Welch Allyn Reviews

Updated August 26, 2015
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Pros
  • Great work environment, collaborative (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Management seems to indecisive in some matters and there is certainly a lack of communication (in 3 reviews)

  • Exports jobs, blames universal healthcare, but, is a medical device company (in 3 reviews)

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  1. Great place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Syracuse, NY
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Syracuse, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Relaxed workplace, busy but not hectic. Extra effort is recognized. Nice building, nice area, and the parties and after-work activities are great.

    Cons

    Sometimes work is slow and you get moved around a lot. Everyone is very risk-averse, so it's hard to make progress or improvements.

    Advice to Management

    Build a system that embraces risk-taking. New products can cost a lot especially when they won't necessarily succeed, but agility with risky projects will help get at least a few breakthroughs.


  2. Great company, tough industry

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook

    I worked at Welch Allyn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good work culture, strong benefits

    Cons

    Going through major industry changes due to ACA


  3. Helpful (1)

    Interns work closely with contractors.

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    • Comp & Benefits
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Skaneateles, NY
    Former Employee - R&D Intern in Skaneateles, NY
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at Welch Allyn (Less than a year)

    Pros

    This was a first internship for me and I definitely appreciated being hired on and getting a little experience in the workforce. They hired a great deal of interns. I enjoyed corporate perks such as the cafeteria and gym.

    Cons

    As an intern I worked more closely with contractors than with full time employees, and knew former interns that were then contractors. There was a great deal of resentment from the contractors towards full time employees, and the general feeling amongst interns was that full time employment there was unlikely, and you didn't want to be a contractor. We also realized that many contractors made similar decisions to not stick around. I also realized the medical device field required much more paperwork than I was happy with.

    Advice to Management

    If you want the college to employee pipeline to work in your favor I would reconsider having interns work closely with unhappy contractors.


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  5. Helpful (1)

    Overhaul of Management Needed

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY

    I have been working at Welch Allyn full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Welch Allyn really gives you that impression of working as a team, on the surface it seems like a great place to work. The benefits though extremely cut in recent years are competative enough. Salary is on the low side for the expectation of the employee.

    Cons

    That "team" attitude unfortunately has become a culture of overworking and overloading the employees with a good work ethic to mask the employees who don't have a work ethic or aren't competant at their job. There is no accountability. Those who do their job well are so overworked, overstressed and undervalued they lose motivation to care about making a difference or positive changes. What you're left with is a group of zombies and less than stellar employees just getting through the day.

    Advice to Management

    Wake up!! Utilize your resources, cut the dead weight. Cultivate an environment focused on sustainable improvements and efficiency. Reward the few valuable employees you have and hold those not doing their jobs accountable.


  6. Helpful (1)

    If you like snow a great place for ending your career

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Manager in Skaneateles Falls, NY
    Former Employee - Manager in Skaneateles Falls, NY
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Welch Allyn (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    There are many kind people working there. If you keep your head down and just do your job without having any creative thoughts then you won't get stabbed in the back. The company culture promotes a great balance between work and family life. If you want to retire early in upstate new york , "the snow capital of the world" in your middle years then this could be the place to do it. The company has just been purchased by Hill Rom and hopefully they will clean out all the dead wood and its possibly they will allow the employees with bright ideas and energy to flourish. ?

    Cons

    There is a lot of dead wood there. especially in the middle to senior management. Employees are often promoted because their face fits, they are popular personalities or have not done anything to challenge the way things have been done for decades. Employees are not rewarded for having a bright idea that could benefit the company by changing a system for the better or improving a product design or manufacturing process. Welch Allyn does not have a good new product design process or an exciting new product pipeline. it takes the company twice as long as their competitors to develop a new product which often results in Welch Allyn cancelling the project while they watch their competitor win the market. This explains why the company has had no growth in the past decade. Over 90% of their product designs are older than 10 years old. sadly many excellent medical device engineers stay only for a couple of years before getting frustrated and bored and leave for a more rewarding and better paid job in a better climate.

    Advice to Management

    Stop telling the owners that "it is what it is" and that " we've always done it this way" . allow the good ideas offered by your employees to be reviewed , promoted, and backed with cash. Do something to energize and fast track your new product designs. the company is doomed unless you can get a good product to market before your competitors.


  7. Software Engineering Internship

    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Beaverton, OR
    Former Employee - Software Engineering Intern in Beaverton, OR
    Recommends

    I worked at Welch Allyn full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The software engineering team is a group of very smart people, but none of them comes across as arrogant. Everyone is helpful and easy to work with. A great place to do an internship if you want to work on embedded systems.

    Cons

    They don't seem to hire entry level engineers. If you intern with them, it is unlikely you will be able to parley that into a job offer if they like the work you do.

    Advice to Management

    Keep offering the internships. They provide a great experience for anyone interested in trying their hand at embedded systems development.


  8. Quality Technician

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    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Quality Technician in Skaneateles, NY
    Current Employee - Quality Technician in Skaneateles, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Welch Allyn (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Steady work good pay good benefits.

    Cons

    Loss of Corporate performance Bonus, now a fraction of what we usually had, and it comes in Spring instead of December.

    Advice to Management

    Bring back the CPB and lose the AWP .


  9. Nice Place and People

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Current Employee - Analyst
    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Welch Allyn (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Friendly atmosphere, innovative and risk taking

    Cons

    alot of work for very few people


  10. Helpful (1)

    great company for medical device making

    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Welch Allyn full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    making great medical devices that are not involved software; great people and teams to work with. very nice facility to work in and benefit is good.

    Cons

    needs a lot of improvement in developing better software; proceed is very painful and takes a long time; needs to improve marketing.

    Advice to Management

    improve accountability of middle management performance.


  11. Great company, more diversity would help

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    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Skaneateles, NY
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great organization built on tradition and values. Excellent work-life balance. Individual growth prospects if one can cross the initial barriers.

    Cons

    Many in the workforce, especially those in middle management and below have had very limited exposure to diverse cultures and people. This reflects in surprising levels of prejudice even among younger employees.

    Advice to Management

    Be more transparent and win the trust of the lower level employees.



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