Good Work/Life Balance and fair market value in terms of salary. Big shifts in the culture. Learned a lot 8yrs with the company. The management team is currently going to a great deal of transition so it leaves little guidance to those who report to them. I would definitely recommend colleagues to apply at Perkin Elmer if there is a job that fits for them
Great Work/Life Balance. Work independent
Culture shift. Improvement and additional funding needed in R&D.
I am not happy with this co I have worked here for 12 years loved the co when it was Caliper life sciences.
Clean Room Inspector (Current Employee) – Hopkinton, MA – May 23, 2016
I am not happy there, when the co was Caliper Life Sciences I was very happy, my work day is very hard I have learned to run some machines in cleanroom the management is not good they pick there fav!! my co-workers are nice and friendly, the hardest part of the job is the machines break down alot so there are some days you feel like you have not done much.
Customer-Field Service Engineer (Current Employee) – Massachusetts – April 12, 2016
It is not the Old PerkinElmer which you may have heard about. That was sold in 1999. It is the new PerkinElmer. Keep your back against the wall. Take what you can, give nothing back. That is how you will be treated. If asked anything agree. Your opinion will only get you into trouble. They really don't care what you have to say. Just do what they ask.
Lunch-cellphone-car-gas dealing with customers problems.
Senior Research Associate (Current Employee) – Hopkinton, MA – March 16, 2016
I'm usually the first one to arrive in our group. Prior to my arrival I do a quick assessment of things I need to do when I get there. This may include setting up the laboratory for upcoming experiments, printing/e-mailing any applicable materials to co-workers and customers, and/or analyzing previous data I've obtained through research projects. I've been with the company for 5 years and have had the same manager since day 1. I have a lot of respect for him because he is more of a mentor than boss to me. He has an open door policy that allows me to visit with him and talk about anything (work, life, etc.). The hardest part of the job is trying to fit everything in an 8 hour work day. Because of my many responsibilities it can be difficult at times to manage the deliverables I'm asked to complete. The most enjoyable part of the job is my ability to work on several projects that may or may not be related to one another.
Loved my work and boss, but I did not appreciate being laid off at someone's whim!
Senior Account Manager (Current Employee) – Thornton, CO – January 20, 2016
No company morale at all. The company makes no attempt to unify their employees or the companies that they buy. Management is a very weak link. They have a high turnover and do not seem to care. They wreak havoc in people's lives with their quarterly layoff's, which are, from a business perspective EXTREMELY short sighted. They do not care about the effects of the layoff's on their customers either.
management is weak technically, scientifically, morally
Sr. Director (Current Employee) – Waltham, MA – March 2, 2016
Very high attrition, event the heads of HR could not take it... they went through 3 heads of HR in the past year, VP of sales left last June, VP of product development in October, VP R&D in December, another 20-30 people at various levels. The informatics leadership got rid of all the Asians from the management last year. Many inappropriate comments. Place is like the Russian aristocracy... Czarina and Rasputin... nasty swatzy politics...and Check out the linkedin profiles of management...Qualifications of top management: zero years technical experience (software or analytics), zero years domain (life science) experience and would have expected at least management training, none of them have it. Most of the managers have no science or technical backgrounds so you will be stuck reporting to folks who have no clue and treat you poorly.
with such high attrition, they don't have layoffs
they have nothing that they have built internally, no expertise
Lab Admin (Former Employee) – NY – January 22, 2016
Was hired to do lab support and ended up sitting at a desk for 8 hours a day writing change controls. PE only cares about the client company and not the consultant. Many promises but nothing came to light. Too many chiefs and not enough indians - poor management
Liked the company overall, but it was disjointed, unclear on its mission and managed solely on a quarterly basis.
Enterprise Sales Executive (Former Employee) – Seattle, WA – July 20, 2015
PE constantly acquires companies and as a result, has layoff's every quarter. So....in effect, everyone is subject to layoff every quarter. Management also set unreasonable goals for sales people, while also providing no RND, no application scientists and zero marketing.
One can work fairly independently.
Company is very short sited and does not plan and consider for the long term needs of their business, customers and employees.
Medical Billing Assistant (Former Employee) – Melville, NY – July 14, 2015
My typical day at Perkin Elmer is fast paced workplace, as soon as i come in I read emails and faxes of information requested from the previous day to process claims and approve denials. information that I dont receive, I have to follow up with health insurance companies so we can meet our deadline.
EHS Specialist (Former Employee) – Boston, MA – December 30, 2014
I had a lot of fun working here. Our department was great and the co-workers were a lot of fun. The pay, for the Boston area, was very low. Two years after I left, my pay had gone up over 50%! If you can get past the meager paycheck, it is a fun place to work.
Technical support (Former Employee) – Hopkinton – February 19, 2014
The company is great and has many opportunities. The technical support group is focused on primarily supporting company technologies. I did not enjoy how the group was managed. There was significant levels of management for a small group which made it difficult to change and adapt. The managers would promote and retain based on personal criteria as opposed to who was qualified. As a result you would have technical support composed of PhD level scientists and high school graduates who were not necessarily qualified to support complex scientific products. I would recommend working with with this company if you can work in a different group.
Technical Trainer (Current Employee) – San Francisco, CA – October 7, 2012
I like PerkinElmer (PKI) which is currently going through a structural realignment, but they are facing typical large-company corporate problems such as historical siloing, compartmentalization, etc. These issues are being addressed though with the size of the company and breadth of products lines will probably never be completely solved. This is typical of a large organization though.
Within my department there is great communication and I feel like a valued employee.
no micromanagement, free to organize my own projects
benefits are average, transitional changes as company evolves
An amazing job where I mix work with the pleasure of working with my friends
Technician III (Current Employee) – Shelton, CT – May 18, 2012
I go every day to work happy, not only because I know many people from the company, also because I do something I do like. I have been working with my present company for over 15 years, and I was able to grow in my career, having a nice environment with excellent managers, who always motivated me to do be better person and to apply all the skills I have been learning day by day. I can not complaint or see anything negative or hard from work.
Customer Service Engineer (Former Employee) – St. Louis, MO – April 30, 2013
No room for advancements. Managers are constantly trying to micromanage your job. You get reprimanded for the most mundane things while others do much, much worse things and get no type of reprimandations. If you aren't apart of the "good ole boys" club, then you will be fired. If you can kiss butt a lot and suck up, then you will do fine.
you get to make your own schedule
you can never work enough or do enough to satisfy management
Lab Assistant (Former Employee) – Melville, NY – February 28, 2013
Early started. Good flow rate, accessioning it can take only a few hours. I learned different procedures to handle serum and dry blood spots. Most of the time you report or work under close supervision. You are part of a group of no more than ten co-workers and can become attach. Must follow operational instructions closely and must not fail.