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Shelton, CT

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  1. Helpful (2)

    "Analyst"

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    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Some great people who work there. As a global company, you get to work with people from all cultures and countries.

    Cons

    Slow moving and difficult to change. Poor decisions of the past make changes very difficult to implement. Even though these senIor managers are gone, the effect of those decisions cannot be overcome without adequate resources being allocated.

    Advice to Management

    While innovation is promoted in corporate talks and presentations, managers do not take input if it is not their own ideas.

    PerkinElmer Response

    Apr 24, 2017 – Sr Life Science Recruiter

    We encourage open and honest dialogues within teams but at times this can be difficult. We are formalizing a review process that will help facilitate healthy dialogues throughout the organization.


  2. Helpful (2)

    "Just Okay"

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work/life balance isn't bad as long as you draw the boundaries. The people at the site are amazing to work with and keep me going every day.

    Cons

    Poor management, poor leadership, poor direction. Lack of fun community activities and very un-inspiring culture. Diff

    PerkinElmer Response

    Apr 20, 2017 – Sr Life Science Recruiter

    Thank you for your feedback. We encourage you to email peoplematters@perkinelmer.com about your concerns around community activities. We are continuously investing in our employee culture and would ... More


  3. Helpful (10)

    "Working Evironment"

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    Current Employee - Management in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Management in Shelton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Original PE people are solid, team working professionals. They are passionately committed to the success of the company and the quality of the products.

    Cons

    Over the past year PerkinElmer has been undergone tremendous change in Operational leadership. The new regime manages through old school intimidation. The atmosphere is abusive, degrading and demoralizing. There are achieving their goals of mass exodus. And unfortunately a lot of domain product, industry and customer knowledge is leaving. This does not bod well for those remaining. Would not recommend to anyone seeking employment.

    Advice to Management

    Would change course with the new Operational leadership while there is time. You will soon see that the exodus will begin to show in the company performance.


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  5. "Ok for IT contractors"

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    Former Employee - Functional Consultant in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Functional Consultant in Shelton, CT
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at PerkinElmer (More than a year)

    Pros

    Faculties are good at the shelton office

    Cons

    Long hours and high pressure for IT projects


  6. Helpful (1)

    "Project manager"

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Shelton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    A very excellent group of service and engineers and support staff.
    401 k
    Excellent Health insurance
    Educational assistance
    You are able to work from home.
    The systems are up to date.

    Cons

    It is a challenge to meet a work life balance.
    The politics can be a bit much.

    Advice to Management

    Improve work life balance.
    Survey the employees and get feedback.


  7. "For the Better"

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    Current Employee - Global Manager in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Global Manager in Shelton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Very dynamic and flexible work environment. Supported by great colleagues and management. It is a company one can believe in, since it is all about improving human and environmental health.

    Cons

    I would say these would normal cons one might find in any other large company. It is worth mentioning that cons are great opportunities to think outside of the box and come up with creative solutions to achieve the goal at hand.

    Advice to Management

    Continue improving lines of communication and supporting new initiatives to do the same.


  8. "Sr. Director Research & Development"

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    Current Employee - Senior Director Research and Development in Shelton, CT
    Current Employee - Senior Director Research and Development in Shelton, CT
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    Excellent environment, challenging, fast pace, supportive environment (colleagues and management). A place to grow your career. Technically challenging.

    Cons

    Fast paced with many projects and not enough resources to move as quickly as organization would like. Cross functional resource commitment a challenge.

    Advice to Management

    Continue to invest in R&D for future growth.


  9. Helpful (8)

    "Product Manager"

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    Former Employee - Product Manager in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Product Manager in Shelton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    I worked at PerkinElmer (Less than a year)

    Pros

    Large company with global sales coverage. Significant resources available. Skilled engineering and manufacturing capabilities in a number of disciplines. Brand history is initially impressive.

    Cons

    Weak executive leadership. Decades of hollowing the middle tiers of management and professional staff have left the organization incapable of developing new products and advancing in the market. Lack of clear focus and direction. Lack of strategic vision and direction. Excessively focused on investor community and stock price.

    Advice to Management

    Find some real experts in businesses being managed and ask them the right questions, listen to them and provide the resources to achieve the goals. Stop flitting from one fad to another. Stick to basics.


  10. Helpful (4)

    "Management is Lacking"

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    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Principal Software Engineer in Shelton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Great co-workers and good pay with great benefits

    Cons

    The engineering management is lacking in knowledge at the director level and above. They have no one that knows the products at any level except sales and marketing. In my opinion this makes for very bad product based decision making,

    Advice to Management

    Learn about the products you sell.


  11. Helpful (12)

    "'Bloodbath' of 2015"

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    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Shelton, CT
    Former Employee - Senior Mechanical Design Engineer in Shelton, CT
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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

    Pros

    Well balanced life/work arrangements, ability to work from home if needed, pretty decent PTOs. Average but competitive pay, full array of medical benefits, but very expensive too. Nice office area, on-site cafeteria with delicious, reasonably priced hot food for breakfast and lunch. Good and modern computer equipment to work on.

    Cons

    Where do I start...? Abysmal mid and upper management! Extremely TOP-HEAVY, no decision process making, meeting-mania, dozens of people walking with little of no purpose to be there. No short or long term strategic goals. Byzantine bureaucracy! No effective leadership except maybe from your immediate supervisor! Outdated CAD system, they still use Pro/E Wildfire4 that is about 10 years old! Frequent layoffs, where 'chiefs' tend to stay and 'Indians' have to go. They try to meet the 'bottom line' by lay-offs and spending freezes, totally ridiculous!

    Advice to Management

    Trim 'fat' in redundant layers of 'management'! Nobody drives BUS there! Stop laying-off talented people. Get tome bearing and strategic goals! Invest in new technology. Upgrade your laughably obsolete CAD system


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