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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated September 5, 2014
Updated September 5, 2014
328 Reviews
3.2
328 Reviews
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • Location and work environment is excellent (in 14 reviews)

  • Great people, good benefits, a lot of different types of positions (in 13 reviews)


Cons
  • Unclear communication or lack of communication from upper management (director level) (in 14 reviews)

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

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  1.  

    Corporate Atmosphere - goes through the motions

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

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    Retirement benefits, stock options, fruit friday motivates people to include fruit in their diet

    Cons

    May be variable by site - scheduling demands (weekends and nights)
    Common trend in biotech: Decisions made by finance team rather than scientists who do the work
    Science becomes profit-driven which can interfere with major discoveries.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Ask for and listen to feedback of your team doing the work (and not anyone else in a role to speak for or be above that team)

  2. 3 people found this helpful  

    Good company, pay, and benefits, but limited growth potential

    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Senior IT Engineer in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Good (not great) working environment, good benefits (including the on-site gym). Company takes reasonable effort to keep cost of health care in check without giving up too much of the service. Good pay.

    Cons

    Limited growth potential. Practically speaking, among all people I've seen there, if people wanted to grow, they left the company. The HR *think* they are committed to career nurturing, in fact, it is very difficult to grow inside the company. Additionally, people may develop a feeling of being detached from the strategic mission, because their voice practically not heard (which perhaps not surprising, giving the size of the company)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Provide environment where people could grow.

  3.  

    Good opportunity, changes are coming

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Scientist  in  South San Francisco, CA
    Current Employee - Scientist in South San Francisco, CA

    I have been working at Life Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good opportunities for ambitious people. Cool technologies to provide a lot to learn. Talent people to work with. High octane `pace to test one's mettle. Decent compensation and benefits.

    Cons

    Corporate politics start to affect work. Different teams tend to point fingers rather than collaborate for which the senior management not always acts like a good referee. Constant changes since the acquisition and more on the horizon.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Assessment from a former employee

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Regulatory Engineer III  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Regulatory Engineer III in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    Lots of challenging work, lots of opportunities for learning, great colleagues across the globe, no micromanagement and fast pace dynamic environment.

    Cons

    Work overload, work/family balance is non-existent. Medical benefits quality started trending down, management failed to keep their promises. Certain business units got better perks than other business units showing favoritism.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Policies and incentives should be applied equally across the business units. Re-calibrate the workload and balance to match peoples capabilities. Ensure managers are competent and give them appropriate training to be able to manage others.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    This Review is for the Custom Primers Department Only

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    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Technician  in  Pleasanton, CA
    Former Employee - Associate Manufacturing Technician in Pleasanton, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies as a contractor for more than a year

    Pros

    - Coworkers are awesome; we hang out outside of work
    - Always willing to hire recent grads with no work experience (for contract position)

    Cons

    - Management plays favorites
    - Rarely any opportunities for upward mobility
    - High turnover rate for contractors; they convert a max of 4 people per quarter depending on availability of positions
    - Make-to-order company, so business will get slow every now and then; contractors end up losing hours

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Let the leads decide on who should be converted. They're the ones that are actually on the floor and are able to gauge an employee's potential. Supervisors tend to convert the employees who go into their office and suck up to them, even if they don't work well.

    No opinion of CEO
  7.  

    Great Learning Experience

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

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time

    Pros

    Opportunities to work with really smart people and work on interesting & challenging projects.

    Cons

    The workload is relentlessly demanding.

  8. 1 person found this helpful  

    Typical large company that tolerates bureaucracy

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    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Foster City, CA

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

    Pros

    The company was located in a nice city.

    Cons

    Worse health benefits than their smaller competitors

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Stop micro-managing, allow product quality to determine product deadlines

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  9.  

    Not the best, not the worst

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Project Manager  in  Carlsbad, CA
    Former Employee - Project Manager in Carlsbad, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than 3 years

    Pros

    Good salary and bonuses. Lots going on.

    Cons

    Very political. Its not always clear who is getting promoted or what the reason is. Although there were some really great people there, some others seemed more concerned with their own careers than the company or their colleagues. There was constant talk about work -life balance, but not a whole lot of it to see. The company was really loosing its charm prior to and after recent acquisition by Thermo Fischer. Seemed like a good time to leave.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  10.  

    The job was good, but the management lacked.

    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Life Technologies

    Pros

    The pay was good. The benefits were good.

    Cons

    The management explicitly asked for perfection in work performance.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  11.  

    Smart, interesting people and mission, terrible top management

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee  in  Foster City, CA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Foster City, CA

    I worked at Life Technologies full-time for more than 10 years

    Pros

    Plenty of smart people working on cool projects, global roles abound. Decent compensation too

    Cons

    The CEO was telling employees one thing and doing another. No transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take care of the scientists and engineers- they're the best asset.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO

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