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PerkinElmer Reviews

Updated March 23, 2017
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PerkinElmer Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and President Rob Friel
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  • A lot of changes in upper management - not always a con (in 17 reviews)

  • Senior management tends to be totally focused on quarterly financial results, and is perhaps too inward-looking (in 13 reviews)

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  1. "Innovative company with a great mission"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Recommends
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at PerkinElmer full-time

    Pros

    Great products
    Supportive team and management
    Dedication to employee growth
    Reasonable compensation
    Offers flexibility if/when needed

    Cons

    Not much to note for cons, but internal systems could use an update (I believe it's in the works).


  2. "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Great place to work in terms of mission.

    Cons

    The company is too risk adverse and there is a lack of leadership for the overall organization.


  3. "Director"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    I have been working at PerkinElmer full-time (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    Decent folks below executive level

    Cons

    Loyalty rewarded with layoff over time regardless of work product. You truly are just a number tied to your salary. Make more and risk of getting let go increases. Insane culture when you think about it.

    Advice to Management

    LOL, Mgt would never ever take advice.


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  5. Helpful (3)

    "Time for a change"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Great place to learn, flexibility in working hours

    Cons

    Females I would not recommend this company to you. You will be in your initial position for life here. No yearly reviews of personnel for growth development. Management is taking more incentives away. Very little transparency into what is left of the bonus structure.

    Advice to Management

    Time to start getting some new ideas and diversity into PE.


  6. "Midsize - to - Large company with the micromanaging tendencies"

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

    Pros

    Good team, very good engineering force, nice people to work with.

    Cons

    Micromanaging, process is more important then the results,


  7. "Outstanding culture and fun place to work"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Excellent culture, very smart people and a collaborative environment

    Cons

    None really come to mind

    Advice to Management

    Keep up the good work

    PerkinElmer Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Sr Dir Global TA

    Welcome to PKI, we appreciate your feedback.


  8. "Comfortable and Welcoming Company"

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    Current Employee - Corporate Accountant in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Corporate Accountant in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Interview and onboarding process went very quick and smooth. The culture is great here, with a doors-always-open environment, which I think is very beneficial for employees and for the company as a whole. I feel like all employees are not only appreciated, but equally. On site gym (which I should use but only have once) is available.

    Cons

    Traffic-but its manageable if you leave for work earlier.

    PerkinElmer Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Sr Dir Global TA

    Yes!! The commute to Waltham can be tricky at times but having access to the gym is outstanding. The equipment is relatively new and it isn't generally very busy.


  9. "Sr. Manufacturing Technician"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    flexible hours. decent benefits. work life balance.

    Cons

    poor compensation $$, horrible work ethic, do not care about their employees, no appreciation, no regard for hard work and integrity, will replace you with no concern

    Advice to Management

    make your employees feel valuable and compensate their hard work with decent pay


  10. "Thoughts after being here for a bit"

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    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Director in Waltham, MA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Senior Management is committed to employee development. Competitive health care benefits including no increase in employee contributions in two years. Very generous 401K match.

    Cons

    PE is a fairly large company with diverse product lines. Sometimes corporate wide systems don't accommodate more specialty groups and require pushback

    PerkinElmer Response

    Mar 14, 2017 – Sr Dir Global TA

    Thank you for your feedback, some internal system are a bit dated and need to be refreshed. We are working to prioritize these and will be making updates in 2017 and 2018.


  11. Helpful (3)

    "Downsizing"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Santa Clara, CA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Some really talented co-workers at this location and the end product (medical X-Ray device) is used to help save lives.

    Cons

    Call it the incredible shrinking business. It was really great to go to work every day and bring the fab up to speed and increase the yields but management wanted to increase profits and started laying off some really good talent and kept the bad managers in place ruining the culture for the worker bees.

    Advice to Management

    Get a people person to run the place using incentives that are achievable instead of instilling a fear of more and more lay offs.



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