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Agfa Healthcare Reviews

Updated 28 January, 2015
Updated 28 January, 2015
67 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Good benefits, stable once you get the sense of how things work (in 5 reviews)

  • Good people to work and share experiences (in 4 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management really jumps the gun in allowing unfinished products into the market (in 7 reviews)

  • No cost of living or merit raises for the 4 years I was there (in 4 reviews)

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  1.  

    A rewarding job

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - R&D in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - R&D in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    AGFA Healthcare recognizes contributions made by the individual employees, and reward accordingly.
    There are opportunities to innovate and grow as a person or as a team. Schedules and dates are realistic and the tools are available to get the job done.

    Cons

    The leadership team varies in management style from team-to-team. The company is very process heavy, so you have to enjoy working in a more regulated environment.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Change is good at all levels, but many changes in a short time at top level management can be very disruptive.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2.  

    Drowning in yes men.

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    Former Employee - Developer Impax Client in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Developer Impax Client in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at Agfa Healthcare

    Pros

    None. Please read my cons stated below.

    Cons

    The culture has culture has gone to crap. People just waiting for a severance package (Here in Waterloo On.) Team leads are un-skilled cut-outs shining on their managers a constantly screwing over their developers. No innovation. You really get the feeling the overlords in Belgium are itching to close the Waterloo site and it just kills moral. It has been said before....The lucky one got out with the golden severance packages. I ended up just quiting...

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take a hard look at all your dev team leads. There are some grave issues there.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  3.  

    Good experience

    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at Agfa Healthcare as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I have only worked here as a co-op student, so my opinion should have little value to the general audience. Laid-back workplace and most employees are friendly and helpful. Albeit being a co-op student, I still feel that I am valued on the team.

    Cons

    It seems that the development teams are never up-to-speed with what the upper management wants (though I guess that would be true for most companies). The starting weeks are extremely slow and can be boring.

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  5.  

    Good People at lower level, bad direction/management

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    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Most people I work with at the lower level are great and are very talented. I really enjoy interacting with them. There are a few odd ones, or corporate climbers, but not that many.

    Cons

    Mid and upper management politics and a half. Decisions are made based on someone's ego and not based on where the company should head.
    Good people keep leaving.
    Struggles financially, cuts corners resulting in making things worse.
    Good luck getting a pay raise or one that is more than inflation.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I'd say "good luck" but that won't do the trick. You now need a miracle, and you need to fire yourself and bring in selfless (not selfish) leaders.

    I think that the guy at the top knows what he is doing, but too many people below him are sub-par and/or an opportunist.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  6.  

    Good stability in a mature segment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare

    Pros

    Great benefits, older experienced employees, mature and stable environment

    Cons

    No room to grow, downsizing is present.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get better at communicating future plans.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  7.  

    Such a sad story....

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Software Developer in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    This place was a hidden gem in the tech employer landscape of Waterloo. Great people, Great Compensation, great benefits...5 years ago.

    Cons

    Rounds and rounds of layoffs. Provincial government cash injection is gone. No raise (or even cost of living adjustment) in 5 years. The lucky ones get great severance packages. Company turns on a dime with a new figurehead every couple of years and the slide continues.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try to get some ROI before reinventing product lines before the have had a chance to make some profit.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  8.  

    good experience

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    friendly environment, great people to work with.

    Cons

    knowledge transfer need to be improved.

    Recommends
    Negative Outlook
  9.  

    Great company, great products, great people.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Waterloo, ON
    Former Employee - Software Architect in Waterloo, ON

    I worked at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Its products help people. Its developers care about the products and the end customer (the patient on the table)

    Cons

    Management has been up and down over the past couple of years. Power is held at head office so all decision making is there.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Trust the local management teams... they know what they are doing. They are the ones who make this company what it is today.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  10.  

    easy going environment.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    good benefits. international company. get to work with people around the world

    Cons

    somewhat political. dealing with timezones can be tricky

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    provide clear information on career paths

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  11. 2 people found this helpful  

    International PACS leader, but lacks sense of accomplishment

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Medical Imaging Software Developer in Waterloo, ON
    Current Employee - Medical Imaging Software Developer in Waterloo, ON

    I have been working at Agfa Healthcare as an intern (less than a year)

    Pros

    I joined because Agfa seems to have a good international foothold with their PACS software. They let you delve right into the code, and although there are code reviews, there seems to be an inherent trust in the code quality of each other. I haven't seen the interior, but they have a new flashy R&D building in Waterloo Tech Park.

    Cons

    Their core technology was very outdated and often seemed like "spaghetti code", making it hard to incorporate new features quickly. Their build system needs some serious fixing for improved efficiency. Unfortunately, I never felt I could make a big contribution to the improvement of healthcare mainly because of these setbacks. Also, and take this with a grain of salt since I was just a coop, but there didn't seem to be much emphasis on employee engagement. The focus usually felt like it was on the shareholders first, and employees only after they were satisfied.

    Doesn't Recommend

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