to do whatever they can to deliver great customer support, but its hard when so over-stretched. Lots of great ideas and some great products. Danaher has some great business tools, when used appropriately with right resource levels. Pay and benefits are generally good.

    Cons

    Stressful environment. Employees overloaded covering for work that used to be done by employees who have been let go or quit/never re-hired. Told to kaizen out waste and focus on only "what has to be done" but if YOU value your customers and a job being done right you end up over-worked and doing work others used to be responsible for. Little room for career growth.

    Advice to Management

    Staff appropriately. Work-life balance is important to employee satisfaction AND productivity (see recent studies on this). Actually train managers to develop their staff, and then hold them too it. Don't just talk about it. Care more deeply for customers and about building relationships with them, not just selling them product.


  10. Remnants of a past great company

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    Current Employee - Scientist
    Current Employee - Scientist
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Great products. There are some very passionate people here.

    Cons

    Stressful environment to work in. Employees cannot thrive when the bottom line is the only consideration

    Advice to Management

    Listen to employees. They have a lot to say.


  11. PM

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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    company's long term vision is nonexistent

    Cons

    there are no opportunities for career growth

    Advice to Management

    invest in your employees



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