PerkinElmer Reviews

Updated April 20, 2015
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PerkinElmer Vice Chairman, President, CEO, and COO Rob Friel
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Pros
  • Comfortable working environment (in 8 reviews)

  • perks, work-life balance, laid back culture (in 4 reviews)

Cons
  • Zero R&D and zero marketing as well (in 5 reviews)

  • Upper management has lost site of the importance of a positive company culture, and teamwork (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (2)

    Great products, too many lifers, bad benefits

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

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

    Pros

    I am having the chance to work on a product that make a a difference and have a great manager. Very nice building with great on site gym. Company is very formal - but very professional. Excellent interview and hiring experience.

    Cons

    Horrible vacation/holiday benefits - 8 holidays, no floaters, 18 PTO but that encompasses sick days and hence the overall policy is not competitive. Company is fusion of acquisitions that never acts like a single company. There is always a spending freeze/ travel ban from October on. No bonuses and pay does not compensate for that. ESPP is 5% off, not 15%.

    Advice to Management

    Turn into a single company and use bonuses to encourage intracompany competition. Plan spending for whole year so spending limitations are not annual. Make the weak groups pay via loss of bonus or only make spending limitations on groups with no sales.

  2. Enjoyable environment

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

    I have been working at PerkinElmer

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

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, work life balance, all responsibilities respected, decent tuition reimbursement.

    Cons

    health benefits are not the greatest

  3. Helpful (1)

    Sales

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

    I have been working at PerkinElmer full-time (More than 8 years)

    Neutral Outlook
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Industry is exciting to be in... Stock always a winner bc they keep overhead lean

    Cons

    Underpaid - no support of employees - everything is manual for

    Advice to Management

    Pay more

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  5. Overall good experience

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PerkinElmer

    Pros

    Pay, and perks are a positive

    Cons

    Staffing and organizational process needs work.

  6. Helpful (1)

    Perkin Elmer Genetics does a lot of great things for clients but not so much for employees.

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at PerkinElmer

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

    Pros

    Poor compensation. They don't care about the employees. They just give you more and more work with no benefit. They hire people who are not qualified. Management treats the employees poorly. They look down on the employees who are paid the least.

    Cons

    The company does terrific things for finding early detection with the newborn screenings. They bend over backwards for their CLIENTS.

    Advice to Management

    You guys better start treating your valuable employees better. People are going to start leaving and you will have no one left to run the department's hence making your clients not so happy because the work won't get done. Fire people who need to be fired would be a great start.

  7. Helpful (2)

    Great place to work. Super smart people

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

    I worked at PerkinElmer

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Good growth in certain businesses.
    Leadership team you could get behind

    Cons

    Some businesses really struggling.

  8. Helpful (5)

    Stay far away from this company for sales or service jobs!!!!!

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Many good people in lower field positions. That is where they will all stay with the "Good Old Boy" club. These hard working people deserve better.

    Cons

    Health insurance is expensive and worthless.
    The last few years they have hired other company rejects. No vision past quarterly goals. Constant layoffs. Most manufacturing moved over seas. Product quality is, well quality is not the word. Abysmal products and future.

    Advice to Management

    It is too late. None of your competitors believe you are a threat or are even still in the game. You are too far gone as a company. You are laughed at in the sales arena. No one bothers to discount to compete with you because most companies do not take you as a serious contender in bids.

  9. Helpful (5)

    The company has been stable over the years but has placed unrealistic workload and pressure on employees

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Operations Employee in Hopkinton, MA
    Current Employee - Operations Employee in Hopkinton, MA

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

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

    Pros

    There are some very nice people at the company who want to do great work

    Cons

    The workload is beyond what employees can realistically do.

    Advice to Management

    Understand the details of what it takes to keep the business running. Understand the ground level operations. Communicate with employees in a real and human way and ensure that departments are working together rather than against each other.

  10. Helpful (4)

    Subjected to abuse and underpaid

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Branford, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Engineer in Branford, CT

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

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

    Pros

    The work I did was diverse and my responsibilities grew.

    Cons

    The atmosphere was toxic. The person that was responsible for my section was abusive and bullying. My section was overworked and when we delivered, subject to layoffs.

    Advice to Management

    Stop laying off people and then turning right around and purchasing more stock or new companies.

  11. Helpful (5)

    Wish I had read these reviews here before accepting a job

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

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

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

    Pros

    Great mission, lots of very bright, collaborative, and dedicated workers below the senior management level

    Cons

    Frequent reorgs, incredibly thin staffing across multiple departments resulting in extremely long work hours, lots of VPs who have very little relevant experience, incredibly high health insurance

    Advice to Management

    Pick an org and stick with it for at least a little while, improve your health insurance (it's embarrassing for a company that claims to be focused on improving human health to charge their employees so much to maintain theirs, restore realistic staffing levels (or stop trying to do so much).

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Entrance to the PerkinElmer headquarter office located in Waltham, MA (Photo by Coolcaesar - available under CC-BY-NC-SA 3.0 & GFDL, v1.128)
Molecular Groove, the PerkinElmer band

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