Videojet Technologies Inc Reviews

Updated June 11, 2015
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Pros
  • The Danaher Business Systems (DBS) is excellent training for anyone with management ambitions (in 3 reviews)

  • Since the company is a subset of Danaher, Videojet uses the Danaher Business Systems to continuously improve everyday efforts and long term goals (in 2 reviews)

Cons
  • People are treated with little to no respect (in 2 reviews)

  • People are treated with disrespect; a high pressure, corporate environment (in 2 reviews)

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  1. Commodity Manager

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chicago, IL

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

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Great people to work with! On-site amenities like fitness center with racquetball court and subsidized cafeteria.

    Cons

    Be prepared to work hard and long hours. International company means working around the clock.


  2. Helpful (1)

    Software Engineer

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

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc

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

    Pros

    The other software developers are good people and fun to work with. Videojet has for many years been an industry standard name in quality & reliability. The pay is beyond competitive, and the technology is fun and interesting to work with.

    Cons

    It's a gilded cage. They pay their people well so they have to take a large pay cut to leave and then treat them horribly. They actively maintain a bottom-barrel benefits package and for years pretty much no one knows in the morning if they'll have a job in the afternoon. Layoffs are random and do not necessarily correspond to performance. This used to be a company with cutting-edge technology and strong R&D; for many years now they've been solely focused on refining, outsourcing, and cost-reducing. Every problem is addressed with a Kaizen event, which shows a lack of creativity and problem-solving skills amongst senior management.

    Advice to Management

    Leadership is not pushing organizational problems onto your front-line managers and telling them to just "get it done." Executive staff is more concerned about managing upwards than on organic growth, new technology,


  3. great experience, many different ways

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Wood Dale, IL

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

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

    Pros

    great leadership, HR is awesome, Danaher name, industry leader, ability to work im different areas of the business, experience with lean environment that is becoming popular in many companies. intl' experience. good training when you find it. DBS is efficient and productive. great learning opportunity. immediate reports are excellent.

    Cons

    a little too lean, lack of technology available to do job. insurance isn't bad but isn't the greatest either. little to no on the job training offered...its there you just have to find and ask for it,

    Advice to Management

    investing in resources will cost you now but greatly save you over time


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  5. It was ok.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Wonderful coworkers. Fun working environment.

    Cons

    Sometimes HR was hard to deal with.


  6. A great environment to learn and practice lean enterprise.

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - DBS in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - DBS in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc

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

    Pros

    Danaher Business System.
    Permeation of Lean thinking throughout the Danaher enterprise.
    Culture of accountability and excellence.

    Cons

    Some management, in the race to excellence, fall short in their leadership by not gaining the trust and respect of their associates.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to be tough...ask the tough questions, have high expectations, promote accountability, etc.; but mentor utilizing positive motivational strategies and promote a better culture where it is better to have tried and failed, than to never have tried at all (remove the stigma of being afraid to fail). Mentor rising stars and management to trade the perception of arrogance for authority earned through trust and respect.


  7. Helpful (2)

    The worst place one can ever work for!!!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Videojet Technologies Inc

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

    Pros

    The technology is incredible interesting and the actual working people are great!

    Cons

    There is absolutely no leadership setting a consistent course, no focus on meaningful innovation or growth. Decisions are never 'really' made. A place with zero humor, but plenty of rude behavior., especially the acting President!!

    Advice to Management

    My advise goes to Danaher. For the sake of the company fire the entire so called management team. Or better sell the company to a new owner that knows how to treat people and you will be surprised by how well VJ could do.


  8. Inside sales

    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Wood Dale, IL
    Former Employee - Inside Sales Representative in Wood Dale, IL

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time (More than a year)

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

    Pros

    It used to be the best place to work, until marketing took control over the sales department. Stressing out everyone. Not caring about employees on seeing $ signs

    Cons

    Stressful not worth the money. If your happy person don't work there because by the end of the day you will be stressed

    Advice to Management

    Bad marketing department and worst HR, only care about themselves.


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

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    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.


  10. Helpful (1)

    Used to be such an awesome place to work.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Doesn't Recommend

    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.


  11. Helpful (2)

    High stress, low pay

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer

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

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

    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 Management

    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.



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