Alere Reviews

Updated July 28, 2015
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Alere Chairman, President, and CEO Ron Zwanziger
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14 Ratings

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

  • great work life balance, pay was great and management supportive (in 7 reviews)

Cons
  • No room for growth within the company as an R (in 4 reviews)

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

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  1. Technical support

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

    I worked at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Good people working with, ability to work from home. Very close team oriented workplace and coworkers are helpful

    Cons

    No opportunity to promote. So hard to get technical support specialist that you are pigeonheld and unable to go to different department. No rubric or scale to assess pay raises. No mointoring of calls. Raises and promotion or given based on popularity but no actual metrics since none are in place, but u will be told you are not meeting metrics. Constantly, buying companies and not paying attention to their products. Very little information known about new products

    Advice to Management

    Management needs to develop a way of assessig performance.


  2. Ok place to work

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Great people, good collaboration. Nice environment.

    Cons

    Does things the way they've always done them.

    Advice to Management

    Think outside the box.


  3. Alere Review

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    Former Employee - Chemistry Lab Manager in San Diego, CA
    Former Employee - Chemistry Lab Manager in San Diego, CA

    I worked at Alere

    Disapproves of CEO
    Disapproves of CEO

    Pros

    Good Growth and Advancement. New projects and products in the pipeline

    Cons

    Stressful working environment. Blaming culture when products did not go as planned Highly politic management style

    Advice to Management

    Changing the working culture to promote focus and honest discussions


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  5. Specimen Accessioner

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere full-time

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Approves of CEO

    Pros

    You gain valuable laboratory experience to help you in the future. Enjoyed my coworkers Good work schedule and plenty of overtime

    Cons

    The pay is not that great Workload can be very heavy at times Most of the time you work past your scheduled shift Not much opportunity to grow. You never really know what's going on within the company.

    Advice to Management

    Management needs better communication skills. They need to value their employees more for the work they do and be more involved.


  6. Business Analyst

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    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor
    Current Contractor - Anonymous Contractor

    I have been working at Alere as a contractor

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO

    Pros

    Nice people you get to work with, except few people who aren't very nice. (There will always be 1-3 enemies at your workplace, and this one is no exception). Great work&life balance (Always 9am-5pm). Option to work from home if you are a permanent employee. Laid back culture.

    Cons

    Limited growth The company name is not recognized by many, and could be a negative factor when applying for a different job. Horrible/weird communications system within the company itself.

    Advice to Management

    Nothing much.


  7. Not bad

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    Current Employee - Data Analyst
    Current Employee - Data Analyst

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

    Pros

    Work from home option Good quality work

    Cons

    Management was very strong in terms of relationships with employees


  8. Helpful (1)

    two temps in office and very competetive with the senior personnel.

    Current Contractor - Assistant to Calibration Coordinator in San Diego, CA
    Current Contractor - Assistant to Calibration Coordinator in San Diego, CA

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

    Pros

    Balance ok. Cafeteria wonderful. Campus nice.

    Cons

    I was there when there was alot of angst about upcoming FDA audit.

    Advice to Management

    Loosen up.


  9. Nice place

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Pros

    It is a nice place to work .

    Cons

    They are changing the brandes names which confuesed sometimes the customers


  10. lots of change

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Alere

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Recommends
    Positive Outlook

    Pros

    helping people live healthier lives

    Cons

    limited room for advancement, repetitive work environment


  11. okay

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Alere

    Pros

    Lots of events for employees

    Cons

    Management is horrible at communicating

    Advice to Management

    better communication skils



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