Molecular Devices Reviews

Updated February 17, 2015
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    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Molecular Devices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    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


  2. Helpful (1)

    Depends on your viewpoint

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    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer, NPI (Development) in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Engineer, NPI (Development) in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Molecular Devices 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

    Danher is willing to invest in the business and employees.

    Cons

    Metric driven envirnment. Employees are overworked and underappreciated. MD has lost the small company feel to become a machine.

    Advice to Management

    grow a pair


  3. Helpful (2)

    Operations is extremely intense

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Molecular Devices full-time (More than a year)

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

    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


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  5. Helpful (4)

    A company without a clear identity or direction

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Management in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Molecular Devices full-time (More than 3 years)

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    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 Management

    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.


  6. Helpful (2)

    Senior Financial Analyst

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Fp&A Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Fp&A Analyst in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Molecular Devices full-time (More than a year)

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

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


  7. Helpful (3)

    MolDev is a small biotech company operated by Danaher Corporation

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    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

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


  8. Helpful (5)

    Poor senior leadership team, high attrition, but good salary

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Sunnyvale, CA

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

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    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 Management

    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.


  9. Helpful (6)

    Pretty good for a while, until Danaher took over and drove all the good people out.

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I have been working at Molecular Devices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Wide varieties of products and technologies. Lots of learning opportunities if you have the time and resources. Convenient office location.

    Cons

    Management treats employees poorly. They have the mentality that everyone is replaceable. Bad communications. Unreasonable policies deployed universally without considering whether they really apply in specific situations.

    Advice to Management

    Happy employees are much more productive than disgruntled ones. Small gestures can do wonders when it comes to employee morales.


  10. Helpful (3)

    Little job advancement opportunities

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

    I worked at Molecular Devices

    Pros

    good overall compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities. Tend to bring new people in rather than promote from within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Consider succession planning.


  11. Helpful (3)

    Very little innovation.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA

    I worked at Molecular Devices

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Danaher brought impressive tools to improve the profitability of the business.

    Cons

    Very few talents in R&D due to lack of growth and strategy for the last 3 years. Very little money to accomplish goals. Teams laid-off after project completion have taken the moral to its lowest point.

    Advice to Management

    Focus on cutting edge products.



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