Alere Reviews

Updated March 24, 2015
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  1. Poor benefits, bad management and no promotion or learning opportunities

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    Former Employee - Accountant in Lexington, MA
    Former Employee - Accountant in Lexington, MA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Unfortunately, there aren't any pros working for this company.

    Cons

    For a medical device company, they sure have really expensive and lousy health insurance. However, because the company has earned a bad reputation amongst recruiters, you'll most likely get a high salary. Managers play a lot of games trying to convince you there are opportunities and you might be eligible for a promotion if you've put in enough time. "Might" being the operative word. Even after being promoted, there's no major growth in responsibilities, so why stay? Managers are more like glorified analysts - no actual leadership or managerial skills. Only apply if desperate for a job.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  2. After an Alere buyout, layoffs are the only thing you can depend on

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Charlottesville, VA

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    The people at the ground level are passionate and believe in what they do. They work together to overcome the incompetence of upper management. After neglecting to listen to employees and trying to push a faulty product on customers, they eventually reverted at the cost of several high profile clients.

    Cons

    This company clearly has never owned a software company before, and does not know hoe it works. Upper Management. Company does not listen to it's employees or it's customers. Company loves to hire outside for management and give no clear path for promotion, except for a select few people. Those who only know the word yes, and cannot think for themselves. Employees are underpaid and over worked, and terminated for refusing to work more than 40 hours.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Listen to your employees, they know more then any of your so called management.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. Unfair Practices

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    The salary was decent. Most of the people in the company were pleasant and professional.

    Cons

    The diabetes department had many, many flaws, which included racial bias, favoritism, false discipline and sabotage.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take complaints seriously. I witnessed multiple complaints go unaddressed and the employee either left out of frustration or they were fired for unfair reasons.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
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  5. Alere Connect is out of business.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Very Easy interview, and the work given was below my skill level.

    Cons

    The manger micro-manage my design and often made very negative changes.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    If you higher someone to do a job, you should let them do it!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. Quality Assurance? Highly political scarcity culture that remains in constant crisis mode.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than a year)

    Pros

    Gained good solid work experience. No micro-management. Great co-workers and flexible working environment. Casual dress code, good cafeteria, gym, and coffee cart on grounds.

    Cons

    Typical work cycle: Production event arises and the tail chasing begins! First no one is sure of who should take ownership. Once owners are identified the indecisive phase stays in place until it’s down to the wire. At the last minute a Band-Aid solution to the rescue then it’s on to the next event. Much time is wasted spending time cleaning up the clean ups - sometimes bright and early on Saturday mornings.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Higher qualified management with PROVEN experience because structure is desperately needed in Quality Assurance. Plan ahead and TRY to be proactive. Plan ahead and BECOME proactive. REMAIN proactive. Don't under resource staff to improve work life balance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. No vision. Hopefully Optum will help right the ship and not sink it.

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Good if you are okay with where you are professionally and have no plans to grow.

    Cons

    Minimalistic or cost reduction strategy to spur business continuity is extremely flawed.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your employees. For a healthcare company that preaches excellence in the continuity of patient care to its external stakeholders, it must do a lot better in investing in its employees - better healthcare and a more competitive pay structure.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 1 person found this helpful

    I worked there through contrant...thank goodness!!

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    None it is a unappreciative environment to work in; Full-time staff is VERY unhappy!!

    Cons

    Many lay offs and turn overs! Supervisors play favorites to employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get new management if you want staff to stay

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
  9. Poor

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    There used to be few...but have since been taken away.

    Cons

    Poor pay....especially if you're a woman and your coworkers are men....you will definitely be paid less even though you do more than any of them!! Holidays are a joke....sure we get some off but we have to make the time up later in the week...so what's the point in having them off. High deductible on insurance....the pay doesn't allow ability to save if medical attention is necessary....don't get sick!! Mismanagement and poor scheduling.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    The company went downhill after Alere took over....too bad.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10. there are no respecting the jobs for the employee who is ben doing the work properly and they just hire asian people

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    Current Contractor - Machine Tech I in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Machine Tech I in San Diego, CA

    I have been working at Alere as a contractor (less than a year)

    Pros

    there are no reason to work here at all, there are no benefits for the employees even you work like every body else.

    Cons

    that is another problem not to work here because there are no challenging, all the promotion are got for friends and family of mangers and supervisors.which are making more that an operator with no experience at all.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    there are no advice at all if the management don't want to see more that there nose

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. From the frying pan into the fire!

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    Current Employee - Registered Nurse
    Current Employee - Registered Nurse

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

    Pros

    My co-workers mad it possible to stay & work in this corporation

    Cons

    The supervisors & above are more interested in paying shareholders than really providing care to their clients. Recently sold to Optum, owned by United Healthcare-who 2 years ago fired 80,000 physician across the country without regard to the effect on their clients. they did this to get out of the Medicare business because they felt they were not making enough money. Just one example: they told an 87 year-old woman she would have to travel from south Broward County to Boca Raton for a new Primary Care Physician (PCP). Of course, she had no way of doing that, either financially or transportation-wise.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop looking at your employees & clients as WIDGITS and treat them as people. Put your bean-counters back in their place-in charge of finances, not quality health care. The registered nurses & health coaches are your porduct-show RESPECT! & APPRECIATION!

    Doesn't Recommend

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