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PerkinElmer Reviews in Shelton, CT

Updated September 16, 2014
Updated September 16, 2014
125 Reviews
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PerkinElmer Vice Chairman, President, CEO, and COO Rob Friel
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Review Highlights

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.  

    Great Company!

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior R&D Engineer in Shelton, CT

    I have been working at PerkinElmer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Comfortable working environment. Brilliant people all around.

    Cons

    The company could probably do more to grow their people both personal and professional.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Perhaps assist employee career development by offering more training.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2. 2 people found this helpful  

    A once-great company coasting down hill

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Manager in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Manager in Shelton, CT

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

    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
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    Unfortunate.

    Former Employee - Kept Changing, Typical in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Kept Changing, Typical in Shelton, CT

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

    Pros

    I did have some good supervisors, but they are all gone now.

    Cons

    Layoffs every quarter (I assume to stay below the radar). Everyone is running scared. No teamwork. Can't blame them.

    However, it does leave a company full of :"yes" men. Poor souls, they are all too scared to raise even a slightly different viewpoint.

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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    Continue to decline

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Scientist in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Applications Scientist in Shelton, CT

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

    Pros

    Used to have good reputation (not any more)

    Cons

    poor compensation; poor management;

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Do not know what they can do to reverse the trend.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Hardworking, great experience working with intelligent people and learning new skills

    Former Employee - Senior Systems Quality Assurance Scientist in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Systems Quality Assurance Scientist in Shelton, CT

    I worked at PerkinElmer full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    great people to work with and ability to grow and learn new things. ISO 9000 certified and ability to learn new things in different departments as chemist and ISO 9000 auditor

    Cons

    not being able to telecommute when the weather is bad

  7. 4 people found this helpful  

    I did everything and was paid nothing

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

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

    Pros

    18 PTO days to start vested from day one.

    Cons

    Health insurance stunk, I paid almost 1000 a month for my family of 3 for medical vision and dental. Company reoganized every 6 months, so mangement was constantly changing. They threaten moving several times over the last 10 years, it seems they are going to be moving out of Shelton location in the next 14 months when the lease is up. Raises came once a year in April and they were average of 3-5 percent. When moving up within the company they hold you at caps normally 5-10% and you will still be under market min. HR STINKS! They are called the revolving door, no one ever stays long enough to be of any help.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get it together, stop lay offs in the start of the 4th quarter because you had a bad Q3 and you want to fudge the EOY results.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Started good, then lost its way

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

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

    Pros

    GREAT people. Lack of oversight allowed for self management. If you worked, great acquired skills

    Cons

    Company went too lean. Slow to the punch with new technology. AWFUL leadership. Bad acquisitions. No path. Awful compensation. No path for a raise. Average benefits

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Leave. Friel is awful. Tenney is awful. Just a very poorly run place

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 2 people found this helpful  

    Sad Shell of a Company

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Field Service Engineer in Shelton, CT

    I have been working at PerkinElmer full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    PerkinElmer got to keep the name. But the technology went with Sciex. The technology is super old and cannot compete. Sorry, putting old technology in a new box doesn't cut it.

    Cons

    PE keeps playing games to boost its numbers like selling its site in Turku and renting it back to show a "profit".

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Look to the future. Not to the current products of your competitors.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 6 people found this helpful  

    Stay Away!

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Product Manager in Shelton, CT

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

    Pros

    There are some good non-manager people in this organization.

    Cons

    Allow me to paint a picture.

     Imagine a Gong Show hybrid LOTR scenario in which each and every month the President holds a meeting in which all managers have to present updates on the status of their departments and products (called MOR). This is against a back drop of continuous rounds of layoffs, severe understaffing and no employee development, Now these managers entire existence revolves around making sure the MOR goes well and will create all sorts of fiction, misdirection, songs and dances so that the gong does not go off on them while under the Eye of Sauron. If you do not paint a rosy picture during the MOR.....Gong! Employees just disappear around here at an astonishing rate....Now you see them now you don't!

    Underscoring this is the fact that the company is so internally screwed up. Outdated SAP system, that has been so jerry rigged over the years that today the only thing keeping it from collapsing is rubber bands and bubble gum.

    Internal processes are not mapped SOPs do not exist.

    Job descriptions do not exist.

    Organizational Chart does not exist.

    Additionally:

    Senior Management as other people have noted is a good 'ol boys club employees input not welcome. In fact employees are not valued at all.

    Senior Management managing for the next quarter to boost the stock as much as they can. No long term goals no appreciation for science or creating good products.

    Low salarys. No opportunities for advancement.

    A completely demoralized work force who's main career goals (besides leaving for a better company) are to avoid the next round of layoffs. Like the board game Survivor.

    I apologize that my picture is so ugly and negative.

    All of us working here wish someone would have painted us this picture so that we could of avoided working for Perkinelmer.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    What's the point?

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Resume padding, but no growth

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT

    I have been working at PerkinElmer

    Pros

    *Professional courses
    *Chance to learn and study
    *Great people to work with
    *Travel
    *Flexible time options
    *Ok benefits
    *Exposure to many scientific disciplines

    Cons

    PerkinElmer quarterly lays off a good portion of work force. Company morale is desperately low. There is no set direction from leadership. The only plan is the 3 month plan. Short term monetary gains are encouraged at the expense of long term. Senior management has no idea about the product offerings of the company. Executive yell to mask ignorance. Company is over extended. Does not have expertise or manpower to cover what it says it does. Too many bean counters. No structure to financially compensate career advancement.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Pay attention to the little things. Pay your workforce. Do something, anything well. Follow through with plans. Take a hard look at who is leading and what they bring to the table. Remove the tired faces and ideas.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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