Videojet Technologies Inc

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Videojet Technologies Inc Reviews

Updated February 19, 2015
Updated February 19, 2015
42 Reviews
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  1.  

    It started out very pleasant, but is quickly becoming a drain

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - CSE
    Current Employee - CSE

    I have been working at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time

    Pros

    The flexibility of my schedule is a big perk, probably the nicest thing about working here. Bonuses are nice to get, and there is POTENTIAL for huge payouts. The job comes with a pretty decent company car, which employees are allowed to use for their own personal use: very nice!

    Cons

    My paycheck is going down every year?? Bonuses are nice to get, but I would much rather have a higher base salary with smaller bonuses. The base pay goes up, but bonus structures have been designed to be more difficult to achieve, resulting in less overall payouts. It feels like the people who make big bonuses are the same people who overcharge customers to the point of submission into a contract. People that don't perform well are retained, even though customer reviews consistently state obvious dissatisfaction. The "team mentality" is not present because certain people are allowed to pick and choose what work they do and what work they push off on others. Career progression: you've got two promotions before you hit the top, thats it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Instead of focusing primarily on revenue, spend much more time encouraging quality of service.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  2.  

    Management, HR care only about their careers with no regard to the employees that do all the work.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    401k, Health Insurance and PTO

    Cons

    Management does what they want and does not allow feedback, or like to be challenged. They always pretend that they care, but behind closed doors its their way or you are out. The company promotes people by firing others. They put inexperienced MBA's into management roles for which they stay less then a year. These people are in the role so short of duration that they never can fail or succeed, so they get promoted based on others prior successes. The good people do al the work and then get pressured to do more, while others do nothing. They then get promoted just because they talk to the right people or spend all there time self prompting while not generating any real results. Its all politics. Everyone throws everyone under the bus. There are some huge egos in the company. Again there are no promotions just top grading of people. The HR department is full of sheep, mindless, inexperienced people that break all the rules as they reprimand others for breaking the same rules. Going to HR just gets you in the hot seat. There is not confidentiality within HR.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Care a little about others and not your ego. Learn to manage and stop just self promoting yourself off other that do all the work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Used to be such an awesome place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc

    Pros

    As a Field Service Engineer your job is an episode of how it's made everyday.

    Cons

    Bonuses keep going down, some management is horrible now, big brother in the cars now.

    Doesn't Recommend
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  5. 1 person found this helpful  

    High stress, low pay

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

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The benefits are competitive... Not the best but not the worst. 401k match was like 100% up to 4%, then 50% match up to 6%. Health and dental were decent. I enjoyed my coworkers.

    Cons

    High pressure is put on Customer Service Engineers (CSE's) to sell equipment and contracts. It is essentially part of your job to be a salesperson and your bonuses are a direct reflection of how well you do. They change the structure and payouts of the bonuses every year, as well as your targets, so your base pay may increase year over year, but they adjust bonus payouts to bring your pay back down. They also do not encourage overtime, but make you work in the field for a minimum of 10 hours per day. The first hour of travel time in the morning and the last hour of travel home are on your own time. This can get confusing when coming home from a billable call, as the company is getting paid for that hour but you are not. Keep in mind that there are GPS tracking on all the company vehicles that monitor location, speed, and idle time (car is running but not moving) so they know if you are home early. Expect your manager to review your time in the field for the week down to the minute if you submit for overtime on your time card. There is no upward mobility for CSEs, and the "promotions" take at least 5 years. Hardly any service managers were actually promoted from the field, so therefore have little to no experience in the field. The Danaher way of personal reviews sets the targets for your achievements unrealistically high, so when you fall short, they can show you why you weren't good enough for promotion.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The Danaher Business System will always put profits first, customers a decent second, and employees are more like a necessary evil. I would advise a better review system that actually promotes better performance, faster. The raises they give do not keep up with cost of living increases and inflation, so it is not uncommon for a new hire to start at or above some of his coworkers that have been there 5+ years. I would encourage more work life balance, and pay CSEs for the overtime they work.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Great Money, horrible company

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

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time

    Pros

    The salary was great.
    Cafeteria in the main building was nice and cheap.
    floor workers where nice

    Cons

    Management didn't know direction they wanted to go in.
    Didn't know how to track data to analyze week spots to improve upon.
    Stuck in old way thinking and didn't care much for improvements unless they where done through a long drawn out process that seemed to waste more time then it helped save.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn what you want to do and direction to go in.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Poor leadership at all management levels from mid to high. Thankless company to work at. Beware of high turnover!

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Engineer in Wood Dale, IL

    I have been working at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Great past History -1985 to 2000!

    Technology amazing!

    Videojet building is very nice and the parking lot offers open space!

    Cons

    High employee turn-over due to unattainable goals. Goals set for workforce are actually for year-end management compensation. Mid level leadership changes monthly. Result - no management connection with their employees.

    Top grading (Firing) used to promote. Someone must get fired for someone to be promoted. This is a horrible method of advancement ignoring diversity, gender and service career.

    Constant push to move all product lines to manufacturing operations in China. Manufacturing capabilities in Wood Dale, Illinois has decreased since 2008.

    As the VP's and Dir's smile and try and act polite during the infrequent town hall meetings, be assured that its only acting for the assembly moment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    "Prepair to face reality" - As 2015 unfolds, many of you in leadership positions will be top-graded (Fired)!
    VP's/Dir's in Engineering, Purchasing, Operations - Start to up-date your resumes and hope that you have enough professional references from former VTI employees.

    "Prepair for disapointment" when you find-out that no one will give you a positive reference and your resumes will not reach beyong the paper shreader. "Good Luck" and "The Best Team wins"!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Great business, poor culture

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

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc

    Pros

    -Great place to learn general management
    -People are highly competent within their positions
    -DBS provides a foundation for standardized business improvement

    Cons

    -Business only environment, not a collaborative culture
    -Employees care about their immediate work, not necessarily the overall goal
    -DBS works great for the shop floor but doesn't make sense for other functions like marketing

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Attempt to foster a more team oriented, collaborative environment

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  9.  

    Temp

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Videojet Technologies Inc

    Pros

    Great learning experience, the lab is very nice and the company cares a lot to maintain it and keep it up to date.

    Cons

    They left me on as a temp for longer than promised

  10. 1 person found this helpful  

    In totality, my experience at Videojet / Danaher was positive.

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

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time

    Pros

    Very disciplined, process oriented, well run business. The Danaher Business Systems (DBS) is excellent training for anyone with management ambitions. Compensations is in line with peer organizations.

    Cons

    Although a blameless work environment is a core value of the Danaher Business System, Videojet can tend to be "blame oriented." Although it is not always the case, employee feedback is typically disregarded or ignored by senior management.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Current President is very aloof.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    Continuous Improvement at it's core

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Supplier Quality Engineer in Wood Dale, IL

    I have been working at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    One of the great parts of Videojet is the ability to continue to improve business and manufacturing processes. Since the company is a subset of Danaher, Videojet uses the Danaher Business Systems to continuously improve everyday efforts and long term goals. You do feel ownership of an area or contribution to the greater whole.

    Cons

    If you are accustomed to minimal changes in your work, this company changes frequently that it could derail you from being successful. Understanding and researching the Danaher Business System methodology would give you insight on how the company is managed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Continue to develop members from the bottom up. Your talent is found in those who work closest with the product you deliver.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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