Videojet Technologies Inc Reviews

Updated April 10, 2015
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  1. 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.

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

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    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.

  3. The worst place one can ever work for!!!

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    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.

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  5. 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.

  6. 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.

  7. 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.

  8. Helpful (1)

    High stress, low pay

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    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.

  9. Great Money, horrible company

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc full-time

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

    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 Management

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

  10. Helpful (1)

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

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    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)

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

    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 Management

    "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"!

  11. Great business, poor culture

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Videojet Technologies Inc

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    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 Management

    Attempt to foster a more team oriented, collaborative environment

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