Bruker Reviews | Glassdoor

Bruker Reviews

Updated December 11, 2017
140 reviews

Filter

Filter

Full-timePart-time

2.5
StarStarStarStarStar
Rating TrendsRating Trends
Recommend to a friend
Approve of CEO
Bruker Chairman, President, and CEO Frank H. Laukien
Frank H. Laukien
51 Ratings

140 Employee Reviews

Sort: PopularRatingDate

Pros
  • well-established still growing company, great people to work with, good pay (in 9 reviews)

  • High tech environment, people from all over the world (in 6 reviews)

Cons
  • Upper management authority is located in Karlsruhe Germany for Bruker AXS; Corporate Management is located in Billerica MA (in 7 reviews)

  • Very poor management from Germany (in 4 reviews)

More Pros and Cons

  1. Helpful (4)

    "Sales"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Bruker full-time

    Pros

    Great equipment. Always the performance leader.

    Freedom to work on a variety of projects with customers.

    Good commitment from mid-level managers.

    Cons

    Finance group makes most of the real decisions.

    Too many changes in compensation programs.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time on employee engagement instead of assuming that people will submit to the will of senior management or finance. Employee retention should be one of the top priorities to reduce the revolving door problem with the sales staff.


  2. Helpful (1)

    "CSR"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Billerica, MA
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The people are nice to work with.

    Cons

    Management lacks. Communication is not good.

  3. Helpful (2)

    "How to lose employees"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Unfortunately, I fear that the pros are slipping away. Local management is still good, but pressures from upper management slowly affecting everything. There is still a "science first " attitude and a willingness to fight to get things done. Still customer focused and will make things right if needed.

    Cons

    We never know when our commission checks will come in. Some of us rely on this money. Production has had problems keeping up, causing delays. There is a perceptible change in morale, feeding on itself.

    Advice to Management

    Communication. Consistency. And more empathy. I see a high attrition rate coming, so maybe hire more HR people.


  4. "Good stable scientific instrumentation company"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Bruker full-time

    Pros

    Bruker is a good stable company with many loyal employees that have been there for periods of time longer than average in scientific instrumentation industry. Bruker manufactures innovative hardware and very competitive software tools. Many scientists and engineers are superb experts in their specialties and that is a cornerstone of the company's good reputation.

    Cons

    While the CEO of the company is based in the US headquarters a lot of senior and mid-level managers are based in Germany, which slows down communication, creates misunderstandings and sometimes leads to decisions that are not great for the company operations in North America.

    Advice to Management

    Provide real opportunities for measurable professional growth and development to employees located outside of Germany.
    Work on improving the marketing. Superb instruments and software packages that should lead the market often are not as successful as they could be because the marketing efforts are so so.


  5. Helpful (4)

    "Professional"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Eden Prairie, MN
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Bruker full-time (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The company (Hysitron, now Bruker) paid well.

    Cons

    The management- specifically owner of the company was awful. I felt worthless, humiliated, and less-than human working for the company.

    Advice to Management

    If you have not already done so, make sure that Thomas W. is not part of the company. He cannot be allowed to continue working for a company that his father started and give it a terrible reputation.
    I cannot speak about anything related to the company in the current state, and I truly hope things have changed.


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Challenging Time"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Engineer in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great benefits and great people, great scientists to work with.

    Cons

    -Challenging and inefficient product development cycle due to short unrealistic deadline, poor engineering outsourcing implementation, and destabilization of the current workforce.
    -Lack personal professional growth
    -Layoffs or forced vacation when quarterly profit is not as expected
    -Market can be very competitive depending the product segment

    Advice to Management

    A strategy cannot be executed with an army of one.


  7. "Application Engineer"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    People are wonderful and the products are world class.

    Cons

    All the engineering work is done in Germany.

  8. Helpful (4)

    "Bruker AXS Madison Wisconsin"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Compliance Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Current Employee - Compliance Coordinator in Madison, WI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Comparable salary & compensation programs with other Scientific Instrument Companies in the Madison marker

    Cons

    Upper management authority is located in Karlsruhe Germany for Bruker AXS; Corporate Management is located in Billerica MA. Management is not in touch with local operations.

    Advice to Management

    Bring operational management authority back to Madison


  9. Helpful (3)

    "Look elsewhere"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Beyond having a job there aren't many pros to working for this company. There are other analytical instrument manufacturers to try and work for.

    Cons

    There is absolutely no room for career advancement. Communication between managers and headquarters in Germany is awful. We continue to look like we have no idea what we are doing in the market. Don't expect for your opinion to matter to anyone unless you have a PhD in chemistry.


  10. Helpful (10)

    "Frustrating, non-rewarding place to work"

    StarStarStarStarStar
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Former Employee - Sales Manager
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Technology is world-class, compensation is average to above average

    Cons

    Management and leadership tiers filled with low-quality performers, there only to support upper mgmt views versus adding real value. Contrary or new opinions not valued at Bruker. Company milking technology developments from 5+ years ago as most new ventures and acquisitions (except for Hysitron) have been money losing failures. Company culture values short term profits more than employees. Not a company for career development. Questionable ethics are the norm.

    Advice to Management

    Shake things up, starting at the top. The mediocre performance the company has been experiencing is not due to the employees failing to do the work, but from the leadership and direction of upper management and sycophant mid-management


Showing 140 of 145 reviews
Reset Filters