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PerkinElmer Reviews

Updated July 9, 2017
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  • Upper management need to have 360 reviews done (in 20 reviews)

  • Upper management does not understand R&D (in 11 reviews)

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  1. "Overall a good place to work"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Sunnyvale, CA
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Rob Friel is a tax attorney - he knows how to guide a company, note there were no layoffs in 2008.
    Stability
    Good market position

    Cons

    Standard Wall-Street pressures mean some layoffs - I was in one in January 2013
    It happens, deal with it - they treated me fairly

    Advice to Management

    For Wall Street, continue the course. For the employees, 360 reviews would be helpful.


  2. "Engineering Manager"

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    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Greenville, SC
    Former Employee - Engineering Manager in Greenville, SC
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good work environment. Employees are good to work with.

    Cons

    No room for advancement. Not willing to improve machinery

    Advice to Management

    Spend some money to get quality under control

  3. Helpful (3)

    "Principal Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bridgeport, CT
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Bridgeport, CT
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PerkinElmer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Decent place to work. Work from home flexibility. Good benefits

    Cons

    Upper management does not understand R&D


  4. Helpful (2)

    "Sr. Software Engineer"

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Westbrook, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Software Development Engineer in Westbrook, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PerkinElmer (More than 3 years)

    Pros

    The salary they pay in PerkinElmer is very compactable at least for the position I have held. The stress level is not super high compare to some other companies.

    Cons

    The direction of the company for some field is not defined very clear. High level management has been changed too often which cause the unstable situation for the regular employees.


  5. Helpful (15)

    "Great people lacking good corporate leadership"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marthasville, MO
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Marthasville, MO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PerkinElmer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Reasonable healthcare and good benefits, great co-workers, for the most part good mid-level management, great internal support for getting the job done, hard workers who also like to have fun together,

    Cons

    Corporate leadership is struggling to find itself, poor decisions made for the last 20 years are currently having a significant effect, due to insufficient investment in product lines and software PerkinElmer is struggling to be competitive, corporate seems to make a significant change in direction about every 2 years and the little people suffer

    Advice to Management

    PKI has been through enough layoffs recently, the chaff is gone and you are laying off the people who can make the difference. If you can't figure it out with what you have then maybe it's your turn to leave.


  6. Helpful (6)

    "Informatics division is poorly managed"

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

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

    Pros

    PerkinElmer is big in the instrumentation/scientific business and known for making the mirror for hubble telescope that cost billions of taxpayer dollars.
    They recently bought CambridgeSoft to get into informatics business for lifescience.

    Cons

    Check linkedin profiles, Services, product development are headed by people with no industry, technical or domain knowledge or experience.
    And poor work culture/ethics, Recent exit of a number of Asians from informatics management to Merck, Pfizer due to poorly thought comments from senior staff.

    Advice to Management

    Respect and value people. Bring some senior management who have experience in the industry you are trying to serve.


  7. Helpful (3)

    "Perkin Elmer....great products, lousy marketing"

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    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Former Employee - Field Service Engineer in Richmond, VA
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook

    Pros

    Fast-paced, ever-changing, challenging work environment

    Cons

    Company tend to be reactive rather than proactive in their macro-decision making

    Advice to Management

    Stop holding conference calls to announce lay-offs, then promising there will be no more lay-offs during those calls, then laying off more people a few months later. Your share price is stagnant because your Sales People are all frightened, so rather than take risks, they do nothing.

  8. Helpful (3)

    "Review"

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    Current Employee - Senior Manager Chromatography Platforms in Chicago, IL
    Current Employee - Senior Manager Chromatography Platforms in Chicago, IL
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook

    I have been working at PerkinElmer full-time (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    Great people, good work ethic

    Cons

    Poor management structure, no medium to long term focus

    Advice to Management

    opportunities to middle management


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Good company overall, but always room for improvement"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in San Diego, CA
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    decent benefits, good assembly of technologies, smart employees

    Cons

    Salary compensation only okay and there is heavy bureaucracy at times.

    Large annual meetings are way too long and therefore wasteful in terms of lost opportunity cost (away from the field too long) and direct cost (e.g. lodging and feeding up 500 employees for 5 days). And, by the way, making mid and late career professionals share a hotel room at these meetings is just cheap.

    Advice to Management

    too many re-orgs, too often doesn't leave enough time for good ideas to mature and produce fruit. Also, rather than trying to fit everything into silos, it's better leave the the various business units as autonomous entities. This builds more camaraderie and also allows for better, faster innovation as described in The Innovator's Dilemma.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "PerkinElmer"

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    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in Waltham, MA
    Current Employee - Digital Marketing in Waltham, MA
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    Nice co-workers, ability to work from home, good salary, decent health benefits.

    Cons

    Upper management busy in all-day meetings so hard to get feedback/direction on projects.

    Advice to Management

    Trust in your employees, give time to your employees, do not keep your employees in the dark about major project plans.


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