Alere

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Alere Reviews

Updated November 16, 2014
Updated November 16, 2014
150 Reviews
2.5
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Work from home so you don't have to face the people making your work life horrible (in 16 reviews)

  • The company is also very flexible about working from home, which adds greatly to achieving a work/life balance (in 7 reviews)


Cons
  • Upper management claims to want to be proactive but never seems to get out of reactive mode (in 6 reviews)

  • Awful health benefits, basically emergency coverage even for the more expensive plans (in 5 reviews)

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    Poor

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Career Opportunities
    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
  2.  

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

    I have been working at Alere as a contractor (less than an 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
  3.  

    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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  5. 3 people found this helpful  

    Manager

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    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL
    Former Employee - Manager in Orlando, FL

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    None really the place is full of scum bags

    Cons

    Worst company ever. Don't work here!

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Get a clue and be professional

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6.  

    Never work here as a Temp

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    Former Employee - Quality Control Tech in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Quality Control Tech in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere as a contractor (less than an year)

    Pros

    The people that I worked with were phenomenal and kept me there as long as I was.

    Cons

    No sight of ever really being employed full time if starting as a temp.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Give the people working their hardest for you some positive feedback rather than just pointing out what is wrong when they are overworked for 12 hours a day 3 days in a row.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7. 1 person found this helpful  

    Terrible IT organization

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee in Atlanta, GA

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Pros

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

    Cons

    As 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 ManagementAdvice

    You 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.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8. 5 people found this helpful  

    Had great vision and great people, but lost them both

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    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Engineer in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

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

    Cons

    Alere 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 ManagementAdvice

    No point giving advice to management who doesn't listen.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9. 9 people found this helpful  

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

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Work 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.

    Cons

    No 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 ManagementAdvice

    Treat 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 .

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

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

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    Former Employee - Clinical in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Clinical in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Pay. However, 'golden handcuffs'

    Cons

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

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Start over.

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 5 people found this helpful  

    kills your spirit

    • Comp & Benefits
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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere full-time

    Pros

    Some 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.

    Cons

    Micro-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 ManagementAdvice

    Clean house and start over. I honestly don't think this company can be saved as is.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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