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Molecular Devices Reviews

Updated May 15, 2014
Updated May 15, 2014
17 Reviews

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  1.  

    Great process oriented company, but not too people oriented

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The parent company is very process oriented and they know what they are doing. People who works there are very specialized and knowledgeable with what they do.

    Cons

    company focuses all on process and not a whole lot on people. there was no employee development and long working hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    need more focus around work life balance.

  2.  

    And then came Danaher

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

    Pros

    6-7 years ago MDS was the most wonderful place I had ever worked.
    Then Danaher took over and replaced all of management in the service department.
    The only thing that mattered was growing the bottom line.

    Cons

    If growing the bottom line meant "gouging customers", so be it.
    If growing the bottom line meant "firing senior engineers", so be it.
    If growing the bottom line meant "destroying long-term relationships", so be it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Fire everyone you got from Perkin Elmer. Hire back anyone you can that was fired in the last 3 years.
    Listen to your customers.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Overall, it's an okay place to work for.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good smart people work there. They make the hard work worth it.

    Cons

    The company overloads their current staff and has a hard time filling in positions that are vacated.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Soon to hit rock bottom!

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer

    Pros

    The Pay appears to be good but definitely not worth it once you find out the personal cost...

    Cons

    No true leadership that can guide a once proud company under the Danaher ownership now, just a bunch of yes men concerned about their next bonus.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do they even teach long term goals anymore in school? Throwing all your resources (and book keeping tricks) to make the next quarterly bonus is not going to secure growth over the long term. What about our Customers, don't customers come first in a service/equipment business? They aren't just something to leach all the money we can from now...

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Operations is extremely intense

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Learn best practices such as standard work, kaizens and kanban. People are great. The culture does not tolerate resistance to change

    Cons

    Most people are dissatisfied with the work/life balance. VP Operations is generally despised by everyone. There is very little latitude for creativity. Follow DBS is the mantra

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 3 people found this helpful  

    A company without a clear identity or direction

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Management  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    MolDev is a nice little biotech still suffering growing pains from its early start up days.

    Cons

    Since MolDev sold itself to MDS in 2006, then later Danaher, it has struggled for clear direction and market positioning

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop changing direction every year. Set a path and work it. Also, be willing to pay Silicon Valley salaries to get higher level silicon valley talent. It will make a difference. --then, please empower your workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Good place to work at if you know the right people

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Nice friendly people
    Some people have been there a while but I think you have to be in the right position or know the right manager(s).
    Good overall work/life balance. The office is pretty empty by 5pm.

    Cons

    Old, decrepit working conditions (old cubicles, dirty old chairs)
    You're always on pins and needles wondering if you're the next to be laid off

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try and build more morale within the company and stop laying off good people.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 1 person found this helpful  

    Senior Financial Analyst

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Fp&A Analyst  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Fp&A Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Hard working Accounting and Finance Groups; Strong FP&A Manager leadership;Collaborated efforts within Accounting and FP&A teams. Strong system administration support in Hyperion Enterprise. Flexible working environment.

    Cons

    Lack of fair communication and/or leadership from VP Finance to his staff. Financial system upgrade to Hyperion Planning or EssBase is recommended. Reduntant reporting submission requirements to two different systems at the month end close.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Weekly staff meeting within the team is recommended. The management should drive the whole team to a better performance in financial reporting process.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    MolDev is a small biotech company operated by Danaher Corporation

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    Small, easy to get to know the people. MolDev leveraged the Danaher Business System models to great internal improvements since the acquisition

    Cons

    The various functions are very siloed and don't communicate or work well together. All emphasis is on making sure your metric spreadsheets don't have red cells in them.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look employees in the eye and say hello when you pass them in the hall.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  11. 3 people found this helpful  

    Poor senior leadership team, high attrition, but good salary

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Manager  in  Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    Pros

    - Good salary and benefits
    - Access to the global Danaher careers network
    - Teaching of the DBS system (better than I thought so long as you're motivated to learn)

    Cons

    - Senior management team (VP level) provide poor leadership (e.g. just make it happen rather than how can we solve this)
    - Very high attrition rate
    - Lack of promotions from within

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Very keen to see what will happen in the next 3-6 months. Hopefully the new president will look to clear out some of the fat at the VP level and bring about some real growth for 2012.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

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