Associate (Current Employee), Carlsbad, CA – June 29, 2014
Cons: no work-life balance, below average benefits, short-term financial goals, customer service not as important as meeting internal financial goals.
Long days and weekend work required; average pay; below average bonuses; below average benefits; below average holidays; constant fire-fighting mode with no real attempt at long-term solutions (especially if investment is required). Strictly 100% financial driven; customer needs, though often spoken of, are not addressed if it costs any money. Suppliers – more... are treated like adversaries; partnerships are frowned upon and do not exist. Suppliers terms are net 90 but in reality they're often paid at 120 days. Rude and unprofessional leadership. – less
Data entry of the count build per day (Former Employee), Miami, FL – June 25, 2014
A typical day at work is the Assembly of medical equipment such as pneumatics, lasers, soldering.Trouble shooting boards defaults and connections errors. Data entry of the count build per day as wells as parts per build.
CLINICAL DIAGNOSTIC ENGINEER (Former Employee), SAN FRANCISCO, CA – June 14, 2014
Pros: shared personal/business vehicle
Cons: gps in car, management, corporate cold heart.
WHAT WAS ONCE A CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARD, HAS BECOME A CORPORATE NIGHTMARE. ONCE OBTAINED BY THE DANAHER THINK-TANK, THE BOTTOM-LINE BECAME THE SOLE OBJECTIVE. ANY DESCENT ENGINEER WITH A SHRED OF SELF RESPECT IS EITHER OUT, OR LOOKING TO DO SO.
Field Service (biomedical) Engineer (Former Employee), Brea, CA – June 11, 2014
Pros: excellent benefits, personal use of company car, training of new instruments
Cons: short breaks, work/life balance needs to be improved
Morning calls came in via text messages or had to sync database for current tasks assigned for the day at about 7:30 am. Reviewed previous repairs of instrument and punch in and leave home with travel time to customer ranging from 1/2 hr to 4 hrs. Call customer to give ETA and to discuss service repair issue. Call dispatch to update ETA or to inform – more... if issue was resolved over the phone with the customer, Arrive on site if issue was not resolved over the phone to assess and resolve the issue. Complete and close field service report and send copy to customer. Call next customer in line for service and repeat the steps above. Travel home or stay overnight if travel is greater than 90 miles. Review inventory, on line training, emails etc. during any down time throughout the day. Management stood behind us and listened most of the time. Co-workers were and awesome team. Everyone was always willing to help each other out. The hardest part of the job was having to leave a customer down because a part needed to be ordered and the best part was to resolve the problem when the customer expected resolution the following day. – less
Inventory Analyst (Former Employee), Miami, FL – June 8, 2014
• Instrumental in the successful transfer of three product lines from a regional division to Miami. • Actively involved in structuring operational processes for this new Miami division. • Have trained several employees in my role as team leader • Maintained inventory accuracy greater than 95%
I had the opportunity of working for two groups. Both groups were excellent. The atmosphere is fantastic as is the work ethics of my co-workers. I enjoy working in a fast-paced environment and I certainly experienced that at Beckman Coulter. This has been a very positive work experience.
Field Service Engineer (Former Employee), Austin, TX – May 11, 2014
I had a great manager who worked to know his employees. Great co-workers. The company was becoming more restrictive in employee freedoms for the sake of analytical data which caused friction. Typical day would include: interfacing with customers via telephone followed by a site visits to troubleshoot instrumentation.
Great company Beckman Coulter develops, manufactures and markets products that simplify, automate and innovate complex biomedical testing. Scientists use our life science research instruments to study complex biological problems including causes of disease and potential new therapies or drugs. Hospital laboratories are our core clinical diagnostic customers. – more... Our life science customers include pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies, universities, medical schools and research institutions. More than 275,000 Beckman Coulter systems operate in both diagnostics and life sciences laboratories on six continents. For more than 75 years, our products have been making a difference in peoples� lives by improving the productivity of medical professionals and scientists, supplying critical information for improving patient health and reducing the cost of care – less
Project Coordinator/Project Manager (Former Employee), Indianapolis, IN – April 24, 2014
Extensive email contact with people all over the country, and Europe. Reviewed new orders to verify their completeness. Managed the incoming and outgoing orders in our personal database. Released the orders for shipment, and sometimes personally packaged and shipped them myself. The only downside was a boss that liked to yell a lot, and run people down – more... even if they didn't work in our department. – less
manufacturing (Current Employee), Chaska, MN – April 16, 2014
Cons: poor management
There is no advancement whatsoever unless you are a managers "pet". Mandatory 50+ work weeks and do not care at all about your life outside of there. They keep cutting down our workspace. I work in a 4 ft workspace. There is absolutely no respect from supervisors/managers. Moral it the worst it has ever been. No one is happy working there anymore.
Customer Service Coordinator (Current Employee), Nyon, Switzerland – March 25, 2014
Pros: team atmosphere
Cons: the lack of possibility to be creative and to evolve
A typical day at work consists in placing customer orders on Oracle (about 30/ day), taking customer calls (30/day) to solve any issue they may have (pricing, delivery, online orders, contracts...) I have learned to adapt to a lot of different procedures, use different systems (such as Oracle..) The most enjoyable part of the job is the team I have – more... the priviledge to be part of, everyone is there for each other in a fun work hard / play hard atmosphere. – less
Associate (Former Employee), Indianapolis, IN – March 17, 2014
Pros: decent pay, getting better at employee recognition, interaction with co-workers, yearly engagement surveys
Cons: micro managing, bad communication, lack of training, bi weekly kaizens, no input from employees, management
Limited opportunities to advance within the company. There is a good work/life balance. Sometimes there are times where the supervisors ask you to work overtime while they stay home and enjoy their weekend. There is a lot of favoritism. Expect to run out of parts every month or so as Danaher policy with paying vendors. Simple solutions get ignored to – more... try and solve an bigger problem that isn't present. Management is hard to get ahold of in between the meetings they are usually in all day. – less