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Life Technologies Reviews

Updated November 2, 2014
Updated November 2, 2014
338 Reviews
3.2
338 Reviews
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Life Technologies President Mark Stevenson
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7 Ratings

Review Highlights

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.  

    Continually challenging work frought with an overabundance of mismanagement. 13 direct supervisors in 18 years.

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    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

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

    Pros

    Challenging environment. Surrounded by exceptionally smart people. Cutting edge technology. Very cool to be a part of this. Better than average pay considering the locality. Reasonable opportunity for advancement if one would relocate.

    Cons

    Once the company became Life Technologies, the upper management shifted from one based in Science to Engineering. Scientists, (the ultimate innovators), were pushed out by engineering strategies and once that became the norm, the engineer's mind began to apply engineering principles to personnel staffing and operations. This severely narrowed new ideas and the ability to try something radical. Fear of reprisal dented the scientist's mindset that trying and failing is ok. This is the great shame of LTC. It not only affected scientific personnel but practically all of operations. Now, there are some areas of operations where task based improvement can work, but it will only go so far. In my opinion, in almost all endeavors that involve people, their brain should not be limited by an engineer's perspective. It must remain wide open at all times, with enough empowerment in their immediate environment, so their ideas are valued and enough of them are incorporated so as to create the culture of advancement. The other negative that occurred as LTC became the world juggernaught it was to become was that local site's autonomy was taken away in pieces and the sites became production sites only without any of the innovation that the local expertise may have built up over decades of working on their specialty.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Take advantage of local expertise.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Disapproves of CEO
  2.  

    Smart bunch of people

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    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA
    Current Employee - Senior Administrative Assistant in Carlsbad, CA

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

    Pros

    Nice people. Smart people. Good pay.

    Cons

    When we were bought out by Thermo Fisher there was a lot of unsurety about who would be staying and going. Communication was lacking from immediate managers.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    It was an ok place to work.

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Life Technologies

    Pros

    The people that you work with are good.

    Cons

    Temporary contract job that ended early without any warning whatsoever.

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  5.  

    Corporate Atmosphere - goes through the motions

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    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)

  6. 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 (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.

  7.  

    Good opportunity, changes are coming

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    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 (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
  8. 2 people found this helpful  

    Assessment from a former employee

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    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 (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
  9. 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 (more than an 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
  10.  

    Great Learning Experience

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    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.

  11. 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 (more than an 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

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