Rumor is that Perkin Elmer has something coming out in 1Q/2Q of 2011 that will change the way science is done. Any ideas? If it is anything like Alphascreen I can wait.
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“PerkinElmer management killed CambridgeSoft”
Senior Software Developer (Current Employee)
I have been working at PerkinElmer full-time for more than a year
Pros – As a former CambridgeSoft employee there are some really great products with lots of potential. All of this is moot however because of the lack of vision in R&D management
There are still some truly dedicated employees here. Alas we're all looking for work elsewhere.
Cons – This is a place that does not invest in its employees. There are no consistent employee reviews and most of the staff did not get any kind of raise for the last several years. My observation since the merger has been that when PKI wants to move in a new business direction they lay off existing employees to hire new ones rather than train their existing staff. Since there is almost no opportunity to grow in your career this means that you watch you skill set become obsolete and it is only a matter of time before your position is gone from a layoff.
Even 2 years after the merger with CambridgeSoft there is no clear path forward for R&D and it feels like the management has been spending all of it's time in power plays. The morale among those of us in the lower ranks is very low.
I have worked at some really great companies, some pretty bad companies, but this work environment is just toxic. It is as if everyone is operating in "crisis mode" without understanding how to be a good crisis manager. People spend a lot of time worrying about their job security.
CambridgeSoft was not a "great" place to work - but at least it felt like it was mostly about writing good software and there was the flexibility to innovate.
I have sat through years of PKI quarterly reports saying that business is good and we are growing while our competitors are declining - however none of this is because the company is actually innovating. Most of that $$ is coming from buying new businesses and the CambridgeSoft products are only going to keep the lights running for so long.
Advice to Senior Management – They don't listen. I've tried. In fact, there were negative consequences for speaking up.
No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company
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There is only a shell of the company which remains.
A once highly respected outfit, which turned greedy, and caused its own implosion.
The Hull is now underwater, with only the smokestack showing.
A Dung Hole of an org.
Remaining products are now manufactured overseas, and quality is unadulterated garbage.
They also bought us (CambridgeSoft) for >$200M a little before hand. They pretty much killed off R&D and are staying alive by reselling spotfire (someone else's product) and collecting e-notebook maintenance on a legacy dinosaur of a platform. All the smart people are gone (which makes me wonder why I'm still here LOL). At least our old head of services had the good sense to get promoted and move into the hive.
PerkinElmer is circling the drain. PerkinElmer company bought Caliper Life Sciences a year and a half ago for $600 million, and has now closed the R&D site and the chip manufacturing site. There is no customer support to speak of and no commitment to the platforms. I would not recommend purchasing any PerkinElmer equipment because it probably wont be in Production in a few years.
The only service tech's remaining are the royal suck-ups.
That is THE only way to stay aboard the sinking vessel.
Yes'um, Yes'um, Yes'um......
Now I direct you to go out to your customers and Rob them at $495.00/ HOUR.
They deserve to be Robbed because they think they need us.
Now go get 'em!!!!!
Yes,'Um, Yes'Um, Yes,Um Boss
Perkinelmers service technicians are a joke, the instruments they mfg are difficult to use, unreliable and expensive to maintain. I work for a large pharma company in MA, upper management did not renew the onesource service contract. Thermo Scientific took over the program and are doing an excellent job.
PKI Downgraded to Underperform
By Zacks Equity Research | Zacks – Mon, May 20, 2013 1:40 PM EDT
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On May 16, 2013, we downgraded our recommendation on PerkinElmer Inc. (PKI) to Underperform based on its first quarter earnings results and reduced guidance.
On Apr 25, PerkinElmer announced its results for the reported quarter. The company reported first-quarter adjusted (excluding one-time expenses) earnings per share of 36 cents, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of 48 cents and lower than the year-ago earnings per share of 43 cents.
Revenues stood at $505.4 million in the reported quarter, down 1.1% year over year, missing the Zacks Consensus Estimate of $534 million.
PerkinElmer cut guidance for 2013. The company currently forecasts adjusted earnings per share for 2013 in the range of $2.00 to $2.10 (earlier $2.24 to $2.32). Reported earnings per share from continuing operations are forecast in the range of $1.30 to $1.40 (earlier $1.57 to $1.65). Organic revenue is expected to increase in the low-single digit (earlier mid-single digit) range.
While PerkinElmer has made several acquisitions, the strategy has inherent risks and it remains a collection of diverse businesses. Further, restructuring charges are expected to grow in 2013. Also, the overall portfolio strategy remains unclear.
what has been happening and still is happening at PerkinElmer over the last 5 years or so is a disgrace.
Absolutely run into the ground.
How many people have been laid off in Shelton? Anybody left?
That's it- precisely...
RF has been wealthy, is currently wealthy, and will be filthier wealthy after he's gone.
The days when the ship's Captain took responsibility for his ship, are long gone. Now, it's take the stock, cash and perks, and run like Hell.
That's what most U.S. CEO's do. That is what RF will do also
In spite of having heard Rob's monotone videos how everything was fine while the train was about to wreck I don't think that it's entirely rob's fault. The entire company is was running on an atmosphere of complacency and just go along for a long time. The little company I was working for was bought out because we filled a hole in the product line, yet I never had the feeling that the skills needed to develop from what we had to a viable product existed and the climate seemed to be that you could just buy product development and just go along with the flow. I've contracted and worked in places where we developed and released product and the habits were completely different from what I saw at Shelton. The whole attitude was just coast along and play office politics. Which is fine right up to the time that the holes become gaping and you need those skills in a fast changing invironment in a shark eat shark world. The problem isn't that they were clueless then but that they are clueless now.
It sounds like PerkinElmer is still getting worse. I guess that's what happens when you let an accountant run a SCIENCE company. There is no regard for customers, research, products, or employees. It seems PE would rather make a 50% margin on $5,000 in revenue than a 5% margin on $20 million.
It's the new Titanic of the industry and it sounds like a lot of folks want to jump before it sinks! Sadly, RF will be rich no matter what. THAT is what is wrong with America...
My deal was the doings of Rob. I have never had a problem with Julia, she has always been very helpful to me. I have been doing some research over the last few weeks and I found out some interesting information. It seems that over the last few months, PE has been letting go some of their top CSE's all across the country. The only thing that all of these CSE's have in common, myself included, is they have all were either in the process of using or have used the Family Medical leave for something. One of the guys was actually still on leave and was due to come back in a few days when they called him and said that they would be there the next day to pick up the company car and tools and such. Completely out of the blue...he had no warning at all.
The more I read all these posts about PE, I am actually feeling better about not being there anymore. It sounds like I will be better off.
I was injured briefly while employed here.
They did not give a hoot about my injury, and just ASS-U-MED that I went on worker's comp. but I never did.
I was only off the job for a couple days.
They never took the time to assess my injury, demanded that communications be done by email, and got at least five corp. idiots involved via emails which became very confusing, and absurd.
My FSA benefits were immediately cut-off when they thought I was on workers comp, and they screwed with my pay too.
It took about six weeks to straighten out the boondoggle.
They thought they did nothing wrong, and acted as though it was my fault.
This was "HUMAN LACK-OF-RESOURCES" hard at work
Lemme guess, Julia did this? A bit scattered, next on the Corporate list.
I did. That seems to be SOP at PKI. They screwed my severance up,kept apying me after I had been let go and then they screwed up my medical and want me to pay retroactively for THEIR mistake. There is something really wrong at PKI.
I actually never got a severance at all by the way.
Sylvia Browne you are not! LOL....but it was a good guess. No, I actually did not have to sign a waiver. The only thing I had to sign was a non-compete/disclosure form which pertained to any proprietary information that I have seen or had access to during the course of my employment. I read the single page document very closely and there was nothing in there about age or that I can not file a discrimination suit...or any suit for that matter.
-I am not a member of the over 45 club. I am, however, 41 so I am getting close. I have recently heard that they hired an individual fresh out of college so it looks as though they did want to hire someone for less pay-
Bingo! You're part of the very large and rapidly growing group of unemployed or underemployed middle aged STEM professionals. I'm no Sylvia Browne but I'm gonna take a stab at being psychic here. To get your severance you had to sign a waiver that blocked you from filing a discrimination suit. And it specifically mentioned age discrimination.
I could name a few more individuals that need to go as well.
I sound like a Jackass??? You don't even know me so how can you make that assumption? I worked my ass off for this company. I did every thing they asked of me unless it was illegal, then I flat out refused. I was not "rightfully terminated" since I did not receive any type of documentation regarding the reason why I was terminated and the fact that did my job like I was suppose to. I was even able to increase their profit margin by 26% at one particular site exceeding their expectations of their projected 13%. People like you who make a snap judgement about other people knowing nothing about them and their situations are the ones that sound like a jackass. I am betting you are one of those kiss ass types that are nothing more than a yes man for your boss. Always the ones who are willing to do whatever they ask thinking that the company will back you. Guess what, they won't. They will hang you out to dry with out a second thought.
I am not a member of the over 45 club. I am, however, 41 so I am getting close. I have recently heard that they hired an individual fresh out of college so it looks as though they did want to hire someone for less pay.
Management layoffs in the Shelton office. Lots of deadweight and frauds. Seems like they might be finally getting it. Eugene and Rob need to go next.
Actually, "to be honest", you sound like a jackass.
Perhaps you were "rightfully terminated", and deserved it.
-I was a Onesource/Multivendor engineer at PE for over 12 years-
Over 12 years? Lemme guess. You're a member of the over 45 club. They wanted to replace you with a younger and lower paid tech. And its perfectly legal in a right to work state. Welcome to the STEM education shell game.
So you feel I was wrongfully terminated? To be honest, so do I. I just need to focus on getting another job at this point. Once I get one, then I might contact an attorney to see if I have a case.
You were wrongfully terminated.
That is a legal term.
Many people, especially field sales and service have been wrongfully terminated.
You have a very good case against the company.
Contact a good employment attorney.
Take the company to task
I was a Onesource/Multivendor engineer at PE for over 12 years and then all of a sudden, I was put on probation. I completed everything set forth in my probation documentation and then about a month after my probation ended, they terminated me. They don't care about their employees at all. They claimed they had customer complaints about me from one particular customer but yet I hadn't been on that customer site for almost three months???? When I asked to see the complaints filed against me, they would not let me see them at all. I received no documentation as to the reason I was let go. There business practices are questionable....I was asked to do things that was against the law which I did not do. Avoid this company!!!!!
I worked for PerkinElmer (bio-discovery) for many years and this company never was an innovative one. They didn't allow scientists to work on interesting ideas. All so-called R&D project had to go through a ton of internal reviews and meetings and by then the competition had already come up with something better. Innovation strictly came from acquisition and most of the time PerkinElmer managed to destroy what was good in those acquired companies.
Alphascreen came with the Packard acquisition and did great, unfortunately it is under threat by the new clowns from Caliper who were named to run the life sciences division. RF should at least offer his resignation to the board for the sorry mess he created
still waiting. It's probably so earth shattering they cannot bear to share it. I mean, Perkin ELmer is going to change how science is done !! (is science 'done' ? that's news in itself...) I'm not sure they're cooking the books, but definitely a low-value place in the scientific food chain.
Maybe it's a new pipette ?
That's how ground breaking it was. No one new. Pathetic.
You missed this? Label free from Corning, time to wake up.
still waiting on this major announcement....
I am shocked PerkinElmer stock is still being bought. They are really cooking the books. When was the last time they has an original idea? Just buy firms. On hand materials to revenue ratio is bad.
Agilent has won the asset- management, lucrative contract for Amgen in Thousand Oaks, Ca. Perkin Elmer had it for a few years, but lost the business.
PerkinElmer is about to go on another Blacklist as well.
Our company has placed PE on the black list... We cannot purchase any products or services from PE. This stems form a service contract we had with PE One Source service a few years back, our company was being billed for services we never received. Recommendations - avoid this company like the plague.
“Not the company for intelligent, hard-working individuals. Good for suck-ups, people that can talk their way to the top”
Current Employee – Reviewed Jun 6, 2012
Pros – None
Cons – Managers appear to have poor people skills. Few opportunities for advancement unless you are buddy-buddy with management. Crappy insurance that's expensive. Talentless BSers will get promoted over intelligent, hard working people. No profit sharing. Poor yearly raises. Little recognition for a job well-done.
Advice to Senior Management – Stop viewing your employees as "headcount", and start viewing them as an asset. Layoffs and shipping product overseas is not the answer to making more money. Be first to the market with something once in awhile instead of constantly playing catch-up. Build a knowledgeable marketing group and a competent sales staff that want to build the company instead of party, drink and point fingers of blame at operations and engineering.
Agilent GC's are the best!
The older model GC's were fairly good and reliable. The problems began with the newer Clarus model GC's.
They are constantly in need of parts, vial pickup tower does not hold its alignment, causing crashes at every run. The Clarus has wasted hundreds and hundreds of hours, as well as tens of thousands of UN-earned dollars.
Multiple this by the other labs that made the same mistake.
It's a very sad scenario.
We will now only buy Agilent GC's, and GCMS
I am not surprised. The off shoring to Singapore was handled poorly at best. Logisitcs were winged. People who were being let go were training their replacements. Get used to it.
Had to wait six weeks for delivery of a GC column adapter. The part was stuck in customs, as a result my GC was down for over a month. Our company took PE of approved vendor list. PE service engineer not trained properly, our last service person forgot to reconnect the gas to the after replacing a flow regulator. He can' even answer basic GC question without a phone call.
funny comment John hasn't been at Merck in 4 years
I worked at Merck for a little while, for PE's onesource there.
It was a conflagration of mass confusion. Spare parts room was very disorganized, spare parts not available, wrong part numbers and more.
Very incompetent. Unbelievable that Merck had agreed to a multimillion dollar onesource deal back in 2006. I'm sure Merck regrets having done that, and lost millions to PE's sheer incompetence. Merck should bring a lawsuit against PE to recoup their millions
PerkinElmer acquired Signature Genomic Laboratories of Spokane, WA, and its genetic testing technology Customer feedback for finding chromosomal abnormalities behind unexplained developmental disabilities, in a $90 million buyout deal.
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for instance, in seasonal jobs that don't require a lot of experience. But in many cases, desperation on the employer's part is a danger sign Royal Habanos.
Merck will not renew the PE onsite service contract. There was falsification of service work done onsite and many of the service calls were never responded to. Problems acquiring OEM parts and keeping cost incurred by other mfg. is out of control. Dealing with John Lavachek PE service manager is clueless.
There is a reason our lab has NO PE equipment, it sucks and there engineers don't know shit.
The PE Way
1. Communication with you is unprofessional or disrespectful.
Your treatment during the hiring process is a clue as to how you’ll be treated as an employee. Once you've started a dialogue with a hiring manager or recruiter, you should expect to be treated with courtesy and respect. For example, your questions about the hiring timeline and your application status should be answered forthrightly. If that isn't the case -- if emails and phone calls consistently go unreturned, or if interviews are canceled at the last minute without apology -- you may want to take your business elsewhere.
2. The recruiters and hiring managers actively distrust you.
Just as you don't want to make a bad career move, employers don't want to make a bad hire -- so expect a background check and reference check. And if your job will involve working with sensitive information or company finances, expect a bit more scrutiny. But these checks should all be carried out in a nonaccusatory manner. Companies that don't trust candidates probably don't trust employees either -- and an environment of distrust is no place to spend nearly eight hours a day.
3. The workplace seems unhappy.
You shouldn't take a job without paying a visit to where you'll be working. Note the attitudes and interactions of the workers there as well as the overall environment -- including employee common areas. Warning signs include unclean or unsafe-looking workspaces, angry-looking posters (such as "ALL EMPLOYEES MUST WEAR BADGES!") and disgruntled faces on employees. If a visit to the office is depressing, you won't want to work there for several hours a day.
4. The company has a bad reputation.
The Internet makes it easy to find out what former and current employees have to say about a company. Doing your research into this aspect of an employer -- as well as into its financial situation -- should be part of how you prepare for a job interview. Several Web sites provide forums where employees can rate companies, but also reach out to networking contacts to get their insights into any prospective employer.
5. You don't think you'll get along with your boss or colleagues.
Having a boss you click with can really make a difference in your on-the-job happiness. Be sure to discuss work styles and communication styles with the hiring manager to make sure they're at least compatible with yours. But trust your instincts. If you actively dislike the manager after the first interview or two, you might not want to take the job.
6. The job's duties are unclear, or your interviewers can't define what success in the role will look like.
After you've interviewed with one or two people, you should have a clear idea of how your job performance will be measured and what your key objectives will be in your first few months on the job. Walking into a situation where different people give you different answers about job duties, or where there are no clear goals for you to work toward, can lead to a confusing and ultimately disastrous job situation.
7. They want to hire you right away, without any interviewing or reference checks.
This happens for good reason sometimes -- for instance, in seasonal jobs that don't require a lot of experience. But in many cases, desperation on the employer's part is a danger sign.
Note to customers stay away from PE, there are too many choices out there to buy from such a disfunctional company.
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