PerkinElmer Reviews

Updated July 3, 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)

  • training ,upper management change is constant (in 5 reviews)

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  1. Focused on change

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PerkinElmer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Experienced, hard working international employee base

    Cons

    Sometimes - analysis paralysis and too many meetings...

    Advice to Management

    Just do it.


  2. Run Away. Run far Away.

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    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Boston, MA
    Former Employee - Sales Manager in Boston, MA

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

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

    Pros

    Interesting technology. Great people to work with. Unfortunately always looking over their shoulder.

    Cons

    Constantly re-organizing, changing vision and focus. Very little hope for promotion, salary increase and always fearing that you will be let go.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your employees like team members. Come out of your crystal palace more often and at least pretend to care for your employees.


  3. PM

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    International presence, employee are nice

    Cons

    Company doesn't provide promotion opportunities and lack of vision


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  5. current employee with few years of seniority

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    Current Employee - Engineer in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Engineer in Shelton, CT

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

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

    Pros

    High-tech products, very challenging and interesting line of work for a person who likes to be pushed to the limit of his/her professional abilities. Lot of smart and friendly people around. Not very stressful environment. Good life/work balance, ability to work from home when you or your kid are sick or due to poor weather (snow).

    Cons

    Extremely 'top heavy', way too many chefs and way too few 'Indians' to do the work. Very 'political' company, a lot of 'cliques' who fight each other. No clear directions given, top management changes every 2-3 years. No long term vision and goals. Can be frustrating...

    Advice to Management

    Have a long term vision, stream-line the 'chain-of-command'...and a Christmas Bonus will also be a nice gesture


  6. Perkin Elmer

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    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA
    Former Employee - Manufacturing Engineer in Los Angeles, CA

    I worked at PerkinElmer

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Good pay. Fair and competent management

    Cons

    None. Great place to work

    Advice to Management

    Nice job


  7. Good company to work for.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PerkinElmer full-time

    Pros

    Relaxed work environment, meaningful projects to work on, managers are polite and easy to get along with. The company has good vacation policies.

    Cons

    Sometimes it was hard to get in touch with the senior managers when having questions about work, and it was difficult to always know what to be doing to best help the company.

    Advice to Management

    Keep hiring new young individuals and the company will grow in large ways. The current projects have many useful future applications and thus I think the company will continue to grow.


  8. Coordinator

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Hill, SC
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Rock Hill, SC

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

    Recommends
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great management team. Room to improve, learn and excel in current and potential new roles.

    Cons

    Structure continues to change which tends to bring moral down. Available training is a must in order to succeed.

    Advice to Management

    your direct reports progress is a reflection on your management skills. Be sure to strive to make them be the best they can be.


  9. Helpful (3)

    Sales

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at PerkinElmer full-time

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

    Pros

    Good benefits, well established global company.

    Cons

    Lack of timely decision making by leadership. Certain depts. don't seem to evaluate from a sales perspective, thereby jeopardizing customer relationships with the decisions they make.

    Advice to Management

    Spend some time in the field and listening to customers' concerns and needs and factor this into decision making.


  10. Helpful (2)

    If it only had a brain ... the nerve ... a heart.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Cambridge, MA

    I worked at PerkinElmer

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

    Pros

    Fundamentally nice people with whom to work.
    Good facilities at the corporate headquarters.
    Is this 20 words yet? No?

    There is a secret soda machine in Waltham, on the first floor ... just for Informatics employees.

    Cons

    Everyone is a cog in a wheel, including the impotent C-Suite, playing to the petty demands of Wall Street. And the stock chart does look good, you say? Right and all of the growth comes at the expense of employees who work for sub-nominal (not horrific) wages, and under the constant stress of the next ax and where it may fall.

    The following vignette typifies the insanity ... A C-Suite Executive returns from an extended global trip with a female subordinate and sends an email to the entire department upon return of all the value created and goodwill generated. But all at such cost that all foreign travel will now need to be approved by him.

    Not enough insanity? How about a performance management program designed to motivate and reward. If you take that job, you'll be introduced to it and then no one will ever refer to it again, until April when you'll be informed of your 2% raise and no feedback. I was years without a review, in fact never had one. Why not? Because your manager will be subject to the same carnival of charades designed to impress Wall Street analysts. Don't take it personally.

    So, the only real reason to be reading this is that you are considering working here. It could be good for you? Especially if you are just starting out. At the first sign that things aren't cricket, however... run ... fast. Pass GO, do not collect $200.

    Advice to Management

    After you have realized that you have squeezed every last drop of blood from this sick organization, write a book about it. It's the ultimate ponzi.


  11. Perkinelmer

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    Former Employee - Senior ElectronicMechanical Technician in Tarpon Springs, FL
    Former Employee - Senior ElectronicMechanical Technician in Tarpon Springs, FL

    I worked at PerkinElmer (More than 10 years)

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

    Pros

    Great benefits it was a great company to work for when it was called Packard lifescience. Since PerkinElmer took over brace yourself, and be ready for a pink slip.

    Cons

    Portfolio Company just be ready for a layoff especially if you are a Software engineer.

    Advice to Management

    They won't listen.



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