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  1. "Post Danaher"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

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

    Pros

    Very focused, strong management, deep pockets. After struggling after two major acquisitions both finanancially and operationally being purchased by Danaher has helped the company in many ways

    Cons

    The con of the Danaher acquisition is its all about DBS their distinct implementation of the Toyota way. Unfortunately this doesn't always work so smoothly.

    X-Rite Response

    Apr 11, 2016 – VP HR

    Continuously improving our skills in DBS is key to using it more smoothly. We've made great progress in the past 3 years of being a Danaher company. For others reading this, you can see a brief ... More


  2. Helpful (1)

    "Ex employee after 17.5 years."

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Greenville, MI
    Former Employee - Service Technician in Greenville, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at X-Rite (More than 10 years)

    Pros

    It was a good company to work for before the Danaher merger. Most people were good to work with and for.

    Cons

    All employees being treated as a number. If you have a high income be prepared to be laid off. Only the people in there 20's are being promoted to higher positions. Management not willing to do mentor ships to advance with the company.

    Advice to Management

    Start treating people as people with dignity and respect. If someone is willing to move up in the company there needs to be a formal training plan for this to happen.

    X-Rite Response

    Sep 14, 2016 – VP HR

    Not quite sure how to respond to this one, this just isn't factual. I encourage candidates to apply and check us out for yourself. Being part of Danaher allows us to have exceptional career ... More


  3. "Friendly and nice people"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Customer Service in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The company based in Grand Rapids has some of the nicest people you will ever meet that work there. Coworkers are very loyal and there is a good work ethic with management.

    Cons

    As the company got larger there were a lot of chiefs and not a lot of people that could make things happen with out going through a lot of bureaucracy. Slow moving not able to shift on a dime.

    Advice to Management

    Less meetings where nothing is accomplished and more doing!

    X-Rite Response

    Apr 11, 2016 – VP HR

    Thanks for the review. The collaborative, problem solving culture helps us work together to make things happen. Continually working on make sure that people have input and involvement in ... More


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    "Kentwood Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Kentwood, MI
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in Kentwood, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

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

    Pros

    The work is technically challenging and can provide you with some great satisfaction in making some pretty cool products, You can choose to work your tail off for this company or you can simply coast through you career there. And you'll be rewarded with exactly the same advancement opportunities and mediocre raises either way!

    Cons

    Front line management doesn't have the ability to initiate or make necessary changes or enforce current rules. Most managers above that level don't have the time or concern to help. Just make the Danaher-initiated numbers; it's a common theme. But when we made the numbers, the company didn't share (enough) with the employees. I took a greater than 20% raise to go to my new company and perform almost the same tasks as X-Rite was unwilling to pay me for.

    Advice to Management

    Stop posting that , "it's a high performance culture that pays for performance," and actually reward the employees who put forth the extraordinary efforts. Pay a competitive wage and get rid of the driftwood. They're the ones floating with the stream. ;) There were so many rounds of layoffs over the past seven years that had me shaking my head and frequently asking, "How did (s)he make it when they let go of <_____>?" Notice that I said "they" as it never felt like (as a producer in this company) I was a member of the collective team; that's sad.

    X-Rite Response

    Jan 5, 2016 – VP HR

    Congratulations on your new opportunity. Without knowing the specifics of your situation it's hard to comment, but overall it really is a high performance culture with rewards that correlate with ... More


  6. Helpful (2)

    "Engineering"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Caledonia, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Caledonia, MI
    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at X-Rite (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    it was close to home, for the most part there were talented, skilled workers

    Cons

    in some cases management did not care about the employees, although they would say they do.

    X-Rite Response

    Jan 5, 2016 – VP HR

    The people are very talented and skilled. We do an annual employee survey and the feedback on managers is generally very good. Management engages in action planning and improvements in any areas ... More


  7. Helpful (2)

    "Not a company that I would recommend"

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    most people are great and pretty smart.

    Cons

    Unorganized and unqualified people are at the top of the structure. There is no clear vision of where the company is being led to, most things are very secretive, there is a clear lack of transparency within the business at all levels.

    Advice to Management

    This company needs to improve its approach towards its employees, you can not continue managing a company with fear and confusion.

    X-Rite Response

    Apr 11, 2016 – VP HR

    This is an older review that I missed seeing, but I'd like to take the opportunity to ask the writer to send me an email or use the Speak Up program if you are still experiencing these issues. I'd ... More


  8. Helpful (8)

    "Physically and mentally taxing on employees"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    The people that worked there before Danaher bought, the benefits are okay.

    Cons

    Absolutely no work-life balance. Managers make it clear that their precious bottom line should be your mission in life. Not that you'll see any of that bonus! Raises are garbage, the performance reviews are scaled from 1-5 and they tell you that a 3 is awarded for 100% effort, absolutely doing your expected duties correctly, etc. Raises are on par with review scores. It's another way they cut to profit, which is also a common theme. Whether it's people, resources, tooling, or time, you won't have enough. Write-ups for petty things are rampant.

    Advice to Management

    Your people ARE your company. Please quit forgetting that.

    X-Rite Response

    Jul 29, 2015 – VP HR

    Thanks for the feedback, sorry to hear your experience was negative. It's a high performance culture that pays for performance, but the experience for vast majority of people is very different ... More


  9. Helpful (1)

    "Engineering Director"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Grand Rapids, MI
    Current Employee - Engineering Director in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    I have been working at X-Rite (More than 5 years)

    Pros

    High Tech color instrumentation company. Leverages technology to generate new growth.
    People are good to work with.

    Cons

    As with any mid/large sized company, decisions are made strictly to the numbers. In some instances could adversely affect great performing associates.

    Advice to Management

    Develop staff, go after strategic long term objectives.

    X-Rite Response

    Jul 29, 2015 – VP HR

    Thanks for the feedback and advice. Our technology and people are top notch.


  10. Helpful (5)

    "Good place to work, going through lots of change"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    I worked at X-Rite full-time

    Pros

    Dynamic, learned a lot, freedom to organize work

    Cons

    Is going through a lot of change, and is losing people with lots of knowledge. Has some hard things from the past to deal with, and some strategic projects are slower to take traction than expected.

    X-Rite Response

    Jan 5, 2016 – VP HR

    There has been a lot of change, it's a continuous improvement environment. Every company loses people with knowledge from time to time, but our turnover is low and we continue to grow and have done ... More


  11. Helpful (1)

    "Great company going through transition under new ownership"

    Star Star Star Star Star
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Career Opportunities
    • Comp & Benefits
    • Senior Management
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Grand Rapids, MI
    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Training and business processes are well known and documented. Company encourages innovation and follows TPS/Lean Manufacturing principles.

    Cons

    Significant employee turnover during last three years since new ownership - many key middle management positions Eliminated. Company is driven by metrics - KPI.



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