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"Some good opportunities..."

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Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
Recommends
Positive Outlook
No opinion of CEO

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

Pros

Excellent work/life balance with many opportunities to work on interesting things, if one can keep from getting overwhelmed.

Cons

Too much going on, understaffed projects running concurrently leading to chaos.

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  1. Helpful (14)

    "Double edge sword, great Swiss liquid handling products, toxic US management & environment."

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    The best part about this company is the Swiss organization, Hamilton Bonaduz AG, it is still owned by the Reno based family brothers but operates like a 'real' company. The Swiss basically develop and manufacture all products that support the entire organizations growth and sales for the past decade. Another pro is the US based staff, most of the staff was hired during the past decade of growth from the Swiss robotic platform and operates professionally and came from the industry during the high growth time of the release of the Swiss liquid handling system to the States.

    Cons

    It is interesting to see the reviews and compare current and former employees. Former employees might be a bit disgruntled but may speak more of the truth since current employees are 'asked' to write on this site while someone practically sits over their desk to compensate for the former employees reviews. If ever interested in a position, I would always try to link in with ex-staff in a similar department and connect with them to get a realistic point of view of why they left.

    As for my opinion of the Hamilton Company in Reno:

    1. No ownership checks & balances
    As one of the reviews states ' power of one man,' that can say it all. As a private company there is basically one brother that runs it all and there is no professional board or oversight committee monitoring what goes on in Reno, this means 'whim' management.

    2. Rampid cronyism & narcissistic tendencies
    Agreeing with a previous employee, if you are not in the 'like' or the in-crowd, continue looking over your shoulder. Certain staff continuing to dig into personal issues for other staff both inside and outside their departments to 'tell all' to ownership.
    There are bizarre rules like every employee, even salaried, must ID card swipe in every day to the Reno Office, if you are late by minutes more than a couple time a year your forfeit your cost of living raise. As for the field, we don't have to deal with any check in factors and get 'home' office time after so many days on the road, the Reno office staff has to timecard in the next day after travel even if they have worked the weekend and put in 60 hours already that week.

    3. Growing pains and 'A Plan'
    Another interesting review was growth pains for staff, yes, when management doesn't listen to what their staffs needs and organizes by budget as opposed optimizing staff in high growth areas, it is painful. Again, no management has growth experience and involves staff to plan for growth or relays a plan to relieve the pain. 'Just Not In Time' staff management.

    4. Lack of consolidated communicated company goals
    Interesting enough, ownership does not want staff to know sales numbers, growth numbers or plan numbers so instead they are told to work 50-60 hours a week to make bonus. Only the day after the year closes, they are told they didn't make it and no bonuses, great for morale.

    5. Success from Switzerland
    It must be tough for the Swiss end of the company to continually have the best products they have spent years developing 'moved' over to Reno for manufacturing where Reno takes the income, profit and credit.

    So, as you can tell, I had worked for the company for a few years and had to hide all these facts from customers when they were buying equipment. The field staff is relatively 'sheltered' from the toxic insanity in the Reno office and now with more new management, more is rolling down hill to each employee that takes the time to learn how the company works. Ask someone that has been there before taking a position there...

    Advice to Management

    I have to agree with a previous reviewer on the Reno operation, unless ownership changes; it will never listen; it will never seek professional consultation, it will never have a professional review board and it will never be the place a professional environment is nurtured. The Swiss company however, will continue to be professionally managed as log as it is kept at arms length from ownership.


  2. "Hamilton: A company with great visionary"

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Hamilton full-time

    Pros

    The company is doing extremely well even in this economy while the other lab automation companies are running under water in the current market. This is made possible only by the great visionary from senior management, loyal and hard working employees. It is pleasure to be part of the company that is growing and hiring great talent.

    Cons

    Operates lean to keep up with company growth

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in innovation

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