X-Rite

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X-Rite Reviews

Updated January 11, 2015
Updated January 11, 2015
15 Reviews
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15 Reviews
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  1.  

    Great company going through transition under new ownership

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I worked at X-Rite

    Pros

    Training and business processes are well known and documented. Company encourages innovation and follows TPS/Lean Manufacturing principles.

    Cons

    Significant employee turnover during last three years since new ownership - many key middle management positions Eliminated. Company is driven by metrics - KPI.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Great R&D, very poor commercial execution

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    Current Employee - Marketing
    Current Employee - Marketing

    I have been working at X-Rite

    Pros

    The company has excellent technolohy initiatives that could be star products. Color can be a fun topic, the Pantone brand is awesome and so is the merchandise.

    Cons

    Despite the great innovation going on in yhe company with the Capsure for cosmetics, PantoneLive and many other top level products the company is not able to commercially execute successfully. Although being a small-medium company, the culture is consistent with that of a fortune 50 company. A lot of egos in the commercial departments from product management, marketing and sales. It can literary take more than 3 months to make the smallest decision and some times senior leadership is involved in those decisions. There is a huge lack of organization, and the company at least commercially spreads to thin in order to meet strict profits margins enforced by Danaher. Employees are over worked, morale is low, and the future is unclear. Not a good company to work for at this point.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Make sure people in senior leadership positions have the skills and leadership to be where they are. Align the company, right now each department is siloed. Today half the employees don't know where they are going.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3.  

    Suggestions not heard

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    Former Employee - Electronic Assembler in Kentwood, MI
    Former Employee - Electronic Assembler in Kentwood, MI

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

    Pros

    Hourly employees are all friendly and helpful. Good group of people

    Cons

    Management doesn't listen to the employees working on the products. Used to be one of the best places to work but since going public and being sold this company has gone down hill. Employees not treated with respect or listened to.All about the bottom line.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to what your employees have to say and reward them more not only in wages but respect. they are not trained monkeys.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5.  

    painful experience

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    Former Employee - Manager in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Manager in Grand Rapids, MI

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

    Pros

    There are some great people employed there.

    Cons

    Senior leadership is all about the bottom line and nothing else.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start investing in your culture and your people and the returns will come.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Solid Company with a great future!

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    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - CNC Operator in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at X-Rite full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Great place to work and an understanding management.

    Cons

    None That I can think of!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up you're doing a great job!

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great company, rewarding career

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Cost Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Cost Analyst in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at X-Rite full-time (less than a year)

    Pros

    Very casual atmosphere, good work/life balance, great benefits, and with the recent Danaher acquisition there is opportunity around the globe to move within and up to advance.

    Cons

    Danaher top down structure and reporting requirements have come slow to adapt for some of the veterans in the company. Pay could be a little better, especially for the ones in the back of shop who never get hired in.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep it up.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Company used to tackle the tough challenges industrial color

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in KenTownshipood, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in KenTownshipood, MI

    I worked at X-Rite

    Pros

    If you like color instrumentation, they are the largest manufacturer in that category.

    Cons

    Lots of focus on color for the masses. Generally warming over their once flagship line. Not a lot of re-invention and re-investment in a very profitable category.

    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    A good company to work for and grow with.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Machine Shop Supervisor in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Machine Shop Supervisor in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at X-Rite

    Pros

    As a verticle manufacturing facitlity there are many departments to work in and learn from. Very teamwork oriented.

    Cons

    Management has been realigning to meet global expansion goals. Changing managers often led to insecurity in the work force.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Keep the goals and plans of the company clear to all employees. Coporate as well as departmental goals.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    New to the team

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at X-Rite

    Pros

    Lot's of great products. Unique offering with few competitors. However the economy and bad decisions have impaired product portfolio growth. Timing is everything, right now X-Rite is striving to be the leader it once was.

    Cons

    Internal battle over who owns what product and what product should be kept alive and what product should be terminated. I think that the bottom line was the only criteria when choosing this and the customers were the first to suffer. There is still time to recover, human nature will not allow it.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to the customer, not just the CFO. Look at the impact of not serving the customer as opposed to saving money. Initiate a program where employee suggestion that are implemented are well rewarded. The answers are from within.

    Disapproves of CEO
  11.  

    It used to be a great place to work, it could be again.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI

    I have been working at X-Rite

    Pros

    The people and the technology are what keep me at this job. It also helps that X-Rite holds the major market share for many of it's segments and has few competitors.

    Cons

    There are currently little to no opportunities for advancement. The product road-map is seemingly still being hammered out from the merger that took place two years ago.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get back to serving and delivering quality products to the customer. Stop focusing on the lower-end measurement devices, we're not making up the difference in volume.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO

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