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Molecular Devices Sunnyvale Reviews

Updated July 14, 2017
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Greg Milosevich
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Pros
  • Rigorous data driven business metrics (Danaher Business Systems) (in 5 reviews)

  • The associates made the company a great place to work (in 3 reviews)

Cons
  • Ability to attain work/life balance (in 4 reviews)

  • Product Development and Manufacturing are in different countries (in 4 reviews)

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  1. "great place to work..."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Sales in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Molecular Devices full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    I've worked for several bay area tool companies in life sciences. This is the best that I've see for communication/sharing of strategy and business updates and I've never had the level of interest and support for my career development.

    Cons

    High expectations which is good and bad some times

    Advice to Management

    keep us updated like you are doing. looks like the strategy presented is working this year with good growth. don't forget about our customers


  2. "results driven with good learning opportunities"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Operations in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Molecular Devices full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Results driven. focus efforts on efficiency using DBS. I help the company reach its inventory, quality and on time delivery expectations

    Cons

    difficult to support older products with low volume

    Advice to Management

    good to see new, innovative products that are selling. makes is fun for all. keep focus on innovation and letting us know how we are doing and how we can help

  3. "Sales and Marketing"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    The Pay is above average

    Cons

    Difficult to get things done in a timely manner.

    Advice to Management

    Increase customer response times.


  4. Helpful (1)

    "Decent company going through changes."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I worked at Molecular Devices full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    You can learn a lot and take on a great deal of responsibility.
    Strong process improvement focus.
    Very data driven and focused on results.

    Cons

    Some departments have limited growth opportunities.
    Several recent layoffs and organizational changes - unclear what the future of the business looks like.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out the key priorities and focus on those. There isn't enough cooperation at the top of the business, with different leaders pulling in different directions


  5. Helpful (1)

    "Buyer/Planner"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I worked at Molecular Devices full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Great people to work with. Fast paced environment that gave high performers a chance at rising up the cahin

    Cons

    Leadership led by fear a little too much but not overly. Less structure in some areas that a company of that size should have.

    Advice to Management

    Make sure processes are in place and documented. Then make sure those documents are actually used.


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Molecular Devices good company to work for"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at Molecular Devices (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    People
    Process
    Learning opportunity
    Benefits are good
    Danaher Business Systems

    Cons

    Upper Management communication could be more frequent

    Advice to Management

    keep your employees informed


  7. Helpful (1)

    "Lost their way"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Product Marketing Manager in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Molecular Devices (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Was a great place, until revenue became #1 priority in 2010. Great scientists, engineers and business folks prior to 2010.

    Cons

    Now all they care about is delivering cash from former good business to parent company to avoid being sold. Pay attention to your customers more than maintaining your personal salary.

    Advice to Management

    Sell the company to someone that cares about your customers rather than just caring about your short term Revenue Stream to keep your high paying jobs.

  8. Helpful (2)

    "A breath of fresh air....."

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
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    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    I have been working at Molecular Devices full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    A winning environment. People are talented and work well together in most departments. The company invests in fun social events to cultivate teamwork and relationships. I've been at other life sciences companies and the management is focused on results and career development and are active in getting out to meet employees. I feel like they care. The DBS tools are tough to learn, but do make a real difference in results. Good communication and a lot of investment in time to communicate the strategy and vision to the employees while asking for feedback for improvements...makes me feel part of the team and that I can make a difference.

    Cons

    Not a lifestyle company. The work is challenging, but the ability to learn and grow is the best I've ever seen

    Advice to Management

    Keep communicating and update the employees like you are doing. I and others really appreciate it.


  9. "Sweatshop"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Contractor - Assembly Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Contractor - Assembly Technician in Sunnyvale, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at Molecular Devices as a contractor (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Better than working a minimum wage job.

    Cons

    No real perks in the breakroom.

    Advice to Management

    Figure out whats going on rather than judging from what you see.


  10. Helpful (1)

    "Great Potential"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at Molecular Devices full-time (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    Great people. Exposure to many different challenges. Environment reflects a strong desire to grow and development. Challenges have faced the business in the past but the leadership team worked through them thoughtfully and respectfully.

    Cons

    Danaher drives a very hardworking culture. While nobody ever tells you to work long hours, you do because there is always so much to do and the employees want the business to do well.

    Advice to Management

    Spend more time talking about what is important to employees- work life balance and a strong healthy business future.


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