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Updated December 5, 2017
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Beckman Coulter
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  1. Helpful (3)

    "Consider the review source, fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Mechanical Engineer in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    When reading reviews, consider who's writing them; the unhappy people are most likely to write something. Engagement scores are climbing, instruments are full of tech to learn about, company isn't growing like wildfire but there are always opportunities for those who know where to look. Smart people are everywhere. It's a mature company so they don't do true new research but there are still fun projects to work on. Bored in your current role? Go learn software, chemistry, manufacturing, project management, etc.

    Cons

    The cubicles in 316 and 322 building have short walls and are set up in foursomes so lots of interruptions. Facilities are old and worn out but I guess I'd rather have an investment in projects than a million dollar remodel.

    Advice to Management

    Engagement scores are good indication that what you are doing is working. Keep listening to employees. Keep in mind that DBS is good but not the only tool out there.


  2. Helpful (4)

    "Just a number"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Good experience, average pay scale

    Cons

    Highly political, real poor benefits

    Advice to Management

    Drop DBS - it doesn’t work for IVD

  3. "BCI"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN

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

    Pros

    Flexible schedule casual dress location

    Cons

    Few advancement opportunities, redundant documentation


  4. "Good long term potential"

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    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Technician in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interesting projects to work on, lots of training opportunities to advance technical skills and knowledge. Good team environment

    Cons

    It seems to be difficult to advance within the company. Job requirements and skills are not always clear or accurate.


  5. "Used to be a good place to work until change in management."

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    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in Chaska, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Workload itself is not difficult and not tedious and sometimes enjoyable.

    Fellow coworkers are great to work with.

    Flexibility with schedule depending on your supervisor.

    Cons

    Management is terrible.

    Lack of communication.

    No sense of direction or positive outlook coming from management.

    Employee engagement and retention is non-existent. Many people have left the filling department finding better opportunities elsewhere.

    Advice to Management

    Better communication.

    Stop blaming for people's shortcomings and focus on helping associates strengthen their weaknesses.

    Reward those who work hard and try their best.

    Learn to fight for your employees and focus on why so many experienced people left. Need to improve retention rate . Main reason is bad management. Either improve as a manager or they need to hire someone who is capable of doing the job right.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Software Manager"

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    Former Employee - Software Manager in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Software Manager in Chaska, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Good product, some great engineers, nice area

    Cons

    High turnover, overly restrictive QA group, unwilling to remove low performers, limited promotion opportunity

    Advice to Management

    Remove low-performers, keep high-performers, don't promote according to a bell curve.


  7. "A good foundation"

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    Former Employee - Associate Customer Technical Support in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Customer Technical Support in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Salary is fantastic. Fast paced. Never a dull moment.

    Cons

    Very corporate. Difficult to climb corporate ladder.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "easy to get laid off"

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    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Staff Scientist in Chaska, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter full-time (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    good pay and good benefit, can lean some thing at begin.

    Cons

    easy to get laid off without any notice, the laid off not based on your performance, just based on boss's favor. stupid DBS, not any really innovation.

    Advice to Management

    micro management. do not really help company development.


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Very Nice Working Environment"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Chaska, MN

    I have been working at Beckman Coulter (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    Beckman Coulter has a very positive work environment and management is very easy to work for, at least in my department. Beckman really focuses on DBS (Danaher Business Systems) (Kaizen events, improvement processes, etc) which is a great way for people to come together with their ideas. They also have several employee appreciation events throughout the year.

    Cons

    Some employees with poor performance aren't reprimanded for poor work, for example attendance issues, accountability, etc. Beckman Coulter always says to "speak up" (and it won't go against you) but then you get in trouble for saying anything...it does go against you-trust me I found out the hard way.

    Advice to Management

    Communication is essential.


  10. "Great people, not enough time"

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    Former Contractor - Senior Laboratory Technician in Chaska, MN
    Former Contractor - Senior Laboratory Technician in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with, was told that they have good benefits for full time workers.

    Cons

    Need to hire more people for their reagent production line. Many of us were working 10-12 hour shifts. Though the extra money was nice, it was physically draining.

    Advice to Management

    You need more resources on your bottom line. Some of your managers could use a break, too.


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