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Beckman Coulter Brea Reviews

Updated July 17, 2017
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Beckman Coulter
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Pros
  • good management; good team members; good work life balance (in 29 reviews)

  • Good benefits subsidised canteen, free parking, develop potential for employees who go the extra yard (in 46 reviews)

Cons
  • Work Life balance could improve, especially at the Senior Levels (in 36 reviews)

  • No real investment in people from upper management (in 25 reviews)

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  1. Helpful (1)

    "Fun place to to work at."

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    Former Employee - R&D Senior Manager in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - R&D Senior Manager in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Customer focused; high focus on quality; site has a gym and employee recreational programs; people are fun to work with

    Cons

    Sometimes better for shareholders than associates; health insurance is better suited for individuals who have higher healthcare costs; same project could be spread out across multiple sites


  2. "Not the worst, but not the best"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Good work life balance, flexible, gym, bright and modern facility

    Cons

    Lack of career advancement, still very much a white boys' club, senior management has nose up in the air and don't bother to get to know the workers or being friendly.

  3. Helpful (1)

    "Great"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Manager in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Love what I do and like the people. Good benefits, compensation, and stability. Help advance healthcare which keeps me motivated.

    Cons

    I have a very long commute. Sometimes expectations are not realistic, sometimes stressful. Complex, large organization at times challenging to navigate

    Advice to Management

    Have realistic expectations


  4. "Was good place to work not anymore."

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    Former Employee - Scientist in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Scientist in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good place to work if you have good manager.

    Cons

    Does not value skills anymore. It was god pkace 10 years ago.

    Advice to Management

    Learn how to keep good people. Hire manager who are skilled.


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Good work life balance, but stuck with no good career outlook"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Brea, CA
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Flexible schedule and good work life balance, depending on which manager you have

    Cons

    Lack of upward career mobility. Promotion is not based on ability but who you know and if you manager likes you. They keep hiring in incompetent people who can't get their jobs done. Too many useless, no value-add meetings

    Advice to Management

    Stop all the nonsense and just get the work done!


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Dysfunctional Organization and Bad Work Life. Do NOT Expect Greatness!"

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    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Onsite Gym and good benefits

    Cons

    Poor environment for Engineers (all disciplines)! Product development is headed by marketing buffs that are leading this company down the wrong path because they cannot and will not communicate with the engineers. The smart people have left the company as Danaher re-orged, the low performers were let go, and all that is left is mediocrity, mediocrity, and more mediocrity. No passion and low moral is what I observe in almost all engineering departments. Most team managers are overworked and have no power to defend their direct reports. I have met only a hand full of people that I would consider are good smart folks.

    Advice to Management

    The dysfunction comes from you! None of you at the top get along and are creating a terrible environment and have destroyed a great company. Stop the power play and start getting along!


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Career Growth"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good working group of scientists

    Cons

    Leadership is not dynamic and resist change

  8. "Overall just OK"

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    Former Employee - Marketing in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing in Brea, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    good training, friendly staff, good benefits

    Cons

    overbearing management, low compensation, low morale

    Advice to Management

    back off


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Great company."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Brea, CA
    Recommends

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Tons of great coworkers. Great benefits offered when I was there. Lots of employee perks. Good cafeteria, bank on site, gym on site, employee discounts/tickets....

    Cons

    Nothing too terrible. Some very good longterm employees end up getting laid-off due to outsourcing and/or restructuring. A few employees promoted when they shouldn't have been. But nothing that doesn't happen in any large corp.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Working at Beckman"

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    Current Employee - Capital Equipment Sales in Brea, CA
    Current Employee - Capital Equipment Sales in Brea, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Good base salaries. Investing in employees.

    Cons

    Favorism. Too much politics


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