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Helpful (3)

"Nice people; management by spreadsheet"

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Current Employee - Engineer in Loveland, CO
Current Employee - Engineer in Loveland, CO

Pros

Hach company is a leader in the field of water quality instrumentation. It has highly-integrated manufacturing capabilities encompassing everything from injection molding to circuit boards. The people are friendly, and everyone tries to do a good job. If you want to see "lean" manufacturing and business practices happening in the real world, look here.

Cons

Management is almost exclusively by spreadsheet. Under the guise of "continuous improvement", yearly goals are set so that nobody can actually meet them. Almost everyone gets a "C" on their review, and raises rarely top 3%. Investment in new product development had risen in recent years, but R&D spending is still no more than 6% of sales. Hach's corporate owner, multinational Danaher, is using the business as a cash cow to fund other acquisitions.

Advice to Management

Many employees are in danger of burn-out, especially among the engineering staff. This, coupled with Hach's below average salaries, poses a real danger if the economy recovers. Some technical positions have already gone unfilled for months, and development schedules are slipping as a result.

Other Employee Reviews for Hach Company

  1. Helpful (2)

    "Good place to work for type A driven personality"

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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Loveland, CO
    Recommends

    Pros

    Strong management as witnessed by both Hach, and parent company Danaher growth. Intelligent, technically adept associates. Good product portfolio.

    Cons

    45-60 hour weeks common for exempt associates. Danaher Business Systems is the system by which Hach manages lean throughout the organization. However, sustained improvements are difficult due to constantly low resources.

    Advice to Management

    Do a better job of promoting work life balance to the associate level and be more engaged in the daily work. Senior Management is rarely seen on the shop or customer service floor and has very little understanding of what it takes to make the business run.


  2. "Processes enable results, Results are rewarded."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Hach Company full-time

    Pros

    People are great to work with

    Cons

    Expectations high in a stretch environment

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