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PerkinElmer Reviews

Updated August 18, 2014
Updated August 18, 2014
109 Reviews

2.5
109 Reviews
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PerkinElmer Vice Chairman, President, CEO, and COO Rob Friel
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Warm and friendly working environment (in 7 reviews)

  • great people to work with and ability to grow and learn new things (in 5 reviews)


Cons
  • With all the restructuring, R&D progress is stalled and excitement of product creation no longer there (in 4 reviews)

  • The new senior management hasn't been able to agree on a coherent plan and execute (in 4 reviews)

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  1. 3 people found this helpful  

    Acquire, then divest culture. Innovation by acquisition. Overall, not bad to work for.

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Hanover, MD
    Former Employee - Manager in Hanover, MD

    Pros

    Strong corporate infrastructure, supportive when it suits the bottom line. Sometimes it gets in the way, though.

    Cons

    Lack of long term vision for the company. Some decisions not well executed, but those who suffer are the ones who had no say in the execution. Gives lip service to innovation, but only interested when it is cheap and fast. Buying someone else's work is the favored approach. History of buying companies then ruthlessly closing facilities and asking those who are left to walk on water to produce the same as before. And if you are not cast in the PKI mold, you are not a favored child.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Really follow your corporate values and perform realistic and meaningful stratic planning. Then follow through and be patient. Do not try to impose what works in Boston, Waltham or Hopkinton on other types of operations, but both teach and learn. You're good at telling people what to do, but not so good at listening. Remember, ISO and all QUALITY management systems are based on say what you are going to do and then do what you say. That was a great weakness that I saw at PKI.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Proceed with caution

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The people who work at PE have their hearts in the right place and are generally very bright. The company promotes international travel and experience for its employees.

    Cons

    Employees are often at the whim of a management team that changes direction too frequently to be effective over the long term. The management team also tends to talk in a supportive way about products, categories or businesses but not back that support with actions.

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    Upper Management losing focus

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    The total compensation is quite competitive, and there are some great mid level managers. In addition, my department does have a great opportunity for personal growth and training available.

    Cons

    Upper management has lost site of the importance of a positive company culture, and teamwork. There have been many bottom line cuts which have contributed to a loss of morale and innovation from the company as a whole. As others have stated, when there is a sole focus of the current quarter you will start to see a small negative effect on the bottom line in the future. Unfortunately, those losses are starting to mount and the general trend is currently in the negative direction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    There needs to be action to support your vision of building a positive company culture that promotes teamwork and innovation.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    Science company run by accountants

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Bright and hard working people, though they are slowly walking out the door. Fair pay. Flexibility.

    Cons

    The Caliper merger and resulting leadership is failing, yet the employees are the ones taking the fall. Constant talk of growth is counteracted by non-stop cuts. Severe lack of patience and knowledge about product lines is hampering growth. Customers are becoming dissatisfied due to cuts in all areas.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn the products so that you can truly evaluate growth potential, instead of using spreadsheets and models to make key decisions. Replace accountants and analysts with people who actually understand the products and the business. Understand that the web and remote communication is not the answer to your problems. Hire professionals, not the cheapest people you can find.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    Technology Company that has lost their Way

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Sales in San Francisco, CA

    Pros

    Very nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Constant change and reorganization.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn from your mistakes.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  7.  

    Mediocre company, largely driven by spreadsheet and quarterly results. . .

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    Largely good people to work with. interesting projects and opportunities. Span of business should lead to good synergies and increasing cross-division co-operation leading to enhanced business.

    Cons

    Weak and uninspiring management. Overly reactive to a bad quarter. Very insulated teams with minimal sharing across divisions. Limited long term view and investments are given a short time to succeed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get in touch with your people, your customers. Its not just about the shareholders!

    Stay with a strategy.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  8.  

    Good people, but not much more than a holding company

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good people. Interesting products.

    Cons

    Growth is by acquisition. Executive manangement is distant and distracted

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Spend more time building a company and not a balance sheet

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Good technology, poor management.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    Pros

    Good technology which was developed many years ago by people who are now gone from the company.

    Cons

    Management lacks direction and does not develop the staff. A remaining cadre of workers keep their heads low and hope for the best.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    I loved my job. The company is quite a different story.

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    Former Employee - Sales  in  Waltham, MA
    Former Employee - Sales in Waltham, MA

    Pros

    Reasonable pay. Benefits were okay, but nothing exceptional. No training ever for anything. Everything, such as benefits was on-line. Never had a review. Never got a raise.

    Cons

    Paid $850+/month for health insurance for our family. Did PE pay anything toward the health benefits? Probably not. Zero R&D and zero marketing as well. Then, they pulled our quotas out of their butt, with no supporting historical data. Completely unreasonable expectations. Management was vastly overpaid. Quarterly RIF's were routine. If you do not live and work on the East Coast, then you simply do not count.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Develop a conscious and do well by your employees. Oh....prove that you are indeed, a human being with at least an ounce of empathy for your fellow human being.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once-great company coasting down hill

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    Former Employee - Manager  in  Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Shelton, CT

    Pros

    The company makes many many interesting product and has many interesting and clever people working there.

    Cons

    Constant "optimization" and management by numbers is slowly crushing out innovation and leadership. Most product lines get a face lift instead of an functional improvements. More and more work is outsourced to cheaper countries reducing quality.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    PerkinElmer was great when the technologists had more say. Now there is just a sea of MBAs managing by spreadsheets and the business trend of the day.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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