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Beckman Coulter Chaska Reviews

Updated February 24, 2017
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Beckman Coulter
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  • 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 40 reviews)

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  1. 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.


  2. "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.


  3. Helpful (2)

    "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.


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  5. 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.


  6. "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.


  7. Helpful (1)

    "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.


  8. "Successful medical device/biotech company in outer Twin Cities suburb"

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    Current Employee - Manager in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Manager in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    Recent positive culture shift has broad buy in

    Cons

    Parking lots not maintained well


  9. "Great place to work!"

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    Former Contractor - Scientific Technician in Chaska, MN
    Former Contractor - Scientific Technician in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are friendly and there are lots of extra activities to partake in. Wages and benefits are excellent. Hours are very flexible. Cafeterias are very clean and have healthy options.

    Cons

    You can be over looked by upper management. It can be hard to get recognized for your contributions.

    Advice to Management

    Take the time to have one on one meetings with your employees. It can make a big difference to ensure that everyone is on the same page and knows what is expected of him or her.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Company but stats need work"

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    Former Employee - Associate Technical Specialist in Chaska, MN
    Former Employee - Associate Technical Specialist in Chaska, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Beckman Coulter (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great pay, good benefits, lots to learn making the job not stagnant.

    Cons

    Training is more like an intensive course in college, geared toward former lab workers. Not really suited for individuals outside of this environment. Stress of FDA regulations prevent serious answers to the customers as well.

    Advice to Management

    More hands on experience using the devices and less on theory would be best to address this situation.


  11. "Beckman Review"

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    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Chaska, MN
    Current Employee - Quality Assurance Engineer in Chaska, MN
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Well managed company. Cultural language is Danaher Business System (DBS). Expectation is high and company is driven by continuous process improvement.

    Cons

    No end to its continuous improvement culture. If you don't want to be better in what you do, it's not the place for you.

    Advice to Management

    Danaher's influence on Beckman has been a good one with recent growth within the company.


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