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Dako Reviews

Updated November 14, 2016
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  1. "Marketing Manager"

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    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Carpinteria, CA
    Former Employee - Marketing Manager in Carpinteria, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great company to work for with so many perks pension 401K health benefits over $125K base just to make yourself business and guide with marketing 101 basic

    Cons

    Best company to land a job with minimal micromanagement great pay just create plans to seem busy with schedule fill with chores be friends with management so no one can correct you


  2. "Good company to contract through if you have benefits"

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    Current Contractor - Enterprise Architect in Detroit, MI
    Current Contractor - Enterprise Architect in Detroit, MI

    I have been working at Dako as a contractor (More than a year)

    Pros

    Minimal handling fees, weekly pay schedule, minimal paperwork, simple timekeeping system.

    Cons

    No benefits for part-time contract workers


  3. Helpful (3)

    "Dako North America"

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    Former Employee - Systems Integration Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Former Employee - Systems Integration Specialist in Santa Barbara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

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

    Pros

    Beautiful location near Santa Barbara, CA USA.
    Mostlt friendly, casual culture
    Flexible schedules and great benefits package
    Excellent healthcare, 401(k) matching

    Cons

    Few to little chance of advancement
    Nepotism rampant in certain divisons
    Few to no opportunities to attend conferences or continuing education
    Salaries not entirely competitive with industry standards
    Rank favortism, marginalization and rumor spreading to discredit employees or to get them to leave voluntarily

    Advice to Management

    While graveyards may be filled with indespensable men, you need to take a hard look in the mirror. There are rank weeds in your senior management team who stifle or even remove employees who are viewed as a threat to managers or who strive to work beyond the confines of the structured ""bins" one is thrown into. There are some extremely talented team members who are underutilized or ostercized for trying to succeed. To truly flourish and outperform the competition, one must cultivate individulas and let them show how well and how high they can soar.


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  5. "Good company in a troubled environment"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    Current Contractor - Software Engineer in Fort Collins, CO
    No opinion of CEO

    I have been working at Dako as a contractor

    Pros

    Company seems to take care of its people but the shifting market and unsure trends cause management to start then yank projects at times.

    Cons

    Scattered all over the world


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Enjoy some of the perks of working for a large company."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carpinteria, CA

    Pros

    Health, Dental and Vision benefits are great.

    Cons

    Very disappointed with the salary increases over the past six (6) years.


  7. "Dako"

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    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA
    Current Employee - Research Associate in Carpinteria, CA
    Recommends

    Pros

    Great work/life balance at Dako. Enthusiastic and committed employees. Efficient management from US.

    Cons

    Minimal opportunities to advance into cross functional departments. Heavily managed by corporate headquarters in Denmark.

    Advice to Management

    no advice


  8. "No benefits. No motiviation to work."

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    theyre consistent. no other pros.

    Cons

    no bonus, no raises, no clarity, no clear contact, they talk to the company about your contract but you'll never see what the renewal looks like. You are essentially a slave.

    Advice to Management

    provide bonues, raises, motivation for workers to continue performing well


  9. Helpful (2)

    "Stagnant Company"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Remote employee, so was insulated from the politics.Decent benefits because of acquisition by Agilent

    Cons

    There was a lot backstabbing occurring because older Dako employees felt threatened. Senior management are trying to stay relevant and protect their jobs because of the acquisition.

    Advice to Management

    Treat your Field People like the assets they are instead of a commodity


  10. "Used to be special, but got acquired."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Doesn't Recommend

    Pros

    Dako employees are really knowledgeable and proud about the products they manufacture and their contribution to helping patients get a fast and reliable diagnostic.

    Cons

    Dako was a great, family owned company. Then, through a succession of acquisitions, it somehow lost the spirit - and some of the talents - that characterized it. Acquired by Agilent Technologies in 2012, the Dako name remains, but the company is run by Agilent Technologies.


  11. "Great co-workers, tedious work"

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    Former Contractor - Warehouse Worker in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Former Contractor - Warehouse Worker in Copenhagen (Denmark)
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Dako as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    The co-workers were kind and informative. they help you get started. There is a lot of autonomy involved with is nice, as well as much responsibility to be taken.

    Cons

    The work in its nature is quite boring, and sometimes there is not enough work to do.

    Advice to Management

    the close leadership was too segregated