Alere
2.4 of 5 118 reviews
www.alere.com Waltham, MA 5000+ Employees

Alere Reviews

Updated Jul 10, 2014
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2.4 118 reviews

                             

34% Approve of the CEO

Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger

Ron Zwanziger

(47 ratings)

27% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Terrible IT organization

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsVery few. Only one I can think of is the casual dress code. There are some good employees left (but very few).

    ConsAs some others have noted the culture and organizational structure in IT is toxic and has been for many years. The heads of IT (CIO, eVP's, VP's, etc) are absolutely not qualified to be in their positions. They treat the employees like peons with loathing and disrespect. It is both the "old guard" that is the problem and the new people they have brought in (who are spending money all over the place while laying off the people that do the work).

    This is one of the least process / procedure driven IT organizations I've ever seen.

    Other reviews go more in depth about the level of disfunction but I will sum it up with "toxic".

    Advice to Senior ManagementYou must first stop the bleeding before you can fix the problem.

    1) Realize the long term strategies (and people) that have put you in this situation.
    2) Realize that the new team you've brought in are just creating more chaos while burning money. I suspect they will get their bonuses and then leave you in a smoking hole.
    3) Step back, re-evaluate, start valuing your employees and changing the culture to reward accomplishments.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Had great vision and great people, but lost them both

    Senior Engineer (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsWas pretty good as Biosite, but no good reason to work there since Alere acquisition.

    ConsAlere may be ok as an employer of call center nurses, or production people. But they don't understand biotech or med devices. All the good R&D talent left, and without R&D this place only has another few years of life while they run out all the old product. Foreign HR people came from low tech production plant overseas and don't know how to get/retain scientific or tech people in a competitive region. No future here, pass and go work for SD companies who do genes or drugs.

    Advice to Senior ManagementNo point giving advice to management who doesn't listen.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    If you want to work for The Devil....

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork from home so you don't have to face the people making your work life horrible.
    Other employees will help you find a new job outside of the company because we all know how bad it is.

    ConsNo room for movement upward; they promote the person they can manipulate the most rather than those that could improve the company
    Extreme micromanagement.
    Managers and supervisors belittle you and cannot take criticism. They are threatened by intelligent people.
    Awful health benefits, basically emergency coverage even for the more expensive plans.
    They don't care about your professional development. I feel like I've gone backward in my career and professional skills since taking this job.
    They act like they are all about health and wellness, but in my life I haven't felt so unhealthy as I did working there. I went from happy and chipper to irritable and depressed in about 3 months time.
    PTO cap is 120 hours.

    Advice to Senior ManagementTreat your employees with respect.
    Provide opportunities for growth and development.
    Supervisors should do more than watch our screens to make sure we're in the correct aux codes.
    Hire competent supervisors and managers .

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    The most negative and fearful company I have ever worked for.

    Clinical (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsPay. However, 'golden handcuffs'

    ConsAwful managers. Fear driven decisions that make priorities change weekly. No teamwork....just anxious people snapping at others.

    Advice to Senior ManagementStart over.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Don't seem to know what they doing in the Digital Innovations

    Director (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsI don"t know five words.

    ConsDon't hire someone and change your mind. Make up your mind before you make the offer.

    Advice to Senior ManagementWhat happened to me is completely unprofessional. I was hired without a face-to-face interview, setup with email, access to tools that I needed to do the job remotely, and then told the second day that they wanted someone else. I have never been treated so unprofessionally! It is a clear indicator of the chaos in that department and perhaps reflective of the whole company.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    kills your spirit

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsSome employees can work from home, mostly only the highest paid. Alere provides a great service to the people who receive its disease management programs. For a U.S. company, the time-off policy is moderately good.

    ConsMicro-management occurs at many levels. There's no way to please management, who changes their minds every week, it seems. What you're told to do one day you're then yelled at for doing the next. The Peter Principle applies to this company: many who are promoted are at best incompetent, at worst completely uncaring to those under them. For a company focused on health, not caring about employees' health and often contributing to decline of mental health is hypocritical. Employees are held to impossible standards. It's sad, because many employees genuinely cared about their work and the company's mission, until they were demoralized out of there, or fired for often ridiculous reasons, or laid off because of management incompetence and capriciousness. All this on top of low pay for everyone but the nurses and the top-heavy middle and top management.

    Advice to Senior ManagementClean house and start over. I honestly don't think this company can be saved as is.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Only If Your Desperate

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)
    San Diego, CA

    ProsA few nice people
    Had a great boss whose hands were tied because of upper managment.

    ConsEverything else.
    Management has no clue how to run a business or take care of their employees.
    They make it impossible for good people to stay. Employee's are treated badly.

    Advice to Senior ManagementGet some people who know how to run a company without micromanaging everything and make sure they now how to treat their employees.

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Be happy you have a job

    RN Case Manager (Former Employee)
    Atlanta, GA

    ProsWork from home, good co workers

    ConsSupervisors lack training, they always tell you the same tag lines, salaries are below norm and raise are 2% a year. All of the lay offs in this company make people scared. Look for another job, they are out there. Just because alere makes you believe you can do no better it is not true. I left and found a job as a case manager and am making a 6 figure salary. It's true. There are companies that pay you incentives to work. I went up 40,000 a year. Just open your eyes.

    Advice to Senior ManagementMake people managers from within. Stop making yourself top heavy again. You will topple. ,

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    They micromanage employees

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee)

    ProsWork at home, but isolation from business operations

    ConsNo place for advancement, managers unavailable, no positive reinforcement, only criticism, quality employees not valued, low morale, low pay

    Advice to Senior ManagementLearn how to team build, support staff and they might stay

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend – I'm not optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    RN trainer for INR and Coaguchek monitor

    Field Trainer (Current Employee)
    Orange, CA

    ProsSupplies are shipped to my home prior to assignments

    ConsAs a 4 year employee at Alere, I never once received positive feedback on the hard work that I've done. The supervisors never stand by their field nurses. A patient called and complained that I didn't identify myself on the phone. The supervisor acted on this as a serious complaint. She lectured me for 10 minutes, and never heard me tell her "I always identify myself on all phone calls." People in this day and age hang up their phone when there is an un-identify caller. If she doesn't know this, she shouldn't be in a supervisor position. What a joke

    Advice to Senior ManagementGive your employees positive feedback once in a while. You spend so much time calling us only when there is negative feedback. This creates bitterness and un-loyal employees

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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