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Beckman Coulter Overview

Brea, CA
5001 to 10000 employees
Danaher
1935
Subsidiary or Business Segment
Health Care Products Manufacturing
$2 to $5 billion (USD) per year
At Beckman Coulter, we are dedicated to advancing and optimizing the laboratory. For more than 80 years, we have been a trusted partner for laboratory professionals, helping to advance scientific research and patient care. We do challenging work on a global scale, and are ... Read more

Mission: Diagnostics: Advancing healthcare for every person.
Life Sciences: Advancing science through discovery.

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  • What’s it like to work at Beckman Coulter? Vicky La Celle, Manager of Legal Operations for the Diagnostics platform, shares her story. http://glassdoor.com/slink.htm?key=vQpR3

  • What's #oneword to describe working at Beckman Coulter? Miriam Ballesteros, Advanced Documentation Coordinator, says "Enriching, because we are enhancing the healthcare industry and developing partnerships with our customers."

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Beckman Coulter – Why Work For Us?


Company-AboutUs-CorporateOverviewAdvancing science and healthcare is not just a corporate vision – it is why we exist and what we do every day. We are passionate about driving the industry forward for every customer and every person.

Our diagnostic systems are found in hospitals and other critical care settings around the world and produce information used by physicians to diagnose disease, make treatment decisions and monitor patients. Hospital laboratories are our core clinical diagnostic customers. 

Scientists use our life science research instruments to study complex biological problems including causes of disease and potential new therapies or drugs. These customers include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities, medical schools and research institutions.

More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in both diagnostics and life sciences laboratories on all seven continents. For more than 80 years, our products have been making a difference in peoples’ lives.


Teamwork and the Danaher Business System (DBS) define us: we do challenging work on a global scale. With DBS, we have the tools to overcome challenges and reach our stretch goals.

A collaborative, inclusive work environment is how we win as one. We are accountable to each other, and to customers, patients, shareholders, and the communities where we work and live.

We are invested in our own success and have the resources to learn, develop and advance our careers with stimulating work. We embrace continuous improvement as a core value and a personal goal.

 

You can jumpstart your career with the rotational and summer internships we offer. We're proud that young professionals enjoy a well-rounded and enriching experience, with exposure to a variety of functions within our company.

iDEAS Program

This highly competitive science and engineering program spans 18 months and offers recent graduates a smooth transition from academia to the working world. Engineers and scientists in iDEAS rotate through three assignments over 18 months, each lasting about six months. Participants have the chance to work on three different projects in both technical and non-technical functions.

Our program offers relocation assistance, competitive compensation, benefits, and specialized training. Each person in the program is assigned a project lead and a mentor to help them navigate throughout the rotations.


Summer Internships. Beckman Coulter also offers a Summer Intern Program with applications typically accepted at the beginning of the calendar year.
 
Campus Recruiting. We are continuing to take part in campus life activities and look forward to meeting you when we are on campus. Be sure to look for events at your local University to see if we will be on site.

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Beckman Coulter associates take pride in making a difference in our communities. We show our support by participating in fundraising and volunteer events all over the world.

The advantages of volunteerism are three-fold. Giving of one’s time, effort and monetary donations undoubtedly benefits our communities and their causes. For individuals, lending a hand and “giving back” enhances personal well-being. But when groups get together in support of the same purpose, it brings teams together and creates a special connection.

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    Great staff of people, always willing to help you grow. Great pay. They are willing to help you grow and learn. They value their staff and are listening to suggestions.

    Cons

    Not really a con, but they are always improving so it is not a place to slack off.

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Beckman Coulter Interviews

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    Application

    I applied online. I interviewed at Beckman Coulter (Brea, CA).

    Interview

    Straightforward application process - I submitted an online application via Kenexa, and was contacted about a week later by a Kenexa (NOT Beckman Coulter) recruiter based in New Jersey. Had two phone conversations with this person, detailing my past experience, what I was looking for in a new position, etc. Throughout, said recruiter was brusque, often cutting me off as I was trying to answer a question or attempting to poke holes in every single thing I said. This could have been an "ambush" tactic to see how someone handles rude people, which would be pretty bizarre that early on in the interview process.

    During the second phone call when the issue of salary was brought up. Having come from a boutique law firm in another city where I was paid significantly below market rate (the main factor in my decision to leave), I did my research to determine what would be a fair salary for the position in question. After indicating my expectations and explaining the rationale (significant cost of living increase, etc.), the recruiter scoffed and told me there was no way "they" were going to consider going "that high" based on what I had previously been making, despite the fact that I had aimed low in the range I believed a position like this in the greater Los Angeles market would pay. I was quoted a range, based entirely on my previous salary, that was not enough to live on in the Los Angeles area. The conversation went downhill from there, the recruiter apparently having branded me a candidate with lofty salary expectations.

    Still being very interested in Beckman Coulter and the position, the next day, I placed a follow-up call to the recruiter in an attempt to convey to her that I would still be very interested in proceeding with the interview process and that I was willing to be a bit more flexible about the salary, to a point. Somehow, this recruiter took the exact opposite meaning of what I was trying to tell her, and said she had no intention of continuing my candidacy because she was "not going to waste [her] time and theirs by interviewing me if I wasn't going to accept a much lower salary." Pretty much exactly what I had JUST told her I was willing to do because I was that interested in the company. At that point, I cut my losses.

    I am not by means a difficult person, but recognize that I should have seen certain red flags in this interview process and said as little a possible without seeming standoffish. That being said, my dealings with this Kenexa recruiter have been the most appalling I've ever encountered in my job search. I'd advise companies like Beckman Coulter to seriously reconsider who they are letting represent them if they want to recruit new talent. Candidates truly interested in the company and what they are doing can be seriously turned off early on by rude outside recruiters.

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Beckman Coulter Awards & Accolades

  • Danaher was # 158 on the 2012 Fortune 500 list, Fortune 500, 2012
  • Danaher Named #99 World’s Most Innovative Companies by Forbes, Forbes, 2012
  • Beckman - Industrial Design Awards, Instrument Business Outlook, 2012
  • Beckman - Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Level Award for Brea, California facility, US Green Building Council, 2012
  • A Third of Chemical Heritage Society’s List of “50 Chemistry Instruments that Changed the World” Came from Beckman Coulter Companies, Chemical Heritage Society, 2012
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