Life Technologies

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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated January 18, 2015
Updated January 18, 2015
348 Reviews
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Life Technologies President Mark Stevenson
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Pros
  • Location and work environment is excellent (in 14 reviews)

  • You get to work with the sharpest mind on some pretty cutting edge tech (in 14 reviews)


Cons
  • Unclear communication or lack of communication from upper management (director level) (in 15 reviews)

  • Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors (in 12 reviews)

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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Lots of politics, hidden agendas, and understaffed on key initiatives

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Pay is better than average. If you can get a severance package take it. Some people are nice. Technology and products make a difference.

    Cons

    * Market dominance across many sectors means that if you're lazy or under perform; nothing happens.
    * Culture has a lot of back stabbing and side-room deals.
    * Company claims innovation, but its competency and main concerns are in managing legacy businesses.
    * Lack of overall best practices.
    * Little credence given to true business acumen; scientists think they are business people and can "pick it up", R&D likes to play product management and make commercial decisions
    * Lots of organization churn and endless debate over things that make no material sense for the business or customer.
    * Leadership claims they are looking for innovation, but punishes failure.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let product management do their job and own the product. Let R&D develop and deliver the product, not make product or commercial decisions.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Challenging but very stressful

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA
    Former Employee - Director in San Francisco, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 8 years)

    Pros

    Unique role as a tool provider for the life sciences industry, exciting technologies, smart scientists and co-workers

    Cons

    Very frequent re-organizations, mergers and employee turnovers, 24/7 on-call mentality, serious burn-out of very good dedicated people, too much focus on current-quarter returns

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Invest in your people and long-term R&D, commit to real work/life balance

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  3. 3 people found this helpful  

    No much life at Life Technologies

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    The quality of the people and products at LT are amazing. It is a good step in the way to a good company such as Illumina.

    Cons

    The company has no loyalty to its employees. When the 4th quarter arrives no job is safe. Therefore, many of the people working are contractors. Contracts are easy to cancel without notice.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Learn to appreciate your employees and worry less about the landscaping!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Horrible Place For a Temp/ Contract Worker But Seems Good For a Full-time Permanent Position

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    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Manufacturing Technician in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    The atmosphere at this company is actually pretty cool. They let you listen to your iPod, you can chat with your coworkers, your direct bosses and supervisors are usually extremely nice and relatable and there are a lot of potlucks and lunch events (as long as it was one that contracts were allowed to participate in).

    ALOT of overtime is offered, so if you're like me and take all of it, you can typically get 50+ hours per week, which is nice. Oh! And you are usually PAID WEEKLY, which is so nice and easy to budget. They are also really flexible with their schedules. You'll have a start time, but hours aren't closely monitored and if you ask, you can have any day off you want (without pay).

    One big plus is that you will gain some nice skills and keywords for building up your resume.

    Cons

    The cons really outweigh the pros I just mentioned. Take my advice and if you take a temp/contract position at this company, don't get comfortable there hoping to be converted to a permanent position (I saw too many recent grads with Biology/Engineering degrees "stuck" there because they got "comfortable" and gave up in this job market- sadly including myself until I snapped out of it). Just to give someone out there an idea- I worked here for a bit less than a year and I quit for a job doing the EXACT SAME THINGS I was doing at Life Tech/ Thermo Fisher- the main difference being that for the same duties, functions and SAME TITLE, I am making THREE TIMES MORE AN HOUR WITH FULL BENEFITS! Please take my advice and continue to apply to other jobs, and take any interviews you can. Degrees mean nothing there (for contract employees), and they will "promote" you and give more duties and responsibilities but they won't give you any more recognition or pay. One plus is that this job WILL give you a nice set of skills you can put on your resume. I won't lie- it actually did help me.

    Pay is typically very low, and for the contract/ temp employees, your pay will be in the bottom 10th percentile of similar salaries in your same field. Overtime is offered- ALOT of overtime- They usually have morning, evening and Saturday OT, so that's the only way to get a decent paycheck.

    There are NO raises and/or benefits (which you'll be notified of when you accept job), but in the interview process, they do a great job overselling the job and will all but guarantee that if you do a good job and prove yourself that you will be hired onto the company full time permanent with benefits. DON'T LISTEN!!! THEY DO NOT HIRE CONTRACT WORKERS PERMANENT AFTER THEIR CONTRACT ENDS.

    Perhaps the absolute worst part of these jobs is that the company seems to go to great lengths to let their contract workers know that they are replaceable, not as important as the permanent employees, and above all- unappreciated! I have held a lot of jobs but this job- by far- made me feel terrible about myself and I had no pride going to work into work in the morning.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Appreciate all your employees, including the Contract/Temporary workers. Don't exclude them from Company events that you hold on site right in front of us and you don't need to make it so obvious and apparent that we are on the bottom of the totem pole in your eyes. Maybe if you appreciated and fairly compensated the contract employees, your employee turnover rate wouldn't be so large.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    n/a

    • Comp & Benefits
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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies as a contractor

    Pros

    good learning environment, big corporate environment

    Cons

    contractors are not treated with care

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    increase support system for the contractors

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Company has been/will be in Flux due to ownership changes.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Many opportunities to shine. There are also many good managers.

    Cons

    Politics (local vs remote). You are hosed if you are not aligned/working with the right Manager. IT is either outsourced (desktop support), or remotely managed (from Carlsbad), new owner (Thermo Fisher) is headquartered in MA.

    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  8.  

    Very boring environment.

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    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX
    Former Employee - Software Developer in Austin, TX

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Don't get me wrong, the people were kind.

    Cons

    Maybe this was just my department (software) but I found it very boring and non-collaborative. The cubicle environment was depressing.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Work towards a more exciting environment.

    Doesn't Recommend
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Great people to work with. Boring place to work.

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Manufacturing Technician in Pleasanton, CA

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

    Pros

    I had a blast with the people I worked with in Pleasanton. The facilities we worked in we're new and very nice.

    Cons

    The pay was low and they pay hourly. I guess that's what you get for working in manufacturing. The environment wasn't very challenging and most of the time was boring. There isn't much incentive to stay with the company.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Scientists don't make good product managers

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    • Senior Management
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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Ann Arbor, MI
    Current Employee - User Experience Designer in Ann Arbor, MI

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

    Pros

    People are nice and generally great to work with. Compensation and benefits are fair.

    Cons

    Process and bureaucracy often gets in the way. Scientists are made product managers because of domain knowledge or experience but often do not have product management skills. Decisions seem to be made in a vacuum.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  11. 1 person found this helpful  

    The work never stops

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    • Senior Management
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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    The people are great, there are lots of opportunities to work with some of the best technology, and the environment is very entrepreneurial. (at least this was true prior to Thermo)

    Cons

    Everything is a priority, the priorities are always changing, deadlines are unrealistic yet you are expected to deliver anyway. Women are not valued or promoted in most areas of the company, particularly IT. (just count the number of women in leadership positions or ask the last time a woman was promoted into one - maybe 5 years ago?)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Figure out what the priorities are and stick with them long enough to make some progress. Eliminate the boys club and favortism so everyone has a chance to shine.

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